Little R2D2 is probably one of the most famous droids in history, and now thanks to today’s technology he’s a smartphone. Introduced in September 2010 by Verizon Wireless, this limited edition smartphone is a little piece of Star Wars in your pocket.
I recently decided that I needed a smartphone to keep up with emails and such from my job, and what else would I choose as a science fiction (and Star Wars) fan but the Droid R2D2? Seeing as how my old phone was anything but smart, I was happy to put aside my LG Chocolate Touch and give little R2D2 a try. I had 30 days to give the Droid R2D2 an honest try and if I didn’t like it, I had no problems going back to my LG.
Firstly, I was surprised by how fast Verizon shipped this phone to me. They overnighted it which I loved. There’s nothing quite like having a new gadget in my hands the next day to appease the geek in me.
Setting it up for the initial charge was so easy it was brainless. The docking station is extremely convenient to use and while it’s charging I can see my update bar. This lets me know if I’ve gotten emails, messages via Facebook or any other accounts I’ve added onto my phone.
Seeing as how this was my very first smartphone, I was a little intimidated. While I do consider myself somewhat technologically-inclined, I had never accessed the internet or checked my email from a mobile phone before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can’t say if it’s easy for all smart phones, but the Droid R2D2 made it incredibly simple. It didn’t take me long to catch on and get full use of my new smartphone.
I have seven home screen panels which I love. On my main one I can see the things that are most important to me such as the time and a few apps that I like to use daily. On another home screen I have a tic-tac-toe game that my kids like to play. On another screen is Facebook for Android, Kindle, etc.
I love this phone but my favorite part is the R2D2 “look” on the back cover, and the little chirps and whistles I hear when I get a text, email or call. I will say that when the phone starts making those distinguished chirps, it does get the attention of most people when I’m out in public. I guess I could turn the ring volume down but where’s the fun in that?
This little phone also boasts Android 2.2 Froyo, 8GB internal storage, 8GB microSD card, Mobile Hotspot, a 5 megapixel camera and a 3.7 inch display. It’s perfect for my needs as far as I’m concerned.
There is only one downfall that I could find with this phone. It hemorrhages battery life. I have never owned a phone that drained so much charge so quickly, but then again, I’ve never owned a smartphone until now. Maybe this is the nature of these types of phones; I don’t know. All I do know is that I need to watch its life much more than I ever had to with my LG Chocolate Touch. Or maybe I just use my phone too much; that could be too.
All in all, to say I’m extremely pleased with this phone would be an understatement. It’s probably one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It’s everything a science fiction fan could want in a phone and more.
For more information on DROID R2-D2 by Motorola, go to www.droiddoes.com/r2d2.