Motorola packed everything into the Droid X. A crisp, clear phone, a social media machine, an unbelievable camera and the powerful Android operating system make the Droid X gives something other phones to aspire to.
Let’s get physical
This phone comes in a very tiny box, but the phone is anything but. It takes up just about every inch of the box. It’s definitely large but, as the saying goes, it’s in charge. The phone is mostly screen giving users an unbelievable view of the phone and every application it carries.
The phone is black with red button accents. The back of it is the camera, which I will get to in a minute. This phone is all screen and little else.
The display is massive at 4.3″. It makes it easy to chat, e-mail or even blog. The touch-screen display provides a powerful keyboard for input yet doesn’t take up valuable phone real estate with a physical QWERTY keypad. There are buttons for navigating menus and options. The phone is easy to type on when held vertically and even easier when help horizontally. The expansive screen makes web browsing easy.
This phone has a need for speed and it delivers. I downloaded a few apps to the phone that I also run on my personal Droid Eris. No comparison. The Droid X flies through the applications and process them much quicker. I ran several side-by-side and was blown away by the time it took the Droid X to perform a task over the Eris. Combine that with Verizon’s reliable network and I had a fast-pace, non-call-dropping machine.
Powering it up
I look at cell phones and what they can do for people like me–a busy mom on the go. I want a phone that wil have a charge when I’m ready to use it. This is the one. Even after not charging it for three days, this phone still had plenty of power and was ready to send my tweets, take my pictures or power my calls.
The Purse Test
There is no denying this phone is in your purse. Even in my messy, overcrowded sack, I was able to locate the phone. First of all, it’s big so it’s hard for it to get lost in any of those pockets or folds. Second, the massive screen. All you have to do is call this phone and let the light from the screen guide you.
As I mentioned earlier, this phone has the camera I am looking for as a mom. No more carrying my point-and-shoot, my iPod and my phone. With the Droid X, I’m able to do all three tasks. The pictures were sharp and clear and even printed well. It also offers an HD video camera complete with an HDMI input. I have so much faith in the camera that I will be using it on a photowalk in Detroit this weekend.
For those unfamiliar, a photowalk takes place in a specific area and a group of photographers of all level meet to take photos, share ideas and learn from each other. I usually pack a DSLR, but this weekend, I’ll put that away and take out my Droid X. I’ll be posting the photos on my Flickr. Feel free to follow along. I’ll also be tweeting as I go at @writerrwt on Twitter.
But back to the phone.
For those who like the techy specs, here is what this tiny phone has to offer:
- 4.3″ Touch Screen WVGA Display— supports up to 16M colors
- Bluetooth Profiles supported
- 8.0 MP camera with fast mechanical shutter (1/1000 sec) auto focus, touch–to–focus, and face recognition, panoramic modes, and more.
- 720p HD Video capture with easy upload to YouTube, slow–motion capture, fast motion capture and more.
- HDMI Output to play your recorded HD Videos on your HD TV at home in true 720p Hi–Definition (DRM protected content cannot be played via HDMI)
- DLNA Wireless sharing of photos, video, and music with other DLNA compatible devices (Server, Controller, Player, Upload and Download)
- Android Music Player
- FM Radio
- Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS with Motorola Application Platform
- TI OMAP 1GHz processor with Dedicated GPU
- 8GB Internal memory for emails, texts, and apps
- 16 GB microSD card pre–installed on–device — up to 32GB microSD supported
- Integrated Google , Exchange, Facebook , Myspace, and Twitter Contacts
- Push Email Support: Gmail & Exchange & Yahoo
- IMAP and POP, MSN Hotmail, and AOL Mail also supported.
- Unified Google Calendar & Corporate Calendar (supports Exchange 2003 and 2007protocol)
- WiFi Capable
- Bilingual Interface: English/Espanol
- 3G Mobile Hotspot with support for up to 5 Devices
- Text, Picture & Video Messaging with threaded messaging feature
- Visual Voice Mail capable
- VZ Navigator capable via the Android Market
- Skype Mobile™capable
- V CAST Media Manager capable
- VZW Backup Assistant capable
- Photo Sharing: Facebook, Picasa , Photobucket® and Print to Retail
- Dimensions: 5.02″ (H) x 2.57″ (W) x 0.39″ (D)
- Weight: 5.47 ounces
- Usage Time: Up 480 minutes OR
- Standby Time: Up to 220 hours
While Verizon Wireless provided me with the Droid X for this review, I was not compensated for my opinion and all of these thoughts are my own.