Certified Pre-Owned Droid 2
I have been thinking about buying a Droid 2. I was just wondering if it would be better to get the pre-owned one since its cheaper. I only wondered this because normally if something happens to the brand new one they give you a pre-owned one. So I just thought, before I went and bought one. If its better to just get the pre-owned since its cheaper or should I pay the extra for the Droid 2 Global? I don't really need the Global. Thanks for all the help.
- 01-22-2011, 04:29 PM #2
- 01-23-2011, 11:04 AM #3
Get the D2G for the extra couple bucks. It has an improved keyboard and a number of small tweaks. The D2 was a phone that probably should have never been released. It's like the beta version of the D2G...
Also, the certified refurbished phones have a bad history of "issues". You might as well try starting with a fresh one.
- 01-23-2011, 04:26 PM #5
- 01-23-2011, 06:14 PM #6
I'm going to buy a certified refurbed Droid 2 for a backup in case something bad happens to my current D2 and have to wait for a replacement phone to arrive.
As far as the D2 being crap I think he/she doest know what they're talking about...the only problem I had with my first D2 was user error and I sent my phone to an unrecoverable reboot loop. Again i caused my own problem not Verizon or Motorola. The D2G from what I've read has its own set of problems that made me glad I chose the D2
- 01-23-2011, 10:21 PM #7
- 01-24-2011, 07:25 PM #9
I haven't seen the d2g up close yet so I really couldn't say what the difference with each keyboard...but I will say this: you'll probably use the touch screen more as far as texting than the keyboard. The only time I slide my keyboard out is when I'm sending a long email. I chose the D2 because in case the touch screen goes out I at least have the physical keyboard to navigate till my replacement phone comes in
- 01-24-2011, 09:06 PM #10
1) The Droid2 was an in-between phone. They rushed it to market for those who didn't want to wait for the D2G. Why do you think it was pulled off the market as soon as the D2G came out no less than 3-4 months later?
2) Do what you gotta do financially, but buying a refurb out the gate just seems like a silly decision. At least with a new phone, you know you are getting a new Motorola approved product, the refurbed phones, no matter they tell you, are never the same quality. Also look around online, some sites have the D2G for much lower than the $200 from Verizon.
3) The keyboard is improved on the D2G. It has puffier buttons, and is better engineered. The D2 was an improvement from the D1 keyboard, and the D2G is an improvement from the D2.
But do what you gotta do. Just realize everyone's opinion is slanted versus there preference. Clearly the other two posters have the D2, and I will acknowledge I have the D2G. My personal preference would be the new phone, with the slightly new launch date, and upgraded parts. But its a decision you need to make based on your situation.
- 01-25-2011, 07:24 AM #11
1. Tangible proof to this claim please?
2. I stay away from refurbs too but my wife's had an iPhone refurb for two years with no problems. If he gets the refurb I would suggest paying for the phone insurance.
3. Again, tangible proof please? I've only ever heard people say this and have yet to see any photographic evidence, technical documentation, or true side by side comparison as to the differences. Not saying I don't believe they changed it, but I want some real evidence. My D2 keyboard is just fine and I really like it but I'll admit it needed a little breaking in. After that period, about two weeks use or so, it types really nicely.
As far as using the touchscreen more often, I think it's personal preference. The touchscreen in portrait mode is way cramped and I can not deal with typing more than a couple of words or a web address. If rotating to landscape, well then you can just as simply slide open the keyboard. I find myself using the physical keyboard far more often than the touchscreen. I also like how holding it is also more comfortable with the physical keyboard out and I also get to see the full screen.
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- 01-25-2011, 11:06 AM #12
I did a search up on the D2G keyboard and so far the most consistent difference mentioned is the keys are slightly more risen "puffier" like you mentioned, but nothing states anything about better engineering or mechanics.
I dunno, maybe I'm the odd man out but I have no issue with the D2 keyboard. And no, I'm not just saying that cause I have one. Like I said, I just had to give it a little break in time.
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- 01-25-2011, 08:50 PM #13
I'm not saying there is anything wrong with the D2 keyboard. It's a huge improvement over the D1. My only comment is that the D2G is an improvement on that one.
And as for the refurbed iPhone, remember, those are serviced by Apple, who manufactures the phone. Refurbed phones being sold by Verizon are serviced by Verizon, who does a shoddier job in certifying them. You are essentially buying one of the replacement phones they give you, and most know the problems they have. More so than D2 vs. D2G, I would caution to look out for the $150 savings of getting a refurbed unit vs. the frustration of getting a not brand new device, but that is a decision one has to make based on their needs.
- 01-25-2011, 09:39 PM #14
- 01-27-2011, 09:51 AM #16
- 01-27-2011, 10:38 AM #17
- 03-02-2011, 08:54 PM #18
- 03-03-2011, 08:58 AM #19
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2.) A phone is something you carry with you everywhere you go. You use it more than your laptop or computer. You depend on it for countless things. I definitely think it's worth shelling out the extra dough for a brand new phone. Yea, it may be expensive but it's not a killer. Like a previous poster said, it depends on your situation but if you can afford it I say it's worth doing. That being said if you do decide on a refurb def get that insurance. Hell, get insurance in either case.
3.) I would also like to know more about the D2G keyboard. Please provide some links to prove this. I definitely use the physical keyboard more than the virtual. I've gone through pretty much all the virtual keyboards. I bought all of the ones worth paying for and gave each of them a fair amount of time and played with all the settings to customize it to my liking. Currently, I'm using "Keyboard from Android 2.3" developed by Steven Lin which actually is free! I find this to be my favorite; accurate, simple, smooth, and fast. That being said there is still nothing like pounding away on the physical keyboard to send out a quick text. I find that I don't even need to spell check myself once I'm done typing; something I always have to do when I'm using the virtual keyboard. Anyone remember the first D2 commercial where that guy is sitting at a conference table and he starts typing at full throttle as his arms become terminator (or android) like?
- 03-16-2011, 02:42 PM #20
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Here's my opinion. You buy a new phone and have an issue, you also have the insurance for the phone that extends it past the warranty. The phone breaks. In most cases they send you a certified pre-owned. I have had 3 droids and other than issues with the charging slot no problems with these phones at all.
Why pay 100 or 200 more for a new one when you can get it for a lot less.
- 03-20-2011, 09:33 AM #21
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- 03-21-2011, 10:25 AM #23
- 03-21-2011, 04:33 PM #24
their aren't upgrades from the original D2, but from the OG Droid. Most people look at the D2G as a direct upgrade from the OG Droid even though its not.Blackberry Storm 9530 (1 year)>
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Motorola Droid X [Rooted] (Fission v2.6.1 --> 1Ghz--> low voltage)(10 months)>
HTC Droid Eris [Rooted] (CM 7) (risky outdoors device)(current)>
HTC Droid Incredible [Rooted] (CM 7)[Bad ESN <craigslist scam>](just a tablet now)>
Motorola Droid 2 [Rooted] (GingerBread v2.3.3 Blur v4.5.153 --> 1Ghz) (Current)[/FONT]
Next device: Samsung Galaxy S II
- 03-21-2011, 07:22 PM #25
This is interesting to hear as I've seen a number of people claim the D2G has an improved keyboard over the D2. I've challenged such claims with "Show me the proof they are different" and have never gotten any factual tech differences listed.... or any responses to my show me the proof for that matter.
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