Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Both the Motorola DROID X and HTC Droid Incredible currently come with the Android 2.1 OS, though Google and Motorola announced that the DROID X would receive an update to Android 2.2 Froyo by late summer. The main difference between the two devices is that the Motorola DROID X is basically using stock Android with some MOTOBLUR elements (or features) added to it by Motorola (such as with the messaging and social networking), while the HTC Droid Incredible comes with the HTC Sense UI interface, which is tightly integrated into almost every aspect of the phone’s OS. Both devices have 7 home screens, with each device containing specific on-screen widgets provided by the manufacturer. One feature that is exclusive to the Droid Incredible is its seven Scenes (or themes) that you can easily change between or customize new ones whenever you like. This is nice, as it makes the Droid Incredible look more personalized.
For managing your social networking contacts, each device offers added features over and above what comes standard in Android. Both devices will connect and integrate with your GMail/Google Talk, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, with Flickr supported by the Droid Incredible, and MySpace, Photobucket, Skype, and Yahoo! Mail supported by the DROID X. Naturally, you can also setup both devices to work with your POP/IMAP Email and MS Exchange accounts. After your accounts are set up on the Motorola DROID X, you can then go into the Messaging app, which will show all your accounts there, including text messages, which can be viewed all together in the Universal Inbox, or separately by clicking on the account name. On the DROID X homescreens you can add the Messages widget, which will show new text and email messages, as well as the Social Networking widget that is fed with status updates from all your friends, and a Social Status widget to update your own status. The HTC Droid Incredible handles your messages a bit differently, as there is a separate text messaging and email program, which can show emails by all received, conversations, VIP groups, unread, and attachments. There is also a Friend Stream widget on the Droid Incredible’s homescreen that will show updates from your social networking contacts.
For sending a message, neither device comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard, so you are left to use the on-screen virtual one. This is one area where the larger 4.3” screen on the Motorola DROID X really comes in handy, as the on-screen buttons are large and easy to use, even with big hands. It also supports multitouch, which means you can press and hold the shift key while at the same time pressing a letter to capitalize it. Even though the HTC Droid Incredible has a smaller screen, we still found its keyboard easy to use, though the buttons are smaller and are cramped closer together. We feel that big hands will be more comfortable using the larger on-screen keyboard on the DROID X, while smaller hands may find it too big, and might want to consider the Droid incredible.
Data and Connectivity:
The web experience is pretty similar between the two devices, as they use a WebKit based browser that can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode and with support for multitouch pinch-to-zoom. We did notice that small text on web sites can at times appear jagged (or pixelated) on the Motorola DROID X, while the HTC Droid Incredible was less so. At this time, the only added benefit with the browser on the HTC Droid Incredible is that it includes Adobe Flash Lite, which allows for some embedded Flash files to work in web pages, but it is still quite limited. But once the Android 2.2 update is made available for the Motorola DROID X, it will include Flash 10.1, which will offer even better support. For testing internet speeds, we used the Speedtest.net program and were able to get 1.5Mbps download and 0.40Mbps upload on each device using Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network, though both also support Wi-Fi.
Naturally you can download and install apps from the Android Market, but there are quite a few apps already present on the Motorola DROID X and HTC Droid Incredible, including Google Talk, GMail, Google Maps 4 with Navigation, QuickOffice for viewing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Acrobat files, Skype Mobile, City ID, and VCast Video. The DROID X is also one of the first Android smartphones to support Verizon’s 3G Mobile Hotspot app, which will allow you to connect up to 5 devices to it via Wi-Fi, which intern get connected to Verizon’s data network through the phone. This service costs $20 per month, but is limited to 2GB of data. It has been reported that the HTC Droid Incredible will also get Verizon’s 3G Mobile Hotspot app during its next firmware update.
1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; 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: 3043; 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: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
we dont need an android vs android comparison! we want droid X vs. iphone!
6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 240; 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: 59; 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: 3043; 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: 74; 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: 59; 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: 88; 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.