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:



1. spydablac

Posts: 6; Member since: May 18, 2010

Iphone 4, Evo 4g, and Driod X all get the same rating...

14. jonniedough

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

The big three X,I4,Evo all good news for us......

23. de2philly

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

My same thoughts exactly.. how do they all get the same exact rating... should be like EVO - 9.8 Driod X - 9.5 iphone4 - 9.0 IMO

25. ilikesmrtphnz

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

IMO... that's how it definitely should have been

33. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

DROID X - 9.8 EVO - 9.5 iPhone 4 - 7.5

2. anarkie

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

I think we need a 3 way tie-breaker. Please send me each phone and I will volunteer to sacrifice my time and efforts in making a final decision.

24. de2philly

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 30, 2010


28. AaronWasHere

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

LOL, well played.

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

phonearena, you actually listened to me!!!!

10. JDubreno005

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 07, 2009

amen, me too

4. lookitdisguy

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Hopefully T-Mobile can get a phone with a rating like that cause I'm jealous now.. They are the only network to not have an awesome phone right now cause the HD2 was never an option for me because of the windows OS.. It's either Android OS for me or switch and try the Apple OS again...

39. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

be on the lookout for a Nexus two or something

5. dyster

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Review is ok. I don't see a point of further comparison because you can't buy Ip4, X, Evo from the same carrier. All the carriers now have good offerings.

6. Fallout

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Nice review Hope everyone's happy now


Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

I want this phone now! But I'm not eligible for an upgrade til 2/11..UGH!!

21. gomets15217

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

my upgrade is july 16, 2010. GUESS WHAT PHONE IM GETTING.

29. AaronWasHere

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

an LG Voyager?

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!

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.

12. greyhulk

Posts: 186; 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: 186; 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

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.

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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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