Motorola DROID X Review

The Android army continues to grow with the introduction of the Motorola DROID X (MB810) by Verizon Wireless. When the original Motorola DROID A855 came out last year, we were impressed by the device’s features and build quality, as it was unique and clearly was the phone to beat. Since then, we’ve seen Verizon release other Android phones, such as the Motorola DEVOUR A555, LG Ally VS740, and the HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300, with each one targeted to a slightly different audience. Since its release three months ago, the HTC Droid Incredible has been the premier smartphone on Verizon, sporting a 3.7” WVGA AMOLD display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB internal storage and an 8MP autofocus camera. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t been able to keep up with demand for its AMOLED display, which has caused a shortage, thus delaying the shipping of orders for the HTC Droid Incredible by several weeks. Because of this, many people are looking for an alternative. The timing could not have been better for Motorola. Enter the DROID X. Not only does it have a large 4.3” TFT WVGA display, 1GHz OMAP 3630 processor, 8MP autofocus camera, and 8GB of internal memory, but it’s also the first Verizon smartphone to record 720p videos and come with a HDMI output for connecting to an HDTV.

Included in the retail package is the Motorola DROID X MB810 smartphone with a 16GB Class 4 microSDHC memory card preinstalled, 1540mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.


Since the Motorola DROID X comes endowed with a 4.3” display, the phone can’t help looking big, measuring 5.02”H x 2.57”W, but Motorola has taken steps to make it as thin as possible, just 0.39” thick, except for the hump at the top that houses the camera, which is about 0.60” thick. Some may not like this, but the alternative would have been to make the entire phone thicker, so we’d rather have the rest of the phone thin. The overall construction of the Motorola DROID X MB810 feels solid, as it is built from metal and covered with a soft-touch coating, similarly to the original Motorola DROID A855, though it is coming in at 0.5 oz less weight (5.47oz total). The DROID X balances well in the hand, neither top heavy nor bottom heavy, but when placed in your pants pocket, you’ll know it’s there, mostly due to its size.

You can compare the Motorola DROID X MB810 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The large 4.3” TFT display with 480x854 resolution and 16M color support is what truly makes the Motorola DROID X stand out. When placed next to the HTC Droid Incredible and the original Motorola DROID, you can clearly see the difference in the screen size. Since the display on the DROID X is TFT, you don’t get as good black levels as with AMOLED, but images still look amazing and text is clear and sharp.

Instead of using capacitive buttons, the Motorola DROID X has four physical buttons located under the display for the Menu, Home, Back, and Search. We liked that they are physical and require an actual press to get a response, as the front capacitive buttons on the HTC Droid Incredible and Motorola DROID can easily be touched by mistake while holding the phone. On the left side of the DROID X is the microUSB port and micro HDMI (type D) video connector, while on the top is the power/lock button and 3.5mm headset jack, and on the right are the volume rocker and shiny red camera key. The back houses the external speaker, 8MP camera with flash, and the battery compartment, which has to be opened to access the microSDHC memory card slot. We should also point out that the Motorola DROID X comes with 3 microphones: one under the display that is used for picking up your voice when talking on the phone, one on the top that is used for noise cancellation while on calls, and one on the back for directional sound when recording videos.

Motorola DROID X MB810 360 Degrees View:



47. S.D. unregistered

The Droid X mb810 is junk. The touchscreen does not work. The phone rings. I touch and slide and it will not answer. I miss calls constantly. To make a call back I touch "recent" calls and touch A. The Droid X calls B or C or even D, far down the screen. When trying to search the internet, I touch the globe icon. Nothing. Dead. This phone is JUNK! I called Motorola and they suggest removing the battery every (EVERY!) time it happens or do a hard reset (and losing all data). JUNK JUNK JUNK. Avoid this phone.

46. moto fan unregistered

come on moto do u want kill me droid x for world wide i need dx for life

45. hadi unregistered

please motorola we want droid x in asia gsm version please

43. lol unregistered

And they give Samsung Galaxy S 8.5/10. SGS is better than both EVO and Droid X with its SAMOLED display, HD @ 30 fps, PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, Bluetooth 3.0 etc. It should be something like this: iPhone 4 - 9.5/10 Samsung Galaxy S - 9.4/10 Droid X - 9.1/10 EVO - 9/10

42. ALEJO unregistered


37. sgtslayer321

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

I actually like them. :-]

40. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

no one cares man

31. Phil01

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

When this phone will be available without contract, unlocked? Thank you in advance

32. rtimi26

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Oh don't forget they gave the galaxy s less than a 9.0. Yet it has the best graphics of the 3, better screen and better cpu. Wow phonearena stop with this, just because a screen is big doesn't make it a winner.

36. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

the Galaxy screen is worse in sunlight and an absolute battery hog, the processor is bogged down by a UI overskin that they had no idea how to integrate probably with their processing scheme. also the UI itself isn't worth the slow down, its just annoying. also the camera is mediocre. AKA Droid X is better. not to say the Galaxy is shitty its just not as good

44. lol unregistered

FALSE. SAMOLED is far better than Droid X screen. It uses less battery power (thats one of the main points in using AMOLED displays). The processor is MUCH MUCH better (in GLBench SGS gets 1400 frames and Droid X only 800... thats almost twice) The UI is changeable and it's smoother on SGS, 'coz it has much better hardware. The camera is better since it records HD with 30fps, not only with 24. (24 = lag). Not to mention Bluetooth 3.0 and secondary camera.

30. steveomac

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

ok...Phone arena, stop with the REALLY crappy video reviews, stop reading the piece of paper you got in front of you, throw it in the trash and just talk about the phone, stop with your rehearsed ben stein sounding voice, I love your site, I go to it every day but I hate your video reviews.

38. sgtslayer321

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

I actually like them. :-]

27. psn1819

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I would rate the DROIDX a 10 if motorola would have put SENSE UI on it...the specs on this phone are out of this world...I know that HTC pattens sense ui,but,picturing it would look amazing

26. josuearisty

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Thats the real rating for this phone. 9.5 not 10, but 9.5, I think that is there were a front-facing camera, the rating would be 10


Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

I'm due for an upgrade, but I just can't justify buying this without LTE. The promise of a 2GHZ monster by the end of the year and the rumblings of an LTE iPhone are a little too enticing. Unfortunately, iPhones seem to be the only future proof phones.

35. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

only future proof if your apple exclusive, if your not than its practically already outdated


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Say hello to the big three. EVO, iPhone 4, and Droid X.

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This phone is like a giant when you compare it to my ARIA - looks great, though.

13. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Now all we have to wait for is a phone comparison between this and the iphone- not like they're gonna even tell us the winner but i bet the winner will be the one who can at least make calls.

12. greyhulk

Posts: 191; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Is it just me, or do all of the photos look like crap? They're kind of blurry. I hope that's not really going to be the quality of the camera. The original Droid wasn't that great, but I was hoping Motorola would fix that in future phones.

16. rhand

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

I agree ... the photos look terrible. This is a major disappointment. Wished they'd put some effort into making a better quality camera instead of just cramming more megapixels onto the tiny light sensor just to please the marketing department.

17. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 2010

I am going to guess that you have seen what you get: a high megapixel rating that only works in strong light. My Evo is the same-8mp quality only if subject not moving and in bright light and a 720p video that stutters. Phone specs are becoming like HP ratings for cars, inflated to help sell the machine.

22. greyhulk

Posts: 191; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

The odd part is, they said the photos look "good" in their review. I have read all of the Droid X reviews. The sample pictures are a mixed bag on all of them. Some of them look really good, others look like crap (like the ones here). Many of the reviewers slam the photo quality. It reminds me of all of the reviews and sample photos on the original Droid. But hey, at least you don't have to hold it a certain way to make phone calls, right?

34. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

idk why these photos are terribel but the ones on engadget, Boy Genuis Report, and gizmodo are all way better try looking their for actually photo quality

11. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

i am honestly surprised they gave it this high of rating. seems like each VZW phone that comes out phonearena cuts them off at the knees. i'm presently surprised.

8. shaunieo

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

As one of the few AT&T fans on here who defends the blue, i will point out that we let anyone who was eligible for upgarde this year get the new Iphone. Not sure if Big Red did that or not, but they should...........

9. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Yeah they're doing that for the Droid X too.

18. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Yeah the sooner they sell them the more they can get out the door before everyone realizes you can't make phone calls.

41. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

i got mine on upgrade!
  • Display 4.3 inches
    854 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 6.656GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1540 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3

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