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Motorola Droid X: The Next Generation of Does

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The original Motorola Droid was a huge hit, both for Motorola as well as for Verizon Wireless. In the time since the DROID was launched in November, Verizon Wireless has also added the HTC Droid Incredible to its lineup of popular Android handsets. Now, Motorola and Verizon Wireless have teamed up again to offer "The Next Generation of Does" in the form of the Motorola Droid X.

The Droid X uses the ever-popular candy bar form factor and ditches the original Droid's sliding keyboard. Big screens tend to be the norm these days, and the Droid X is no exception. On this smartphone, you'll find an expansive 4.3-inch touchscreen that supports a resolution of 854 x 480.

The Motorola Droid X delivers Android goodness with state-of-the-art hardware and a vast 3G network courtesy of Verizon Wireless. It will also be one of the first phones to get Adobe Flash when a software upgrade is released later this summer. Although there are now a handful of strong Android-powered choices on Verizon's network, one can certainly make the argument that the Droid X is one of the more powerful options available.

At the time of this writing, the Droid X is priced at $199.99 after discounts and with a two-year contract. As with other smartphones, you'll need one of Verizon Wireless' Nationwide Talk plans (starting at $39.99 per month) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan which starts at $29.99. When all is said and done, you'll likely spend more than $70 per month for the service, taxes, and fees, but anyone who is shopping for a smartphone knows this is pretty common.

According to Motorola, the X stands for extreme. Indeed, the Droid X offers many of the high-end or extreme features found on today's phones including plenty of storage space, a large touchscreen, an ever-expanding app store, a high-megapixel camera with video capabilities, and more. Do all of these features make the phone worthy of being called "extreme?"  Our in-depth review takes a closer look at all of the Droid X's features and software to help you decide whether the phone is a hit or a miss.

Motorola Droid X
Specifications & Features

CPU
TI OMAP 1GHz processor with Dedicated GPU
Platform
Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS with Motorola Application Platform
Memory
8GB internal memory
16 GB microSD card preinstalled; up to 32GB microSD supported
Dimensions
5.02 x 2.57 x 0.39 inches
Weight
5.47 ounces
Display
4.3-inch touchscreen WVGA, 854 x 480, 16M colors
Network
CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO rev. A
GPS
aGPS (assisted), sGPS (simultaneous)
Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11n
BLUETOOTH v2.1+ EDR
HDMI Output
DLNA Wireless sharing
Micro USB
Camera
8.0 MP camera with fast mechanical shutter (1/1000 sec) auto focus, touch–to–focus, and face recognition, panoramic modes, and more
720p HD video capture with easy upload to YouTube, slow–motion capture, fast motion capture and more
Directional audio capture via "Audio Scenes" help reduce background noise on captured videos
Music
3.5mm headset jack
Android Music Player
Amazon Music Store
FM Radio
Supports AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, eAAC+, WMA v10, MIDI, AAC+ formats
Video
HD 720p quality (1280x720p resolution) up to 24 fps capture; up to 30 fps playback
Battery
1540 mAH Li Ion
Usage Time: Up 480 minutes
Standby Time: Up to 220 hours
Email
Integrated Google , Exchange, Facebook , MySpace, and Twitter Contacts
Push Email Support: Gmail & Exchange & Yahoo
IMAP and POP, MSN Hotmail, and AOL Mail also supported
Unified Google Calendar & Corporate Calendar (supports Exchange 2003 and 2007protocol)
Additional Features
3G Mobile Hotspot with support for up to 5 Devices
Visual Voice Mail capable
VZ Navigator capable via the Android Market
Skype Mobile capable
V CAST Media Manager capable
VZW Backup Assistant capable
Android Webkit HTML5 based browser
Photo Sharing: Facebook, Picasa , Photobucket and Print to Retail
In-Box Content
DROID X by Motorola
Standard Lithium Ion Battery
16 GB microSD memory card preinstalled
Wall/USB Charger
Getting Started Brochure
Product Safety & Warranty Brochure

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I don't see why 4G connectivity would be a deciding factor for the Editor's Choice Award when 4G isn't even prominent in most areas. However, I give you points for noting the iPhone's many faults compared to the Droid X and it's Big Red carrier.

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It is pretty sweet looking!

But No 4G, and No 1080p? Kinda falls short on futurability? Maybe they are trying to hit the market like Apple and make people buy new phones every six months yet be locked into a two year contract so you cant:P

I also like to keep mine in my front shirt pocket and this one would provide alot of sag!

Even though I am a TAG member,....I dont get into SAGCool

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Nice phone, but unless you need a new phone now you are better off waiting till the end of the year.  The new dual core cpu's are coming out, along with a rise in most of the other features.

So 1.5Ghz dual core, 1GB ram, and a sharp increase in flash size will be hitting Android phones at the end of the year/begining of next.  I'm hoping my Evo will keep me happy through the first few months of it, but I'm exercising my Premire membership and getting a new phone next June.

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wow... what do you need such a powerful phone for? lol

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I don't know why we need the power now (unless we would want to make better games for our phones) but unless newer apps are going to be using dual-core processors and require more then 1GB of RAM then I don't know why we'd need the power.

But I guess men like power in their devices.

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I have had  droid x since it came out. I really like it, much better than my Storm 1; though most phones are these days. 

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