Droid 2 dummy phone available, found to be full of Blur

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    Are you a developer of cases and other accessories? Want to get the jump on your competitors? You're in luck, as Droid 2 dummy phones are now available for $29.99, from Cellular National Network.

    A dummy phone is obviously non-functional. However these dummies show off some startling facts about the Droid 2 that had not been previously confirmed. Mainly, Droid 2 will possibly be rocking Blur, the same version found on the Droid X. This proprietary UI overlay may appeal to some, but I am sure this will be a turn-off to others. Also, if we want to nitpick, you will notice that the Droid 2 dummy is "pre-loaded" with Skype. More bloatware, really Verizon?

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    So why are we speculating about what we see on a dummy phone? Because it's fun. It may also mean the end of the "vanilla Android" smartphone. As the Nexus One had been discontinued recently, and the Droid 1 about to hit its End of Life date, there may never be another "Google Experience" phone again. If any new smartphone were to be carrying the Google Experience, it would've been the Droid 2. Then of course, we face the harsh possibility of the Droid 2 including an encrypted bootloader, like the Droid X. This may signal a dark age in Android development.

    So, what does everyone think? Let us know.

    via Droid-Life
    source Cellular National Network
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    I like the look so far. I'm one who uses the phyical keyboard, so I would want it on any replacement. As far as Blur - meh, not a deal breaker. Skype - again meh (not like you can't delete it). However, if it ships with the encrypted bootloader I might have to pass. I won't be up for a new phone for a while, so I'll just sit on the sidelines and watch how it plays out.
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    Kinda reminds me of back when car phones first came out mainstream. Stores were selling the fake car phone antennas..lol
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    My thoughts exactly. I require a physical keyboard as well so I am keeping my eyes on this model as my possible next phone.
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    Likewise as well. The prospect of MotoBlur is not thrilling to me. I also need that keyboard. Should be interesting by next January-March when I am due for an upgrade.
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    Im liking this phone so far. I actually tested out a Droid X and was not in the least bit impressed. The screen is huge but I need my physical keyboard. MotoBlur is actually an excellent reason to buy it, IMHO. Im very jealous of those who have it and wouldnt mind having it myself. But Im surprised this thing isnt running on 4G.

    Whats so bad about this bootloader thing?
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    i think it makes it extremely difficult to root.
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    Blur. Ugh.
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    With all the talk of lte it seems like a bad time to upgrade to a smartphone anyways. The whole anti hacking thing they have started is a bummer.
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    Wrong. It will make it nearly impossible to add a ROM, but it likely will be rooted.
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    Exactly! The Milestone has one and has yet to be rooted (to my knowedge). I know there are devs working on it now, so all is not lost.
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    verizon and moto are kinda blowin it. i mean the droid 1 coulda been a lot more than it came out to be. and now the roid 2 is the same thing 5mp and all just with blur and a locked bootloader. i mean come on.
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    I thought it was rocking a better processor too though?
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    I'm thinking people are going to be glad they hung onto their droid 1s down the road, even if they do get newer phones. I can see a black market forming at some time for originals that can be rooted.
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    Something like how people buy the original 'phat' and 'slim' PSPs due to homebrew capabilities?
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    Yep, and look now, still people are trying to get originals and are being told they are no longer being produced. I can only see that demand going up..just a guess..
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    The milestone has been rooted, it's just that darn bootloader hasn't been cracked yet. The milestone hasn't got the same rom lovin' that all of us Droid users are getting.


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    The fact that it cant be hacked or use ROMS wont matter much to me. I have yet to root my Droid. However I am disappointed in a few things once I got to talking about it with my friend.

    1) Wheres the forward facing camera?
    2) 5mp? Are you serious?
    3) Fine, 5mp but tell me you fixed it. Tell me its better than the one on the original. In the words of Chris Rock, 'LIE TO ME JERRY!'
    4) We still cant vidchat?

    Thing is this thing wants to play with the big boys *cough*Apple*cough* and I dont see how it expects to do that when really this seems like a POSSIBLY souped up Droid 1 with Moto Blur. Heck, give me Moto Blur as an app and Ill just keep the original Droid. I say POSSIBLY because Im no good with tech specs, especially when it comes to phones. But this thing, IMHO, cant touch the iPhone 4. If Apple can get that darn thing working right and the carrier stops sucking, or if it comes to Verizon, tell me one reason people will opt for the Droid 2. Customizability? Okay, App Market still needs work though. Live Wallpapers? Awesome sauce, but I can see pics I take before I take them OF MY OWN FACE and they dont suck. And look at this, I can vid chat! The list goes on. I hope this is just an idea of what it looks like and theyll get to work on adding some of these features because this... this... I just dont see why Id leave my 2 year contract a year early and pay $500 or even $200 after my contract for it.

    Dont get me wrong, I like it. I especially like how similar it is to the original. But its a little too similar and they need to work more on whats under the hood.
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    Please forgive the double post, I cant seem to find the Edit button. But another thing. Why isnt this phone Global? The Droid is amazing but that one of the most annoying things about it in my book. Im in college and hoping to transfer out of country soon. Id love to take my phone with me but it might just be impossible. These phones are so smart but they just cant add that one feature in?
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    Starting to look like HTC vs. Moto based on being able to load custom software and said ability being locked/not locked down. A house divided can never stand...hope this plays out better since the future of android seems to be playing out in the hands of manufacturers.

    One of the appeals of android is openness, so please moto try to dance with the girl that you went to the prom with. (open droid 1) =0)
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