Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola DROID X. One can say the HTC Droid Incredible is hotter than anyone anticipated, as Samsung is having a tough time recently keeping up with production demand for its AMOLED display that is used on the phone, thus causing a shipping delay of a few weeks. Even though the Motorola DROID X doesn’t officially go on sale until July 15th, there has been high interest in it too, as it surpasses the HTC Droid Incredible with a large 4.3” display, 720p video recording and HDMI output. So does the Motorola DROID X have what it takes to make people jump ship to it, or does the HTC Droid Incredible still have what it takes to peak customers' interests? Let’s take a closer look at each.
Both the Motorola DROID X and HTC Droid Incredible are black in color, but their design similarities end there. The DROID X is a larger phone in height and width (5.02” x 2.57”), but is still relatively thin at 0.39”, though there is a bit of a hump at the top, which houses the 8MP camera. The DROID X is constructed out of metal, which feels solid and durable in the hand, but still comfortable to hold, thanks to the soft-touch coating. Meanwhile, the Droid Incredible is more compact (4.63” x 2.3”) and comes in about 0.88oz less weight, but it has an all plastic construction and lacks the feeling of durability of the DROID X. It really comes down to personal preference here, if you prefer a more compact phone that is lighter weight, or want something a tad larger with a more solid construction.
One of the highlights of the HTC Droid Incredible is its WVGA resolution AMOLED display, though “only” coming in at 3.7” diagonal. The advantage of AMOLED is its high contrast ratio with complete black-levels and its excellent viewing angles. We found that colors on the Droid Incredible have plenty of “pop”, but were also warm, which was most noticeable in white areas, as they have a pinkish hue. The AMOLED display was also challenging to view outside in direct sunlight, even when turning the brightness all the way up. In comparison, the Motorola DROID X uses a traditional WVGA resolution TFT display, which however really dwarfs the 3.7” one of the Droid Incredible when placed next to it. Colors on the DROID X look more natural, instead of being over-saturated and warm like on the Droid Incredible, but contrast, black levels, and viewing angles do suffer a bit since it is TFT. Though when used outside in the sun, the display on the DROID X was brighter and easier to read, so this is a clear advantage. Between the two, we prefer the display on the Motorola DROID X, due to its larger size, accurate colors, excellent resolution, and usability in sunlight.
For the rest of the phone’s design, the HTC Droid Incredible uses touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom for accessing the home, menu, back, and search, and has an optical touchpad in the center, while the Motorola DROID X implies physical buttons that have to be pressed down and lacks any type of touchpad or d-pad. We prefer the physical buttons on the DROID X, as they are less likely to be pressed accidently, while the capacitive buttons on the Droid Incredible can easily be touched by mistake when using the handset. Both phones have a volume rocker, power/lock button, 3.5mm headset jack, and microUSB port along the sides, but the Motorola DROID X also adds a micro HDMI (type D) port and a 2-stop camera shutter button. The 8MP camera and flash are located on the back of each, and you have to remove the battery cover to access the microSDHC memory card slot.
Regarding the storage space, the Motorola DROID X includes a 16GB memory card (32GB is supported), which is used for saving pictures, videos, music, etc, and there is also 8GB of internal space on the phone, though it is not user accessible, as this is where apps, settings and contacts and stored. Meanwhile, the HTC Droid Incredible comes with a smaller 2GB memory card (32GB supported), and its 8GB of internal space is set up so that 748MB is for storing apps, and the remainder 6.6GB is accessible to the user for storing whatever they want. As you can see, the Motorola DROID X can allow more apps to be stored and also includes a larger memory card than the HTC Droid Incredible. For processing power, the HTC Droid Incredible comes with a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, while the Motorola DROID X uses a 1GHz OMAP 3630 CPU and a dedicated SFX530 GPU. We ran the Quadrant benchmark program on both, which tests the CPU, memory, I/O, 2D and 3D graphics, and got a score of 1263 on the DROID X, while the Droid Incredible got a significantly lower score of 523.
1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
nice comparison phonearena team. but it's dBm not dB.
2. pimix2009 (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)
they should start rating each phone with a number on every category so people can see clearly which phone is the best
3. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
This seems like an almost pointless comparison. The X is pretty much better all around except for the fact that its a lot bigger if thats even an issue for you.
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2842; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
If you need a large screen, get the droid x. If you want something smaller, wait until they finally get new shipments of the incredible lol
5. testman22 (Posts: 336; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
we dont need an android vs android comparison! we want droid X vs. iphone!
6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
We plan to have a comparison review between the iPhone 4 and Motorola DROID X.
15. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
why so they can find reasons that the iphone is "better"... dont waste your time.
22. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
If you are with VZW, and aren't planning on leaving, then the iPhone isn't an option. If you love the iPhone, then neither of these phones is an option. So this is a very apt comparison. I prefer the incredible personally, but this review was pretty comprehensive and helps consumers understand the tradeoffs with each device.
25. Skidro13 (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)
There is one for the incredible vs iPhone and the incredible smoked it. They even left out iPhones major flaw. The x is the same thing but bigger
33. incredible power sapper (unregistered)
I am strongly considering the Droid X after my incredible's power consumption, 3 hours on battery has become ridiculous.
9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2842; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
If you are on a carrier and it offers two high end phones, you wouldn't want to know which one is better? I highly doubt that.
10. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
Put the Sense UI on the Droid X? No thanks! Seriously, what does the integrated Sense UI offer? Nothing. Only the widgets are cool. HTC should separate the widgets from the UI. Home replacement apps like ADW Launcher do more than Sense. The integrated UI just makes it longer for firmware updates to arrive. The Droid X will get Froyo (and Gingerbread) long before the Incredible.
11. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)
Thank you! I don't understand what everyone loves so much about Sense UI. Before I got my Moto Droid I loved Sense on my Touch Pro 1/2 and Imagio but once I used the stock Android OS I really didn't like Sense that much anymore... it sounds silly but the fact that contacts are "People" and such other changes to me make the phone seem like it's geared towards the younger customer base.
21. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
Sense UI provides T9 text entry through the phone keypad. If someone is switching from an old style flip phone and isn't used to using qwerty, OR if you need to text one handed, OR if you have really big thumbs, this is indispensable.
31. Alsten (unregistered)
yes. But Droid X has SWYPE which takes the place of T9. It can be used one handed pretty easily even with big thumbs.
42. an hero (unregistered)
the X will take longer for updates... Motorola's crappy blur skin takes Moto longer to port to new versions of Android than Sense does HTC
12. 3watts (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Jul 2009)
They forgot to mention that the DROID X will get you more ladies per night. When it's in your pocket you appear to be hung like a polar bear!
14. jkaige (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)
LMAO! That was lame for both you and cc16177. Funny but lame.
16. Mightymack (Posts: 73; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)
i was debating on which phone to get, and im sorry to say, because i love both phones, but the X is WAY better! not to doubt the incredibleness of the incredible lol
18. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)
Your right, unless you havnt made up your mind yet, the X is waaaaaaaaaaaaayyy better, and you wont have to wait til the next ice age to get it.
26. Skidro13 (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)
They r the same things but the incredible is HTC wich usually turns out better considering Motorola bad past and that the x already is showing lots of screen problems,lagging,and the same problem as the iPhone
24. crspycrtr (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 2010)
The only thing I have to say about the picture quality is that it looks as if the HTC camera is polarized. You can especially see it when looking at the pic of the tree and seeing the sky behind it, the blue is much deeper. A good way to test is to see how much sunlight is reflected back of off water or something other then a shiny surface that has a high gloss. Other then that, I've had both and I found the HTC Incredible touch screen to be very annoying. I was constantly calling people that I didn't intend to call.
27. lindsayjo2518 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)
On the Droid X, what is the clock/weather app displayed in the pictures and on the video? I love it and would like to use it.
28. santosmurillo (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
can either phone be totally hands free without picking up the phone. On a windows phone I can press my bluetooth headset button and voice activate a call.
29. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Voice activation on Droid X, which to my knowledge, was a decision on Moto's part. HTC Incredible doesn't have that feature however.
30. OSK12 (unregistered)
I thought it was a very in depth and useful analysis/comparison. It makes perfect sense to have a review such as this when a single carrier has two great phones; and it will certainly help in my purchasing decision. Thanks
32. HMFIC (unregistered)
After looking all over the internet and reading many, many, reviews, I was still torn between these two phones, which I narrowed it down to a while ago. Finally, someone just comes out and says it. I will get the Droid X. The only reason I was holding back was the horrible review Engadget gave to the X's software.
34. matts (unregistered)
What weather app or widget is that on the X? I just got mine last night and am starting to figure it out.
35. waiting for my DX (unregistered)
I just wanna know what that weather app on the droid x is and if its already on the phone or do i need to download that one thats the app i've been trying to find for my girlfriends droid2
36. droid x lover (unregistered)
motorola is king of android dx is the best around the world
37. Shawn_droid (unregistered)
Thanks for your review. I've spent all week wondering which phone to get for my wife and myself. Last night we purchased a DX (on order) and an Incredible which we took home with us. Your review gives me some things to look for as we do our own testing. We figured we try them both and deal with a restocking fee if we didn't like one of them. She loves the incredible so far (it's the one she wanted for the smaller size). I liked the DX we tried in the store even though it was Eclair not FROYO. I'm hoping that it works out well and that we will each keep the phone we purchased last night - from your review I think I'll be very satisfied with the X. Thanks for all the time you put into this review. It is appreciated!!
39. DROOID (unregistered)
Ive had both, and the Incredible is WAYY better. The X size is a little big. The Incredible ran much smoother, and my X lagged. Call quality was better on the X. If I had to pick one, IMO, it would be the Incredible.
40. COLE (unregistered)
I have had both phones but the x is better
41. Mike (unregistered)
I had the HTC incredible for 3 weeks. I was disappointed with battery life, and wanted a larger screen. I researched and read everything I could find and all the reviews.
I traded it in on a Driod x.
This review is off as far as the winner. I would have to say the Only reason the Droid X is better than the HTC incredible is in screen size.
Everything else is close including battery life, you can tweek the HTC to last as long as the Droid x I have under normal usage.
The exception where the htc clearly beats the droid x are these.
1. Speed (I don't care what the benchmarks say, the htc incredible is way faster then the droid x in actual usage.)
2. The HTC flavor of the android os is more user friendly than the Droid x, so much so that it is annoying to use the droid x.
So, what am I going to do, I am thinking of backing out of my contract, going to sprint and getting the HTC EVO, large screen size and benefits of HTC OS
43. denmcdon (Posts: 83; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)
Ive had the original Moto Droid -the X- the Incredible,i find myself using the dinc more than the X or the Motodroid its all around still a great phone the only thing i think the X has on this phone is screen size.
44. HoonDogs (unregistered)
What a killer review. I have been searching and searching for a review like this. What a great site.