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Motorola DROID X Review

Motorola DROID X 9.5

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Motorola DROID X Review
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When it comes to phone’s call quality, it is hard to beat the Motorola DROID X MB810. Voices on our end were exceptionally clear and natural sounding, being able to hear low to high tones through the earpiece speaker without any distortion, even with the volume turned all the way up. People that we called said we also sounded very clear on their end, more so than when using the HTC Droid Incredible or Motorola DROID, which we can assume is due to the noise cancelling mic. Signal reception was equally good, as we didn’t drop any calls and had 3-4 bars showing in high coverage areas and averaged -87dB of signal strength.

The 1540mAh battery included with the Motorola DROID X is rated to provide up to 8 hours of talk time or 9.5 days of standby time on a full charge. During our testing, we were able to get up to an amazing 9 hours and 30 minutes of talk time on a full charge, which completely blows away the Motorola DROID at 7hr 30min talk time (1400mAh battery), and crushes the HTC Droid Incredible at a measly 5hr 30min talk time (1300mAh battery). Furthermore, the larger battery on the Motorola DROID X was able to provide it up to 30 hours of mixed usage on a full charge(which includes some talk, text, email, web, app usage, and standby), compared to just about 24 hours on the Motorola DROID, and 20 hours on the HTC Droid Incredible. Clearly, having a higher capacity battery on the Motorola DROID X is sure to come in handy.


Conclusion:

So is the Motorola DROID X really that eXtreme? When compared to other Verizon devices, it does have a lot to offer, from the large 4.3” WVGA display, excellent call quality, ample storage room, fast processor, 8MP camera, and HDMI output. But with the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint and Apple iPhone 4 for AT&T on the loose, the smartphone race is running neck-and-neck. If you’re in the market for a high-end smartphone, the Motorola DROID X does deserve your attention.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 1.13.604

Motorola DROID X Video Review:



Pros

  • Impressive 4.3” WVGA display
  • Call quality and talk time
  • 8MP camera with great color and detail
  • HDMI output

Cons

  • Add-ons are not as functional as Sense UI
  • 720p video recording quality is lacking
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. spydablac (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 May 2010)


Iphone 4, Evo 4g, and Driod X all get the same rating...

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 13:58

14. jonniedough (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


The big three X,I4,Evo all good news for us......

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 11:22 1

23. de2philly (Posts: 31; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


My same thoughts exactly.. how do they all get the same exact rating... should be like EVO - 9.8 Driod X - 9.5 iphone4 - 9.0 IMO

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 19:17

25. ilikesmrtphnz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


IMO... that's how it definitely should have been

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 01:57 1

33. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)


DROID X - 9.8 EVO - 9.5 iPhone 4 - 7.5

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 07:37

2. anarkie (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)


I think we need a 3 way tie-breaker. Please send me each phone and I will volunteer to sacrifice my time and efforts in making a final decision.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 11:24

24. de2philly (Posts: 31; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Agreed.

posted on 05 Jul 2010, 15:59

28. AaronWasHere (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


LOL, well played.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 07:47

3. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


phonearena, you actually listened to me!!!!

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 11:35

10. JDubreno005 (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Jan 2009)


amen, me too

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 07:51

4. lookitdisguy (Posts: 32; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Hopefully T-Mobile can get a phone with a rating like that cause I'm jealous now.. They are the only network to not have an awesome phone right now cause the HD2 was never an option for me because of the windows OS.. It's either Android OS for me or switch and try the Apple OS again...

posted on 17 Jul 2010, 13:44

39. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)


be on the lookout for a Nexus two or something

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 08:06

5. dyster (Posts: 63; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Review is ok. I don't see a point of further comparison because you can't buy Ip4, X, Evo from the same carrier. All the carriers now have good offerings.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 08:18

6. Fallout (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Nice review Hope everyone's happy now

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 09:01

7. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 144; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


I want this phone now! But I'm not eligible for an upgrade til 2/11..UGH!!

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 23:10

21. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


my upgrade is july 16, 2010. GUESS WHAT PHONE IM GETTING.

posted on 05 Jul 2010, 16:00

29. AaronWasHere (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


an LG Voyager?

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 10:59

8. shaunieo (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)


As one of the few AT&T fans on here who defends the blue, i will point out that we let anyone who was eligible for upgarde this year get the new Iphone. Not sure if Big Red did that or not, but they should...........

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 11:11

9. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


Yeah they're doing that for the Droid X too.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 17:05

18. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


Yeah the sooner they sell them the more they can get out the door before everyone realizes you can't make phone calls.

posted on 06 Aug 2010, 13:24

41. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


i got mine on upgrade!

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 12:56

11. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


i am honestly surprised they gave it this high of rating. seems like each VZW phone that comes out phonearena cuts them off at the knees. i'm presently surprised.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 13:05

12. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Is it just me, or do all of the photos look like crap? They're kind of blurry. I hope that's not really going to be the quality of the camera. The original Droid wasn't that great, but I was hoping Motorola would fix that in future phones.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 14:29

16. rhand (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


I agree ... the photos look terrible. This is a major disappointment. Wished they'd put some effort into making a better quality camera instead of just cramming more megapixels onto the tiny light sensor just to please the marketing department.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 14:43

17. Hello-dirt (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 May 2010)


I am going to guess that you have seen what you get: a high megapixel rating that only works in strong light. My Evo is the same-8mp quality only if subject not moving and in bright light and a 720p video that stutters. Phone specs are becoming like HP ratings for cars, inflated to help sell the machine.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 10:45

22. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


The odd part is, they said the photos look "good" in their review. I have read all of the Droid X reviews. The sample pictures are a mixed bag on all of them. Some of them look really good, others look like crap (like the ones here). Many of the reviewers slam the photo quality. It reminds me of all of the reviews and sample photos on the original Droid. But hey, at least you don't have to hold it a certain way to make phone calls, right?

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 01:58

34. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)


idk why these photos are terribel but the ones on engadget, Boy Genuis Report, and gizmodo are all way better try looking their for actually photo quality

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 13:06

13. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Now all we have to wait for is a phone comparison between this and the iphone- not like they're gonna even tell us the winner but i bet the winner will be the one who can at least make calls.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 14:14

15. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This phone is like a giant when you compare it to my ARIA - looks great, though.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 18:07

19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Say hello to the big three. EVO, iPhone 4, and Droid X.

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Motorola DROID X

Motorola DROID X

OS: Android 2.3 2.2 2.1
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (228 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz, TI OMAP3630-1000 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.02 x 2.58 x 0.39 inches
(127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9 mm)
5.47 oz  (155 g)
Battery1540 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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