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First Look: Motorola Droid X

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Jun 23, 2010, 2:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Phone Scoop goes hands-on with the new Motorola Droid X. Based on our first impressions, it is the finest handset Motorola has ever produced. Verizon has a winner on its hands. Full review coming soon!

Motorola and Verizon Wireless unveiled the Droid X today at an event in New York City. Here is a small taste of what the Droid X is like. We're going to provide a full review of the device as soon as we can.

It's big. Like, HTC HD2 / EVO 4G big. The 4.3-inch display, which looks amazing by the way, pretty much requires a large footprint. Some may think it is too big, others just right. The massive display is bright, sharp, and gathers finger oil grime with ease. HD video content looks good on it.

The Droid X is very thin. Aside from the goofy-looking camera bulge, it is thinner than an iPhone 3GS (based on side-by-side comparison). It is dense, but lighter than you'd expect it to be. It feels great in the hand. The quality of the materials is spot on. It feels well designed and well manufactured, with a good mixture of glass, metal, and plastics.

 

Droid X

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The four usual Android buttons are situated below the screen. They feel good and have excellent travel and feedback. I am glad the capacitive buttons from the original Droid are gone.

The Droid X has a 1GHz processor. Even so it felt a tiny bit slow, or hesitant. Verizon warned us that the review units we have a pre-final software, so we should expect some bugs. This hesitancy of the UI is probably because of the pre-final software.

There are seven home screens, which can fit gobs of user content, apps, widgets, shortcuts and so on. Motorola and Verizon have pre-loaded pretty much every screen with at least a few apps and widgets. One thing that's awesome: the widgets can be resized. They aren't locked into one size. You can crop and resize them at will.

The Droid X runs Android 2.1, but Motorola has taken some of the elements of its Motoblur software and incorporated them into the user interface. It is not nearly as in-your-face as Motoblur itself is. Rather, it adds nice elements to the user interface here and there, such as the social networking apps.

My favorite new feature is the visual bookmarks Motorola is now using in the Android browser. Similar to Apple's CoverFlow, you can scan through your browsing history and bookmarks and float past 3D images of your favorite sites. Very cool.

Based on the few moments we've spent with the Droid X, it is a sure-fire winner. Verizon Wireless and Motorola are going to sell bazillions of these things. It impresses all the way around. We can safely say that Motorola knocked it out of the park.

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Why does this phone look so so so familiar... ? justfinethanku Jun 23, 2010, 4:34 PM
errr.... crammy1 Jun 24, 2010, 5:47 PM
camera quality? any good? tintoy Jun 23, 2010, 7:23 PM
The Inspiration of the Droid X's design bluecoyote Jun 23, 2010, 4:03 PM
That thing... muchdrama Jun 23, 2010, 8:52 PM
What's the hole under the speaker? andy2373 Jun 23, 2010, 4:19 PM
  • Nevermind by andy2373   Jun 23, 2010, 4:22 PM
Jeebus Dis Jun 23, 2010, 3:30 PM
 
 
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