Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Even though the Motorola DROID X and HTC Droid Incredible both come equipped with an 8MP autofocus camera and dual LED flash, images could not look more different between them. For starters, the camera interface is a bit different on the devices, as is the way you actually take the image. The DROID X uses a traditional 2-stop camera shutter button that you press half way down to focus on the center of the image, and then press all the way down to take the picture. You can also move the focusing square around on the screen if the subject isn’t in the center. On the other hand, the Droid Incredible will continue to automatically refocus on whatever is in the center square (and you move the focus square around), then you press down on the optical touchpad to take the image. The total time to capture an image on both is about a second, which is quite respectful. Images taken by the Motorola DROID X outside in bright sunlight were properly exposed and have accurate color representation and saturation. There is also a lot of detail in the images, but we found them to look a bit soft. When using the HTC Droid Incredible, images were a bit sharper, but lacked the accurate colors and tonal balance that is present on the DROID X. It may come down to personal preference here, but we prefer the outside images produced by the Motorola DROID X more. While indoors, the DROID X continues to produces accurate colors, even when using the flash (which also does a decent job at illuminating the scene), while the Droid Incredible has more of a green hue with the flash.
Motorola DROID X
Darkness with flash
HTC Droid Incredible
For recording videos, the Motorola DROID X supports up to 1280x720 resolution at 24 fps, with embedded audio at 44.100 kHz, and with a total data rate of 12 Mbps, while the HTC Droid Incredible can currently only go as high as 800x480 resolution at 28 fps, with embedded audio at 8.0 kHz, and with a total data rate of 2 Mbps. (The upcoming firmware update for the Droid Incredible is said to enable 1280x720 recording). With the DROID X there are also four different scenes: everyday – for capturing audio from all directions, outdoors – for reducing wind noise, narrative – for commenting on the scene, and subject – that records audio from the front of the camera. Playing back the videos on the phone’s display look OK, but when viewed on a large 24” PC monitor, neither one is jaw-dropping DVD quality. Though we could tell the higher-resolution video captured by the DROID X looked slightly better than the Droid Incredible, and that the audio quality was also much better due to the higher sampling rate.
Motorola DROID X Everyday Scene sample video at 1280x720 pixels resolution.
Motorola DROID X Outdoors Scene sample video at 1280x720 pixels resolution.
HTC Droid Incredible sample video at 800x480 pixels resolution.
We also tested some of our own ripped videos with both devices and had no problems playing H.264 encoded MP4 video at 720x306 resolution, though the DROID X also supported WMV files and DivX encoded AVI videos. Once again the larger screen on the DROID X is a plus when watching videos.
Regarding the HDMI output on the Motorola DROID X, it requires a micro Type D cable (not included) and can be used to show your pictures and videos on a HDTV, as well as ripped videos (not copy protected), and streaming videos from VCast, but it will not work with the included Blockbuster app.
A lot of people like to use their phones as music players so they don’t have to carry around a separate device. The Motorola DROID X continues to use the basic Android 2.1 player, while the HTC Droid Incredible uses its own Sense UI style player, which looks a little better visually, included showing the album art on the desktop widget. Both devices’ music players offer pretty much the same features, but the one on the DROID X does include a few equalizer presets. Our MP3 music that was played through the rear speaker on both devices was equally loud, but it sounded a bit ‘thin’ on the Motorola DROID X, where the HTC Droid Incredible had a fuller sound. But if you use 3.5mm headphones or a Bluetooth stereo headset, it sounds great regardless of which phone you’re using. Furthermore, when using a wired headset, you can also use the FM radios on the DROID X and Droid Incredible. Our local FM stations came in clear on the Motorola DROID X with better reception than the HTC Droid Incredible. There is also the option to play the FM stations through the phone’s rear speaker, but you still have to keep the headset connected, as it uses the wires as an antenna.
1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1975; 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: 3107; 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: 338; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
we dont need an android vs android comparison! we want droid X vs. iphone!
6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; 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: 65; 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: 3107; 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: 216; 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: 65; 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: 90; 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.