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Verizon R2-D2: The Droid You've Been Looking For

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We're eagerly awaiting the launch of the Droid 2, despite Verizon keeping extremely quiet about it. However, plenty of leaks have kept us satisfied over the last couple of months, and today is no different.

Word on the street is the Droid 2 will be launching on August 12, with marketing for the device kicking in on August 23. Not only that, but according to the trusted source that's been feeding Engadget exclusive Verizon tidbits all day, Verizon is launching a special edition Star Wars version of the phone that will feature the cutest Star Wars character of all (and the cutest Droid, I guess), R2-D2!

We don't know if it'll launch at the same time as the regular version, or if it'll involve anything more than the white R2-D2 that's said to be on the back of the device, but we definitely want one. Someone please buy us one. Or 10, so we don't have to squabble over it like 2-year-olds with one of those awesome Tonka truck bulldozers.

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    Gin Fushicho , July 22, 2010 4:37 AM
    soldier375 inches of love for me next week!


    That's what she said. =p

    Anyways. I WANT ONE!
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    polly the parrot , July 22, 2010 2:55 AM
    I remember liking Tonka when I was little. :) 

    And I probably won't get this, but hold out until some Verizon 4G phones come out.
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    Gin Fushicho , July 22, 2010 4:37 AM
    soldier375 inches of love for me next week!


    That's what she said. =p

    Anyways. I WANT ONE!
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    megamanx00 , July 22, 2010 4:49 AM
    SQUEEE!!
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    rohitbaran , July 22, 2010 5:59 AM
    I hope it is not as large as the original R2-D2! :p 
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    blasterth , July 22, 2010 7:00 AM
    As a sci-fi fan, I can't avoid saying that R2-D2 isn't an android unlike C-3PO.
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    danwat1234 , July 22, 2010 7:21 AM
    blasterthAs a sci-fi fan, I can't avoid saying that R2-D2 isn't an android unlike C-3PO.


    Or Lt. Cmdr Data
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    back_by_demand , July 22, 2010 7:29 AM
    blasterthAs a sci-fi fan, I can't avoid saying that R2-D2 isn't an android unlike C-3PO.

    As a sci-fi fan I can't avoid pointing out that C3-PO is a Protocol Droid and R2-D2 is an Astro Droid
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    fatedtodie , July 22, 2010 10:00 AM
    "An android is a robot[1] or synthetic organism[2] designed to look and act like a human."

    From wikipedia

    So C-3PO is an android, Data is an android, R2-D2 is a robot.
    Game, Set, Match.
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    Onus , July 22, 2010 10:06 AM
    HardwareSecrets has a review of the new Droid, at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Motorola-Droid-X-Cell-Phone-Review/1051 which makes it look a lot like my next phone.
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    welshmousepk , July 22, 2010 11:15 AM
    fatedtodie"An android is a robot[1] or synthetic organism[2] designed to look and act like a human."From wikipediaSo C-3PO is an android, Data is an android, R2-D2 is a robot.Game, Set, Match.


    in the star wars universe, 'droid' is a term used to describe just about any machine with AI and the ability to freely move. its not short for android.

    R2-D2 is a droid, but 'these aren't the droids you're looking for'
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    back_by_demand , July 22, 2010 12:56 PM
    welshmousepkin the star wars universe, 'droid' is a term used to describe just about any machine with AI and the ability to freely move. its not short for android. R2-D2 is a droid, but 'these aren't the droids you're looking for'

    In George Lucas self-made universe what he says goes, and C-3PO refers to himself and other people refer to him as a Protocol Droid on more than one occasion, young Anakin and others refers to R2-D2 as an Astro Droid. At no time during any Star Wars film is the word Android used.

    So the relationship between the word Droid and Android is entirely coincidental.
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    sneaky jedi , July 22, 2010 2:13 PM
    and if you dont safe disconnect from your computer it squeals and sparks
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    segio526 , July 22, 2010 4:42 PM
    Whatever happened to the metal Tonka Trucks? I was shopping for my nephew's birthday the other day and they're all made out of plastic now. Is this a continuation of the Protect The Children (aka, make children detached from reality and unable to adjust to life in the real world) bandwagon that the corporations got all the scared parents to jump on? Or are they trying to keep the price down? I can imagine a real metal truck would be pretty expensive in today's money.
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    zak_mckraken , July 22, 2010 5:04 PM
    It's pretty much due to safety. Metal get bent with abuse (and God knows I abused mine!) and it can potentially become sharp. Plastic will just break and make you buy another one.
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    ShadowFlash , July 22, 2010 5:27 PM
    zak_mckrakenIt's pretty much due to safety. Metal get bent with abuse (and God knows I abused mine!) and it can potentially become sharp. Plastic will just break and make you buy another one.


    Actually, After 3 VERY destructive boys, I'de have to say the plastic Tonka trucks today hold up just fine...just like the old plastic Fischer-Price trucks made when Tonka's were still metal were virtually indestcuctible too.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 6:07 PM
    I can't wait for the JarJar Binks version...
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    ksampanna , July 22, 2010 6:12 PM
    Review review review
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    maestintaolius , July 22, 2010 6:16 PM
    fatedtodie"An android is a robot[1] or synthetic organism[2] designed to look and act like a human."From wikipediaSo C-3PO is an android, Data is an android, R2-D2 is a robot.Game, Set, Match.

    Ah, but apparently you don't have an old, short, german great-aunt, they look more like R2-D2 than C-3PO.
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    athreex , July 23, 2010 12:15 AM
    haha ..nice play Jane, jumbling up the famous Obi Wan Kenobi quote "These aren't the droids you're looking for. "

    I hope it packs R2-D2 and C-3PO ringtones.
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