Messaging and Social Networking:

Going into the My Accounts screen allows you to add email accounts (POP and IMAP), corporate sync (Exchange), Facebook, Google (multiple), MySpace, Photobucket, Picasa, Skype, Twitter, Visual Voice Mail, and Yahoo! Mail. After your accounts are set up, you can then go into the Messaging app, which will show all you accounts there, including text messages, which can be viewed all together in the Universal Inbox, or separately by clicking on the account name. On the homescreens you can add the Messages widget, which will show new text and email messages, as well as the Social Networking widget that is fed with status updates from all your friends, and Social Status widget to update your own status. Of course you can also download the standard Facebook app from the Android Market, as some may prefer using that instead. There is also a News widget that can pull information from Digg, Fox Sports, MSNBC, Reuters, Travel Channel, and USA Today, but you can also enter in a custom RSS feed or webpage to gather information from.





For sending a message, you can naturally use any of your saved email accounts, GMail, or SMS/MMS. Using the on-screen QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola DROID X is a pleasure. Due to the 4.3” screen, the on-screen keys are large and easy to use, even with big hands. It can be used in portrait mode, but is best when used in landscape mode. The standard keyboard has word prediction and supports multitouch, which means you can press the shift key and a letter at the same time to make it capitalized. There is also the option to change to the Swype keyboard. If you’re not familiar with Swype, you simply move your finger across the screen, connecting the letters to form your words, instead of having to press each letter separately. It can take beginners a few minutes to become accustomed to it, but there is an included tutorial that will train you on the different features of Swype. But if you’d rather speak instead of type, Android 2.1 comes with voice dictation. Just press the little microphone icon on the keyboard and speak each sentence. We found that the voice dictation works surprising well, with almost every word being correctly recognized.



Connectivity:

The Motorola DROID X MB810 is a dual-band CDMA (800/1900 MHz) handset with high speed data connectivity available through 3G EVDO Rev A or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is supported with profiles for headset, hands-free, stereo, audio/visual remote control, dial up networking, human interface device, object push for vcard, messaging access, and phone book access.

The web browser on the Motorola DROID X is Webkit based and displays web sites nearly identical to the original Motorola DROID. The main advantage with the DROID X is naturally the larger screen size, allowing pages to be bigger and easier to see. Multitouch pinch-to-zoom is supported, as well as double-tap zooming. Up to 8 web windows can be active at once, and the Bookmarks are now shown in a 3D scrolling effect from side to side, though it can be changed to a standard list view. Overall, there were no surprises with the browser on the DROID X as it is fast and works quite well, though it would have been nice if Flash Lite was include with it. But instead we’ll have to wait for the Android 2.2 Froyo update that will include Flash 10.1. If there is an embedded YouTube video in a page, you can click on it, and it will open up and play in a separate player. We loaded the same pages on the HTC Droid Incredible and on the original Motorola DROID, and the small web text on those was sharper and clearer.


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47 Comments

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

Agreed.

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

7. CHEFJEFF

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.

19. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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