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Review: Motorola Droid 2

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The Web browser on the Motorola Droid 2 is one of the phone's highlights. Though the phone uses a standard Android browser, it's very powerful on Android 2.2, and the Droid 2 even comes loaded with Adobe Flash 10.1. All the Web pages I viewed looked great, nearly identical to their desktop counterparts. Flash isn't perfect, but Flash 10.1 on Android is best Flash experience you'll find on a mobile phone. Some sites would crash, especially pages that were made entirely of Flash animations. But for watching video clips embedded within pages, Flash did a terrific job.



I could write an entire review simply covering the ways you can customize an Android phone, and the Motorola Droid 2 is no exception. Stock Android lets you customize the homescreen panels, wallpapers, sound notifications and plenty more. With Motorola's software, you get even more widgets, and all of these can be custom fit to whatever space you have available.

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The real question is whether the phone will be easy to upgrade and root. The original Motorola Droid had no custom Motorola interface software. This made it very easy to unlock the phone and run custom ROM software and other interesting tools. The new Droid 2 uses more invasive features from Motorola, and I doubt that it will be so easy to crack open. Most users won't care much about sophisticated custom ROMs that void your warranty, but among all smartphone platforms, Android has some of the best support in the hacker community, so this will be important to a distinct audience.


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