At first glance, I’ll admit I was scared of the Droid X. Why is this thing so freaking huge?? was my initial thought as I palmed the screen. However, after five days with the Droid X, I have come to this conclusion: I am definitely man enough to handle this big boy.
“Turns your eyes into captivated apertures of ecstasy. It’s web busting speed turns your arms into blistering, churning pistons. It’s power, intelligence and intuition. It’s not a better phone. It’s a better you.” –Verizon Wireless
Are you as turned on by this statement as I am? The Droid X is pure smartphone sex.
Here’s my review after only five days of using the phone:
- As I already mentioned, this phone is massive. With a 4.3 inch edge-to-edge screen, the Droid X makes reading e-books, websites and emails easy. Watching movies and viewing pictures is also convenient with the large screen.
- Like all Android’s, the Droid X has several pages to store apps and other fun widgets. Besides the main page, there are six other pages to fill up.
- The camera (8.0 megapixel) has auto-focus and a dual LED flash so needless to say it works pretty well. It has some nice effects as well and the zoom works like a charm… I could almost take pictures of people in the opposite high-rise (not that I would). This picture was taken out of my window completely zoomed out.
- The Android Apps! I cannot express how much I love the apps. This is probably just because I’ve never had a smartphone before and I am a social media freak–however– I’ll list some notable apps that Droid users should download.
- Adobe Reader, Kindle Reader, Pandora, Sudoku, Craigslist checker, NBA Game Time, Steelers News (oh yes) and obviously Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and Yelp
- There are various backgrounds pre-loaded to choose from.
- Great HD-video!
- Comes with FM radio and the Android music player.
- There was a really simple solution to this but I swear I could not figure it out until today. The notification sound auto-programmed to the phone is “Droiddddddd“. It’s spit out in the this really creepy robot voice and while I first thought it was hilarious, I was haunted in the middle of the night when my phone would go off right next to my ear. “Droiddddddd“. Now I can sleep in peace.
- One thing that really annoys me is how the contacts are set-up. When I moved all of my old contacts to the Droid X through Backup Assistant on Verizon, I thought it was weird that I had over 600 contacts saved. It turns out that with the Droid X, unless you specify every time which “group” of contacts you want, you will have everyone from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc in your contacts! I mean, I’m sure this will be useful if I need to call someone and do not have their number…but at the moment it is excessive and a bit creepy.
- Battery life. I find it hard to complain since my old phone died before noon unless I carried a charger with me but I find myself longing for more battery life with the Droid X.
- The recommended Social Networking app that Motorola is pressing (kind of like Motoblur but very limited) is annoying. This app tries to combine your social networking sites into one steady feed but it results in a slow, never refreshed widget. And I want to destroy it. I personally enjoy my separate accounts on separate apps. And besides, the Social Networking app does not account for LinkedIn or Foursquare!
- Minimal freezing has occurred with my phone and it scares the hell out of me. I’m hoping it is just because I have overloaded my phone with apps. Along with this problem, I feel the browser could be faster.
Overall, I give the Droid X a B-. It is a beautiful phone and I feel that it has comfortable usability. The battery life and semi-slow browser cut the rating down from an A because I was really looking forward to day-long battery life. Perhaps I am just a heavy user. Either way, if you are looking for a new phone, I recommend you check the Droid X out!
What are your reviews on the Droid X?
Old phone LG Voyager… note the antenna… that refused to go back in.