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Summary:

The Droid X on Verizon may be the best Android phone on the market. The big-screened device, encased in a thin form with great hardware components, does not fall short in any area. The fast performance of the Droid X is shown in this short video.

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The Droid X on Verizon may be the best Android phone on the market. The big-screeneddevice, encased in a thin and light form with great hardware components, does not fall short in any area. Motorola has done a great job with the hardware, and with the updated Motoblur widgets that do not get in your face while using the phone. The camera on the Droid X is very good, and the panoramic landscape utility is innovative.

In this video you get a tour around the phone from every angle, and a good look at the responsiveness the hardware provides. There is also a speed comparison with the HTC EVO 4G.

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  1. Thank you sir!

    Next time, lets have the phone in the center of the video and not your palm!

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  2. Well what I think is that droid X is a revolution from motorola in the world of smart-phones.It has advanced configuration and is loaded with features.What do you think which one will be beter: thhis or samsung galaxy S?
    Please do reply

    Waiting for your response
    Vj

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    1. I have both the Droid X and Samsung Galaxy S (on short term loan) and I’m already liking the Droid X after just a few hours of using both. Galaxy seems to have a little lag every now and again plus it feels very plasticky. I’m also not a fain of the two touch buttons and one hardware button below the screen – it leads to a very inconsistent experience. Just initial thoughts for now since you asked and I have both. :)

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  3. I am quite taken with all the features and performance of the Droid X, with 2 concerns:
    1. Is it feasible to wear such a large device in your jeans pocket, for everyday use? How comfortable is it, and how safe for the screen?
    2.Tethering. It appears that with the Incredible one could teather it to a laptop via a USB cable and get internet when WiFi is not available. From what I understand the X is not capable of this, but rather it requires a $20/mo additional cost to use it as a hotspot. That is not very practical for the infrequent user… Any comments?

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    1. I owned a Droid X for two days and although it is a nice device it was just two big for everyday use. Mind you this is just my opinion. I did play with a Captivate this morning and I really liked the form factor.

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    2. The Droid X is a little thinner than my previous iPhone 3GS and about the same weight. It’s about 3/4″ taller and maybe around 1/4″ wider.

      Yes, the screen is huge, but you need to remember that the bezel is minimal on this phone and that it is very thin.

      I have no problems with this thing in my pocket but I am also a tall person, so YMMV.

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      1. Thanks a lot, Daniel. I appreciate the feedback and hope others will chime in on the subject. I find that a lot of the reviews focus on the “sexy” technological features, while neglecting some of the basic form/fit consideration. Does anyone have any other comments on the portability of the X? How about the tethering issue?

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    3. I recommend PDANet for tethering on Android. The free version supports everything except HTTPS web pages, and approximately $20 version (one time) includes HTTPS.

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  4. Thanks for the Droid X video but it’s a painfully slow presentation and far too long. Bloggers…please REHEARSE AND EDIT.

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    1. ProfessionalGun Monday, July 19, 2010

      AGREED. I stopped the video after 45 seconds. This is 2010 – if you’re a professional blogger doing video reviews, there’s no excuse for poor framing and horrible presentation skills.

      I feel rude saying that. . . but I’m at a breaking point.

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    2. Thats just his style and I respect him for the way he is. I like the slow narration like he’s teaching me something :-)

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      1. ProfessionalGun Tuesday, July 20, 2010

        Fair enough, Ashwin. And to James Kirkpatrick – really, my comment was in bad form. There’s no need for me to come into someone else’s house and shit on the rug. I was out of line – possibly showing some end-of-Monday frustration – and I give you my apologies.

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      2. Umm, that’s Kendrick, but no harm no foul. I will work on improving these videos going forward. Thanks for visiting.

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    3. I liked the video. Just stay yourself James no need to taking acting classes and do multiple takes and editing. Just keep it real and you covered the key highlights well.

      I actually wish you would do MORE gadget videos. Pass more of your knowledge on to us less fortunate geeks that don’t get to handle all the good stuff.

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  5. Could we get a discussion between James Kendrick who in a head to head review on the 11th picked the Evo and James Kendrick who in this review seems to be leaning towards the Droid X?

    Have you changed your mind or do the previous comments still apply?

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    1. I am quite happy with the EVO but also like the Droid X. Both very nice phones and I’d be happy with either, excepting the 4G.

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  6. How about battery life? Many reviews have pointed out that the EVO’s battery is awful and only lasts for about 1 hour or so.

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    1. By default it is a Battery Whore like the EVO unless you turn off half the “features” of the phone like JK does. With all the fancy stuff off the Android looks even more crappy than usual imo.

      I guess the X stands for eXtra batteries you will need to carry with if you want to use all its features.

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  7. The best Android phone on the market this week. Next week who knows? Android needs a lot of work on the UI and media sync and playback.

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    1. Don’t forget most Android apps are unstable and have the consistency of a subway sandwich. The phone itself requires updates every 3 days just to keep it from crashing. Also most Android apps are NOT portable across all Android OS version and even less portable across the Hardware platforms.
      Can you say FRAGMENTE*D ?

      Voice calling on Android sux compared to FaceTime. On 3G it is even worse.Choppy Chop Chop.

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      1. Not to be rude, but you are entirely off the mark. I have had an EVO since day one. I have never had the issues you claim plague all Android phones. Also, this comment is incomprehensible “Voice calling on Android sux compared to FaceTime. On 3G it is even worse.Choppy Chop Chop.” I assume you are comparing facetime to VIDEO calling via fring or qik, but that is a guess. If that is what you meant, you are neglecting to mention that Apple can only do video chat over wifi while the EVO has Qik for video calls via 3G or 4G. I assume that this is just ifanboy bashing. Such a waste of time….

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      2. Most of this post are made-up lies.

        I have not had any problem with stability of Android apps and I have downloaded around 60 in my new-device-infatuation-frenzy stage.

        I have yet to have had any sort of OS update either. Although when the 2.2 update lands I will be quite happy!

        There is no front-facing camera on this phone, so if video conferencing is really important to you I’d get an iPhone 4 or an EVO or wait.

        Verizon 3G is markedly better than AT&T 3G. It’s amazing how much more useful the phone becomes when the data network is fast and reliable. I often just leave wifi off because I find Verizon’s 3G often better than the local coffee shop’s wifi.

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    2. I used the free doubleTwist app on my Mac and the free doubleTwist player on my Mac for music. I had no problem syncing my 20GB+ audio collection and the player is nice. What didn’t you like about sync?

      As far as for podcasts, I use Doggcatcher to play podcasts so far, which also works great. I paid for it though (was like $7 or something) but there are free podcast playing devices as well.

      For audio books I use Audible which has a great free Android app (it’s in beta though, so you need to download it from Audible directly, but that is easy).

      My one gripe is that there is no Netflix Android app yet but I’m sure one is coming.

      Once 2.2 comes out and you get support for Flash, then there will be no contest between iOS and Android for video playback. Right now (on 2.1) I’d say it is pretty close.

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  8. Justin Messinwitu Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    This is not a ginormous iPhone.
    Why would I want this if it is not an iPhone ?
    Can I download 250,000 Apps to it ?
    Does it have the WiFis ?
    What about the GBs? I need a lot of Gee Bees.
    Unless you cannot afford the luxury of an iPhone4 then what is the point of this phone ?
    I don’t care. It not an iPhone. And where is the white one ?

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    1. Now that is funny. I need to go watch that video again.

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  9. I broke my AT&T iPhone 3GS contract last week and switched to a Droid X on Verizon.

    I have been pretty blown away with this phone and Android. Android has a little higher learning curve than iOS simply because you have so many options! I love being able to control things like window animations, whether the swipe unlock should be present, being able to place icons exactly where I want them, having widgets, etc.

    The Droid X is pretty amazing hardware. The screen is amazing and the dpi, while not as good as the iPhone 4’s is much higher than the 3GS and is, in my opinion, well-matched to the screen’s large display. Reading news on it is fantastic.

    Probably the single biggest thing I love about Android is how they do notifications. Needs to be seen and used to be fully appreciated.

    Can’t wait for 2.2 in a month and 3.0 later this year! 2.1 is already better than iOS 4 though in my experience using both. iOS 4 may be easier to use but that is because it is so BORING!

    Having said this though, I’m probably going to upgrade to a new phone in 6-9 months again. LTE, 1280×720 resolution, dual-core cell phone processors supposedly coming, stuff is moving so fast! I love it!

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    1. One other thing, Verizon is great! I downloaded a 22MB podcast in under 2 minutes on the road to work yesterday. My iPhone won’t even try that, says I need a wifi connection. But in general, at least where I live (minnesota), the network is much faster than AT&T.

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  10. There are some Droid issues. Just read between the lines when looking at reviews. For example:

    http://drrjv.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/pcmag-giving-editors-choice-by-carrier/

    Also, what happened to the so called ‘open’ nature of Android?

    http://drrjv.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/yet-another-reason-to-get-a-verizon-phone/

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