Review: Verizon Motorola Droid X – Is this the Droid you’re looking for?

Image showing Verizon Motorola Droid X

The Motorola Droid X will soon land on Verizon and the Android-powered touchscreen smartphone is packed to the gills with features: a 1GHz processor, 4.3-inch screen, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and an 8-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video. But we’re entering a summer period where every carrier has drool-worthy smartphones coming to market and high-end specs aren’t enough to stand out from the crowd anymore. Does the Droid X do enough to make you buy it instead of the iPhone 4, EVO 4G or Samsung Galaxy S phones? Read on for our full review.


Image showing Verizon Motorola Droid XVerizon Motorola Droid X
Available July 15th for $199.99 w/ 2-year contract

Specifications (Specs – sheet)

  • 4.3-inch (854X480) capacitive touchscreen
  • 1Ghz TI OMAP CPU
  • 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • 720p HD recording
  • 3G data connectivity
  • WiFi (b/g)
  • GPS (aGPS)
  • microSD (support for up to 32 GB)
  • HDMI-out port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android 2.1 with MotoBlur
  • Mobile Hotspot feature
  • 8 GB internal memory with a 16 GB card included

The Good

  • Large 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display that isn’t unwieldy
  • Sexy design that feels good in the hand
  • Three mics for improved sound quality and audio recording
  • MotoBlur has been tastefully scaled back
  • Mobile Hotspot feature (with additional monthly fee)
  • Camera’s not perfect but it’s good enough to replace your point-and-shoot device
  • Multi-touch keyboard rocks and Swype’s preloaded

The Bad

  • Screen is good but doesn’t have the “wow factor” of iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S
  • You have to remove battery to change the microSD card
  • Non-standard HDMI port
  • Some of the physical buttons felt cheap
  • No simultaneous voice and data areas
  • Despite the improvements, MotoBlur is still kind of useless


Image showing Verizon Motorola Droid XHardware

The design of the Droid X is a brilliant evolution of the original Droid. It still retains that somewhat aggressive angular look of the original device but the changes make it a far more polished and attractive smartphone.

The corners are a tad more rounded, which makes it feel better in the hand. Motorola has ditched the physical keyboard so the majority of the device is thin and sleek (it’s only 9.9 mm thick, and less so on the base of the device). There’s a big hump where the 8-megapixel camera module is but I really didn’t mind this because there’s a nice curve on the back of the device. I thought this hump would make the device feel top heavy but the weight and balance in your hands feel just right.

The handset sports a large 4.3-inch screen. It’s the same size as the EVO 4G but it doesn’t seem quite as big because it’s a longer device. Still, it’s a big, big screen. A buddy of mine recently saw me pull the Droid X out and whimsically asked, “How long before you pull out a 32-inch plasma from your pocket?”

What I really like about the Droid X is that it has a large screen but it’s nowhere near unwieldy. It’s easy to operate with a single hand and the device fits easily into nearly any pocket. The screen is nice but it’s not going to blow you away like the Retina Display or Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens. It has the same resolution as the original Droid (854 x 480) but Motorola is convinced that customers prefer a larger screen to a smaller one with a higher resolution. We’ll see how that plays out.

It’s easy to compare it to the EVO 4G because both rock a 4.3-inch screen. While the Motorola smartphone is taller than the HTC device, it’s not as wide, which makes it easier to hold and operate with one hand.

On the face, there are four physical buttons and the camera button and volume rocker are on the right spine. Up top, we have the power/unlock button, a standard headphone jack and the microUSB port and HDMI-our port rest on the bottom of the left spine.

I like the hardware design a lot but feel like you can criticize a few of the physical buttons. The four buttons on the face (menu, home, back and search) have good tactility when you press them straight on but these jiggle if you move them slightly up and down. It feels kind of cheap. I love a dedicated camera button but wasn’t impressed with the sensitivity of the two-stage shutter button on the Droid X. The volume rocker’s great, as is the top power/wake up button, but the main physical buttons are the only drawback of Motorola’s latest design.

Motorola didn’t skimp on the internals to get a nice design, as the handset rocks a 1 GHz TI OMAP processor, WiFI, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G, 8-megapixel camera, three microphones and it placed the antennas in a way so you can hold the handset without dropping signals.

Minor quibbles aside, the Droid X is an attractive handset that feels good in the hand and the design is bound to turn some heads. Good job, Motorola.


Image showing Verizon Motorola Droid XSoftware

The Droid X rocks Android 2.1 with the latest version of MotoBlur and both of these lead to pleasant a software experience. (Update: Motorola’s been cagey about how its describing this software layer, I refer to it as “MotoBlur” throughout the review)

While I’m miffed that the handset won’t launch with Android 2.2, or Froyo, the current software is still enough to satisfy my needs. It’s a breeze to set up e-mail accounts (especially if it’s Google accounts), make calls and send text messages, surf the web and add new programs from the Android Market.

Motorola promises to push out Froyo in “late summer” and that should make the device even more capable with full Flash support, better Android Market capabilities and improved overall performance. We’ll revisit this review and update you on how the Verizon Motorola handset performs with the latest software.

As for MotoBlur, this version has surpassed my low expectations. I’ve seen this custom user interface layer on the Cliq XT and I was not impressed. It was too intrusive and in your face – it kind of made these devices feel and look like toys.

Just like with the hardware, Motorola has made smart evolutions with its software. The latest version of MotoBlur is subtle and adds some visual panache to the device.

Long pressing on the home screen will give you access to Motorola’s widgets (in addition to the standard Android ones) and some of these are cool. In particular, I like the Photo Slideshow widget because it makes it easier to launch and view your photos at a glance. The News widget is also a good way to aggregate content from the web at a glance.

Still, I don’t know how useful MotoBlur really is. The social-networking widget is kind of useless to me, as I’d rather use the individual apps from Facebook and Twitter. The e-mail client is also useless because I just like the Gmail app – your mileage may vary depending on what type of e-mail you use.

Motorola has also included a media-syncing client for content on your desktop and I liked this because it was a lightweight way to move multimedia content over. While we should be able to natively streams tunes over the air with Android soon, this is a good way to load the smartphone with tunes or movies.

I love the virtual keyboard that Motorola put on this. I want to take it out to a nice dinner, let it order whatever it wants, take it back to my place … and just cuddle. I’m so into this, I’m not in a rush. The software keyboard is incredibly responsive, supports multitouch and is just a delight to bang out messages. The auto-correct software is nearly perfect (Still think “I’ll” is used more than “ill” but maybe I’m just an egotist) and the size of the screen means you have plenty of room to type.

The landscape mode works well too but I never felt compelled to hold it that way for messages. I’ve never really taken to Swype, but that’s also preloaded, if you prefer that method.

Verizon also got its fingers in the Droid X pie, as the handset comes preloaded with various apps. You’ll have access to V Cast Videos, BlockBuster, Skype, NFL Mobile, and other programs. Other than Skype, none of these are that appealing to me right now, but I may have to give the NFL Mobile another look once the season starts (Go Chargers).

I’m still not blown away with MotoBlur but this version doesn’t detract from the handset. I know that’s really faint praise, but I like the direction Motorola is going. There’s a lot to like about this handset’s software, overall.


Image showing Verizon Motorola Droid XWeb browser, Multimedia, Camera

Browser
You’ll find your typical Webkit-based browser on the new Droid and it can tackle most sites without a problem. Our newly-redesigned home page comes up quickly and the browser can handle other destinations with heavy JavaScript. Once Android 2.2 hits, you’ll get even better JavaScript performance, as well as full Flash support. Motorola promises that it will be an “uncompromising” Flash experience and early tests indicate it will work well, so I can’t wait. We’ll update this review once the 2.2 version hits this handset.

Multimedia

By now, you should know that the Android multimedia experience is capable but not mind-blowing. It comes preloaded with the Amazon MP3 store for over-the-air downloads of tracks and it can handle most of the music and videos you throw at. The players work well but lack the visual panache of something like the iPhone. I also like to download podcasts but hate how Android doesn’t make it easy to jump into these files directly from the notification window. Sure, clicking on it will launch the player but if you try and multitask from that point, the audio stops.

I played with the BlockBuster OnDemand streaming movie app and was woefully underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong – the service is pretty solid and has a good selection but I don’t see a need for it. I don’t need to rent or buy movies on my device because I don’t like watching films on a phone, especially when all of my bigger screens are already connected to similar media services. Maybe if I’m traveling or stuck on an airplane, but you can only download the films to your handset over WiFi, which could limit the usefullness.

CameraImage showing Verizon Motorola Droid X

Motorola’s latest smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. Oddly enough, the handset is defaulted to 6 megapixels and it took me a while to figure this out. The camera is pretty darn good but there’s no way it will replace your dedicated DSLR because it can’t handle motion or low-light shots well. It does offer touch-to-focus and it’s a snap to e-mail or text photos, as well as upload pictures to social-networking sites like Facebook or Flickr. In general, pictures turn out crisp and vibrant. They look good on the Verizon Motorola handset but you can really notice the quality on a computer monitor or on an HD TV via the HDMI port.

There were also a few annoyances I found when using this as a shooter: holding the mechanical shutter to launch the camera app takes longer than it should and the pictures look out of focus right before you take the picture. The physical buttons make it easier to snap shots and zoom but I wasn’t too impressed with photos on maximum zoom.

The Gallery app is smooth and well-done, as it’s been slightly tweaked from the standard version. Holding the Verizon Motorola handset in portrait mode gives you multiple thumbnails to view, while the landscape mode gives you some neat transition animations while flipping through pictures. As with most devices of this type, photos can be geo-tagged thanks to the GPS chipset.

Despite the quibbles, it’s a really good shooter that makes it easy to ditch your point-and-shoot digital camera. Check out some photos below.

A mural on a foggy day:

A concert in relatively low light (has been cropped):

This being the Internet, I had to include a picture of cats:

The camera can also record full 720p HD video and the quality is pretty darn good once you’re viewing it on a monitor or big-screen television. These HD videos are limited to 30 seconds if you want to share them and you can only upload HD videos over WiFi. I was also kind of miffed that there was no zooming with HD videos. Still, it’s a great way to capture magic moments.

Video of some street performers, notice how the audio’s not the greatest. To be fair, you can adjust the audio and visual settings when recording but I just used the default method.

Holding the handset in portrait mode.


Call Quality and Battery Life

The Verizon Motorola handset handled calls quite nicely, as the extra microphone ensured my voice sounded clear. Voices on the other end of the line had the right amount of volume and there wasn’t any hissing. One minor beef is that the dialer is not quite as good as the one on HTC Sense devices like the Droid Incredible. With Sense, the initial dialer screen lets you pump in numbers or letters for contact, while Motorola has separate tabs for this. This is a very minor issue but I’ve long since forgot phone numbers and dial by contact name. Not a big deal, though.

Partially because of its huge display, the EVO 4G had horrendous battery life. I was afraid that the latest Verizon Motorola smartphone would suffer a similar fate but was pleasantly surprised that it matched the Droid in getting me through a full day. These aren’t Razrs, so you’ll still have to charge the handset each night, but you won’t have to change the way you use the device because of power woes.


Does the Droid X mark the spot?

Whatever sports metaphor you want to apply is appropriate for the Droid X, as Motorola hit a home run/slam dunked it/won the World Cup with this flagship handset from Verizon. It sports a lust-worthy design, has all the features you’d expect from a top-shelf smartphone, the software is really good and it’s relatively future proof for upcoming versions of Android. If you’re on Verizon and are eligible for an upgrade this year, there’s no reason to not buy the Droid X when it comes out July 15, even if you’re a fan of physical keyboards (the virtual one is just that good). It’s even good enough to lure Apple iPhone owners over to the dark side.

Even with more killer Android handsets on the horizon, I think you’ll be happy with the Droid X for a long time. Bravo, Motorola and Verizon.

  • Lee

    It doesn't have Motoblur or any kind of blur for the facts.

    • marinperez

      Updated Lee. Thanks.

      • marin

        Damn, I was right all along. Jha said it has MotoBlur on it but many of the components have been hidden from the user. He said this during the unveiling. I was there.

    • RST

      You Sir, are correct.
      It isn't anything major but I wish other (folks in the know) would know this as well.

      • marinperez

        Actually, I'm still sticking with what I originally thought. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha called it MotoBlur during the official introduction, albeit one that hides a lot of the elements from the user.

        Come on, Perez, don't doubt yourself.

        • VZWRocks

          Phil from Android Central said the same thing but also said that Moto had since backpedaled. It's not Motoblur per se. Motoblur was a complete UI skin/replacement . What Moto did was take some of the widgets from Motoblur and improve them . But trust me if you want to see Motoblur take a look at the crappy UI on the Devour (and a few other older phones). This is NOT Motoblur. They just borrowed from Motoblur..

  • DAVE

    WHAT DOES "You have to remove battery to change' MEAN????

    • max

      it mean you have to take the battery out of the phone meaning the phone will shut off because it lost its power source. This is because the micro sd card is located underneath the battery.

      • josh

        your right that is stupid

    • Cathbad

      I agree that is not one of the best ideas I've seen. But, how often will you need to remove the micro SD card?
      Not very often.
      At least they make it easy to remove the battery. Removing the battery in a Blackberry is much more annoying.

  • I'm The Shyt!

    to the guy who was in this video: you are completely wrong when you stated "it takes the EVO a couple clicks to get to the hotspot application." That's a bold face lie…it takes only one click, just like the ugly droid X. not mention, the EVO is 4G compared to 3G…droid x=fail

    • tom

      You don't need to cry about it just because you had a different experience than him.

    • hmmm

      wow, little upset over a phone review, aren't we?

    • brandon

      "the EVO is 4G compared to 3G…droid x=fail"

      4G isn't readily available in all areas yet (its only available in big cities and has little reach into surrounding areas) so that is a bad comparison to make.

      "wow, little upset over a phone review, aren't we?" (hmmm) yes a little :P

  • bstr

    In the first video at the very end, you mentioned it's "a little thicker than the Evo". Not sure about that. It's both narrower (63.5mm vs 66mm) and thinner (9.9mm vs 12.7mm) from what I have read.

    • willpark

      You are right, but those are the dimensions of the thinnest sections. The camera bulge makes the Droid X thicker than the EVO in its thickest dimensions.

  • Scott

    "Screen is good but doesn’t have the “wow factor” of iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S"

    Shouldn't this be under good? I don't know if you've ever looked at an iPhone 4, but there certainly is no wow factor.

    "You have to remove battery to change the microSD card."

    At least you can remove the battery. /shrug

    • RST

      You Sir are CORRECT!!!

    • Brandon

      …atleast is has removable menory as well….suck it iPhone hahahahahaha. :-P

  • Iwantanadroidphone

    You seem to have used the Incredible as well. Which would you purchase all things considered? (I fear this is too big)

  • Solrac

    WOW such retards this is not even a World phone I guess we Americans don't travel

    • @AaronS1984

      Why does that matter exactly? Just buy a cheap cellphone when you travel abroad, you'll have to get a different (prepaid) plan overseas anyway.

  • Zed

    Moto is back….!!!!!!!……HTC, Moto and Samsung are giving Apple a good fight……

    • caralho

      nope not really make a world phone and maybe we can talk

  • Todd Tabern

    "# No simultaneous voice and data areas"

    Dude, you can't include the lack of 4G/LTE features as cons for a phone that isn't on a network that supports those features yet! That makes no sense… It's like how Engadget docked points from the X's score for not running 2.2! 2.2 didn't come out until AFTER the device went into production!

    "# Despite the improvements, MotoBlur is still kind of useless"

    I would think that you would be a little more "in the know" since you are doing reviews, but I guess not. The phone is not running MotoBlur… Not at all. It just has Moto widgets that resemble the widgets from Motoblur.

    And also, it's well known that the phone is thinner than the Evo……

  • LexToy

    "Non-standard HDMI port"

    This implies that it is proprietary, which is incorrect. It is a new standard called HDMI, Type D or micro-HDMI for short. Like any new connector, it has to start its install-base somewhere and micro-hdmi will be taking off with ultra-slim mobile devices.

    Please correct the non-standard comment.

    Here a wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hdmi

  • Name

    Quote"I played with the BlockBuster OnDemand streaming movie app and was woefully underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong – the service is pretty solid and has a good selection but I don’t see a need for it. I don’t need to rent or buy movies on my device because I don’t like watching films on a phone, especially when all of my bigger screens are already connected to similar media services. "

    What a terrible review…..your job is to review the phone and try the apps……we don't care if it is useful to YOU.

    • marin

      Isn't me saying what I find useful a review of the app? I did try it and was underwhelmed.

  • Joe

    I thought the review was honest. You liked the phone but pointed out some of the features that you didn't. Its nice to see some videos and pictures before the launch. I think that I am pretty solidified in that I am getting this phone. Now I just have to come up with a way to activate it in Alaska….

  • MBD

    Comparisons please. You have images of the EVO, Nexus, and iPhone so why not offer some comparisons,

  • arshin

    i wanted this phone, but the horrible sound quality from the drumming vid (i play the drums) completely turned me off to it. that sound quality it terrible, I can't buy this phone because I wont be able to use it as I would like.

    • marin

      To be fair, you can adjust the audio recording settings. I didn't have time to and used the standard ones. Normal situations sound much, much better.

    • @theineffablebob

      Sound quality is actually very good. There are three microphones that can be configured in four different ways. Either the settings were messed up or the extremely loud drums just overwhelmed the microphone(s).

    • marinperez

      Yep, what he said. You can configure it but I had it on the default and wanted to capture the moment quickly.

  • Chris

    Just really curious, what stretch of beach was shown in that portrait style video??

    • marinperez

      On San Francisco's pier, near Alcatraz. I think you can make it out in that video in the background.

  • Bryan

    Does Droid X have an fm radio feature like droid incredible?

    • Euphrenia

      Yes, it does!

    • ….

      Yes.

  • alex

    so if i were to buy the droid x on release day. will i be able to upgrade my software when android 2.2 comes out in late summer.

  • @EggoEspada

    of course..

  • Ryan

    OK so here's my story, and PLEASE don't take this as griping. This is a big issue for me and I want to make sure I make a smart move here.

    I have had the iPhone 3GS and the 3G before that. I LOVE the iPhone 3GS – it does everything I need. I love how it incorporates my pictures from my Outlook contacts (I'm on Windows 7) and takes all my cover flow artwork from my mp3's. I love the simplicity of email. I love the availability of apps. I love the sleekness and the feel of it. Sure, there are DEFINITE drawbacks, such as AT&T, proprietary dictatorship by Apple, need I say more… Anyway, I bought the iPhone 4 and returned it. It, frankly, SUCKS. WAY too many issues, and not just the "death grip." It's really, REALLY terrible. Really. Terrible. REALLY. So I went back to a new 3GS that I just bought from AT&T upon returning the 4. But I'm still just chapped at Jobs' attitude and arrogance (the whole "non-issue" business, iron fist control, etc.) and want to really just ditch AT&T and Apple altogether. I'd like to move to Verizon and I love nearly everything about this phone…except Android, because I'm not really quite sure about it yet. The reason I say that is because I just last Friday dumped my 3GS and switched to Sprint for the HTC Evo. While I liked the Evo's feel and what not, it definitely has battery issues, connectivity issues, and 4G is NO-where yet. But I was concerned about some other things:

    1) Outlook contact pictures didn't sync right to my phone
    2) Didn't like have to manually manipulate what "mode" you want the USB connectivity to function as – whether to transfer files, sync, or simply charge, etc.. I feel this should do this automatically.
    3) Album artwork didn't come over for everything
    4) Push notification was not instant…required a fetch schedule of 15 minutes

    So, in short, I returned that too, and went back to the 3GS that I still have. Call me fickle. I just want what works for me. But after heavily reviewing the Droid X all across the web, I am truly jazzed about it. I want to say "screw Apple and Steve Jobs" and move on. Totally willing to pay the ETF with AT&T for this. If it means a switch to a more stable phone on a more stable network and not made by an UN-stable man, then triple-yay. I run a business and really appreciate push notification sending emails to my iPhone. I appreciate being able to pull up my contacts and see their pictures. I appreciate being able to see all the artwork from my iTunes and have the coverflow work correctly. It's not all about aesthetics, believe me. I just want things to work as fluidly as they do for me on my iPhone 3GS. This is a bigger migration than I thought it would be: iOS4 (which is NOT better than the old iPhone operating systems, by the way) to Android. I appreciate the vast strides Google is making to surpass this behemoth of a bad apple, and to eradicate Jobs' mental monopoly over his Applemmings and sheep. Google has helped me, in more ways than Apple has, to become more productive with my business; I support Google. I support FREE enterprise. :-)

    So…can anyone enlighten me on the following:

    1) Have you had problems syncing contact pictures to your Android device?
    2) Have you had problems with your album artwork syncing?
    3) Do you know if Android 2.2 Froyo has plans to make the USB connectivity a more universal functionality?
    4) Does anyone know if there is an iTunes-for-Android besides DoubleTwist or Songbird that will actually take all of my iTunes DRM files (including movies) and sync them flawlessly to my Droid X?
    5) Anyone know if Verizon will be able to support simultaneous 3G surf and talk soon? I can do this now on AT&T and while some may discredit it, it has come in handy on more than a few occasions.
    6) Is Froyo supposed to make the phone go even faster?
    7) Will the phone eventually support 4G, does anyone know? Or does it not have a radio or whatever in it for that?
    8) Does the phone do push notification of emails, or it only a 15-minute "fetch" type of download? There is a definite difference between instant push and scheduled fetch…and this is crucial for my business.

    Sorry for the long-winded post and the laundry list of questions. As this will be my first Droid, I'm VERY excited and I LOVE what I see. I might just name it C3PO, but I don't want it always complaining that it needs an oil bath. :-)

    A trembling canyon jumper,
    Ryan

    • Adam

      I know with my HTC Hero (Sprint), that you can just hit a button and it puts all recent emails right on the phone immediately. I'm getting the Droid X as my work phone today, and I must point out that the Droid X is powered by Motorola's OS, and not HTC's. I currently have 0% experience with the Motorola OS unfortunately, sorry. I'll get back to you once I have played around on it!

      Froyo appears to make the phone faster, but check out the benchmark tests on YouTube for the Droid X. It smokes both the EVO, and Nexus One, with the current Android OS!

      Droid X Benchmark Tests:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilx_cpGZczM

      PS: I have nothing at all to do with "AndroidCentral.com"

    • marinperez

      Appreciate the detail in this post

    • Guest

      I have the regular Motorola Droid, so II can't answer all of your questions, but hopefully I can clear a little bit up for you. The Android OS is essentially universal regardless of which hardware it is on I have never had a problem with Android syncing contact pictures. My phone auto-sync'd all contact information and pictures from Facebook and Gmail, I have never sync'd with outlook though. My phone also does push notification of all my emails, but again, I use Gmail, not outlook.

      Bottom line is that If you did not like your HTC Evo you will not be swept away by the Droid X. The operating systems (Android) are essentially identical. All the problems you are listing are software oriented or related to the service. Droid X is likely to have similar problems for you as your HTC. There is a possibility that the pending FROYO update will make the difference you are looking for, but again – this is software, not hardware.

    • Brandon

      1) Have you had problems syncing contact pictures to your Android device?
      –Nope.

      2) Have you had problems with your album artwork syncing?
      –Sometimes. Mostly just needed to resync some. There is a program I use that does it for me. All over the market.

      3) Do you know if Android 2.2 Froyo has plans to make the USB connectivity a more universal functionality?
      –If you mean having to select what it does when you plug in USB? No. BUT you can set one as default. I select USB Drive as default because it will charge and let you access the SD card at the same time. So I dont see how that is an issue to you.

      4) Does anyone know if there is an iTunes-for-Android besides DoubleTwist or Songbird that will actually take all of my iTunes DRM files (including movies) and sync them flawlessly to my Droid X?
      –No yet. However Moto is working on it. Not sure if it will add compatability with iTunes though. Maybe.

      • Brandon

        5) Anyone know if Verizon will be able to support simultaneous 3G surf and talk soon? I can do this now on AT&T and while some may discredit it, it has come in handy on more than a few occasions.
        –No. Verizon is CDMA. Not being able to do both at the same time is a limitation to the network technology. Sorry. I know you like it but I find it to be useless to surf and talk at the same time. Just me though.
        6) Is Froyo supposed to make the phone go even faster?
        –VERY fast. :)
        7) Will the phone eventually support 4G, does anyone know? Or does it not have a radio or whatever in it for that?
        –No. Phone was built with 3G compatable internals. Same reason you can take a "open" iPhone and activate on Verizon. Different technology. 4G is useless right now anyways. In the future once it is more widely used it wont be.

    • Mvessa

      1 contact pics come from social networking auto-synch
      2 not sure about the album artwork as i dont use my phone for music
      3 usb connection is manually controlled but it is a quick change for whatever you need it for
      4 dont use phone for music
      5 still no 3g surf and talk
      6 have yet to encounter any loading lag
      7 4g usually requires hardware updates
      8 phone DOES support push notifications. works with all my emails and social networking.

      btw, refrain from telling people you name your phones… not socially accepted in most cases lol

    • Mvessa

      1 contact pics come from social networking auto-synch
      2 not sure about the album artwork as i dont use my phone for music
      3 usb connection is manually controlled but it is a quick change for whatever you need it for
      4 dont use phone for music
      5 still no 3g surf and talk
      6 have yet to encounter any loading lag
      7 4g usually requires hardware updates
      8 phone DOES support push notifications. works with all my emails and social networking.

      btw, refrain from telling people you name your phones… not socially accepted in most cases lol

    • Mvessa

      1 contact pics come from social networking auto-synch
      2 not sure about the album artwork as i dont use my phone for music
      3 usb connection is manually controlled but it is a quick change for whatever you need it for
      4 dont use phone for music
      5 still no 3g surf and talk
      6 have yet to encounter any loading lag
      7 4g usually requires hardware updates
      8 phone DOES support push notifications. works with all my emails and social networking.

      btw, refrain from telling people you name your phones… not socially accepted in most cases lol

  • KarenF

    I'm so excited that all these new Android phones are coming out. I'm not trying to diss this phone in any way, but I've played with the EVO 4g and I think a phone of this size would do well with a kickstand. Unless, you've used a phone with the 4.3 screen, you probably feel the kickstand is just a gimmick. I'm telling you, though, as flimsy and goofy as the EVO kickstand seems, there's nothing like watching video on a "big screen phone" without having to hold it in your hands.

    • Adam

      I just lean my phone against my coffee mug. :)

  • Suraj Fernandes

    Hi guys, I have been going around lots of forums asking one simple question, will the Droid X work outside the US, with another sim card other than Verizon, for ex: a friend of mine is gonna go to the States, and will maybe buy a Droid X, depending on your answer, so that I can later on put my Swisscom Sim card, we have 3G coverage, but I have heard that CDMA phones won't work here, I ve had a Nexus one (which isnt 4G I know, but …),
    Suraj

    • marinperez

      U.S. only friend.

    • RobertE

      No it will not work outside the US, it has no sim card in it.

    • Jessica

      Verizon phones don't use sim cards

    • Mvessa

      the only phones that use simcards with verizon are blackberries

  • Vijayant jain

    I have both the Droid X and Samsung Galaxy S (on short term loan) and Im already liking the Droid X after just a few hours of using both. Galaxy seems to have a little lag every now and again plus it feels very plasticky. Im also not a fain of the two touch buttons and one hardware button below the screen it leads to a very inconsistent experience. Just initial thoughts for now since you asked and I have both. :)

  • rockface

    Ryan,
    1) It's best to sync contacts with your gmail account which can sync with outlook. The phone will link your contacts with facebook & twitter. Their is also a setting (Settings | Accounts | Menu | Picture Source) which lets you tell your phone where to grab people-pictures from.

    2) album artwork – sorry, i don't use this featur?
    3) Android phone cannot host USB devices via their USB port – the phone is a "source" device not a host
    4) another music question – maybe someone else could answer this?
    5) Anyone know if Verizon will be able to support simultaneous 3G surf and talk soon? I can do this now on AT&T and while some may discredit it, it has come in handy on more than a few occasions.

    6) Froyo should give the phone upto a 2.5 times boost in speed for certain features. I download "Quadrant Standard" from the market which show the Nexus One before and after Froyo… it shows about a 2.5 improvement on their benchmark graph.

    7) Corrent 4G would require new hardware.

    8) you never say what your trying to "push". video, music, SMS, email????

  • Android obsessed

    CHEAP,CHEAP, CHEAP BUILT MOTOROLA GARBAGE.

    ANOTHER FAILURE BY MOTOROLA!!

    THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S SERIES BLOWS THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE MOTOROLA DROID X OUT OF THE WATER !!!

    • Jason

      Geeze troll calm your shit

      • Brandon

        ^—-this.

  • Brandon

    8) Does the phone do push notification of emails, or it only a 15-minute "fetch" type of download? There is a definite difference between instant push and scheduled fetch…and this is crucial for my business.
    –For GMAIL it is. For other POP3 and Exchange Email no. Your options are to fetch and or manual sync. When I access my outlook for work on mine it starts to sync as soon as I open it. Not an issue for me. I just check it every now and then if I know I need to be looking for something. Im not that married to my work…I have a life

    • Farrel

      I think with regards to Brandon's last message… I think what you're looking for is maybe a Blackberry. You'll be able to sync and get mail all day long :)

    • Mvessa

      all of my emails and social networking have push notifications with the droidx

  • rocky

    would this phone work in Australia? ive been reading all kinds of forums about this phone some say yes it takes a sim card some say it dosent can anyone give me a straight answer

    • Guest

      Rocky – Verizon is a CDMA-technology provider. It does NOT use SIM cards; that is with GSM-technology and not compatible with Verizon. USA only.

  • Damen

    No good because its bootloader is locked, again, not allowing custom ROMs and Upgrade. You will regret later when you are anxiously waiting for the update of Android 2.2 and 3.0….

  • marinperez

    I've used both and I prefer the Droid X. Just saying.

  • David Rawr

    So when Froyo comes out then can you play games on websites as long as you dont need a keyboard for it on a real keyboard. and you can watch videos on non mobile versions of websites.

    Please send responses to timeshiftgraw2@aol.com

  • David Miller

    So… between the X and the Incredible – which one? why? (Thanks!)

  • pushpendra

    hi
    every body.
    i am alaredy to motorola handsets .i believe this quelity . it is nice look and sweat sound and no coustly.

  • http://htctouch.org/ HTC Touch

    Motorola’s Droid? Sounds good. The specs and features are looking great, plus, looks and camera functions are great too. Thanks for this complete info. I appreciate your hard working.

  • Jon

    I got this phone..people really hate on it..but i really have no complaints…being able to root it would be fun..but motoblur really isnt that bad..the interface is nice… however it did take forever to get froyo..but with froyo it fixed a lot of bugs i was having with it.. overall i’m pleased with it..love the size

  • Amanduuhclark

    I am a Verizon customer and am torn between the i phone 4 and the Droid X can I get some feedback I would greatly appreciate it!

  • ars

    Luvn It!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesus-Lopez/100002210504205 Jesus Lopez

    I am a huge fan of the first Droid, and I am please to see
    that Motorola really has perfected it with the Droid X. I love the new ultra
    slim look and astonishing 8MP camera. Combined with my employee Sling receiver
    from DISH Network, the Droid X will the ultimate mobile device. With the Sling
    receiver, I can stream live and recorded TV to my android phone everywhere I
    have 3G coverage or WiFi.

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