Droid 2 Global Arrives: What Makes it Different?

Motorola released the Droid 2 less than a year after its announcement of the smartphone that put Android on the map, the original Droid. Today, Motorola has 4 ‘Droid’ variations on the market: The Droid 2, Droid X, Droid Pro, and now, the Droid 2 Global.

So what exactly does the Droid 2 Global have that makes it different than its teammates?

The biggest difference between the Global and the regular Droid 2 (and the rest of Motorola’s Android offering) is right in the name–it’s ‘global’–meaning it has worldwide connectivity options. For example, the Global has dual mode capabilities (GSM/CDMA enabled), whereas, a typical Verizon phone only runs on a CDMA network only. This feature probably doesn’t apply to the average smartphone user that doesn’t travel outside the U.S often, but for business users and heavy travelers, the Global would provide essential roaming capabilities.

Motorola and Verizon didn’t stop with just one additional feature. The world phone also has a major speed advantage over every other Android phone (currently) on the market. The new Droid 2 Global rocks a 1.2 GHz processor, whereas the Droid 2 possesses a 1 GHz processor. A nice and welcome 20% performance upgrade for power users.

My favorite addition, however, is the aesthetic makeover the Global received on the back of the device. Motorola tinkered with the Droid 2’s color scheme a bit, adding a pearly white background behind the slide-out keyboard. The enhanced color combination is definitely an upgrade over the usual black tile surrounding the keyboard.

The Droid 2 Global will cost $199 with a new 2 year contract (choice of white or black), which is an excellent deal being offered for the first Droid with a 1.2 GHz processor . Verizon is lowering the price of the Droid 2 to $149. The Droid X will remain at $199, and the new Droid Pro will be priced at $179. Verizon now has a little bit of Android+Motorola goodness for everyone at every price range.