There have been a lot of really great Android phones that have entered the market over the last year. Some of these phones are average, and others set the bar for greatness. Previously, HTC and Verizon Wireless upped the ante with the Droid Incredible. Now, Motorola is taking over the top spot by raising the bar even higher by adding a larger touchscreen, plenty of storage, and 3G Hotspot capabilities to its top-end smartphone. Because of these features, the Droid X once again raises the bar for what a high-end smartphone should offer.
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For some users, the lack of a physical keyboard on the Droid X will be a detriment. For other users, this is a major benefit since it oftentimes results in a thinner device. At the end of the day, it's very much a personal preference.
Although the Droid X offers all of the top-end features we'd expect from a phone, it does lack one thing that the HTC EVO 4G offers, and that's 4G connectivity. Verizon Wireless doesn't currently offer 4G service, so we wouldn't expect the carrier to offer a 4G phone, though both are coming soon. In fact, Verizon Wireless is already testing 4G services in select US markets and plans to launch its 4G LTE network in 25 to 30 markets this year.
At the beginning of this article, we told you the X in "Droid X" stands for extreme. This word stirs up a lot of high expectations. Although no phone can be perfect, we think it's safe to say that Motorola and Verizon Wireless have another hit on their hands in the form of the Droid X.
We're not going to give the Droid X our coveted Editor's Choice award because of the lack of 4G connectivity, its somewhat large form factor, and non-backlit buttons. That said, we will strongly recommend the Droid X and will even go so far as to call it the best Android-powered smartphone on Verizon Wireless' network today. And it's only going to get better once an update to Froyo is released in a few weeks.