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Motorola Droid X2 vs Motorola Droid X – Performance Nightmare of the X2 Smartphone

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Motorola launched the Droid X smartphone, which gained much recognition in the smartphone niche.

Almost a year later, Motorola launched the Droid X2 smartphone, which offers similar design, but packs an enhanced spec sheet. A noteworthy enhancement made in the Droid X2 is the inclusion of Tegra 2 CPU along with a qHD display.

However, a decent specification on paper may not offer similar results in real time performance. Similar is the case with Droid X2 from Motorola. The Tegra 2 processor, though powerful, failed to cast an impression in real time performance. The handset failed to offer a smooth performance, as offered by the single core Motorola Incredible 2 handset. The qHD display equipped in the Droid X2 handset also comes with certain sacrifices to provide a higher resolution.

The Droid X2 at a glance

The Droid X2 consists of a decent spec sheet. A 4.3-inch qHD Pen Tile screen, offers a 540 x 960 pixels resolution. The handset comes with anti-reflective and scratch resistant display. The Tegra 2 dual core processor clocked at a frequency of 1GHz along with 512MB of RAM powers the handset. The 8MB internal storage capacity offers enough space for storing media files. The Android 2.2 operating system along with NinjaBlur user interface runs the Droid X2 smartphone. The handset has an 8MP primary camera having the capacity to record HD videos. The handset features ‘Mirror Mode’ HDMI support along with Hotspot capability.

After having a brief idea of the Droid X2 spec sheet and features, let us see where the smartphone triumphs and where it falls behind.

Pros

  • The 4.3-inch screen offers extreme brightness.
  • The handset has an excellent build quality.
  • Battery life is good lasting a day with moderate usage.
  • The browser offers a smooth performance with no stutters when scrolling at 8fps.

Cons

  • Display offers poor viewing experience.
  • Irregular connectivity and sync issues.
  • Sluggish performance, with uneven transitions.
  • NinjaBlur user interface appears a half-hearted effort by Motorola.
  • The handset was shipped with Android 2.2 operating system, promised with a Gingerbread update. However, a general lag/performance enhancement made to Gingerbread could offer more years of stardom.

TheMotorola Droid X2 smartphone may have additional horsepower, but cannot make up for lesser RAM power. In addition, a badly coded user interface along with poor performance of the display makes the handset less desirable.

Performance Nightmare

The dual core processor of the Droid X2 failed to impress the user unlike other dual core processors available in the market. In fact, the Droid X2 falls short of performance in comparison to other single core devices. Find below few examples where the performance lacks impetus.

Unlocking the handset: In case you unlock the device shortly after locking, the lock screen would display immediately. However, when the handset is unlocked after sometime, the handset takes time to respond.

Scrolling between home screens: Visible stuttering may be observed when you scroll between the home screens. This mostly happens after a widget has been updated.

Constant Stuttering: When Tesseract LWP runs on the Droid X2 handset, the EVO stutters constantly. No other action on the handset can be performed with the device stuttering continuously.