Phone Timeline

A walk–thru of the phones I’ve owned over the years. It’s interesting to see how the devices themselves have changed over time.

2011 — Motorola® Droid X2

I wasn’t exactly liking the direction Microsoft® was moving with their mobile OS and had started to look at Google’s Android OS. I finally settled on a phone and whaddaya know, I was coming back to Motorola. I did try out a few apps that were supposed to let me sync my contacts from Outlook but that was a disaster. I ended up with all my contacts on the phone which was good but suddenly every contact was duplicated in Outlook. No more syncing. Thankfully I had made a backup so it was recoverable but I fast learned that was just not going to work. Ultimately I ended up further entrenched in Google’s ecosystem and found I was able to basically setup and use GMail like I had been using Outlook. Specifically, multiple email accounts and the ability to send from GMail using one of those accounts rather than my GMail acocunt.

Anyway, back to the phone at hand. I was quite blown away at just how much better the capacitive screen was compared to the resistive screen on my previous device. Everything just worked more responsively and smoothly. Of course things had been moving quite fast in the mobile world and the specs of this device were quite improved. Now armed with an 8 megapixel camera I was getting much better photos and found myself using my digital camera less and less.

I was became a fan of the Android OS and the ability to customize things with relative ease. Lots of apps available to accomplish nearly anything you wanted that wasn't already baked-in too. With the design of the UI itself it was also a lot easier to use without a stylus.


Specifications -

Device Type Smartphone
OS Android (2.3, 2.2)
Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 5.02 x 2.58 x 0.39 inches (127.5 x 65.5 x 9.90 mm)
Weight 5.47 oz (155 g)
Ports Left: Micro USB, HDMI
Keys Right: Volume rocker Top: Power
Physical Size 4.3 inches
Resolution 590 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density 256 ppi
Technology TFT
Screen–to–body Ratio 61.00%
Colors 16,777,216
Touchscreen Capacitive, Multi–touch
Features Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch–resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Camera 8 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Hardware Features Autofocus
Software Features Digital zoom
Features Settings White balance presets
Shooting Modes Scenes, Effects
Camcorder 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
System Chip NVIDIA Tegra 2
Processor Dual–core, 1000 MHz
System Memory 0.5 GB RAM
Built-in storage 8 GB
Storage Expansion microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB
Capacity 1540 mAh
Type User replaceable, Li–Ion
Talk Time 8.00 hours
Stand-by Time 9.2 days (220 hours)
Screen Mirroring DLNA
Music Player
Filter By Album, Artist, Playlists
Features Album art cover, Background playback
Supported Formats MP3, AAC, AAC+
Video Playback
Supported Formats MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
Radio FM
Speakers Earpiece, Loudspeaker
Headphones Connector 3.5mm
Internet Browsing
Browser Android WebKit
Supports HTML, HTML5, XHTML, Flash
Built–In Online Services Support Facebook, Photobucket, Flickr, Picasa/Google+, Twitter
CDMA 800, 1900 MHz
2G Data EV–DO Rev.A
Phone features
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass
Notifications Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Phonebook Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
Organizer Calendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator
Messaging SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
Instant Messaging Hangouts / Google Talk
Games Yes
Hearing Aid Compatibility M4, T3
Other features Voice dialing, Voice recording, TTY/TDD
Bluetooth 2.1, EDR
Profiles/Protocols Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Generic Object Exchange (GOEP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Human Interface Device (HID), Message Access Profile (MAP), Object Push (OPP), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Phone Book Access (PBAP), Serial Port (SPP)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Connector microUSB
Features Mass storage device, USB charging
HDMI Micro HDMI (Type D)
Charging Connector microUSB
Positioning GPS, A–GPS, S–GPS
Navigation Turn–by–turn navigation, Points of interest (POI)
Other Computer sync, OTA sync