Motorola Droid X

Motorola Droid X Motorola Droid X is the latest addition to the series of similarly-equipped smart phones namely HTC EVO 4G, Apple iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S. This offering from Verizon Wireless could easily become the best Android phone around. A 4.3 inches high resolution display, 1Ghz processor, 16GB of storage and an 8 megapixel camera are among the many notable features of the device.

Design, Dimensions

The Droid X is a liitle big in size like the HTC EVO but slightly taller. It has a rubbery back that feels good in hand. The Droid is slimmer than the EVO but is raised in certain areas like the top portion of the phone where the camera lens and flash are located. Its dimensions are 5x2.6x0.4 inches and weighs only about 5.47 ounces.

Camera

The Motorola Droid has an 8megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. It offers a great picture quality. The zoom also works well. Colors come out very well and there are othershooting modes too like sepia and black and white which also work very well. Videos can also be captured in 720p and two modes are available namely slow motion and fast motion modes.

Basic Features

The Droid X is a pocket-sized home theatre with a glorius 4.3 inches Motorola Droid X Side display that lets you enjoy your movies and videos. It also has a powerful processor that offers a great speed with applications opening up as soon as they are selected. It makes use of high performance antennas along with some software support that allows improvements in signal strength and reduces dropped calls.

Interface

The Droid runs on the Android 2.1. Widgets for social networking sites, updates, weather forecasts, photo gallery etc are available. Moreover the widgets can be resized and arranged on the screen. Additional widgets can be added on any one of the seven home screens that Android offers.

Screen

The Motorola Droid X has a 4.3inches display that is huge and bright and has a pixel resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The screen looks wonderful while viewing texts, photos or video. The multitouch display not only offers pinch-to-zoom gesture but also allows two buttons to be pressed at a time. A proximity sensor and an in-built accelerometer helps in changing the screen orientation.

Keypad and Controls

The Droid does not have a physical keyboard. It has a virtual keyboard on the touchscreen. It works well in both landscape and portrait mode, although it looks a little cramped in portrait mode.

The power button and the headphone jack are present on the top of the device. The volume and camera button are present on the right hand side. On the left side of the phone is the charge/sync port and the HDMI port. Below the screen there are 4 buttons -menu, home, back, and search.

Audio

The droid has a built-in media player. The external speakers produce quality sound and the volume is good too. Even at the highest volume there is no distortion and a great sound is produced. By plugging the 3.5mm headset jack one can enjoy the FM radio too. Music applications can also be downloaded from the Android Market.

Motorola phones have the reputation of producing a good sound quality at both ends of the call. Droid X is not an exception.

Messaging

Droid supports SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail. However there are some glitches in this area. It has been noted that there are some issues Motorola Droid X Back like incoming and outgoing messages don't get properly updated in the message queue. Also, message notifications gets delayed.

Media

One look at the Motorola Droid X and you know that it was designed to be a powerhouse of entertainment. There aren't too many media elements apart from he music player, video playe, youTube applications and a demo of the game NFS shift, but these are enough to realize the potential of the device. Watching videos in the YouTube application in the wonderful screen is an amazing experience.

And playing NFS here is silky smooth and it will make one want to purchase the game. Besides a DLNA application is also included to facilitate sharing and streaming of media wirelessly.

Internet

Web browsing is a good expeience. With a 4.3 inches display web browsing is always comfortable. Both Verizon's 3G network connectivity and WiFi loades sites quickly and crisply. The pinch-to-zoom gesture is available here. However, the phone lacks Flash at launch- expexted soon in Android 2.2.

Storage

The Motorola Droid x comes with 8 GB of onboard memory and a 16GB memory card that is pre-installed into the device. The memory is expandable up to 40GB and a 32 GB memory card is also added to store videos, games, photos and the likes.

Connectivity and Data

The Droid X features the Bluetooth 2.1. It also comes with an optional HDMI cable or Digital Living Network Alliance(DLNA) technology to share or stream media with compatible devices.

Usability & Performance

The Droid X is a responsive device that is quick to perform whatever task you need. Applications open almost immediately. However web pages take a little time to open. This is not very surprising because the phone is running on a 1GHz processor(OMAP). The call quality of the phone is also decent. However the tests gave better results outside than in the interiors of a building. Thus, in low coverage areas the call quality is average.

Also, the WiFi works perfectly well and so does the device's 3G wireless hotspot functionality. This feature allows users to share their Net connection with other computers.

Motorola Droid X Phone Specifications

  • Weight: 155 g
  • Width: 127.5 mm
  • Height: 65.5 mm
  • Thickness: 9.9 mm
  • Display size: 4.3"
  • Announced: 2010, May
  • Colors: Black
  • Network: CDMA 800 / 1900 - CDMA2000 1xEV-DO 3G Network
  • Screen Resolution: 480 x 854 pixels, 4.3 inches, 16M colors, Multi-touch input method, UI auto-rotate
  • Data: 3G Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB microUSB v2.0
  • Memory: Internal phone storage 1.5 GB, RAM 512 MB, microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) up to 32GB
  • Connectivity: USB v2.0 microUSB, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Web Browser: Android HTML Webkit, Adobe® Flash® Player
  • Media and Music: MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC+ player, MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player, Suppoerted (AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, eAAC+, WMA v10, MIDI, AAC+)
  • Camera: 8 MP, 3266x2450 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash - Yes, 720p@24fps, D1@30 fps Video Recording
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
  • Expansion Slot: microSD supports up to 32 GB microSD
  • Tones: Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Software Features: Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
  • Other Features: TV-out (720p video) via HDMI 1.4 port, GPS AND LOCATION SERVICES, ADVANCED SPEECH RECOGNITION
  • US Sar Values: Head: 0.76, Body: 1.38
  • Battery: Li-Po 1540 mAh
  • Talk Time: up to 480 mins
  • Standby: up to 220 hours

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Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Very fast and responsive processor
  • Large display
  • High quality camera

Cons:

  • Large size
  • Call quality poor in low coverage areas
  • Heavy usage of camera drains the battery

Conclusion

The Droid x is surely impressive. The screen is large and bright and looks amazing. The speaker quality is good too. Apart from this the phone is very responsive. Entertainment options are also aplenty. Hoever the only concerns are the poor call quality in low coverage areas and glitches in messaging. If these two things are taken care of then the Droid would easily be the best android phone around.

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