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    rion_j Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Here is a good write up on the X. Phil's a fan!

    Motorola Droid X review | Android Central

    The wrap-up

    It's tempting to call the Motorola Droid X the latest biggest and best Android smartphone -- a lot like we did the Sprint Evo 4G, and Verizon Droid Incredible, and the ... OK, so we're going to do it again. The Droid X is the latest biggest and best Android smartphone. Its 4.3-inch touchscreen shines, Motorola's on-screen customizations don't overpower the experience (or get in the way like Motoblur), the camera is above-average, Verizon's network is still arguably the best, and so on and so forth. But you want some comparisons with other Android phones, right? Let's break it down:

    Droid X vs. the Droid Incredible

    The Droid X is bigger, has a similar 8MP camera, doesn't run HTC Sense (that's not a knock on Sense, but we understand not everybody likes it), shoots 720p video and can serve as a Wifi hotspot (two things the Incredible are rumored to get soon). Something they both have in common, of course, is that you can't actually buy either one just yet. The Droid X will be available July 15, while the Droid Incredible remains on backorder while it gets a screen refresh. If we had to pick one? Probably the Droid X, if only because it likely will have better availability at launch.

    Droid X vs. the Sprint Evo 4G

    Theses two are on a more level playing field. Both have a 4.3-inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GHz processor and Wifi hotspot. The Droid X feels thinner in your hand, but in actuality it's larger than the Evo. The Evo's not-so-secret weapon, however, is Sprint's 4G Wimax network. It's still being rolled out, and speeds can vary greatly. But it's better to have the option for 4G than not. The Evo has a front-facing camera (if you're into that sort of thing) and recently got a software update that improved battery life and helped its operating speed. Both phones have HDMI-out. In our minds, it's pretty much a draw.

    Droid X vs. the Samsung Galaxy S

    Verizon's getting the Galaxy S as the Fascinate, and it's going to be a touch decision. We've had hands-on time with the Fascinate, but it's going to take a more in-depth look to make a decision. The Fascinate has a slightly smaller screen at 4 inches, but some very unofficial benchmarking shows it a running 3D graphics a bit quicker. It's going to be a very tough call for those on Verizon, and it's a credit to the carrier that it's carrying two phones that have so many similarities.

    So should you buy it?
    We could keep comparing the Droid X to every other Android phone out there, but it really comes down to a few things.

    Are you fine with an on-screen keyboard?
    Are you OK with a 4.3-inch screen?
    Do you get good service from Verizon where you live and work?
    Answer yes to those three questions, that should pretty much seal the deal.

    So, yeah, it's the latest biggest and best Android smartphone. And we'll likely say the same thing about the Galaxy S class that's coming later this summer. We're in an interesting time with Android, with every carrier stepping up and providing compelling top-end smartphones. Motorola fans should be plenty happy with the Droid X. And in an age when smartphone shelf life is measured in a matter of months (if not weeks), the Droid X likely will be a talker for some time to come.
     

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  2. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

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    Hmm... does Android Central and Phandroid have any relation? Or are they completely different?

    Nice review! It doesn't really give too much opinion, more factual.
     
  3. j_ryan

    j_ryan Well-Known Member

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    Everything looks great to me. I'm counting the days until I can order!
     
  4. ckochinsky125

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    I cant wait to be able to grab an X. 9 more days lol
     
  5. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

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    No relation between Phandroid and AndroidCentral, to the best of my knowledge. Historically, Phandroid was the first android dedicated site back in 07. The others came after.

    This is the place to be, imo. ;)
     
  6. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

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    I completely agree, Yoda.
     
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    Android Central is a distant relative, of sorts, of Crackberry.com.
     
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    "All 8 gigabytes of built-in space on the Droid X are available to Android for apps, and only apps."

    That is something that I had not read before. Seems a bit excessive for just apps?
     
  9. Bonez

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    And in the past, smart phones haven't had enough memory for apps. So, which would you rather have:

    1.) Not enough memory.

    2.) Excessive memory.

    I think everyone knows the correct answer. ;)
     
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    Agree...but the correct answer is not 1 or 2. It is

    3.) Put whatever you want on there

    I have only played with the Incredible and some other Android devices a small ammount, but I do not remember this limitation on them? Not a big deal as they are including a 16GB card, just thought it was odd
     
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    Trust me there were, I think my Eris only had like 256 mb for my apps, it sucked bad.
     
  12. DanielM3

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    Yeah that would be bad.

    I meant that I did not think that phones like the Incredible blocked you from storing anything you wanted on the internal storage space. I only knew of the other problems (too little storage for apps and not being able to run them from the storage card)
     
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    I always enjoy phil's reviews.
     
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    Us Storm 1 owners got you beat...128MB ;)


    Ahhhh...nothing like booting up to <30MB of available memory and watching it drop to ~20MB when you open the browser.
     
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    The one main inaccuracy is the comment that the device ships with Flash Lite. It does not (be cool if it did), since Flash Lite 4 uses resources from Sense and is currently just HTC products.


    Seemed a fair review, but where is the call quality & reception part?

    I will be interested how well the Sammy's radio reception is, since Samsung are infamous for weak radios.
     
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    My G1 has almost half of that :eek:

    It sucked big Oprah butt.
     
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    Also the incredible with 8gb of internal storage allots only something like 780mb to store apps, which is quite a lot, but with this new powerful hardware coming out I could see needing a lot of space for games. If you are into them that is.
     
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    He fixed that in the review. I guess someone pointed that out.
     
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    Wow that sucks, I had the G1 too, but it has been too long and I couldn't remember what it had. Yeah that sucks bad.
     
  20. rushmore

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    Besides having the Droid for a month when it launched, I stayed with the G1 since it's launch, since I could not get out of the contract- then. I also have an N900, but the 2G radio is terrible, so went back to the G1 and the N900 as a media and game system.

    Going from the G1 and Tmo to the Inc and Verizon really is like going from driving a Pinto on a dirty road, to a Porche on the autobahn :)
     
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    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

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    Since when did things start to suck Oprah's butt? lol
     
  22. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Well-Known Member

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    I was with Verizon and when the G1 came out my contract was up so I went to Tmobile. Had it for a few months but they didn't have 3g in my area so I ended up selling my contract to get off of tmobile. Went to AT&T to try the iphone, couldn't get service and didn't care for the iphone, took it back within the 30 days and they waived my restocking fee.

    Came back to Verizon, got a env2, then when the Eris came out, they let me upgrade early to get it. Sold the Eris, they let my wife upgrade early to let me get the Incredible, sold it, now they are letting me upgrade early again to get the X. It has been a long journey to say the least.
     

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