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Review: Motorola's Droid X

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The Droid X runs a slightly modified version of Android 2.1. Motorola has promised that Android 2.2 and Flash Player Mobile 10.1 will be added by the end of the summer via an over-the-air software update.

The Droid X has seven home screens, each of which has been crammed with content by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All of the content can be customized at will and moved, deleted, rearranged, etc. One thing I don't like are the little indicators at the bottom of the screen that tell you which screen you're on. On most other Android handsets, these indicators are small and unobtrusive. On the Droid X, they are huge, animated, and get in the way of accessing the app drawer.

Perhaps the most novel new thing the Droid X offers is resizable widgets. Don't like how big that weather widget is? Press and hold briefly. A crop tool will appear on the widget, and you can use the crop tool to reshape the widget, make it smaller or bigger. Fun.

Motorola says that it has customized the Droid X with some elements from Motoblur. Before you freak out and say, "Aw snap!", calm down. The elements are all buried under the hood. You won't even notice them. Perhaps the only real evidence the elements are there at all are the customized social networking widgets that the Droid X has preinstalled. If you want to skip those widgets, go right ahead and use Twitter and/or Facebook widgets directly.

The rest of the menu system appears to be unmolested Android 2.1. All the same options, menus, and themes are present.

One thing to note, the Droid X stuttered from time to time, and froze every now and then. Verizon Wireless said that the review units we have in hand are not running final software, so that is likely the cause of the freeze-ups.

 

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