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Motorola DROID X vs. HTC Droid Incredible

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Even though the Motorola DROID X and HTC Droid Incredible both come equipped with an 8MP autofocus camera and dual LED flash, images could not look more different between them. For starters, the camera interface is a bit different on the devices, as is the way you actually take the image. The DROID X uses a traditional 2-stop camera shutter button that you press half way down to focus on the center of the image, and then press all the way down to take the picture. You can also move the focusing square around on the screen if the subject isn’t in the center. On the other hand, the Droid Incredible will continue to automatically refocus on whatever is in the center square (and you move the focus square around), then you press down on the optical touchpad to take the image. The total time to capture an image on both is about a second, which is quite respectful. Images taken by the Motorola DROID X outside in bright sunlight were properly exposed and have accurate color representation and saturation. There is also a lot of detail in the images, but we found them to look a bit soft. When using the HTC Droid Incredible, images were a bit sharper, but lacked the accurate colors and tonal balance that is present on the DROID X. It may come down to personal preference here, but we prefer the outside images produced by the Motorola DROID X more. While indoors, the DROID X continues to produces accurate colors, even when using the flash (which also does a decent job at illuminating the scene), while the Droid Incredible has more of a green hue with the flash.

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

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For recording videos, the Motorola DROID X supports up to 1280x720 resolution at 24 fps, with embedded audio at 44.100 kHz, and with a total data rate of 12 Mbps, while the HTC Droid Incredible can currently only go as high as 800x480 resolution at 28 fps, with embedded audio at 8.0 kHz, and with a total data rate of 2 Mbps. (The upcoming firmware update for the Droid Incredible is said to enable 1280x720 recording). With the DROID X there are also four different scenes: everyday – for capturing audio from all directions, outdoors – for reducing wind noise, narrative – for commenting on the scene, and subject – that records audio from the front of the camera. Playing back the videos on the phone’s display look OK, but when viewed on a large 24” PC monitor, neither one is jaw-dropping DVD quality. Though we could tell the higher-resolution video captured by the DROID X looked slightly better than the Droid Incredible, and that the audio quality was also much better due to the higher sampling rate.

Motorola DROID X Everyday Scene sample video at 1280x720 pixels resolution.
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We also tested some of our own ripped videos with both devices and had no problems playing H.264 encoded MP4 video at 720x306 resolution, though the DROID X also supported WMV files and DivX encoded AVI videos. Once again the larger screen on the DROID X is a plus when watching videos.

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Regarding the HDMI output on the Motorola DROID X, it requires a micro Type D cable (not included) and can be used to show your pictures and videos on a HDTV, as well as ripped videos (not copy protected), and streaming videos from VCast, but it will not work with the included Blockbuster app.

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A lot of people like to use their phones as music players so they don’t have to carry around a separate device. The Motorola DROID X continues to use the basic Android 2.1 player, while the HTC Droid Incredible uses its own Sense UI style player, which looks a little better visually, included showing the album art on the desktop widget. Both devices’ music players offer pretty much the same features, but the one on the DROID X does include a few equalizer presets. Our MP3 music that was played through the rear speaker on both devices was equally loud, but it sounded a bit ‘thin’ on the Motorola DROID X, where the HTC Droid Incredible had a fuller sound. But if you use 3.5mm headphones or a Bluetooth stereo headset, it sounds great regardless of which phone you’re using. Furthermore, when using a wired headset, you can also use the FM radios on the DROID X and Droid Incredible. Our local FM stations came in clear on the Motorola DROID X with better reception than the HTC Droid Incredible. There is also the option to play the FM stations through the phone’s rear speaker, but you still have to keep the headset connected, as it uses the wires as an antenna.

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