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
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.
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.
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.
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.