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Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition Preview

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/18/2010

If you are a Star Wars fan, the Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition is probably the best phone for you. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, superb hardware and is loaded with exclusive Star Wars content like custom home screens, wallpapers, apps and widgets.

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    Motorola has been one of the few companies that has managed to come back from oblivion. Android has been the major factor in Motorola's recent success, and Motorola has also helped Android a lot, in gaining smartphone market share in the high end market. The Motorola Droid and the Droid X were some of the most popular Android smartphones across the world. Now, Motorola and Verizon have also teamed up to bring us the Motorola Droid 2. It has been available for about a month now and is one of the best Android smartphones.

    Now, Motorola has announced another surprise - the Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition. If you are a true geek, you won't need any explanation. If you aren't, R2-D2 was the name of Luke Skywalker's trusty old Droid in the best movie series of all time - Star Wars.

    This new release, the Droid 2 R2-D2 edition is a tribute to the original Star Wars movies. It's a match made in heaven, all the awesomeness of R2-D2 packed in an Android phone. The Droid of the past meets the Droid of the future. Ok, that's enough excitement for today, I will move on to the specifications of the Droid 2 R2-D2 edition and show you what's new in it.

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    Design

    The form factor of the Droid 2 R2-D2 edition is the same as the original Droid 2, but it will have a very different design. The design will be inspired by the looks of R2-D2 in the movie. The external hardware looks a lot like R2-D2 with a silver-blue design. The design is very stylish, but then I may be a bit biased as I'm a huge Star Wars fan. Those who aren't may not like it, and would be better off with the original Droid 2.

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    Hardware and OS

    The Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition is exactly the same as the Droid 2 when it comes to hardware. It has a 1 GHz TI OMAP 3600 processor and comes with 512 MB RAM. It will have 8 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo with support for the Android Market, and will probably get an upgrade to Android 3.0 Gingerbread.

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    It comes with Swype and is loaded with some exclusive Star Wars content. The content will include some modified homescreens, custom wallpapers and some widgets and applications along with Star Wars videos. The homescreens and widgets look really good.

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    Multimedia

    On the multimedia front, there isn't much difference between the Droid 2 R2-D2 and the Droid 2. The Droid 2 R2-D2 has a 5 MP camera with an image capture resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It comes with autofocus but doesn't have flash. It also offers geotagging, face and smile detection. It supports HDMI out and can play MP4, WMV, H.263 and H.264 encoded videos.

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    Connectivity

    The Droid 2 R2-D2, like the Droid 2, is a CDMA phone. It offers 3G EVDO Rev A connectivity as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.

    It comes with the default Webkit based Android browser which is one of the best mobile browsers. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support. It is powered by a 1400 mAh Li-Po battery.

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    Conclusion

    The Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 edition is one of the best smartphones out there, in terms of both, hardware and software. If you are a Star Wars fan, you should definitely not miss this one. It will be available by the end of September.

    Check out the official site: http://www.droiddoes.com/r2d2/ for more details and a chance to win a Droid 2 R2-D2 edition phone.