Motorola Droid X: The Next Generation of Does

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The Droid X is relatively large with its footprint of 5.02 x 2.57 inches and a depth of 0.39 inches. The vast majority of the front of the phone is consumed by the gorgeous, 4.3-inch touchscreen that supports a resolution of 854 x 480.

The Motorola Droid X isn't the lightest phone on the market today, but it's not the heaviest, either. To help you compare, here's how things stack up among some of today's popular models:

HTC Droid Incredible 4.6 ounces
Apple iPhone 4 4.8 ounces
Motorola Droid X 5.47 ounces
HTC EVO 4G 6.0 ounces

 

With the exception of a rounded hump on the back, the Motorola Droid X is a pretty straight and boxy device with edges that are ever-so-slightly rounded and a case that has a soft rubbery feel. In terms of hardware, the Droid X offers many of the features you'd expect from a high-end smartphone including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11n), GPS, an accelerometer, an 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video capabilities, and plenty of onboard storage with room for additional files via the microSD expansion slot.

    

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Just below the Droid X's screen, you'll find four hardware buttons (Menu, Home, Back, and Search). Unlike other phones which have touch-sensitive flat buttons, the Droid X's hardware buttons are slightly raised. The buttons are backlit and there's a small break between each button. The phone's microphone is centered at the base of the phone below the menu buttons.

The top edge of the Droid X has a 3.5mm headset jack and the Power/Lock key. A volume rocker and dedicated camera key are located on the right side of the Droid X. Near the base of the phone on the left side, you'll find a microUSB port and HDMI port.

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On the back of the Droid X, you'll find the phone's 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. The phone's microSD slot is located underneath the battery cover. To swap cards, you'll need to remove the battery. The battery cover is pretty sturdy on its own, which adds some rigidity to the phone.

Not long ago, we reviewed Droid Incredible by HTC, another Android 2.1-powered smartphone from Verizon Wireless. We liked the Incredible and gave it a very positive review. Now, the Droid X is here and it combines many of the high-end features of the Incredible with a few of its own. For example, the Incredible features Qualcomm’s superfast 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Droid X also has a 1GHz processor, but it comes in the form of the TI OMAP 1GHz processor with a Dedicated GPU. The Incredible also boasted of 8GB of built-in storage. With the Droid X, you'll not only get 8GB of internal memory, but you'll also get a 16GB microSD card preloaded in the device. The Droid X also has a larger display than the Incredible—4.3-inches versus the Incredible's 3.7-inch display. Because of this larger display, the Droid X feels a lot larger than the Incredible. Both phones offer an 8 megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and more.

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