Before the Moto X, there was the Motorola DROID X

It was November 5th, 2009 when the Motorola DROID was launched. A Verizon exclusive in the U.S., Big Red finally had its iPhone challenger. And with Android 2.0 on board, Google's open source operating system was about to become the most popular mobile OS in the world. While many Verizon customers adored their device, only 8 months later some of them were ready to upgrade to a particular new phone with a huge (for the times) display and a unique design that set it apart from other handsets. We are talking about the Motorola DROID X.

The first thing that stood out about the DROID X was the 4.3-inch screen, half an inch larger than the DROID's display. At the time, many believed that this was the peak and that consumers couldn't hold a phone with a larger screen. Today, a 4.3-inch screen would be considered small. Judging from the 6.2-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy S8+, those who thought that the DROID X was as big as a flagship smartphone screen would get were nearly 2 full inches wrong.

Motorola used the DROID X in a couple of ads poking fun at Steve Jobs and the Apple iPhone 4. As many of you recall, Jobs blamed consumers for the antenna-based connectivity problem that marred the launch of the first major iPhone re-design. The late executive said that iPhone 4 users were holding the phone wrong. Motorola responded with a full-page ad in the New York Times that pointed out that the DROID X was the kind of phone that could be "held any way you want." When Apple decided to send out free rubber bumpers to iPhone 4 owners as a way to fix the connectivity issue, Motorola struck again with another full-page ad. This time, the manufacturer said that with the DROID X, there were "No jackets required."

The Motorola DROID X carried that aforementioned 4.3-inch screen with a 480 x 854 resolution. Under the hood you would have found a TI OMAP single-core chip, running at a clock speed of 1GHz. 512MB of RAM was inside along with 8GB of native storage. Motorola added a 2GB microSD card that was pre-installed on the phone. Users ended up with 6.5GB of internal storage at their disposal. The rear camera weighed in at 8MP and the 1540mAh battery could be removed. The DROID X launched with Android 2.1 running the show, and received updates to Android 2.2 and Android 2.3. 

In May 2011, the Motorola DROID X2 was launched. Looking exactly like the OG model, Motorola was lambasted for making just a few changes to the phone. The resolution of the 4.3-inch screen was hiked to 540 x 960, and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset came with a dual-core 1GHz CPU. Just about everything else was the same.

To say that we were impressed with the Motorola DROID X would be an understatement. We gave the DROID X a 9.5 out of 10 in our review, which you can read by clicking on this link.


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DROID X
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Storage 6.656 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1540 mAh(8.00h talk time)

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25 Comments

1. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

The days when iphonearena used to give good ratings to other than iPhones.

9. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

They give good ratings. You trolls just expect every phone to score higher than the iPhone.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No we don't. Only the ones that actually should. Like the S5, S6 and S7 and every Note model. When a phone obviously takes a better picture and you call it a tie. It's iPhonearena BS like that we don't like.

16. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Very well said. Curious to see how they score the S8/+. Anything less than a 9.5 & they'll be banning me for a week again.

20. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Well it's pretty clear when you see the iPhone review with 2 cons and it scores a9.3 but the S7 has none and the Pixel has 1 and they both got 9s.

5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Oh man I remember buying one of these used back in 2011 to replace my trusty Droid Incredible (well someone needed my hand-me-down) and it was one hell of a phone with a really good camera. The extended battery barely added to the thickness of the device and lasted 2 days of moderate to heavy usage.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I had a Droid Incredible and a friend had a Droid X. He was back for a visit and I asked to check it out, and I remember saying "My God this thing is huge!" Since then the largest phone I've owned is the 6p, which would dwarf the Droid X. People adjust.

6. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I had both the DX and the DX². Loved 'em both. This was a time when there were more choices of Android manufactured phones and they all brought something different to the table. Maybe we are headed back to a tone like that?

7. macawmatt

Posts: 136; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

That was my first smartphone. Really enjoyed the hell out of it.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If it wasn't on Verizon, I'd have tried it. I tried the OG Droid, and BB Storm on Verizon, and couldn't stand their nickel and diming me out of every penny.

11. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

How's this for a twist. It was my first smartphone, as I was on Verizon. But my experience dealing with Verizon when I got this phone and needed multiple replacement devices, their increasingly poor customer service, and yes their nickel and diming, led to my leaving. Never again will I be a Verizon customer.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You see just what I meant yo. My experience with Verizon was not good, and in Las Vegas for me, AT&T has better coverage.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You see just what I meant yo. My experience with Verizon was not good, and in Las Vegas for me, AT&T has better coverage. PA fix your comment threading.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep. Which still hasn't changed.

18. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Interesting that you all've had bad experiences with VZW. Every time I had an issue with my X2 I got a replacement (1 refurb & 1 brand new). Now Asurion, those mf'ers I can't stand but with them I learned blast them on Twitter & they're like putty.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I had a bad experience with Verizon, both coverage and customer service wise. I left them and never went back. I've tried the big 4 here in Vegas, and AT&T was best (currently who I'm with). In my experience I rank them in this order: 1. AT&T (best overall speed, coverage and customer service) 2. Sprint (best customer service, and pricing. Speed and coverage sucked) 3. Verizon good coverage and speed, very bad pricing and customer service. 4. Tmobile( great pricing, but worst coverage, ask good customer service). I hear Tmobile is way better now.

10. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The g1 and the milestone were the first 2 android phones I got into. It was the nexus 1 that got me hooked though.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes the Nexus One was an awesome phone.

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Same here. Hey Verizon. Go bleep yourself.

19. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Got the OG DROID in lunch day & the only thing I didn't like about it was the keyboard. Then less than a year later they come out with the X followed closely by the X2. I was pissed but my sister worked for VZW at the time so I found a way to pimp the system.

21. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

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22. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

PA's methodology is weak at best. There are no objective criteria and scores vary from writer to writer. To score products without an objective method to assess features, specifications, performance and cost makes the score worthless. How can an iPhone receive a 9.3 while costing $750 and a OnePlus 3T which performs virtually equally as well receive a 9.0 while costing $480? How much of that score is the value factor? How about something more quantitative? I consider PA's scores irrelevant. At least the review data is comprehensive.

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