Along with the announcement of the Motorola DROID X MB810, both Google and Motorola made it clear that the device would be updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) by late summer. Until then, you’ll be using Android 2.1 on the DROID X. We can understand that they wanted to get the device out ASAP to compete with the iPhone 4 and HTC EVO 4G, but it still would have been nice if Froyo was included with the DROID X at launch. Be that as it may, Android 2.1 is still a joy to use on the DROID X and is quite snappy, thanks to the 1GHz processor.

Included on the Motorola DROID X are a total of 7 home screens that you can move between quite fluidly just by sliding you finger across the screen. There are also red dot icons that appear on the bottom of the screen that can be used to jump quickly between any of the home screens. For example, you can go from the far-right screen to the far-left screen in just one tap. There has been some debate if the Motorola DROID X is using MOTOBLUR, or some form thereof. It is quite clear that the DROID X does not contain the full fledged MOTOBLUR interface, like the Motorola DEVOUR, but the DROID X does have some elements (or features) of MOTOBLUR that are infused into the Android OS. Because of this, the DROID X does have some extra Motorola widgets, better social networking integration, and its own messaging program.

Phonebook and Organizer:

All of your contacts, including those from your Google and Facebook accounts, are displayed together alphabetically in one concise list. You also have the choice of just showing contacts from certain groups (Facebook, Google, phone, etc.) as well as creating new groups. Within the app there are two other panes you can swipe between, one showing your contact’s history (including text messages, emails, phone calls, and Facebook inbox), and the other showing status updates. When you select one of your contacts, you are then presented with more detailed info on them, such as their phone numbers, email address, and all their current Facebook updates. Naturally, you can enter new contacts via the Motorola DROID X directly with all of their information. For added convenience, people that you call frequently can be added to your Favorites list, and you can even assign their phone number to one of 8 speed dial locations.

The included calendar on the Motorola DROID X is stock Android 2.1 and syncs directly to your Google account. It does support syncing to multiple Google accounts, but not to Facebook, like we saw with the HTC Droid Incredible, which was added to it as part of the Sense UI. There aren’t any task or note apps installed on the DROID X, but the Android Market has several to choose from. There is, however, a sticky note widget that can be used only on the home screen. The included clock app is also very basic and only provides you an alarm clock and countdown timer.

Separate from the standard Google Voice Search, the Motorola DROID X comes with a Voice Command program from Nuance. It offers several commands, from “send message” to “check battery”, but most importantly you can use it via a Bluetooth headset to call numbers stored in your contacts list, such as simply saying “call home”. We are glad to see that Motorola has included this, as it is still missing in Android by default.



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: 184; 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: 184; 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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