Motorola really struck it golden with the timing and delivery of their Droid X phone. Especially since Steve Jobs is being an arrogant whiner and not owning the iPhone 4 issues. Yeah, more of a PR move, but that’s another story. What we have here is one heck of a gadget!
There a couple of things that stand out right away when you pick up the Droid X and use it for the first time. First, you notice the size of it. It’s a little taller than a lot of other smartphones. If you have small hands, that could be an issue. The great trade off here is a beautiful and big viewing area. The other thing you notice is that this thing flies. I mean I seriously could not get over just how smooth and fast it was. It was really a joy just to move around and navigate. Doing that on the Blackberry Storm drives me nuts sometimes. I’ve read some bad press about the phone and I wish they would stop whining. I mean, this thing does exactly what it says it will do: kick you in the face with its cyborg technology.
Now, let’s get down to brass tacks. The hardware is kick butt. It has an eye popping 4.3 inch, WVGA (480 x 854), screen that just looks delicious. It sports an 8 megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video. It has 8GB memory onboard with a 16 GB micro SD card. Its ARMv7 processor (presumably an OMAP3630) – yep that’s 1GHZ – is sick. It drives this beast. The result is a super snappy phone that has a gorgeous screen.
Yeah, the phone is a little laden with stuff when you get it. It takes a while to pare that down if you like minimalism. But it’s not that hard because the haptic screen makes it kind of fun. Oh, and the onscreen keyboard is really nice. If you haven’t worked with the Android system yet, it does take a little getting used to. And 7 screens seems a little much to me. Oh well. But the apps, the hardware, the screen, the camera, the HDMI out, the integrated wireless N makes this a phone that will fly off shelves. Well done Moto!