You have to hand it to Motorola; as little as a year ago their future looked bleak. Android was still in its infancy and lacking polish, mainstream devices running it were few, and there weren’t public or visible signs of any forthcoming devices which would challenge the dominance of BlackBerry or iOS, especially from Motorola. A few months later, they launched the Motorola Droid, and a few months after the floodgates opened up - out has poured a steady stream of relatively polished devices running Android 2.x. It’s been breakneck almost, with new flagships every 3 months on average - the latest is Motorola’s Droid X on Verizon - henceforth just 'X.'

You also have to hand it to Verizon for getting its act together. Previously, they were infamous for crippling device hardware and OSes - the Touch Pro notoriously lacked an entire row of keys, and half the RAM. Their smartphone lineup also used to consist entirely of BlackBerries and Windows Mobile devices. That’s all changed.

Since the first Motorola Droid, they’ve been probably the single most vocal proponent of Android, embracing and billing their lineup of “Droids” as serious iPhone alternatives. The unique combination of being the largest carrier and the largest 3G footprint (and the  perception of having above average coverage) has resulted in massive growth of the Android platform. That’s definitely a turnaround for two giants.

Eight months after launch, the Motorola Droid is now a relatively old piece of kit. It’s amazing how fast the market is moving - the fact that an 8 month old handset is now obsolete is a testament to just how breakneck this pace is.

Motorola and HTC are now locked in a battle for dominance of the Android segment on the nation’s largest carrier. On one side is the HTC Incredible, on the other is the X and eventually the Droid 2. Across the aisle at Sprint, HTC has the EVO 4G. If you’re interested in a smartphone of the Android variety, you’ve got the most options ever right now, and the X is the newest contender. Let’s dive in.
 

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  • PCR - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    I really enjoyed this review and wanted to let you know what a great job you guys did. It is very through and informative. Keep up the great work :) Reply
  • Pedro80 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Guys..come on..
    - visually.. the EVO looks way better
    - HW - the Samsung Galaxy S performs better
    - HW - the Samsung Galaxy S features a much better display
    - and (most importantly IMHO) a device that bricks (shits?) itself when you attempt to install a different version of the (the same! open!) operating system
    ..isn't worthy this kind of acknowledgement..
    Already, devs in the Android community are asking Motorola to leave the OHA (Open Handset Alliance).

    [Droid X Brick a Brac]
    http://www.wirelessandmobilenews.com/2010/07/droid...

    [Motorola responds to Droid X bootloader controversy]
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/16/motorola-respon...

    [Why Motorola should be asked to leave the Open Handset Alliance]
    http://www.absolutelyandroid.com/why-motorola-shou...
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  • leexgx - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    at the moment it just prevents you from using your own cooked firmwares (puts the device into recovery mode so it can be re-flashed with factory image)

    must admit my sisters samsung galaxy s does look nice (compared to the HTC desire or Sony X10 xperan {big one} ) And it comes with an 1500Mha bat so should last more then an day use (the G1 i had was horrid on bat life had to turn it into an brick and fit an 2200Mha bat to it)

    Very disappointed with the screen on the HTC desire (one its smaller then my HTC HD1 my bad lol,) the screen is Not made of Strate line of pixels like normal screens are so an Striate line or Single dot text is wiggly
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  • v12v12 - Monday, August 16, 2010 - link

    Thank you man... FINALLY some voice of true dissent! While the rest of the zombies on here clap and rave; the REAL issues come out in your post. Course as most zombies behave, they either flat out ignore it (Jobs/Apple/big-corp mantra). It seems like people in today's society are more and more becoming fanboyed about anything "new." Their supposed reasoning and logic (lack thereof) skills are deteriorating generation after generation.
    _The more "entertainment" devices these nefarious companies produce, the more you all open up their mouths and ask for another spoonful. Not ONE mention of how these devices are actively spying and reporting your Internet usage, phone calls/txts/tweets/facebook blah blah. Everyone just happily uses them with out even asking... HRMM this device pretty much is my personal log/journal (txts, calls, tweets, surfing etc.) and the phone corps CAN and DO turn over ALL of your info to the NSA/CIA "secret" rooms (AT&T anyone?)

    SURPRISE! http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2007/06/spy...
    Merry Xmas! http://news.cnet.com/AT38T-sued-over-NSA-spy-progr...

    Gotta LOVE them spIphones: http://www.squidoo.com/iphonespy

    Iphone owns drones! http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/080210-your-...

    SpyPhone: http://www.spyphoneguy.com/

    *** Do you actually THINK that the NSA/CIA/Govt doesn’t have their OWN in-house versions of this type of spyware that CAN be remotely installed on your phone w/o your consent???*** You’re a complete FOOL if you don’t think they don’t ALREADY have this type of stuff and are using it to track the MAFIA
    http://www.zdnet.com/news/fbi-taps-cell-phone-mic-...

    http://www.technewsdaily.com/hacked-smartphones-co...

    Yet you all happily browse away, not knowing for SURE that "someone" or some group isn't recording your EVERY form of personal/private communication with these uber "smart" devices. Yep, no CCleaner or data-encryption/wipe when BIG-BROTHER is siphoning the data off at the SOURCE. HAHA I love it... everyone is so caught up being "entertained," and 1-up'ing everyone else with their newer toys; all the while someone else IS watching and tracking your most PRIVATE (so you thought) behaviors.... Course no mention from Anand (nothing personal boss) or any of the other review/tech sites about it either. Lol... Jokes on YOU all... Soon some of you will be BUSTED/RATTED out by your PHONE in the near future. All those supposed "private" txts and crap will come out in full public view, when they have your ass in court for some talk about picking up a "sack, dub, nuggets, green, trees" and anything else considered "illegal" at the time or arbitrarily deemed an "act of terrorism," which NOW puts you under the guise of the PATRIOT-ACT, which essentially STRIPS you of nearly all your rights afforded to you by the Bill-of-Rights and that has-been document call the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES.

    Yep, this IS going to be yours/mine and everyone else's future if people don't start inquiring about the SECURITY of these devices, aside from whining about being about to NOT crack the eFuse etc.

    You've been warned; now back to being "entertained," (aka, distracted/deceived).
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  • puffpio - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    I'm curious (and I hope you and others are too!) about how an overclocked Droid fares against a Droid X?

    Many rooted/custom ROM Droid people have no problem taking their phones up to 1Ghz

    1Ghz OMAP 3630 vs 1GHz OMAP 3430 would be an awesome comparo
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  • Goty - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Good to know. I ran most of the same benchmarks on my own and it seems that the Captivate is actually slower in the Sunspider test than any of the newer TI or Qualcomm SoCs, but faster in everything else. Very curious.

    Anyhow, looking forward to the review(s)!
    Reply
  • metafor - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Sunspider is kinda wonky. It can vary depending on what version of the browser you're using. In either case, unless you know you have the exact same software, it's usually not a good way to test processor speed. Reply
  • cgalyon - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    This was the best review I've seen of the Droid X thus far, by a large margin! Very thorough and pleasantly objective. Keep up the great work! Reply
  • FozzyofAus - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Great to hear.

    The Galaxy S has been on sale in here in Australia for a while and I'd love to see how it compares to the HTC EVO and Droid X.

    Regards,
    Michael.
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  • FozzyofAus - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Background reading on performance from another site:
    http://androidandme.com/2010/07/news/droid-x-vs-ga...

    No doubt your review will be even better when it's ready.

    Regards,
    Michael.
    Reply

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