x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

Posted: , posted by FAUguy

Tags:

Pages
Software:

Both the Motorola DROID X and HTC Droid Incredible currently come with the Android 2.1 OS, though Google and Motorola announced that the DROID X would receive an update to Android 2.2 Froyo by late summer. The main difference between the two devices is that the Motorola DROID X is basically using stock Android with some MOTOBLUR elements (or features) added to it by Motorola (such as with the messaging and social networking), while the HTC Droid Incredible comes with the HTC Sense UI interface, which is tightly integrated into almost every aspect of the phone’s OS. Both devices have 7 home screens, with each device containing specific on-screen widgets provided by the manufacturer. One feature that is exclusive to the Droid Incredible is its seven Scenes (or themes) that you can easily change between or customize new ones whenever you like. This is nice, as it makes the Droid Incredible look more personalized.

Motorola DROID X - Both devices have 7 home screens - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Both devices have 7 home screens - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible - Both devices have 7 home screens - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Both devices have 7 home screens - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

Motorola DROID X

 

HTC Droid Incredible

 

For managing your social networking contacts, each device offers added features over and above what comes standard in Android. Both devices will connect and integrate with your GMail/Google Talk, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, with Flickr supported by the Droid Incredible, and MySpace, Photobucket, Skype, and Yahoo! Mail supported by the DROID X. Naturally, you can also setup both devices to work with your POP/IMAP Email and MS Exchange accounts. After your accounts are set up on the Motorola DROID X, you can then go into the Messaging app, which will show all your 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 DROID X 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 a Social Status widget to update your own status. The HTC Droid Incredible handles your messages a bit differently, as there is a separate text messaging and email program, which can show emails by all received, conversations, VIP groups, unread, and attachments. There is also a Friend Stream widget on the Droid Incredible’s homescreen that will show updates from your social networking contacts.

Motorola DROID X - Social networking - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible - Social networking - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

Motorola DROID X

HTC Droid Incredible

Messages widgeton the Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Friend Streamon the HTC Droid Incredible - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

Messages widget
on the Motorola DROID X

Friend Stream
on the HTC Droid Incredible


For sending a message, neither device comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard, so you are left to use the on-screen virtual one. This is one area where the larger 4.3” screen on the Motorola DROID X really comes in handy, as the on-screen buttons are large and easy to use, even with big hands. It also supports multitouch, which means you can press and hold the shift key while at the same time pressing a letter to capitalize it.  Even though the HTC Droid Incredible has a smaller screen, we still found its keyboard easy to use, though the buttons are smaller and are cramped closer together. We feel that big hands will be more comfortable using the larger on-screen keyboard on the DROID X, while smaller hands may find it too big, and might want to consider the Droid incredible.

Motorola DROID X - QWERTY keyboards - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible - QWERTY keyboards - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

Motorola DROID X

HTC Droid Incredible



Data and Connectivity:

The web experience is pretty similar between the two devices, as they use a WebKit based browser that can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode and with support for multitouch pinch-to-zoom. We did notice that small text on web sites can at times appear jagged (or pixelated) on the Motorola DROID X, while the HTC Droid Incredible was less so. At this time, the only added benefit with the browser on the HTC Droid Incredible is that it includes Adobe Flash Lite, which allows for some embedded Flash files to work in web pages, but it is still quite limited. But once the Android 2.2 update is made available for the Motorola DROID X, it will include Flash 10.1, which will offer even better support. For testing internet speeds, we used the Speedtest.net program and were able to get 1.5Mbps download and 0.40Mbps upload on each device using Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network, though both also support Wi-Fi.

Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

The browser of the HTC Droid Incredible includes Adobe Flash LiteWeb surfing - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
The browser of the HTC Droid Incredible includes Adobe Flash LiteWeb surfing - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
The browser of the HTC Droid Incredible includes Adobe Flash LiteWeb surfing - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
The browser of the HTC Droid Incredible includes Adobe Flash LiteWeb surfing - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

Naturally you can download and install apps from the Android Market, but there are quite a few apps already present on the Motorola DROID X and HTC Droid Incredible, including Google Talk, GMail, Google Maps 4 with Navigation, QuickOffice for viewing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Acrobat files, Skype Mobile, City ID, and VCast Video. The DROID X is also one of the first Android smartphones to support Verizon’s 3G Mobile Hotspot app, which will allow you to connect up to 5 devices to it via Wi-Fi, which intern get connected to Verizon’s data network through the phone. This service costs $20 per month, but is limited to 2GB of data. It has been reported that the HTC Droid Incredible will also get Verizon’s 3G Mobile Hotspot app during its next firmware update.

Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

HTC Droid Incredible
Android Market - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible
Android Market - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible
Android Market - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible


45 Comments
  • Options
    Close





Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories