The last time Verizon Wireless had a highly anticipated device wasn’t too long ago, and some would argue that the Motorola Droid X has surpassed the hype of the Droid Incredible by HTC. We aren’t here to debate that. We are here to give you our early thoughts on the latest Droid that does. Verizon graciously provided us with an early review device, continue reading on for my thoughts.
Look/Feel- The look and feel of the Droid X.. this is going to be the toughest part of this review. If the Droid X was a standard 3.5″ run of the mill touchscreen device that consumers (me in particular) has grown accustom to this would be the easiest part. I would pull out all the standard catch phrases and give you, the readers, and honest opinion. Alas, the Droid X is not run of the mill. The Droid X boasts the jumbo-tron of smartphone screens, at 4.3″. The WVGA high res, 854×480 screen of course makes the device itself rather large. So large in fact, I can’t make up my mind if this is a blessing or a curse. The screen when playing video and/or looking at pictures looks sharp and is one of the best on the market. (In fact only one screen comes to mind that beats it, but again not what we are here for.) The body of the Droid X is thin for the majority of the body and then gets a little thicker as you get to the camera.
Camera- The Droid X packs an 8MP with auto-focus, 1/1000 second shutter speed, as well as touch to focus. The 720p HD video camera has a three microphone setup to help with noise cancellation and directional audio. Below is a picture taken with the iPhone 4 and a picture taken with the Droid X on a recent zoo trip I took. I have my personal opinion on which picture looks better, although they are both pretty close. The iPhone 4 picture was taken with the rear facing 5MP camera and the Droid X picture was taken with the camera being set on 8MP (it is customizable, and came from the factory set to 5MP).
The HD quality video is what you would expect, clear and sharp. The one issue is the HDMI port that is built into the phone. I see the thought behind having an easy way to attach the X to a TV or computer and play some videos you have taken with it. But is there really going to be a huge consumer adoption of this? I just don’t see it being used all that often. Instead of taking up space with the hardware in the phone, why not put a front facing camera on it? This would be a feature that people would actually use. With Skype and Fring allowing for video chat, there is a market of people who want to video chat.
Battery- The battery life on a device with a huge screen like this and a 1GHz processor is good enough to get you through one solid day of use. Of course, any streaming or prolonged game playing is going to adjust that time considerably. Expect to charge your phone nightly, if not at mid-day depending on usage. It comes with the territory for this type of device.
OS- Even with a dumbed down version of MotoBlur you still get the same, almost cheap, feeling while using it. I had enabled all of the MotoBlur features for social media when I first received the device, and deactivated them within 15 minutes. The Blur portion still feels half cooked and thrown together. With Android 2.1 at launch and according to Verizon Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash Player later this summer the Droid X has all the same bells and whistles we have come to expect on Android and the hopes of gaining a ton of features very very soon.
Overall- The Motorola Droid X is a great device. I am not a fan of the screen size, and doubt I will ever full adjust to it. MotoBlur needs to be stripped from the device and have stock Android 2.1 (2.2 soonish) on it. It would make for a better user experience. My last Android review of the Incredible touted it as the best device I had used to date. While that still remains true, in the Android world at least, the Motorola Droid X comes in a close second and will make a lot of Android users happy. You can pick one up on July 15th on Verizon Wireless for $199 after a MIR.