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  (Source: Engadget)
Will cost you $199 with a contract, $599 outright

Engadget posted pictures of the Best Buy display of the upcoming Motorola Droid 2 from Verizon, confirming the rumored price tag. Interested buyers will be able to pick up the follow-up to the popular Droid for $199.99 with a qualifying two-year contract, or $599 outright.


A sharp Floridian reader also submitted a Verizon promo showcasing the Droid 2 in yesterday's Tampa Tribune. The ad shows the Droid 2 in a succession of other top Droid phones, including the Incredible and the X, with a "coming soon" tag listed where the price appears on the other handsets.

A release date for the Droid 2 has not been confirmed, though rumors of an August 12 launch have been buzzing around the web. The original, nine-month-old Droid is out-of-stock on Verizon's website, suggesting the replacement's impending launch.

The Droid 2 is more of an upgrade to the original device than a bona fide, must-have replacement. It will be the first handset in the U.S. to ship with Android 2.2 "Froyo," beating out the recently released Droid X, and packs a full QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz OMAP processor, 8GB of internal storage (with an 8GB micro-SD card included), and a an updated version of the Motoblur overlay. 

Early critics of the handset have pointed to the lack of a front-facing camera and no HDMI out.

The folks over at Droid-Life got their hands on a leaked user guide for the device, which you can check out for yourself here

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RE: HDMI out?
By omnicronx on 8/9/2010 10:44:01 AM , Rating: 0
Why do you 'Need' anything other than a phone on a phone? Short answer is you don't, but HDMI out/ front facing camera have become standard features on high end smartphones. When picking and choosing between two phones with similar features at similar price points, why would you opt for the phone that has less features?

RE: HDMI out?
By Manch on 8/9/2010 12:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
When picking and choosing between two phones with similar features at similar price points, why would you opt for the phone that has less features?

Same reason people buy iphones or they pick a certain brand of car over another even if it's inferior.

Most people dont exclusively use logic to decide on something. They instead they let their feelings, public opinion, etc sway their decision. GM for example puts out some nice cars. I wont buy one. I'll buy a Ford instead. Theirs no logic to this. I simply will not buy a post bailout GM.

RE: HDMI out?
By mcnabney on 8/9/10, Rating: -1
RE: HDMI out?
By Manch on 8/9/2010 2:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
What you just said is equivalent to owning shares in Pepsico, but refusing to drink their products.

No all I said was people do not use just logic when making purchase decisions. I own Ford stock and I buy Ford products. While the US Govt may have bailed out GM using the people's money, I'll never see a dime of it and neither will you. So no it's nothing like what you said.

Either that or you just hate America and don't want the Feds to be able to sell their stake in GM and get their money back.

The fact that I like most people let personal feelings influence my buying decisions means I hate America? I've been serving in the Armed Forces for the last 12 years and continue to do so.

BTW, #1 The Fed's will never recover the money.

#2 It's not their money, it's the peoples money.

Politicians and apparently you seem to ignore or forget that fact.

Next time try to read things in context, and don't things proportion. Idiot

RE: HDMI out?
By omnicronx on 8/9/2010 3:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
GM for example puts out some nice cars. I wont buy one. I'll buy a Ford instead. Theirs no logic to this. I simply will not buy a post bailout GM.
Thats completely subjective. If I am a conservative and I do not condone socialistic activity, are you really trying to say that there would be no logic to my decision making process in this situation? Is it truly illogical to not support something I don't believe in?

Same goes in this situation, if form factor is a my single biggest priority, is it truly illogical to buy a phone based on looks over performance?

The Hdmi out of the Droid Incredible was a big selling point, and I know more than a few people that would not have bought this device, had it not comes with HDMI out.

All the article is pointing out is that its non keyboard brother, boasts hdmi and a front facing camera and this device does not, and that could have an impact on the choice of a consumer for a phone with the same OS, made by the same manufacturer, offered by the same carrier with similar price points. You are kidding yourself if you don't think this will have an impact in the decision of consumers.

And really, at the point where someone is comparing two droid phones, they've already made their choice of platform and carrier.

RE: HDMI out?
By Manch on 8/9/2010 5:30:46 PM , Rating: 2
I dont disagree with you. And, yeah of course it's subjective. But you asked why would someone pick a phone with lesser features. I'm not saying there is no logic to your decision, of course their is. I'm just saying that logic aside, your feelings influence your decisions and lots of times trump logic all together (see Apple Sheeple).

I guess I could have been more clear.( I was on a teleconference...snore) As far as my GM example goes my point was I wont buy a GM car because of how I feel about the company. They do in fact have some very nice cars. Objectively looking at some of there cars compared to some of the Fords, spec wise they seem to be a better deal(no not the slowmaro). That's all for naught because I refuse to buy one and that's why I say there is no logic to it because it's based on my feelings my anti-socialist, anti-communism, America F@CK YEAH!, feelings.

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