Motorola DROID X2 vs LG Revolution — A Clash of Verizon’s Latest

July 19, 2011

Recently, Motorola launched the Droid X’s successor, the Motorola DROID X2 with mouth-watering features parallel to the newly arrived LG Revolution. Both phones come with muscular hardware specs, but only the LG Revolution uses Verizon’s 4G LTE Network, while the Motorola Droid X2 is on 3G.  With everything about these two superphones considered, which one would be the better choice for you?

You would wish the answer to be clear cut. We also wish, too. Sadly, choosing between the two is rather challenging because, despite appearing to be on (relatively ) equal footing, the Motorola DROID X2 and the LG Revolution have nuances that are not immediately apparent, except on closer inspection. And, that is what Android Authority wishes to accomplish in this post: to view both phones under magnifying lenses (so to speak) so that we can pick where the two are alike and where they diverge.

Read on for a comprehensive comparison review of the Motorola DROID X2 and the LG Revolution.

Physical Aspects

First, we will have a look at the physical aspects:

Motorola DROID X2 LG Revolution
Size (height, width, depth) 65.5 x 127.5 x 9.9 mm (5.02 x 2.58 x 0.39 inches) 128 x 67 x 13 mm (5.03 x 2.63 x 0.52 inches)
Weight 5.47 oz (155 grams) 6.08 oz (172 grams)

If you see the Motorola DROID X2 for the first time and keep the Droid X side by side, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two. They have nearly identical designs. It’s a good chunk of hardware to hold and carry, and the bump on the top back adds some extra bulk along with the sturdy construction and soft-touch finish of the DROID X2.

The DROID X2 is taller and wider than the Thunderbolt, but shorter and skinnier than the DROID Charge. Fortunately, the phone isn’t slippery, thanks to the soft-touch plastic surface of the entire back. The device’s mass and build undoubtedly account for its tough and solid chassis, one that should easily withstand normal wear and tear, and certainly gives a feel of durability more than does the DROID Charge before it.

Motorola DROID X2 Out of the Box

Looking at the LG Revolution’s box, this device is quite identical to that of the Thunderbolt. Exuding the same elegance as its predecessor, the LG Revolution’s box comes in a minimalistic black sleeve, the logos and words etched very carefully on top. Only the back of the sleeve has anything written on it, which is the normal regulatory certification information.

At first sight, the Revolution not only appears to be a very attractive phone–it’s a beast as well. The phone seems to emulate its packaging perfectly, blanketed in a soft black tone that’s only interrupted by a chrome strip on the left and right sides and a long piece of glass on the back. Hence, its back and curved corners are the most-visually appealing features; the corners are curved with just the right touch of softness.

LG Revolution Sleek Design

Display

Motorola DROID X2 LG Revolution
Screen Size 4.3 inches 4.3 inches
Technology TFT TFT
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Colors 16.8 million 16.8 million

Though there isn’t much change to the overall appearance of the phone, Motorola did upgrade the DROID X2′s display from a WVGA (480×854-pixel resolution) touch screen to a qHD (540×960-pixel resolution) display. It’s a very crisp and clean-looking screen. Viewing angles are extremely good as is contrast, making this one of the best displays yet seen on a handset.

Whereas, the LG Revolution features a screen of the same size as that of DROID X2′s. The 4.3-inch, 800×480-resolution capacitive touchscreen display fits right, irrespective of the fact that LG opted to throw in a standard TFT WVGA screen that still looks very sharp. Although, admittedly, it isn’t top-of-the-line. The display turned out to be brighter than a Super AMOLED Plus screen, but at the cost of washed-out colors as the screen was barely discernible.

To us, the DROID X2 ultimately wins the battle with its gorgeous screen. But, who’s saying that you can’t enjoy the brightness of the LG Revolution?

Computing Power

Motorola DROID X2 LG Revolution
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2 (Dual-core) Qualcomm Snapdragon (Single-core)
Clock Speed 1.0 GHz 1.0 GHz
Operating System Android 2.2 (FroYo) Android 2.2 (FroYo)
RAM 512 MB 512 MB
Inbuilt Storage 8 GB MicroSD 16 GB MIcroSD
External Storage 32 GB MicroSD 32 GB MicroSD
Battery 1540 mAh, Li Ion 1500 mAh, Li Ion
Battery Standby Time 220 hours 335 hours
Battery Talk Time 8 hours 7.25 hours

Compared to the LG Revolution with its single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, of course and by any means, the Motorola DROID X2 keeps an edge with its dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. The 2 in the “X2″ actually refers to the number of cores in the handset’s processor.

Although both the devices perform well with the 1.0 GHz processor speed, the LG Revolution comes with more inbuilt storage capacity which means more space for your photos, music, and videos. As far as RAM and external storage are concerned, both smartphones have exactly the same amounts to offer to the user.

DROID X2 comes with a NVIDIA Tegra 2

The DROID X2 has a little bit more battery capacity than the LG Revolution–just a 40-mAh difference. It is a slight difference. But, considering that the DROID X2 has the faster and more powerful processor, you can surmise that it also consumes more power faster than does the LG Revolution’s single-core processor. This fact can explain why the DROID X2 has a shorter standby time than the LG Revolution.

Motorola DROID X2 Back

Comparing both phones’ talk-to-standby ratios, the DROID X2 wins over the LG Revolution. This, despite the DROID X2′s (presumably) more power-intensive needs on account of its faster processor.

In terms of standby time, the LG Revolution runs a longer stretch–by about 115 hours longer, in fact. So, if you’re intending casual use for your Android phone, the LG Revolution’s longer standby time may appeal more to you than the DROID X2′s 220 hours of idle time. In terms of talk time, the DROID X2 lasts about 45 minutes (0.75 hours) longer with continuous, heavy use. And, trust us when we say that the extra minutes can matter a lot to many power users.

LG Revolution Li Ion Battery

Battery life is a big factor to consider when deciding which handset to buy. But, in the case between the Motorola DROID X2 and the LG Revolution, a very tough call has to be made regarding what matters most to you: longer standby time and slower processing speed (i.e., LG Revolution), or shorter standby time and faster processing speed plus an extra 45 minutes in talk time (i.e., Motorola DROID X2).

Multimedia

Motorola DROID X2 LG Revolution
Rear Camera (main) 8 MP(3264×2448 pixels) 5 MP
Rear Camera Video Capture 1280×720 (720p HD) 1280×720 (720p HD)
Front Camera (secondary) None 1.3 MP
Music Player Yes Yes
Video Playback Yes Yes
Multimedia Streaming Audio and Video Audio and Video
YouTube Player Yes Yes
Voice Recording Yes Yes

We have a clear win in the Motorola DROID X2 when comparing primary cameras (rear-facing). The DROID X2 simply has the better camera specs (8 megapixels compared to the LG Revolution’s 5 megapixels). Generally, more megapixels in a camera often translate to more details being captured, although photo enthusiasts would argue that other factors besides the camera’s pixel resolution contribute to the overall quality of a photo. All things being equal, the DROID X2′s camera still out-pixels the LG Revolution’s camera.

However, when turning our attention back to the front of the handsets, the LG Revolution has a feature that makes the DROID X2 look like a loser: the LG Revolution has a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Its primary use, needless to say, is for video calls. Throw into the equation Verizon’s absurdly fast 4G LTE data speeds, and you get the clear idea of who rocks and who sucks at video calls.

Motorola DROID X2 with 8 MP Camera

LG Revolution Front and Rear facing Camera

Connectivity

Motorola DROID X2 LG Revolution
4G Not applicable (3G only) LTE
Bluetooth 2.1 3.0
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes Yes
USB USB 2.0, microUSB USB 2.0, microUSB
HDMI Yes Yes
DLNA Yes Yes
Internet Browsing Support HTML, HTML5, XHTML, Flash HTML, Flash
GPS aGPS, sGPS aGPS

In terms of 4G speed, the LG Revolution will experience roughly 10 times faster downloading while on Verizon’s LTE network.  That being said, connectivity to the data network is not a prime consideration here. But, the features ingrained into each handset can and does alter the experience.

Motorola DROID X2 comes with X2

The DROID X2 is our clear choice on this one, and for a very important reason. The DROID X2 simply has better Web browsing support than does the LG Revolution. While the latter supports only HTML and Flash, the Motorola DROID X2 supports two more standards: HTML5 and XHTML. Wider support for a variety of standards is, in our opinion, a good thing because it will make the handset user able to access rich Web content without sacrificing the experience. Plus, with the DROID X2′s faster processor, Web browsing should be smooth and buttery.

As for Bluetooth connectivity, the LG Revolution has the more up-to-date specification: Bluetooth 3.0. For some users, that can be a dealbreaker because Bluetooth version 3.0 has been touted as faster and more reliable than previous Bluetooth versions.

LG Revolution Video Playing Capabilities

Conclusion

Overall, we found our hearts melting for the Motorola DROID X2 primarily because of our geeky bias towards processing power and hiccups-free use. The Motorola DROID X2 has a faster processor, although it has a shorter standby time than the LG Revolution. The Motorola DROID X2′s display also looks sharper and snappier because of its dual-core processing power and its touchscreen’s bigger pixel density. The Motorola DROID X2 also wins our hearts as far as Web browsing, photo snapping, and video capture are concerned. But, our hearts ache a bit for the DROID X2′s lack of a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video calls, which the LG Revolution has.

That being said, if lightning fast download and upload speeds are of paramount importance to you, and you live in an area where Verizon’s LTE network has been deployed – and you’re not afraid to potentially have some ridiculous bandwidth overcharges – then the Revolution is a natural choice.

But, the LG Revolution got us thinking hard, too, especially when weighing options for storage space, as the LG Revolution has twice more inbuilt storage (16 GB) than does the Motorola DROID X2.

In sum, for us, the Motorola DROID X2 provides a stronger come on than the LG Revolution. But, that’s just us. What about you? What would make you pick one over the other?

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Comments

  • Odawgx

    Ummmmmm…..the Droid X2 is not a 4G phone………n

  • Phenix

    X2 LTE? Put down the crack.

  • Cybie257

    I had a Droid 2 Global at 1.2GHz and was touted as one of the best phones at it’s release. I went through 3 of them in 7 months. Now I have an LG Revolution which I an extremely happy with. The Droid 2 Global was the first ever Motorola Phone I had. All phones in the past were LG’s and were upgraded, not replaced do to failure. Anyhow, the Revolution at 1Ghz and it’s dedicated GPU this phone is smooth, reliable, and has yet to randomly reboot itself. I’ve installed all sorts of apps to test this phone abilities out. Also, I have used NetFlix quite a bit and even to entertain passengers in the vehicle. This phone only has one thing that I can say negative about it and that’s the battery life, but I was for-warned about that prior to purchase. I’m ok with that as I always buy an extra battery and charger with any phone. The HDMI out to TV also works awesome, especially with NetFlix.

    I understand that there are some ‘better’ things about the Droid X2 mentioned in this article, but I’ve never had an out of box charging issue, back-light going out, or random reboots on any LG phone. I think this article lacks the LG quality that has been proven over time. As for Motorola, they were a great company before moving to China. I recommend the LG Revolution to anyone who reads this article for the things that really count. And it’s not just me having bad luck with the Motorola brand as I have friends that have expressed their dislike with Motorola phones for strange problems.

    Also, rumor has it that LG is wild about supporting this particular phone and that they are ‘skipping’ versions of android and the next update will be at least 2 versions above the 2.2 that it comes with, and, I would assume, that this update will also include the negative comment about lack of certain web support in the Revo vs X2.(Just a guess, so no negative feedback on that remark, lol).

    @Phenix : Where does X2 LTE question come from? Not mentioned here and it sounds like you think they mentioned it as LTE.

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