The R2-D2 Droid 2 Smartphone. The Best Way to Let Everyone Know You’re a Geek

by Matt Klassen on August 13, 2010

While it won’t get you anywhere near the Dagobah system and lacks the necessary skills to fix your X-Wing, if you’re looking for a phone that marries your love of Star Wars with the latest and greatest smartphone technology, than the limited edition R2-D2 Motorola Droid 2 phone set for an early Fall release on the Verizon network may just be the phone for you.

Despite the fact that this may be the geekiest thing I’ve seen since I began tech/telecom blogging, I’m ashamed to say… I want one. I want one not just because it’s got this Lego looking R2-D2 veneer, but because the Droid 2 may, in fact, be the best Android phone released to date, and I, for one, am impressed.

Sure I could get the Droid 2 [released yesterday] without the limited edition R2-D2 styling, but what would be the fun in that?

Along with RIM’s latest mobile device, the Blackberry Torch, the Motorola Droid 2 has been designed specifically to take on the iPhone, luring potential dissatisfied Apple customers to the more open, friendlier waters of the Android world. The only problem for both these phones is, they’re not really selling.

When the iPhone launched in June the tech world was shocked by the public response, as independent research firms estimated over 2 million people lined up on release day to try to snatch up the newest gadget from Apple. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure both these phones will do just fine when it comes to sales, but for anything to be an iPhone killer I would think that they would need to rival the iPhone on the basis of sheer popularity alone, otherwise how could they ever hope to topple the most popular phone in America? Now I doubt Motorola or Verizon’s answer to this dilemma is the R2-D2 version, but it can’t hurt.

But beyond that, things seem to get even more difficult for the Droid 2, as the high powered smartphone is competing against its own siblings for smartphone dominance. For the Droid 2 to achieve any real success it will need to supplant both the Droid X and the Droid Incredible for the top spot on Verizon’s Android roster, and with those phones ranking among in the top 5 most popular Android phones of the year, that’s a tough task in itself.

Further, with the fact that the Droid 2 shares some striking similarities with its Droid X brother, one might wonder if any of these phones will ever see a fraction of the success of the iPhone. But this just points to the real problem with attempting to manufacture an iPhone killer, they are so many candidates out there that the market is diluted with choice, and none of them are selling like Apple’s baby.

So instead of gauging the success of the Droid 2 with how it competes with the iPhone [unless the phone comes with a secret arc laser feature suitable for shooting small aliens and rival smartphones], let’s judge it based solely on its own merits, and the truth is, there is no other phone out there that will communicate your love for Star Wars as smoothly and easily as the Droid 2…and isn’t that really all that matters?

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Jordan Richardson August 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

So what you’re saying is that this is the Droid we’re looking for?

Matt Klassen August 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm

LOL! 🙂 Absolutely!

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