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Review: Motorola's Droid X

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Browser

The Droid X has the mostly-excellent Android browser. I didn't notice too many changes to the base software save for one neat trick.

When rotated on its side, the Droid X offers the neatest version of visual bookmarks / browsing history that I've seen. It works similar to the way CoverFlow does for the Apple iPhone. Your browsing history and bookmarks are laid out in a 3D set of pages that you flip through. Each page has a render of the web site, so you can see what it looks like. It's spiffy, and fun to use.

When held in an upright, portrait position, the bookmark feature acts the same as on other Android handsets.

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Otherwise, there is very little to separate the Droid X's browsing performance when compared to the large crop of Android handsets out there.

...unless you're talking about speed.

The Droid X is one of the fastest browsing devices I've ever used. Web sites rendered almost instantly when browsing via Wi-Fi. Pages loaded in a blink. Browsing speeds via Verizon's 3G network were only slightly slower. The Droid X's browser burns, baby. It burns!

 

Customize

This is an Android device. All seven home screens can be adjusted and populated with whatever apps, widgets, or shortcuts that you want. The additional feature of resizable widgets makes for a whole new realm of customization.

At this point, the one piece of Android that can't be altered is the way menu themes are treated. The Droid X, as with pretty much every other Android handset out there, uses the same white-on-black menu. It's getting tiresome. I wish you could change the colors in there.

Beyond that, the sky is practically the limit.

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