Camera and Multimedia:

In another battle where we see one phone boasting a larger megapixel camera, we always have to remember that it doesn't necessarily always dictate a better performance. The DROID X's 8-megapixel camera might capture some looks from shoppers versus the small 5-megapixel shooter on the DROID 2, but don't let numbers fool you when they get down and dirty in taking photos. To tell you the truth, there isn't a big difference between shots taken outdoors as they both presented some great details and color reproduction. Images captured indoors were also similar, but the dual-LED flash on the DROID 2 looks to better illuminate shots in low light situations. Moreover, the DROID 2 handles better in taking closeup or macro shots seeing that it's able to focus a lot better – thus capturing a lot more detail over its higher counterpart. Nevertheless, both provide for some great looking photos that are worth sharing with friends and family.

Finding ourselves once again in a similar situation, the DROID X clearly has the numbers to back itself up as 720p high definition is available. Comparing that to the DVD like quality (720 x 480) video capture on the DROID 2, there is no reason why someone would choose this over the DROID X. Again, numbers don't foretell the true video quality actually seen captured by both smartphones. It's rather difficult in choosing which one is better, especially with the smoother looking videos produced by the DROID 2 since it captures them at the rate of 29fps – compare that to the slower pace of the DROID X at 23fps. We can conclude that the DROID X has a slight edge when it comes to detail, while the DROID 2's video is smoother.

Motorola DROID 2 sample video at 720x480 pixels resolution
Motorola DROID X sample video at 1280x720 pixels resolution

Since the two DROID smartphones pack the same customized Android experience, there is nothing different to be found on their music players. Though, it should be pointed out that the DROID X can access FM radio when you connect a pair of headphones to it – something that's not offered by the DROID 2. Audio from the DROID 2 sounded just a tiny bit louder than what's emitted by the DROID X – partly due to the large grill found on the DROID 2 versus the smaller cutout notch with the DROID X. Still, both are equally enjoyable and don't really sway us to one side more than the other.

Are you kidding? Combining their fast CPUs and detailed displays, there is no denying the kind of worthwhile experience you'll get out of watching videos with these two DROIDs. Loading up a movie trailer encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution, we witnessed nothing but a satisfying experience since playback was smooth with no faults to be found with either handsets. But when we fathom about which one is more conducive for this purpose, it can easily be seen that the DROID X's larger display makes for an enjoyable experience since your eyes won't have any problems seeing anything. Still, the DROID 2 is a respectable device to watch videos when it shares a common bond with its resolution – but it has an edge in color production thanks to its better contrast ratio.

When it comes down to storage, the DROID X is preloaded with a 16GB microSD card which is more than acceptable during these times. Looking towards its other half, the DROID 2 packs an 8GB microSD card and an additional 6.2GB of internal storage out of the box – summing up to a decent size.



1. Tyler Lane unregistered

In your video about 1 minute in, you state it the droid 2 ( and might have said the same about the X ) has a Snapdragon cpu, it actually has a TI Omap cpu . Other than that it the video has a great details etc.

2. gwk unregistered

Does Droid X feature removeable SIM cards so handy when traveling overseas?

3. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

Uh, no. The DROID X is a CDMA only device, so there is no SIM card...

4. ummmokthen unregistered

This site is absolutely biased. Just look at there "Top" page on the left side. They dub the iPhone 1st in almost everything. This is why iphonearena sucks. Stop loving the iPhone for its signal issues. Dumbasses.

5. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

They personally didn't have an issue with the iphone4 when they reviewed it so why would they call out a problem they never had on the phone?

6. mastertoothpick unregistered

yeah ummm i personally think phonearena is biased to android phones, which im glad for. always finding new things to do with my phone

10. derp unregistered

who would have thought there would be 50 different ways to get force close errors and failed displays? go android!

7. jlums unregistered

When is the "X" getting Froyo? This is killing me....

8. whiteneoangel

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I know how you feel xD hope it improves some features and fixes a few bugs...

9. derp unregistered

good luck with that. like any android update, for every bug it fixes, it causes 10 more.

11. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Fanboys suck^

12. Viva Musica unregistered

Hi, which phone, Droid X or Droid 2, takes photos and uploads to Facebook faster? That's the main reason I want to replace the Moto Devour I'm using (which was bought used as a replacement for the Moto Droid I dropped into a puddle at the ocean--and whose stunning pictures I miss).

13. Charlie unregistered

Thanks for this great comparison, which helped me chose the X. After reading this, my only hesitation was that the X didn't have good close-ups in the sample photos. But upon playing with it, I found that it has a "macro" mode you can turn on. with that turned on, it takes awesome closeups, much better than shown here.

14. nick unregistered

So, after all of that you didn't have even a slight preference? You're just going to say, yeah they are equal? Sounds like you needed to test them further to find a winner instead of just just coping out. Sorry, just disappointed in your conclusion. nick

15. lindak unregistered

Thanks for helping me decide. I can't wait to get rid of my Motorol Devour and go with the Droid X. I was going back and forth between the 2 on the decision. The new differences are, Droid 2 is now global ready, where the Droid X isn't. And both have Froyo 2.2. They just reduced the price of the Droid X now that the HTC Thunderbolt came out. No 4G in my area, so it was an easy decision to save $100.

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