Go ahead and get Droid 2, or wait for Droid 3?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 2' started by classicfilmbroad, Apr 24, 2011.

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    Hey everyone! My name is Ashley and I'm new to the forums, as well as to Droids in general. I'm due for an upgrade with Verizon in May (my last time to get the "New Every Two" discount ... :'( tear) and have decided, after much research and asking many of my friends, that I really want to go with a Motorola Droid. My question is - should I go ahead and get the Droid 2, or wait for the Droid 3? I haven't been able to find any sort of release date for 3, but I just know that I'll be super angry if I buy 2 and a month later, here comes 3. At the same time, my LG EnV3 is from Satan, and I'm ready to get a phone that actually doesn't turn off in the middle of a text message. I didn't know if perhaps any of you knew when the Droid 3 was going to be released, or if any of you could just give me some advice. I'm looking at those two specifically because I really need a phone with a QWERTY keyboard. I really appreciate your anticipated help!
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    I wouldn't waste a 2 year contract for the droid 2 at this stage. If I were you I would look for a droid on ebay or craigslist and then you won't have to deal with contract issues
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    Droid 3 will likely be released around the august-sept time frame
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    I have a 2 and its great but I would wait for 3 I wouldnt was a 2 yr contract.
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    I also NEED a physical keyboard. I told myself "you don't need a physical keyboard" and I bought the droid x, I regretted it and returned it for the droid 2 instead.

    My advice to you would be to definitely wait. The droid 2 is a good phone (I have it obviously) but the droid 3 will probably be coming out in july/august.

    I wouldn't want to be stuck with a phone that's already a year old, if all I had to do was wait two-three months for the next best phone.

    The rumored (keep in mind rumored, nobody knows for certain) specs for the droid 3:

    Dual core 1 ghz(maybe 1.2)
    Between 512-1gig ram
    5-8 mp camera
    Vga/1.3 mp front facing camera
    4 inch screen
    qHD display (960x540)
    Gingerbread
    Maybe 4g, but most likely will be 3g

    If I were you, I'd wait the three months for the droid 3.



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    IMO, buy somethin cheap and save that 2yr. However, I love my droid 2 though ;-) if 4g dual core isn't a big deal to you, don't bother waiting. Your phone will still be pretty balla.
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    Buy another env3 for cheap and Activate it while those long months of waiting pass
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    Definitely wait and buy some cheap piece of crap to hold you over until it's released. I mean almost anything you buy cheap will be better than your devil phone.
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    I have a droid 2 global and its fantastic. The qwerty keyboard feels pretty good to me and it easy to type with, the overall feel of the phone is pretty solid. The only downside to the phone imo is the battery life(but there are ways to improve your battery life).

    Sent from my Droid 2 Global from a galaxy far far away...
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    I might be wrong but the D2 is no longer for sale at VZW. Only the D2G AKA Droid 2 Global. No worries, pretty much the same phone. Better hardware, but at this time lack of avaliable roms(if that even matters to you). Of course you can use a D2 ROM with the use of the Romer tool posted here on the forums, and in the case of the Liberty Rom it is very stable and performs even better then it did out of the box, and this thing already performed great out of the box imo.

    Some one suggested buying a D2 off ebay. Dont bother imo. Your going to be spending more then it would be worth to do the upgrade. It may still be cheaper to buy the D2 off ebay and buy the D3 at launch with contract, versus buying the D3 outright with out contract, but would still be more cost efficient/beneficial to fork out the extra cash for the D3 outright. I would no doubt find your cheapest option to hold you over until the D3 launch then get it for the contract price at launch.
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    I might be wrong on this, but I'm 95% certain I read somewhere that the the d2 and d2g have identical specs, except for the gsm capabilities. The processors are supposedly identical, just that the one in the d2g has been overclocked at a stable speed (1.2)

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    Nope the CPU is different. Droid 2 has a 1 GHz TI OMAP3630 Droid 2 Global has a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP3640. Both are based on the ARM Cortex-A8 processor.
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    Thank you for the correction.
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    buy something cheap .. here in my area .. phones are going crazy on craigs list ... i love craigs list .. you can find awesome things there ... anyway .. check craigslist in your area . ya never know .. you might find something cheap. As for waiting for the d3 ... im patiently waiting as well. found a tbolt on craigslist in my area for 350 yesterday ... almost talked myself into it ... but i have to have a physical keyboard .. thats just my opinion
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    WAIT WAIT WAIT! Even though we dont fully know the specs of the D3, I really see no good thing about the D2. Its a nice design and a little faster, but not many ROMs support it.

    I really think waiting it out for whatever comes in the future is the way to go. Deal with what you have and you'll be happier to be able to upgrade to something way better than the D2... IMO
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    Update: Droid 3 is NOT 4G & may be delayed

    Here is another consideration for this discussion: What I need is a keyboard phone with 4G. If the 4G question is not important then it might be best to wait and get the Droid 3. Although, we now know it was left out of the most recent vzw flyer. That could mean additional delays are coming.

    Motorola is having a lot of trouble, it seems, meshing 4G LTE with the dual core processors. There's a lot of talk on other forums about these problems. The consensus seems to be that it will take a while to work this out and that a really good 4G LTE phone with a keyboard is probably at least a year away. A really good 4G LTE phone with a dual core processor may take almost that long, they are saying.

    The Droid 2G is a very good phone. People -- especially people that don't visit forums like this -- are going to get a 4G phone "because it's there" -- maybe an HTC TB or an LG Revolution, or a Samsung Charge (when they finally get it ready). Some of them will then have a perfectly good Droid 2 to get rid of. If, after this Thursday when (rumors say) vzw is releasing 2 or 3 new phones, including the 4G LTE LG Revolution, the Droid 3 picture gels, well and good. But if not, I'm going to look for a good used D2 and keep it until vzw has a really good Droid 'D4G' (or whatever) that is, a 4G phone with a keyboard that is worth using my ne2 for. Who knows, maybe by then 12mp cameras with 1080p video capture will be the latest standard!
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    Wait for the Droid 3
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    If you MUST have a keyboard, wait for the Droid 3. I went through 3 Droid 2s in a week. I'm not saying its a bad phone, I probably just had a string of bad luck with them, but I won't buy another Motorola phone again because of that. I finally just got rid of it for the Incredible 2 last week. Not having a true keyboard really isn't terrible. Auto-correct helps a lot, haha.
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    D2s are cool. But I'd wait for a D3, since its supposedly coming soon.

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