It seems like every month a new Android phone is popping up. First, there was the HTC Incredible, then came the Evo, and now Motorola’s new Droid X.
Think of the Droid X like a Dodge Ram SRT-10 – in case you’re not a car guy (or girl) that is the Ram pickup truck that Dodge made back in 2004 with a Viper engine. Yes, the Droid X is massive, yet purposefully designed and while it may seem out of place in the hands of a teenage girl, the form factor will work well for most users. The case is designed from that “soft” type of plastic, the kind gives the false impression of malleability. This helps the phone stay in-hand and also allows it to be more easily propped up against things (for some kitchen table video viewing, perhaps).
The screen matches that of the HTC Evo 4G (4.3-inches), yet the battery life is great! Pass the phone over to an unsuspecting individual and instantly there eyes light up with excitement and wonder. “This thing must be great to surf the web with,” they will explain as their fingers move across the screen. And for the most part, they are right. Resolution is 480×854, 54 more pixels on the long side when compared to the Evo. It is also TFT as opposed to AMOLED, allowing for the phone to be seen in bright light. While the colors may not “pop” as much as the OLED competition, it is only noticeable when viewing the devices side-by-side (in a dimly lit room).
On the back you will find the cover to the removable battery compartment, housing a 1540mAh lithium ion pack, as well as the MicroSDHC card slot. Motorola fills this with a 16GB SanDisk card bringing the total storage capacity of the Droid X to 24GB. The 8MP camera sits up top, located in the phone’s “bulge.” If you haven’t yet seen this in the photos, the top of the device is about 1/3 thicker than the rest of the device. A design presumably born out of the desire to keep the phone as thin as possible, yet incorporate an HD capable camera with dual-LED flash.
The camera is actuated using a large iridescent red button on the side – helpful in situations where you just want to the get shot. Total start-up time from unlocking the phone to entering camera mode is about 3-seconds. Photo quality is very good, HD video is also good but the frame rate seems to fall short of the reported 30FPS. Video can be played back via the phones micro HDMI port, but Motorola does not include this cable (so be sure to pick one up at the time of purchase if this is something you are interested in doing).
Display – 4.3-inch TFT (not OLED), this means you can see it outside (cheers)
Processor – Texas Instruments 1GHZ, handles whatever you can throw at it with ease
Storage – 8GB built-in, 16GB MicroSD card (included) total: 24GB
Camera – 8MP auto-focus, also shoots HD video at 720P up to 30 frames per second
Battery – 1540mAh (highest capacity out of all the current Android phones, and it shows)
Other goodies – micro HDMI output (but Motorola doesn’t include the cable?), Mi-Fi-like hotspot capability, second mic used for noise canceling, Swype built in to the OS
The phone performs in a similar fashion to the original Droid – very well. It is not bogged down with excessive widgets and overlays taking up processing power and draining the battery – it just works. Call quality is phenomenal. Other parties will think you are calling from a landline (what is that?). Built-in Google navigation works better than most portable GPS devices. Entering text using Swype makes it feel like something new, after 15-minutes mastery is nearly achieved. Overall, the phone truly embraces the marketing slogan, “Droid Does.”
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