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.
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.
- $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.
- 5 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
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