Just upgraded to X2 from D1

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    So I got my X2 last night and a few first impressions coming from an original Droid (special thank you to Peter Alfonso, who kept my D1 fresh for so long).

    1) This thing is BIG. If you're used to being able to comfortably hold your phone in your hand and use your thumb to reach all parts of the screen, you probably won't be able to do that anymore.

    2) Power button in the top middle. This sucks. I'm used to quickly turning the phone on with a quick thumb push to the upper right. No more. Now I use two hands -- one to hold the phone, the other to push the button at the top to turn it on.

    3) The screen is GORGEOUS. If you're not a gadget freak (I'm not really) and haven't been physically checking out all the phones since the D1, the X2 will really make you realize how antiquated the D1's screen is.

    4) Who had the bright idea to change the order of the home buttons? Home, Menu and Back are in different places. I'm sure I'll get used to them, but what a PITA.

    5) MotoBlur. I hate it so far. Stock vanilla Android would be better. I think I'll just have to get rid of the social media tie-ins, maybe clear out all my screens and set it up like my old phone. I like to keep my life somewhat departmentalized.

    6) Bloat. Holy crap is there a lot of crap installed on this phone that you can't remove. The nice thing is that you can now create groups of icons, so perhaps I'll just make a group called "CRAP" and put everything in there.

    7) Speed. WOW is this thing fast. Even with my OC'd Droid I'd get delays once in a while as the CPU chewed through something. Not with this X2. Everything is so snappy and fast and ready at an instant (except the camera -- that still seems to be a work in progress).

    8) No Gingerbread. At least not yet. Would be nice if it rolled out at the same time as the X, but that's not what I'm hearing. Amazing that the predecessor to this brand new phone will have Gingerbread first.

    Anyway, just some opening thoughts. I don't much like change, and I do like simplicity, so perhaps I'm just being nitpicky about a lot of this.

    UPDATE: OK, this phone is starting to annoy me. Specifically:

    1) There is a popping sound whenever the audio channel is first "engaged." It comes over my car speakers and I'm afraid it's going to do damage. My D1 did not have this issue. Also, I have experienced audio stuttering on occasion. Not what I'd expect from a dual-core phone. My D1 never had this issue either.

    2) When I plug the phone into the multimedia dock, this also engages the car dock icon. It thinks it is in the car dock and multimedia dock at the same time. My D1 did not do this.

    3) When you use the car dock music app, there doesn't seem to be a way to get back to "albums." If you hit the return button it takes you back to the car dock menu, where among the options for navigation, phone, etc. is not "Music," but the SONG you were listening to. I had to exit the car dock and launch the music app to get out of the album I was listening to. I also tried the hardware "back" button and it did the same thing.

    4) When you plug the phone into the multimedia dock and have it connected to a computer, if you go to listen to music, it says, "Sorry, your SD card is busy." This is BEFORE you select USB connection. You have to go into the USB menu and select "Charge Only" to get your media back. I wonder if there's a way to make it "charge only" by default, then select the PC mode when you want it?

    I'm sure lots of these are just getting used to the new phone (except the car dock & sound popping), but they're annoying as hell.

    I might try to bring the phone back and see if I can wait for the D3. Trouble is, I bought two sets of the accessories kit and would be out a bit of change.

    Still thinking about it. Overall though, I think I still prefer my D1. Just the fact that I know that I won't be able to run a custom ROM that will fix some of these things is really disappointing. I have no faith that Motorola will fix these quickly. The only thing I love about this phone is the display and the speed. Other than that, I'll take my D1 any day. I can't believe I'm writing that.
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    Wait until you get GB on your Droid X2. It will make all of the difference.
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    Root that baby and freeze that bloat! There are a couple apps in the market that will freeze.
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    Hmmm. Time to do a search. I have no idea what freezing the bloat means. It gets worse?
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    Once you have your new phone rooted, you can download an app called Titanium Backup from the market. That app lists everything that is on your phone from games to system apps etc. You can then choose the items that you want to freeze like City id and whatever other crap that you know you wont use. Here is a short list of what's good to go so far:

    Safe Apps to Freeze/Remove 5/26/11
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    I came from a D1 as well. The things that I've noticed so far that will take some gettting used to is that the phone is a bit slippery. It's hard to one-hand it because it slides. Also, not having touch senstive buttons is very different. I'm not used to having to push at all to use the buttons.
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    Definitely.

    Hey, time to update your phone list in your CP! ;)

    (heading off to find Gingerbreak)
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    Yea, and they moved the back button over to far to hit with my left thumb! I didnt like that along with the hard buttons. Check out the Incipio case for the X. Pretty sweet and thin and really helps with the slip.
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    Hate that they mixed up the buttons.

    As for the case, I'm a heavy dock user, so I will continue to live in fear that I will drop my phone and not have protection. :icon_eek:
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    I have a D2 (had a D1 before) and wife has a X2...agree w/most of your comments.

    My biggest pet-peeve is the centered power button, just makes me nuts. Funny how "little" stuff like that can be an issue.

    The other button issue I have is I don't like how hard the Menu/Home/Back/Search buttons are to press...you pretty much have to have two hands on the phone to make them work. The Charge, which has its own problems of course, has a much better implementation of hard buttons - they are easy enough to press that you can do them one handed, but they are resistant to accidental presses.

    The Blur on the X2 pretty good from what I've seen, much better, for instance, than what shipped on the D2, which was awful. On my D2, I chose to use a rooted GB ROM that includes blur...works well for me now.

    Size of the X2 isn't too bad for me, I have pretty big hands, but it certainly doesn't rest in the hands as easily as the D1/D2 do. My wife is small (5'1") and somehow is OK w/the size of the phone, but she always uses two hands w/it.

    I think the lack of Gingerbread is the biggest deal right now - when that comes to the phone (preferably in a rooted ROM) the phone will really take off.
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    DX 2 screen is cheaper hardware, yet 1 article does say it's power efficient.
    Did you notice a bluish tint in your screen?

    I think the D1 has a better screen IMO. Anyone care to dis agree?
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    D1 has a better screen than the DX2?

    I had the D1 since a week after launch.

    After spending a day with my X2 there's no way I can agree that the D1 had a better screen.

    How is it cheaper hardware? Most comparisons I've seen put the qHD screen squarely up with the best screens out there, like the Super AMOLED.
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    The screens.....like Amoled vs. LCD...is gonna be strictly a matter of opinion.

    I hate this....cuz the LCD vs. Amoled debates have all died down, gone away....lol
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    I totally agree. When you look at a webpage, even with a smaller screen on the D1, I could make out the itty bitty text. Now, text that is big enough to read comfortably is still chunky. It really goes to show how the D1 will always be one of the best smartphones ever. Pete Alfonso, just got 2.3.4 to run on it, inclusive of video chat (without the D1's picture of course).

    Still love the phone, though. It really flys!
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    I think its a rendering thing also. Updates might help. There are games that don;t like the qHD yet, either.
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    AnandTech - The Motorola Atrix 4G Preview


    Either way, I will be upgrading to Droid Bionic when released.
    I doubt that the screen on my OG droid is better than QHD, but I was hoping that someone would just blast me with reasons why its not.
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    The reviews on the PenTile screens seem to have generated a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    When I first looked at the X2, my eyes were impressed. Greatly. Let me be clear. I LOVED my D1. However, the X2 just seems much sharper and clearer to me.

    And if this PenTile technology means I get better battery life as well?

    I'm all for it.

    I'm not going to get caught up in the specs or reviews about this display's drawbacks. The screen looks beautiful to me, and I'd take it over the D1's screen any day of the week.

    That, however, is just my opinion. And there's a lot of things that are annoying me about the X2 that I'm not used to. The screen just ain't one of them.
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    One thing I did notice is that when I wiped my D1 so my wife could use it, and I went back to 2.1 from Peter Alfonso's Gingerbread ROM, the default brightness seems to be MUCH higher, and the screen looked much better. I have a feeling that Peter (or maybe Gingerbread) reduces the screen brightness to save battery life.

    Perhaps I had just gotten used to a dimmed display on my D1.
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    I hear ya, I'm really torn about waiting for the next Moto Device, or taking the DX2 and letting Verizon iron out the 4G network issues.

    I really have no clue.
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    ..the original DX was my first and only Droid.. I find the top center power button very convienient; no matter which hand the device is in I can slide my index finger to the top of the device and turn the screen on or off. I find this much better than having a screen-timout that always kicks in at the wrong time.

    I guess to each his own.. :)
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