Motorola DROID X vs. HTC EVO 4G
If it weren't for the slightly stronger output by the DROID X's speakers, calling quality would've been identical. These high-powered Android sets are fantastic when it comes down to placing some good old fashion phone calls as voices were clear, distinct, and free from any background distortion to muddy the experience. However, our callers did mention to us that our voices did sound better on the Motorola DROID X – the same goes when using the speaker phones on both handsets.
While testing out in the greater Philadelphia region, both smartphones were more adept in retaining signal to the network. There was no instance when we experienced dropped calls or frequent fluctuations with bar signals on either handsets.
Setting the phones to the middle brightness setting and restricting the HTC EVO 4G from searching for a 4G network, battery life on the Motorola DROID X was definitely better. We were able to pull out a full day of normal usage before requiring a recharge – meaning push email, web browsing, text messaging, and an occasional phone call were all encountered. As for the HTC EVO 4G, we were able to crank out 15 hours of continuous normal usage before it expired. Naturally, you're going to constantly need to have a charging source on hand if you don't want to find yourself with no juice, but luckily both phones will be more than equipped in getting you by a good 8 hour work shift – that's unless you're a power user.
Ultimately, timing played a key role in how things turned out as the HTC EVO 4G was the first out of the gate and set the precedence for other handsets released after. The commercials and advertising campaigns for the HTC EVO 4G perfectly sum up its talent – being a first in almost every category. It's the first Android powered handset to include a 4.3” display and 4G connectivity in the US market – plus it greatly brought the notion that these monstrous devices tacking on impressive hardware can still look good on the outside. It might not exude the premium feeling materials in use on the Motorola DROID X or durability, but its design is still compelling enough to take notice as it offers some things not found on the DROID X – like a front-facing camera and kickstand. However, the second Android smartphone in the US market to pack a 4.3” display continues Motorola's push in the Android market as it plays close to the strengths seen with the original Motorola DROID. Overall, we witnessed the DROID X excel in areas like taking photos & videos, peppy speeds when navigating, and battery life. But when the HTC EVO 4G set the notion of video calling via its front-facing camera, its omission on the DROID X is just one that can pull some people to gravitate to the EVO 4G. Pricing is the same for both handsets at $199.99 on-contract, but one will have to remember the cost savings you'll see over the course of 2 years by siding with the HTC EVO 4G. Nevertheless, you can't deny that the premium you'll be paying for service by choosing the Motorola DROID X is worth it as it's backed by Verizon's extensive and reliable network. But to tell you the truth, the knowledge of 4G speeds can be alluring and should especially be a focal point in making a decision if you're located in a market where 4G is present.
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