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Review: Motorola's Droid X

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As with the HTC HD2 and EVO 4G, the Droid X has a 4.3-inch display. With a display that large, the phone itself has to be pretty big, and indeed the Droid X is huge. It is light weight and thin, but the length and width are a force to be reckoned with. The materials of the Droid X are top notch. The plastic, metal and glass all feel high quality. The build of the Droid X is as good as you can ask for in a handset. Most of the platter-sized Droid X is thin, but there's a significant bulge where the camera module is. If you stick the Droid X into a tight pair of paints with the bulge first, you're *really* going to know the Droid X is there.

The front of the Droid X is dominated by the large LCD. There are four buttons — the standard Android Menu, Home, Back, and Search keys — below the screen. Unlike the original Droid and the Droid Incredible, the Droid X goes for physical buttons. I am fine with this. It is easy to find them without looking. Travel and feedback were OK, though not quite as good as I'd like.

There are no buttons on the left side of the Droid X. The microUSB and HDMI ports are paired together close to the bottom edge of the phone. The volume toggle is tucked on the right side of the phone, near the very top. It is a little bit on the small side, but travel and feedback were good. The dedicated camera key is also on the right side of the phone, near the bottom edge. It is a two-stage key for focusing before taking the picture. It is big enough to be easily found, and the two-stage action was spot on.

The power/lock key is placed on the top of the Droid X. Motorola did a good job with this button. It has just the right amount of definition so it is easily found, and the travel and feedback were excellent. A 3.5mm headset jack is next to the power button.

My biggest — and probably only — real gripe with the Droid X hardware is that the battery cover and the battery need to be removed to get at the microSD card. I switch my media around often, so this is a personal niggle. Most people probably won't bother with the microSD card more than once or twice.

In all, the hardware easily bests the original Droid in terms of overall quality, feel and sex appeal.


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