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Saw the Droid X

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by BoomerFZ1, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. BoomerFZ1

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    Great device but I have the same issue I had with the original Droid...the screen seems thin. When I hold it up to my Evo, the screen looks a good couple mm shorter horizontally and that was the case with the original Droid when held up against my old 3gs. They're both 4.3 but to me, this is a big difference.
     

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  2. pwnst*r

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    Huh?
     
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  3. EarlyMon

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    I've read that the aspect ratio of X is 16:9 whereas the Evo is 15:9.
     
  4. Rigmaster

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    It's blockier feeling in the hand. That said, it doesn't make a difference. No front camera means X won't be your videochat option in the future.
     
  5. BoomerFZ1

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    Oh, wow, so that means the X is actually the more accurate wide-screen ratio, huh? Still like the horizontal real estate of the Evo.
     
  6. EarlyMon

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    Depends on what you mean by accurate.

    If you get your programming material from Britain, quite a lot of that is 14:9 - if we're talking about intended (original) aspect ratios of movies those are as follows - 1.85:1 translates to 16.65:9 and 2.39:1 is the same as 21.51:9.

    ATSC-HDTV programming is basically a straight 16:9 - and that's considered the right compromise format. (Many people think that movies are shot 16:9 but that's rarely true. People still hate letterbox and their demands for a jammed-full screen are screwing it for the rest of us that want to see the intended/original aspect ratio.)

    So - take your pick. 16:9 is the popular format, so it's not incorrect to say the X is the one with the truer aspect ratio.

    For a TV.

    I use my Evo in portrait mode quite a bit and wouldn't prefer a skinnier format - I like eBooks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)
     
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  7. tmaxey1

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    I held the droid X at the mall kiosk yesterday also. It is nice. But my biggest problem with it is the physical buttons on the bottom. They felt cheap and plasticy. It kind of felt like the physical buttons on the HD2 only worse. I really am a huge fan of the non physical buttons on the EVO. I always hated pushing home, back, search, and menu on my Hero. It feels like there is only so many pushes until they dont respond or break off. I'm sure it wont happen. It just feels like it may. Not an expensive feeling device like the EVO is.

    Also i am a huge sense ui fan. Not getting that on the Droid X. But i am happy Verizon has it. The more Android super phones available the better for all android users. I love choice and competition. Even the iPhone.
     
  8. EarlyMon

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    The more the makers play around with Big Android Mobiles (BAM!) the more they'll find people like it - and the more options we'll have in our futures.
     
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  9. Cobravision

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    Correct, the Droid X (and the Droid as well) has a 854 X 480 display, giving it true 16:9 aspect. The Evo does 800 X 480, which is 15:9 (or 5:3 if you have OCD).

    Regardless of the resolution itself, the Evo has the larger screen, 8.16 square inches versus 7.9 for the Droid X. The Droid X screen is slightly longer but slightly narrower than Evo screen. Some reviewers have noted that the Evo fits more of the webpage from side to side, and that's more significant than the extra vertical resolution (this is all based on portrait mode).

    16:9 HDTV material will scale out to full screen on the Droid X while the Evo display slivers of letterboxing to fit the width.

    5:3, or 1:66, is the standard widescreen ratio in Europe. It's 1.85 in the States, 1.78 for HDTV.
     
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  10. ArtGuy

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    A friend of mine brought his over last night. It's pretty cool, but I didn't have the phone envy that I thought I would. Although I didn't get to spend much time playing with it, I don't see many must-have differences between my EVO and the X. I was pretty surprised by the impact of the larger footprint as compared to the EVO - It's noticeably bigger. In my wife's smaller hands, the X looked like she was holding an iPad (slight exaggeration). I was really disappointed to see there was no front-facing camera. All-in-all, the X looks like a pretty cool tool, but I am quite content sporting my shiny new EVO!
     
  11. stevehy

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    I also thought that I would have X envy and I am quite surprised that the EVO has significant feature that the X lacks (4g, front facing camera, and Sense UI). I am pleasantly surprised with the EVO, coming from a Droid (Motorola).
     
  12. nahpungnome

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    Both are good, choose your carrier first then you don't have much choice as to which one you get :)
     
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    How was the MotoBlur/NinjaBlur on it
     
  14. Rigmaster

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    I didn't notice much of a difference. If you liked it before, it's very slightly better. It's still a far cry from being as good as Sense.
     
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    I like the Evo's shape better.
     
  16. pwnst*r

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    It's not like blur at all. Looked/felt much closer to stock Android than previous versions.
     
  17. EarlyMon

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    In case anyone's interested, this is new:

    Ars reviews the Motorola Droid X

    His battery conclusion is wrong (but I think forgivable in context - sorta) and I think he spent too much time ragging on the camera - but otherwise, informative for me, as it seemed otherwise fair (and I've not held one).

    What I found particularly interesting was that instead of calling out the use of the OMAp 3640 as so many others have, it calls out a 3630-1000 (the 3630 is normally a 720 MHz chip, but this sub-species is at 1 GHz).

    I haven't figured out what possible difference could exist between a 3630-1000 and a 3640...
     
  18. asaberan

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    I've been banging on one since Monday trying to get it to connect to our Exchange server (it won't connect without a certificate--huge thread on Moto Forums). I don't like the form factor-it's too thin and long. Feels significantly larger than my Evo. As stated above, the buttons feel very cheap. They should've stuck with the original Droid buttons. "MotoBlur" sucks compared to Sense.

    Seems very snappy and the screen is nice though. Battery life seems quite good as well, but the user deactivated the one I've been playing with because of the Exchange issue and I've just been using it with WiFi, not much other than trying to get activesync working.
     
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    One thing I do like about the X (My friend has one) is the fact that you can manually resize widgets. Very nice. Kinda jealous. But overall, I like my Evo's form factor more.
     
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    I prefer the form factor of the Evo, I like sense and I like the hackability of HTC devices...

    I read the review on ARS as well... I thought anandtech did a much, much better job reviewing the X. The ars review seemed to get hung up on a number of issues that may not be a big deal to a number of different people.

    The anand review (it's a book, so grab a cup of coffee)... Motorola Droid X: Thoroughly Reviewed - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News

    Biggest draw for me to the X is the improved battery life (maybe 20-30% better then the evo), but it's not enough to draw me in.
     
  21. octagon

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    Agreed. I went and played with it before purchasing the evo. The buttons did feel 'cheaply' made and feel like they could break off at anypoint. They also seem un-even. could be my ocd, or just the demo unit i was looking at. definitely getting alot of people walking into the verizon store and looking!

    Otherwise, not too bad of a phone!
     
  22. effluent

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    I saw a dummy phone at Walmart.

    Dislikes-
    -Not as good looking as the EVO.
    -Too long.
    -Physical buttons on front actually didn't stick out and seemed hard to push.
    -Too thin..Yep, I said it. I think these ginormo-sized phones feel better in the hand if they are a little thicker..EVO is perfect there and curves to fit the hand. Wouldn't need that weird hump if it was thicker too.
    -No kickstand. It's bothering me that no new phones are coming out with them, I use mine every day and eventually the day will come when I need a new phone..so I hope there are kickstand options in the future.

    What I liked-
    I'm guessing that button on top turns the screen on? It stuck out a lot and was in the middle..Awesome. EVO's is recesssed on mine with Ghost Armor around it.
     
  23. EarlyMon

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    I keep hearing that and I'm just surprised - from the internals, it doesn't appear as if Moto cheaped out on any of the other components.

    I guess it's always something.

    We don't have a real teardown yet, just a partial, so this is it -

    Droid X Dissected! | Droid X – Blog dedicated to Droid X News and Accessories!

    And congrats to Droid X lovers - you can't load new roms yet - but you can do this:

    Verizon DROID X gets rooted - SlashGear
     
  24. Rigmaster

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    Moto's struggled with this issue for several phone releases, including the MotoDroid. I don't think it's so much that the parts are actually going to be significantly less reliable, but they don't feel solid like they should. Always a risk with keyboards, and Moto's keyboards are always less favorable to those by Samsung, RIM, and other makers. Moto really should go all touch interface.
     
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  25. pwnst*r

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    I didn't find the buttons cheap feeling at all, although I'm not a fan of hardware buttons.
     
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