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Tech Report – Motorola Droid X

With Apple’s iPhone 4 smartphone continuing to come under fire for poor reception problems, there couldn’t be a better scenario for the launch of Motorola’s Droid X, which went on sale Thursday.

Described by PC Magazine as the Hummer of smartphones, the Droid X is jam-packed with the biggest and best features to be found in the latest state-of-the-art mobile devices. The massive 4.3-inch high-resolution touch screen may not be quite as sharp as the iPhone 4’s “retina” screen but not too many people will notice the difference.

The Droid X features the seven home screens first seen on HTC’s Droid Incredible, and the responsive on-screen keyboard also gets a boost from the overall increase in size. As well as one-touch connections to the usual Google services – Gmail, Maps, YouTube, the Android app market – there is also a single interface into various social networking services, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Microsoft Exchange and several photo-sharing sites.

Talking of photos, Motorola has managed to pack an 8-megapixel camera into the Droid X, which also comes with HD video capture. Although there is a noticeable drop-off in poor light, the overall picture quality is excellent and the Droid X is a more-than-adequate substitute for most point-and-shoot cameras. 

The combination of Motorola design and Verizon’s network makes for great reception and crystal-clear calls. No antenna or dropped-call problems here. The Droid X easily recognizes and pairs with Bluetooth headsets and responds well to a range of voice commands.

The Droid X runs Google’s Android 2.1 operating system and owners will be able to upgrade to the 2.2 version later this summer. The phone also works as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five other devices, although hotspot use costs an additional $20 per month over the standard service plan.

Battery life, which has been a problem for some Droid phones, is more than adequate, offering up to 8 hours of talk time. However, repeated web surfing or heavy data use will still require a mid-day recharge.

The Droid X is available at Verizon and Best Buy locations, as well as online, and costs $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. It requires a two-year Verizon contract.

Note: At this time, we are learning of various shortages of the Droid X due to high first-day demand. A spokesperson for Verizon stated that the next shipping date had been pushed back to July 23rd. Customers can still place orders for the phone online at Verizon’s web site.

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