Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola DROID X. One can say the HTC Droid Incredible is hotter than anyone anticipated, as Samsung is having a tough time recently keeping up with production demand for its AMOLED display that is used on the phone, thus causing a shipping delay of a few weeks. Even though the Motorola DROID X doesn’t officially go on sale until July 15th, there has been high interest in it too, as it surpasses the HTC Droid Incredible with a large 4.3” display, 720p video recording and HDMI output. So does the Motorola DROID X have what it takes to make people jump ship to it, or does the HTC Droid Incredible still have what it takes to peak customers' interests? Let’s take a closer look at each.
Both the Motorola DROID X and HTC Droid Incredible are black in color, but their design similarities end there. The DROID X is a larger phone in height and width (5.02” x 2.57”), but is still relatively thin at 0.39”, though there is a bit of a hump at the top, which houses the 8MP camera. The DROID X is constructed out of metal, which feels solid and durable in the hand, but still comfortable to hold, thanks to the soft-touch coating. Meanwhile, the Droid Incredible is more compact (4.63” x 2.3”) and comes in about 0.88oz less weight, but it has an all plastic construction and lacks the feeling of durability of the DROID X. It really comes down to personal preference here, if you prefer a more compact phone that is lighter weight, or want something a tad larger with a more solid construction.
One of the highlights of the HTC Droid Incredible is its WVGA resolution AMOLED display, though “only” coming in at 3.7” diagonal. The advantage of AMOLED is its high contrast ratio with complete black-levels and its excellent viewing angles. We found that colors on the Droid Incredible have plenty of “pop”, but were also warm, which was most noticeable in white areas, as they have a pinkish hue. The AMOLED display was also challenging to view outside in direct sunlight, even when turning the brightness all the way up. In comparison, the Motorola DROID X uses a traditional WVGA resolution TFT display, which however really dwarfs the 3.7” one of the Droid Incredible when placed next to it. Colors on the DROID X look more natural, instead of being over-saturated and warm like on the Droid Incredible, but contrast, black levels, and viewing angles do suffer a bit since it is TFT. Though when used outside in the sun, the display on the DROID X was brighter and easier to read, so this is a clear advantage. Between the two, we prefer the display on the Motorola DROID X, due to its larger size, accurate colors, excellent resolution, and usability in sunlight.
For the rest of the phone’s design, the HTC Droid Incredible uses touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom for accessing the home, menu, back, and search, and has an optical touchpad in the center, while the Motorola DROID X implies physical buttons that have to be pressed down and lacks any type of touchpad or d-pad. We prefer the physical buttons on the DROID X, as they are less likely to be pressed accidently, while the capacitive buttons on the Droid Incredible can easily be touched by mistake when using the handset. Both phones have a volume rocker, power/lock button, 3.5mm headset jack, and microUSB port along the sides, but the Motorola DROID X also adds a micro HDMI (type D) port and a 2-stop camera shutter button. The 8MP camera and flash are located on the back of each, and you have to remove the battery cover to access the microSDHC memory card slot.
Regarding the storage space, the Motorola DROID X includes a 16GB memory card (32GB is supported), which is used for saving pictures, videos, music, etc, and there is also 8GB of internal space on the phone, though it is not user accessible, as this is where apps, settings and contacts and stored. Meanwhile, the HTC Droid Incredible comes with a smaller 2GB memory card (32GB supported), and its 8GB of internal space is set up so that 748MB is for storing apps, and the remainder 6.6GB is accessible to the user for storing whatever they want. As you can see, the Motorola DROID X can allow more apps to be stored and also includes a larger memory card than the HTC Droid Incredible. For processing power, the HTC Droid Incredible comes with a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, while the Motorola DROID X uses a 1GHz OMAP 3630 CPU and a dedicated SFX530 GPU. We ran the Quadrant benchmark program on both, which tests the CPU, memory, I/O, 2D and 3D graphics, and got a score of 1263 on the DROID X, while the Droid Incredible got a significantly lower score of 523.