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Tech Review: Motorola Droid X

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Posted July 9, 2010 - By Moye Ishimoto

Droid X Mobile Phone Review »


The iPhone 4 just got some healthy competition in the form of the Droid X, a new Android phone from Motorola with a large touch screen, an 8 megapixel camera and 720p HD video recording. Find out if this has Apple's new pride and joy beat.

Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

What You Need to Know

  • The phone is longer and wider than the new iPhone, but just barely thicker.
  • It weighs about 1 oz. more.
  • It feels sturdy.
  • The phone also has this weird lip, but it didn't bother us too much in our pocket.
  • Obviously, the phone is bigger all around because of the huge 4.3” screen.
  • Its screen is almost 1” larger than the iPhone 4's screen, which is 3.5”.
  • However,  the 854 x 480 resolution is lower than the iPhone's (960 x 640).
  • Overall, it was nice having more room to work.
  • It runs on Android 2.1 with an upgraded version of MOTOBLUR (Motorola's social network widgets), and it has a one GHz OMAP processor.
  • The touch screen is very responsive and supports pinch and zoom.
  • You have seven home screens to customize and add widgets.
  • MOTOBLUR  has also been vastly improved (each widget is resizable and easier to use. On other phones.
  • The keyboard is as good as the iPhone's and, of course, you have more room to type; you can even change to the Swype keyboard
  • As for speed, it's practically a tie with the iPhone 4 and Droid Incredible when launching apps or loading web pages.
  • As for the original Droid, it blows it out of the water.
  • Overall, the Droid X is super fast.
  • The features have also been heavily upgraded: 8 megapixel camera, 720p HD video recording, 3G mobile hotspot capability and a ton more.
  • The camera has lots of different scenes and effects, and takes good pictures in normal light, but lower light is where you'll have problems; the flash helps, but not quite enough.
  • Video looks good, but has the same sorts of problems; the ability to record in 720p along with HDMI output directly on the phone is powerful, though.
  • You can also stream media from your phone to an Xbox 360 or other device using the DLNA app.
  • The browser is multi-touch and will support Flash 10.1 later this summer when Android is updated to 2.2.
  • It has no front-facing camera.
  • Battery life was good in our limited testing.

Price

  • $200 with a contract.
  • The 3G mobile hotspot is easy to activate and use, but it does cost an extra $20 a month with a data cap of 2 GB.
  • It's fast, pretty, feature rich, and on Verizon Wireless, the network with the best coverage.

Overall Rating

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