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Droid 2 Gets Its Guts Ripped Apart

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Ever since we read someone's first impressions of the Droid 2, I've been itching to see the device torn apart and spread out. As usual, the folks at iFixIt satisfied that craving for gadget gore porn.


In case you're curious about the most exciting stuff aside from the pictures, here are the teardown highlights according to iFixIt:

* The Droid 2 has a 3.7V, 1390 mAh Li-Ion Polymer battery, identical to the one found in the Droid. But Motorola is advertising a 575 minute usage time for the Droid 2, compared to a 385 minute usage time for the Droid. That's a claimed 49% improvement while still using the same battery! Motorola has clearly made significant internal changes.

* Unlike the iPhone 4 battery's "Authorized Service Provider Only" pull tab, the Droid 2 has a helpful note stating "Battery Removal Here." Thank you, Motorola.

* The Droid 2's 5 MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash supports DVD-quality video recording at 6 more FPS than the original Droid - 30 FPS vs. 24 FPS.

* The Droid 2 uses the same 3.7 inch, Full WVGA, 854x480 TFT LCD as the original Droid.

* After de-routing the ribbon cable through the slider mechanism, the keyboard can be easily removed from the back of the slider bracket. We believe that you can transplant a Droid 2 keyboard into your old Droid (they look identical internally), but we haven't performed complete compatibility testing yet.

* The camera board is actually a separate circuit board that can be easily removed from the motherboard, just like in the original.

* We suspect that a TI OMAP 3630 processor is buried beneath an Elpida K4332C1PD package, which appears to be a DDR mobile RAM chip. We'll have Chipworks investigate this further.

* The Droid 2 has a SanDisk SDIN4C2 8 GB NAND flash package soldered to the main board. This part wasn't included in the original Droid. The Droid 2 only comes with a 8 GB micro SD card, so its storage capacity out the box is the same as the original. We didn't investigate how Android handles the filesystem being split across two physical devices.

* The TI WL1271B WLAN Bluetooth/FM chip gives the Droid 2 802.11n capability, a substantial upgrade over the Droid's 802.11g.


Now if you're just here for the gadget gore, head over to iFixIt for the picture-filled step-by-step breakdown. [iFixIt]