Motorola's Droid 2 Global vs. the original Droid 2

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

Motorola Droid 2 Global vs. Original Droid 2

Time to update your mental spreadsheet: Verizon Wireless has yet another new Droid in its Android smartphone catalog.

Verizon quietly introduced the Motorola Droid 2 Global earlier this month. The Droid 2 Global is an updated version of the recently released Motorola Droid 2 smartphone. At a glance, you'd hardly know the Droid 2 Global is any different -- but under its hood, it packs some noteworthy new power.

The Motorola Droid 2 Global, as its name suggests, is a global smartphone. That means it functions on both CDMA and GSM networks, allowing you to get voice and data service in more than 200 countries. Most Verizon phones don't have this distinction; the Motorola Droid Pro, launched earlier this month, was the first Verizon Android device to boast the capability.

It isn't just worldwide calling that sets the Motorola Droid 2 Global apart from its predecessor, though. Check out the chart below for a side-by-side comparison of all the current Verizon Droid devices, and read on for some more specifics.

Motorola Droid 2 Global Comparisons

Motorola Droid 2 Global Comparison Chart

Global functionality aside, the most significant improvement in the new Droid 2 Global is without a doubt its processor. The Droid 2 Global is the first smartphone to pack a 1.2GHz chip, putting it well ahead of other devices in terms of speed. The previous Droid 2 model has a 1GHz processor, as do all of the other phones in Verizon's current Droid lineup.

In theory, the added boost should make the Droid 2 Global a full 20 percent faster than the original Droid 2. You do, however, pay for the power when it comes to Android battery life: The Droid 2 Global is quoted as getting 8.3 hours of talk time per charge, while its predecessor had 9.6 hours. The difference is even greater when you look at standby time per charge: The new Droid 2 Global can last for 9.6 days, compared to the original Droid 2's 13.1.

Overall, Verizon appears to be taking more of an enterprise-focused approach with the Droid 2 Global. Early promotional videos tout the phone's "business-ready" features. Some of these, such as remote device-wiping and complex password support, are actually tied to Android 2.2 and not unique to the Droid 2 Global; others, like the preinstalled VPN software and ability to create multiple home screen profiles, are indeed new and specific to the phone.

Curious about those home screen profiles? Per Motorola:

Moving between work life and home life is a bit easier with profiles. Wouldn't it be great to have one set of home screens customized for work and another set customized for home? Profiles let you do exactly that. You can set up a work profile, with widgets that help you manage your work life, like one touch access to call or text your colleagues, RSS feeds about your company or industry, access to your corporate email. And for your home life, use a completely different set of home screen panels, with social networking widgets, picture frames, and wall paper that shows your personal flair. Then, switch between them with ease.

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On the physical front, Motorola's Droid 2 Global sports a slightly different keyboard than the Droid 2, which itself had improved upon the original Motorola Droid's QWERTY pad. The Droid 2 Global also comes with a choice in color; you can opt to get either sapphire (blue) or white.

The Droid 2 Global is currently available for $199.99 with a rebate and two-year contract from Verizon. As of now, the original Droid 2 is still available as well; its price has been marked down to $149.99 with a rebate and two-year contract.

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on Facebook, on Twitter, or at eSarcasm, his geek-humor getaway.

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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