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Review: Motorola's Droid X

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Screen

The Droid X uses a 4.3-inch LCD with 854 x 480 pixels. It looks gorgeous. It's no Super AMOLED, but it performs well enough. Icons, graphics, and text look stunning, and the display is plenty bright for any sort of indoor viewing. Outside, things become more problematic. Direct sunlight almost completely obscures the display. Partly cloudy skies are less troublesome, but still make reading the display outside difficult.

Signal

I've only had the Droid a short time, and have yet to run it through my normal battery of signal tests. That said, I saw pretty good signal performance. Both in Manhattan and around northern New Jersey the Droid X typically held onto three or four bars. I never saw it drop to one or fewer bars, and it also never dropped to Verizon's 1X network. It stayed connected to Verizon's EVDO 3G network the entire time I used it. So far, it hasn't dropped any calls, and data speeds appear to be consistent.

Sound

Call quality was solid during the few calls that I made. It wasn't as good as the Nokia E73 Mode, which Phone Scoop recently tested, but it gave me no trouble. I didn't hear any pops or hissing, and volume was consistent during calls, though it sounded just slightly muffled, as when talking through a screen to a priest during confession. Earpiece volume was very good. It was loud enough to hear callers in a very noisy and crowded mall. Speakerphone quality and volume were also good. I'd say using the Droid X as a speakerphone in a small office would be just fine. Ringers and alert tones were loud enough, but just barely. Set to maximum, I wouldn't be surprised if you missed a call or two in noisy places because you couldn't hear the ringer.

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Battery

I don't have quite enough data to share at this point. What I can say is that I received the phone with an 80% charge at 2PM. After heavy use, the Droid X still had 50% at 11PM. That's not bad at all, though I hadn't synced email. Today, I left the house at 5AM with a full charge. After 9 hours of email, Twitter, etc., it still has 70% charge.

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