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Review: Motorola Droid 2

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The music player is unchanged from other Android phones, which is disappointing. The player looked aged and basic when it first hit the scene almost 2 years ago. By now, it’s completely behind the times. I like being able to search from the music player by holding down a finger on the artist, song or album name. You can jump directly into a Google or YouTube search with a simple action. But I’d trade this feature for much better playback control, a better interface design and some cool additional features. On any Apple iPhone, for instance, you get genius playlists and variable speed music controls, not to mention equalizer options and other features.

At least the Droid 2 has good music hardware. There’s a standard headphone jack up top, so you can use your own earbuds. There’s 8GB of internal memory thrown in, besides the 8GB microSD card hidden under the battery. If you spring for a 32GB card, you could have 40GB of storage on this phone. Stereo Bluetooth worked very well, better with my wireless speakers than with my smaller wireless headphones.

The phone also includes DLNA support. At the moment, that makes it the only DLNA device in my house, but if you have DLNA devices as part of your home theater, you’ll be able to play music and videos wirelessly from the phone on your big screen.

 

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