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Motorola Droid X official, becomes Verizon's iPhone 4 rival

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Wed June 23, 2010

Moto Droid X reaching Verizon July 15 for 200 US

Verizon today officially took the wraps from the Motorola Droid X, its new flagship Android phone and its best hope of combatting the iPhone 4. It claims a larger 4.3-inch, 854x480 touchscreen and a 1GHz processor fast enough to support an eight-megapixel camera with 720p video recording and HDMI out. Like the Evo 4G, it will have its own Wi-Fi hotspot feature to share the 3G connection with as many as five other devices by itself.

In a seeming one-up of Apple, it will have three microphones, one of which is for noise canceling. Only 8GB of storage is built into the phone itself, but Motorola will pack in a 16GB card rather than the originally anticipated 8GB. A 1,500mAh battery should give it a longer lifespan than the Evo 4G despite the similar screen area.

In software, the Droid X will have a rare tie-in with Blockbuster to offer movie purchases or rentals directly from the phone. NFL Mobile on Android will give it live sports video, and it will even share content over the local network through DLNA sharing. Skype is onboard, and it will use Swype to speed up typing with the on-screen keyboard. Using Android 2.1 gives it support for pro users with Exchange and Gmail Enterprise; it won't, however, ship with Flash 10.1 out of the box and is only receiving Android 2.2 by the end of the summer.

Motorola brings the phone to Verizon on July 15, when it will cost $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The hotspot feature won't be free and will cost $20 for 2GB of data on top of the minimum $70 smartphone plan.

The Droid X's timing effectively pits it against Apple's new models but doesn't give it a uniform edge. It lacks a front-facing camera and is technically using a lower resolution screen, although the larger surface creates more usable area for the interface. Apple's device should also last longer on battery and will have more built-in storage depending on the model.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Eccent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think the words "Text Mess" would annoy me. As though it can never be clean.

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hate hate hate

    I hate hate hate hate hate that Android phones have 4 (count them), 4 f****** buttons on the bottom.

    It confuses me to no end. I just don't get it. Why would you put 4 buttons down there, and then give it a huge f****** screen.

    Put the controls ON the f****** screen and kill the buttons.

    That is one of the biggest things Apple got right, and I think many people overlook the fact that it makes a huge difference to most people when dealing with user interactivity. Especially those of the older generation.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i love having a strong smartphone...

    ...alternative to ATT, but some of these features are worthless.

    sharing 3G connections?? 3G is barely adequate for one device, let alone sharing it with 4 more? who cares?

    also, this thing is HUGE.

  1. MhzDoesMatter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    I like it.

    I have no desire to use anything other than an iOS device for my phone but I like anything that presents a reasonable alternative to iPhones simply to keep Apple working.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: i love having a strong smartphone...

    sharing 3G connections?? 3G is barely adequate for one device, let alone sharing it with 4 more? who cares?

    Who cares? Well, anyone with a computer who'd like to tether it to their smart phone for internet cares. Even better, though, is that you don't have to 'tether' the thing. You could set it up for sharing the network and make it an ad-hoc wifi router. Then you can just connect to it without hassle.

    And for most people, if you stuck four on such a thing, would never really notice a slowdown, unless one was doing more than email/web surfing (like downloading a large file).

  1. facebook_Thomas

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    How do serious games play on these?

    I never hear from gamers on how Android phones are better or worse then iPhone? Am I the only one that notices that not one Android phone had uniform space above and below the glass area? Whether intended or not for games, Apples iPhone has a uniform large area on both ends perfect for gripping the phone in landscape mode games.

    Since all Android phones have very small upper areas and larger lower areas due to the extra 4 buttons, does it feel ackward to hold them in landscape and still use virtual joysticks without cramping your left thumb?

  1. facebook_Glen

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    wireless phones

    The Motorola Droid Verizon wireless phone, boasts a gorgeous display and the benefits of Android 2.0, including a faster Web browser, Google Maps Navigation app, and better messaging and contact management. It also offers excellent call quality, long talk time, and improved speed over previous Android devices. The solid 3G connectivity is more than sufficient for web surfing and keeping in-touch with social networks. Despite of some design issues and a couple of missing features, the Motorola Droid wireless phones are the most powerful and fastest Google Android device to date.

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