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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

[Updated – July 2, 2010 at 6:30PM EST]

Over the past day or so we’ve seen a flood of Droid X reviews published, so we've decided to round up and summarize the best of them. For any readers who may need a reminder of the details:

  • Coming to Verizon July 15
  • $200 on contract
  • 4.3”, 854 x 480 px
  • 720p Video Recording
  • 8 MP Camera
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair) at launch, with 2.2 (FroYo) coming later
  • 8 GB onboard, 16 GB mSD card (24 GB total)
  • 3 mics – front, back, and bottom
  • HDMI out
  • Swype

Pretty impressive stuff, at least on paper. Luckily, it seems like it’s just as good in the real world.

Engadget

Chris Ziegler did the review for Engadget, and came away impressed – sort of. Here’s the money shot:

... the Droid X becomes a much less magical phone than the Droid was. It's good, and it's a pretty enjoyable execution of Android 2.1, but it's not a must-have phone -- especially in light of the Droid Incredible and the upcoming Droid 2. From a hardware perspective, this phone is pretty much a bang-on execution of what a high-end mobile powerhouse should be, but Motorola clearly still has work to do in order to play in the same software league as HTC does with Sense. If it can get there -- or heck, if it can just offer this phone with stock Froyo -- you've got perhaps the best Android phone ever made.

Their video review (heads up – it’s very in depth at 15 minutes):

They also have sample photos and videos shot with the Droid X in the full review.

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Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports did a video review/comparison between the Droid X and iPhone 4. Yea, that sounds pretty lame when you’re reading it, but in reality it was executed very well (although, *spoiler* unsurprisingly, they decide that they’re both winners). If you’re only going to watch 1 video review, make it this one. It’s not nearly as in-depth, but it’s good and it clocks in at just over three and a half minutes (and hey, considering that these guys are full-time nerds, the acting isn’t half bad and the narrating is decent).

Phandroid

Phandroid’s review is fairly in-depth (though not as in depth as MobileBurn’s). They have a video to review the hardware, one to review the software, one on the camera and camcorder (and an additional sample shot with the X), and one for “multimedia and more.” This is all in addition to their text review.  Again, I reiterate – this is a pretty in depth review.

 

The money shot? Awesome. (Bolding ours):

The fact of the matter is that the Droid X sits comfortably amongst the smartphone elite. The combination of pure hardware power, Android awesomeness, and software goodness mean that today it is one of – if not THE – best phone(s) available. We now live in a smartphone age where many “something better” devices eagerly wait in the wings, but here and now the Droid X can successfully claim there isn’t a better phone available. And even when there is… the Droid X will continue to please its owners with its capabilities, especially if the powers at be bless it with continued OTA updates.

In short: the Motorola Droid X for Verizon Wireless comes highly recommended.

Updated: IntoMobile

IntoMobile’s review is great if you want an up-front overview of the specs and the pro’s and con’s of the phone. Their takeaway is pretty similar to Phandroids:

Whatever sports metaphor you want to apply is appropriate for the Droid X, as Motorola hit a home run/slam dunked it/won the World Cup with this flagship handset from Verizon. It sports a lust-worthy design, has all the features you’d expect from a top-shelf smartphone, the software is really good and it’s relatively future proof for upcoming versions of Android. If you’re on Verizon and are eligible for an upgrade this year, there’s no reason to not buy the Droid X when it comes out July 15, even if you’re a fan of physical keyboards (the virtual one is just that good). It’s even good enough to lure Apple iPhone owners over to the dark side.

Yup, they think it’s pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.

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Updated 2: MobileBurn

MobileBurn’s review is almost obscenely long, spanning 7 pages total. Their take?

I really like Verizon's Motorola DROID X. It's just not for me. I like hardware keyboards for the work I do, and I like the phones to be smaller so that one-handed operation requires no juggling. But I know there are a lot of people out there that just want a bigger display, and the DROID X delivers that with plenty of other enhancements that I am hoping to see on other Motorola smartphones soon.

The DROID X's display is nice (and huge), the multi-touch keyboards are the best available on Android today, and the phone shoots great HD video. Those are all strong selling points, and there are few real downsides to the phone at all. It's sure to cause some real teeth gnashing for Verizon customers when they have to choose between this device the the equally capable HTC DROID Incredible.

To summarize, he thought the phone was great in theory, but in reality, it just wasn’t ideal for his needs.

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In Conclusion…

All in all, it looks like the Droid X is a great upgrade for Droid owners, and a great phone for those looking to join in on the Android parade on America’s largest network. Is it better than the Incredible? Engadget and MobileBurn seem to think that’s debatable, while Phandroid and IntoMobile say, “Hell yes.” There’s no definitive answer – the best way to decide is to go look at them, play with them, and decide based on personal preference.

[Source: Engadget, Phandroid, IntoMobile, MobileBurn]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Deon

    I was going to ditch my N1 and T-Mobile for this phone and Verizon, but considering my N1 can still hold its own and there's better phones on the horizon, I'll just hold off until 2ghz phones or dual-core phones or even Android 3 if I can. But if you're considering a phone and you want Verizon's network, the Droid X is the way to go.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Yea, I agree - I see this more as evolutionary than revolutionary. It's a nice new phone, but it's not so much better than the N1 that you have to have it. It may be one of, if not the, best android phones available, but there are some pretty rockin' phones coming in short order.

      And thanks for being such a great reader Deon, we appreciate it =)

    • Dave

      You also realize that in the benchmark tests that the N1 is running 2.2 and the Droid X is running 2.1 and according to the testers 2.2 is approx 300-400 times faster, aka when the Droid X is running 2.2 it will kill the N1. Understand?

      • Aaron Gingrich

        I'd like to see benchmarks where the Droid X is 300-400 times faster than an N1 running the same version of Android.

  • http://www.fh4d.com Max-via

    Hi,
    okay what about price without contract (Unlock) ??

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Not sure what it will run not on contract, but keep in mind this is a Verizon phone, so it doesn't have a SIM card.

      Sorry I couldn't provide a better answer, mate.

      • jhammon

        Droid x retails for $569.00 without contract per verizon

  • Dano

    Not sure how a phone with no forward facing camera can be called 'elite' these days.

    I think the EVO beats the X...but the iPhone beats 'em all!!!!!

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Phones with forward facing cameras are old news, really - they've been around in Europe for years and video chat never really gained traction. Not worth dismissing a phone over, certainly. I've yet to use Qik on my EVO and I don't see myself ever using it, really.

    • Deon

      lol, as mentioned, front-facing Camera's have been on phones in other countries for some time, I was in Australia 5 years ago and they had video conferencing phones, didn't take off though. What I mean though, although the Droid X, Droid 2, Galaxy S and even the Evo 4g rock, they're only slightly better than the Nexus one, and my phone managed to make the list of future phones to support Android 3. I like that my phone also made it to Froyo first, heh, but I digress. The new iPhone looks nice, but how long do you think it'll take Motorola, Samsung and/or HTC to overtake the design? When the iPhone 2g/3g/3gs came out Android was an infant, and it took some time to build up the momentum to overtake the 3gs, so the iPhone 4 comes out, but Android has not lost momentum, we're still picking up speed, one of these 3 companies will have a phone that will smoke the iPhone 4 within 12 months. If Apple waited as long as they did between the 3gs and the iPhone 4, by the time they come out with the iPhone 5 we'll be way ahead of them. Anyways, anxiously awaiting dual core and 2ghz phones. Maybe then I'll ditch my N1 and lock myself into a new 2 year contract.

    • Dave

      The EVO and iphone are both slower and you can't even use the video chat on the AT&T network, so it's a feature they have but can't use. It's as if you bought a corvette but can't afford gas for it. USELESS. And the TI processor in the X completely kills the incredible and EVO's qualcom processor by more that 2x the speed. Look up some benchmarks for the device. Do research before you make statements that are pointless.

  • http://www.mobileburn.com/review.jsp?Id=9856 Josh

    The review at mobileburn is the most in-depth I've come across... good videos too. Maybe some people will find that helpful.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      I'll keep an eye out for next time, but I'm not going to add it this time - don't want to keep adding and adding, y'know?

      Thanks for the tip, appreciate it :)

      • Aaron Gingrich

        Scratch that... Artem asked me to make some changes and add in MobileBurn's review!

  • http://bethmahoney.com Beth Mahoney

    This phone looks incredible. With all the amazing hardware it comes with, plus the Verizon network, and great apps like the free Google maps GPS and Swype, this phone looks like a home run. I hope it isn't too big however, we shall see on July 15th...

  • jmaz

    Verizon + a very good phone.

    What other excuse can you have for wanting
    another communication device.

    I said, "communication device."

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