Motorola DROID X unveiling event - DROID does neXt

Motorola DROID X unveiling event - DROID does neXt
Did someone say that the DROID does neXt? Well apparently it's looking to do more than that as the Motorola DROID X was officially unveiled today in New York City where we were fortunate enough in checking it out – just a day before Apple launches the iPhone 4. The atmosphere surrounding the event was similar to what we witnessed with the Motorola DROID back in the fall as it managed to bring Android into the mainstream. Naturally there is a lot that the DROID X has to live up to after the original DROID managed to jump start things for Google, Motorola, and Verizon. All the head honchos from Verizon, Motorola, Google, and Adobe were present as they brought the Motorola DROID X center stage for the entire world to see. During the hour long presentation, big names like Andy Rubin of Google and Sanjay Jha of Motorola, were on stage with others as they presented their vision and ideas that ultimately came together in the creation of the Motorola DROID X.

Android's summer fun might've been kick started by the HTC EVO 4G which brought on that larger than life presence that the platform was looking for. However, Motorola wasn't going to let them have all of the fun as they showed of all of the things what DROID can do – plus we were lucky enough to catch up with all of the action. Taking a look at the Motorola DROID X for the first time, we may not have been as overly impressed by its size now that the HTC EVO 4G has taken flight, but it's still nonetheless captivating as we can clearly see how they've retain some of the key design elements that made the original DROID such a huge success. For a while there, it was suspected to pack on a 4.4” display, but in fact, it tallies in at the same size used by the EVO 4G. After meticulously looking at the display, we noticed the DROID X's to be a bit longer and narrower – while the HTC EVO 4G's display was shorter and wider. We had no complaints in viewing the most detailed of text or images thanks to its healthy 854 x 480 resolution. We were especially taken back by how thin the device is versus the HTC EVO 4G, except for the noticeable hump near the top where the camera internals are stored, but it's construction feels solid – just like how the DROID was built like a tank. Material wise, we were content with their choice of utilizing that soft touch feeling material that doesn't dirty the handset after some use, while at the same time, it provides for an easy grip. After lugging around the HTC EVO 4G, we were also happy to notice how light weight and evenly balanced the unit is. Overall, the Motorola DROID X happily improves upon some of the design flaws that customers found evident with the original, but it will also enable consumers to take pleasure in its contemporary look.

Neither Verizon or Motorola were calling the interface seen on the device as “Ninja Blur” or “MOTOBLUR,” instead, they were simply referring to it as the Motorola DROID X interface running on top of Android 2.1. Upon turning on the device for the very first time, we were presented with the all too knowing animated DROID eye that's prominently displayed on all of the home screen panels. Unlike MOTOBLUR's in your face presentation of aggregating your social networking accounts, the interface on the DROID X is a bit more barren with the default layout out of the box with very few widgets cluttering the available 7 panels at your disposal. Thanks to the 1GHZ processor on board, moving around the new interface is seamless and quick – much faster and smoother than what we experienced on the HTC EVO 4G. It's strength in speed is further justified as we used the responsive, and we mean responsive, on-screen QWERTY to type something in – it's by far the most enjoyable Android handset for inputting text. Naturally, Swype is also on board to provide you an alternative method of inputting text if the default one doesn't meet your needs. Additionally, there are some other applications at your disposal to make the experience gratifying – such as the Blockbuster and NFL Mobile app. The smartphone will have the option to act as a Mobile Hotspot to accommodate up to 5 devices – which is optional and priced at $20 per month. We were also given a demonstration on its HDMI/DLNA capabilities as the handset was able to display a recorded video taken by the DROID X onto a plasma television in full fidelity.

Set to go on sale through Verizon Wireless and a handful of indirect dealers starting on July 15th, the Motorola DROID X is priced accordingly at $199.99 on-contract after $100 rebate. Verizon is looking to attract even more people to side with the power house Android phone by enabling any customer who is eligible for upgrade in 2010 to purchase the handset at the subsidized cost. So if you're upgrade eligibility isn't available until this coming October, you'll be able to upgrade to the handset come launch day and still receive the subsidized cost – so no need to wait until October to do that. Finally, the Mobile Hotspot is optional and will cost you an additional $20 per month if it's something you'll need, but it'll be interesting to see what happens when an Froyo is released later in the summer. We've been given a decent dose of what DROID does, but expect to see our in-depth review soon!

Motorola DROID X Specifications



1. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

very large and bulky

4. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

better than your phone

6. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

probably better than anyone's phone, but galaxy s seems smoother in browser, better design, and the same processing power

8. iTony523

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 31, 2009

Samsung Galaxy s = Tmobile WIN.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Bulky? This phone is as thin as they come. The screen is large, get over it tiny tim. if you have hands the size of an elf, its your problem. People have demanded for a large screen phone, and we are finally getting one. I'm so sick of all the 3.0 screens that are too damn small.

14. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

@itony523- How do you figure? All 4 major carriers are getting a Galaxy S variant.

15. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

i am getting the iphone tomorrow but I agree that this phone is sexy....

16. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

@RORYREVOLUTION: idk how you can't think this phone is bulky. Sure it is super thin but its still very large and will still take up all the space in your pocket if you can even find pockets big enough for this phone. I wanna like it but i can't get over the size. Its the perfect compromise if you want the ipad or a smartphone

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yeah, I actually kind of like this phone now too (it's still pretty big). I really like the panaromic picture thingy and the HDMI output. If the new iPhone 4 is going to have iMovie, then it should of had HDMI also. Hopefully Apple adds an iphone cable that is HDMI capable. But considering that Verizon is going to sell their cable for $50, I don't think Apple's would be much cheaper, so cross that off the list. NFL app is kind of pointless, I'm sure people would rather like to watch the games on the big screen with friends or something. But if you're not at home then I guess that would be useful. And I don't know why not just go with Netflix because blockbuster seems done now. I'm also glad that Apple didn't add a bump on the back of the iPhone 4 just to have 8 megapixels. And can someone explain to me the DLNA thing. Can you play videos from your phone onto the computer/tv wirelessly or only use the Droid X as a remote? Also is this DLNA thingy the EyeCon app that was in the Droid X commercial script?

26. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

$50 for the hdmi cable? Sorry but no, the pricing was released at 19.99. but nice try though at crippling a clear advantage this phone has over the iphone

27. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

samsung galaxy S= everyone's win lol all 4 carriers getting it and sprint getting it and one with a keyboard

29. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I didn't make that up myself. Go over to Engadget and watch the video posted by them. I don't care enough to cripple the features of the Droid X. Like I said before, I really like the Droid X. But it doesn't pack in enough new features for me to even think it necessary to cripple features. You Android users are so uptight that you think everyone is out to get you

31. sgtslayer321

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

watch the scratches on all that glass

34. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

again, just conjecture by some guy from engadget guy in a random video? not a very reliable source.,2817,2365609,00.asp $25 here. And droid X is a standard HDMI port so you can get cables easily for 5 bucks. where the iphone is missing the hdmi port, if they ever did create such an accesory, it would be proprietary (just like everything else apple $$$$$$$$$$$$$$)

48. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Why does everyone who says that this phone is big gets a bunch of (-1)'s? Yeah this phone is big. Compare it to an average sized phone like a blackberry and this phone is massive. This is going to be a great phone but yes, it is still big! There is not way to say it isn't. To say this phone isn't big is like trying to gay Heidi Klum isn't hot.

65. VZ DUB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

test man - 50 is for the multimedia station and the hdmi cable!

2. adash13x

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2010

poor iPhone...............MASSACARED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

28. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Iphone being massacarded by... ( and in no paticular order) HTC evo HTC incredible Droid x Droid 2 Samsung galaxy S Samsung Galaxy S pro

62. donzere

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

It is quite funny when people say that the iphone has been massacred or whatever..... But guess what, the iphone will sell more units than any other phone on the planet. So how is that.

64. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009


66. Droidaddict

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2010

Actually in 2009 with the Hype of the iPhone the Blackberry curve was the hottest selling phone on the planet.. the iphone got its bells and whistles, sure, but with the network its on its really just a chubby glorified iTouch.... so I hope you like apples

3. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

They should take a pic with the EVO and Droid X ...and the iphone in the middle with a broken

55. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Or that same picture with the iPhone with a GIANT YELLOW CRAP STAIN! OH WAIT?!?!

5. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

The iphone Apple's iOS 4. I loaded it to my 3GS this week. It was ruined the iphone. I did a quick search on Apple and saw lots of posts about problems with it. The X might get me back to VZ, (huge savings going back to my VZ family)

7. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

game over

9. iTony523

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 31, 2009

lol Verizon is killing At&t and Apple now with all these android devices... maybe Verizon not going with apple 3 years ago finally payed off..

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

what makes you think that they're killing Apple and AT&T?

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Honestly, VERIZON is just slowing their churn rate to AT&T right now - smart move on their part. But killing AT&T, uhh, the latest figures show otherwise and with IPHONE 4 on the way, there will be records broken - even more so than with the Ipad.

47. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

VZW has had the lowest churn in the industry for 17 of the last 18 quarters. I wouldn't say that VZW is killing Att either but slowing the churn sounds like something we use to say about Sprint when they were about to go belly up. (Go come back Sprint)

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If my wife was still with VERIZON, I would buy this phone and root it. I am just glad that AT&T has a decent android phone and is rootable now. This phone seems excellent - key is VERIZON is doing what AT&T allows its customer to do - accelerated upgrade eligibilty - I can seee less churn for VERIZON in 2010 due to their lineup of phones. In the past, VERIZON customer defected for the iphone because VERIZON had nothing to compare it with. Now, VERIZON has that and more. Great situation for a consumer when you have the top four networks, all with good to great phones. Let us hope the FCC does not screw things up....

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