Awesome New Motorola ‘Droid 2’ Coming to Verizon Along With Special ‘R2D2’ Limited Edition

Seems like there’s been a non-stop parade of hot new Android-powered phones releasing in 2010. We reported on the Droid Incredible back in April, the ginormous Droid X with its drool-worthy screen back in June, but check out what Motorola is about to release on Verizon customers now. The all-new Droid 2, an update on the Droid that started it all.

Unlike the Incredible and the X, the new Droid 2 has an improved flip-out keyboard, a must for texting and emailing enthusiasts. I have to say, as a Droid Incredible user, I long for a real keyboard every single time I have to pound out more than a few words on my virtual keyboard. The Droid X at least has a much larger screen and consequently a much larger virtual keyboard, but there just is no comparison to how efficient you can be with a real keyboard.

The specs are reminiscent of the original Droid, but updated in some key areas: Android 2.2 (AKA “Froyo”), 3.7″ touch-screen, 3G Mobile HotSpot capability, Flash Player 10.1, an enhanced 5MP-cam with image-stabilization, dual LED flash and DVD-quality video capture, 8GB of onboard memory and a 8GB microSD card and onboard DLNA media sharing.

Perhaps the coolest thing about the new Droid 2? The awesome limited-edition Droid R2D2! Star Wars fans will love this. The ‘Empire Strikes Back’ special-edition phone comes with special Star Wars sounds, ‘Empire’ wallpapers, exclusive videos, original movie stills and artwork, and special Star Wars-themed apps all pre-loaded and designed to make Star Wars geeks squeal with glee.

The Droid 2 will be available for the standard $200 (with 2-year contract) via Verizon Wireless. Stay tuned for launch dates and further info as it becomes available.

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