The first rule of all good sequels is if it’s not broke, don’t fix it, and that mentality is evident in the design of the Droid 2. Other than removing the ledge on the bottom of the device and changing the order of the softkeys, the Droid 2 looks almost identical to the Droid. The Droid 2 measures 4.58 inches by 2.38 inches, and is 0.54 inches thick. While the device comes in at 5.96 ounces, it feels more solid than heavy, so you don’t really mind the weight.
The capacitive touchscreen is 3.7 inches with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, and while it won’t blow you away, images look fine on the screen and there is no difficulty reading text. The screen slides up to reveal one of the biggest improvements over the Droid, the new QWERTY keypad. Gone are the annoying directional pad, flat texture and blank keys. The new keypad instead includes direction keys that fit nicely on the right side of the keyboard, slightly raised keys so you can more easily move your fingers across them, and wider shift and alt keys, to make it easier to find them in a hurry. If you’ve got a Droid and can’t stand the keyboard, this alone may make an upgrade worth it.
Along the sides and top of the device are a volume rocker, a camera button, a 3.5mm headset jack and a micro-USB charging and data port.
In addition to the normal phone design, Verizon and Motorola will release a Star Wars version of the device, called the R2-D2 version. The back of the device is modeled after R2-D2 and there are rumored to be Star Wars themed images, wallpapers and applications that will come with the phone. The R2D2 version will be released on September 30th.