Droid X Review, Claiming Android Superiority

July 15, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Motorola and Verizon’s high-end Droid X smartphone has finally become available in stores as well as for online purchase. As the latest effort from the OEM and the mobile carrier to compete against the iPhone after the Droid, the device has to first establish its superiority among other Android-based phones. And it seems that the Droid X has been built to become successful in this venture.

The Droid X has been designed to be larger in size than the Motorola Droid and its body size surpasses that of the HTC EVO 4G as well, even though the two smartphones have the same screen size of 4.3 inches. At the same time the phone is also thinner due to the absence of a physical QWERTY keyboard as compared to the Droid.

The phone’s screen, with a resolution of 854×480 pixels, enhances the experience of viewing videos and other streaming content on the device. Its design also includes rearranged guide buttons, which could prove to be annoying for regular users of Droid phones, that have the buttons placed in a different order.

The Droid X is extremely responsive and is very quick in its operation, owing to the 1GHz OMAP processor from Texas Instruments that is placed within. The custom UI on board the Droid X assists in this task and makes it easier for users to navigate through the various features and apps on the phone as well, with five home screens and different apps screen for the purpose. The user interface is different from Motorola’s MotoBlur UI and bears more semblance to the stock UI present in the Android 2.1 OS.  However, the presence of the custom UI in the Droid X could also lead to delays in getting Android updates.

The 8 megapixel camera on the back of the phone is also among the device’s impressive features and it can also capture HD videos of 720p resolution. There are also image editing features present on the phone for editing the pictures and the videos immediately after capture.

The Droid X also performs in the area which is a basic requirement for every phone – voice quality. The device offers clarity and also provides good volume, due to the multiple microphones present in the phone. Its battery is also capable of powering all of its high-end features for a reasonable amount of time and the phone also has a battery manager to inform the user about the apps that consume more power during operation.

The only downsides to the Droid X could be the guide keys being push-buttons as opposed to the soft buttons on the Motorola Droid and also the expensive pricing of the phone, set at $199 with a two year Verizon contract, which could push first-time Android buyers to look for cheaper handsets.

However, on the whole, the Droid X proves to be a sturdy phone with superior capabilities and definitely earns its top spot among Android phones. Once Android 2.2 reaches the Droid X, then it could even be placed as the best in the smartphone market.

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