The Motorola Droid was Android’s first “must own” device when you really think about. Remember how Android began, on T-Mobile with that horrible HTC G1? Yea, try looking at that, and then looking at the Droid, and not drool all over the floor.
The first Droid, while great for what it could do, was fairly chunky, had mediocre battery life, ran an “old” (is Android 2.0 old?) version of the Android operating system, and the keyboard wasn’t exactly easy to use. Motorola heard all of these complaints, and went to great lengths to fix them with the second version of the Droid.
First thing they did was double the speed of the CPU, from 500 MHz to 1 GHz. They were able to do this because the Texas Instruments OMAP 3630 inside was built on a 45 nanometer process. Smaller transistors enable raw clock frequency to go up, while at the same time they also require less power to operate. The Apple A4 chip for example, or the Samsung chip inside their flagship Bada powered S8500, both use 45 nanometer processes.
The directional pad got replaced with arrow keys. The gold trimming, which I though was gorgeous, but many of you complained looked tacky, or worse yet a poor attempt at imitating something out of a Batman comic, has been replaced with silver trimming. Speaking of trimming, the device got a bit thinner, and … well that’s it really.
Expect this device to launch some time in the summer of 2010, probably right before back to school season.
[Via: Boy Genius Report]