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  • czesiu - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    great review!

    higher res version for this please:)
  • Brian Klug - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    I'm actually going to dump all the screen comparison photos I've got (there are quite a few) into a gallery, then you can peruse at native resolution. Should be up in a little bit ;)

  • hatter_india - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Fantastic review but I expect no less from AnandTech. But there are a couple of bloopers:

    1- OMAP 3630 is third mobile chip to use 45nm process. First is of course A4. But second is Samsung's Hummingbird, a chip that the korean company designed with help of Intrinsity. This chip is found in Galaxy S or its variants. Samsung is the same company that also tweaked A4, which incidentally is fabbed by Samsung. Too many coincidences ;-)

    2- A comparison to PowerVR SGX 540 found on Galaxy S would have been interesting as according to Samsung SGX 540 is almost three times more powerful than SGX535.

    3- Droid X should have also been compared with Galaxy S or any of its variants like Captivate, Vibrant etc
  • hatter_india - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    This line: Samsung is the same company that also tweaked A4, which incidentally is fabbed by Samsung

    Should read: Intrinsity is the same company that also tweaked A4, which incidentally is fabbed by Samsung
  • Goty - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Does AT have any plans to review any of the Galaxy S phones? I just picked up a Captivate on Sunday and I'd love to see how it stacks up. I just ran the Neocore benchmark and got around 55 FPS, which speaks well of the GPU, but I'd like to see results from the other tests you guys do. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Hey Goty,

    We definitely have plans to do reviews of all of the Galaxy S phones we can get our hands on. I'm working on getting them as soon as possible ;)

    I'm also pretty excited to explore that SoC and compare.

  • Ram21 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Really enjoyed this review. Keep up the great work! Being as thorough as you guys are really helps to make good decisions on purchases. Reply
  • SonicIce - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    lol how long before we can attach an external mouse and keyboard to a phone to use it as a pc and play 3d games online with it Reply
  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - link

    How about this?
  • ltfields - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Guys, another gold standard review. I may not be able to pick up an X because I'm still under contract with another carrier, but the reviews are riveting. Keep up the excellent work! Reply
  • homebredcorgi - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Who do we have to blame for the “Droid” moniker? Verizon or Motorola?

    I have a Nexus One and continually get asked, “Is that a Droid?” or “Does that run Droid?” to which I usually reply yes and let sleeping dogs lie…but seriously, why name it so similar to the operating system? And then why make “Droid” a series of phones if your first phone is just known simply as “Droid”?! At least call it the "Droid One" or something to differentiate from the series of phones....

    So now we have the Droid, Droid Eris, Droid X, and will soon have the Droid 2 which are all phones in the Droid series, all running on various builds of Android. Yeesh. Could they have made that any more confusing?

    All in all, the Droid X looks very nice. I personally think the original Droid had all the flair of a TI-82 calculator (ugly as sin in a blocky retro way), but the Droid X seems to have modernized its looks. Still not sure if I would want a phone that large though….
  • metafor - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Verizon owns the rights to the "Droid" trademark from Star Wars. So they decided to capitalize on that and name their whole line of Android phones "Droids".

    I think it's kinda cheezy but hey, it's selling and is something that people can focus on. With the army of phones coming out every week, it's difficult for the average person to keep up. It helps if they can just go to a store and ask for a Droid.
  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - link

    Actually they have only been using Droid on the high-end phones, the Devour and Ally were not Droids.

    There is also rumor of a special edition Droid 2 coming with R2-D2 on the battery cover...
  • lewchenko74 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    The best, most comprehensive review of the Droid X Ive read so far. Thank you.

    Just got to wait until it arrives in the UK unlocked now, but personally I think Im going to get the Droid 2 instead with the keyboard.

    I am amazed at the pace the smartphone market is moving at. Im 1yr into a 2yr contract with a HTC Hero. It feels like an antique! These 2yr contracts really are a ball and chain.

    It also seems like HTC is starting to lag behind Samsung and Moto now in terms of processor and features. Sense also seems a little 'old' compared to other UI layers (or maybe thats just me).

    Disappointed that it only runs Android 2.1 when 2.2 is now out though.... That would be like Apple releasing iPhone4 running OS3.2 whilst saying OS4 is out there too but not quite available yet! (I guess Apple actually did that though with the iPad ;-) )
  • mvmorr01 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    What app are you using for those CPU utilization graphs? I did a quick search and couldn't find it in the market. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    It's an application called "SystemPanel" which I found a while back. If you turn logging on, it'll give you some very cool graphs of battery use over time and CPU utilization over days even. Produces some very cool results when I do battery life testing.

  • 529th - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    First of all I want to say I love mine! :) Bought it the day it came out.

    Wow what a great review!!!

    I didn't know you could run benchmarks on a phone! Linpack!?? WOW awesome!

    I can't wait till Froyo! :)

    Thanks again chief!

    <3 Anandtech reviews!
  • WaltFrench - Saturday, July 24, 2010 - link

    Linpack is a 90s-era benchmark that performs a specific matrix solution. As much as possible, all floating point adds and muls.

    I've tried in other forums to find an app, prior to 6/1/2010, that actually uses Gaussian elimination with partial pivoting. The particular method works best to find complex patterns within large data sets; that's great for my statistical investment models and for a lot of other stuff. It's strongly suggestive of performance on weather simulations, quantum chemistry, etc., stuff that no sane person would attempt (today) on a smartphone.

    Others claim Linpack scores around 40 on overclocked ARM chips with Froyo (the JITting being fabulously helpful for highly repetitive benchmark code). I got ~35 on my iPhone. These scores are ~ 13X–16X what the Linpack author quoted long ago for his 486 (/487, I presume).

    I don't know a lot about graphics but presume 3D work that calls for lots of floating point Add/Mul work would get routed to the GPU, so I think these scores are of extremely limited relevance to any smartphone app I can envision.
  • vshin - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Where are the antenna attenuation tests? No weak spots? Reply
  • Brian Klug - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    There's definitely attenuation tests in there, and weak spots. The bottom of the phone as expected causes a 15 dB drop. It's on page 14:

  • 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]

    [Motorola responds to Droid X bootloader controversy]

    [Why Motorola should be asked to leave the Open Handset Alliance]
  • 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
  • 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?)

    Merry Xmas!

    Gotta LOVE them spIphones:

    Iphone owns drones!


    *** 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

    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).
  • 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
  • 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)!
  • 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.

  • FozzyofAus - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Background reading on performance from another site:

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

  • Jonathan Dum - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the comprehensive and all around excellent review, but I have one caveat.

    As far as Android phones go, their multitouch screen controllers have tended to be sub par (try any multitouch on a nexus one, for example). I would like to know if there's any noticeable difference between these newest phones and older Android phones with capacitive screens.

    As always, keep rocking these reviews, Anand. ;)
  • Frangible - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    I've not used another Android device, but it's hypersensitive compared to my iPad/iPod Touch. Portrait keyboard mode drives me nuts. If the touchscreen were alive, I'd say it would have a degenerarive demyelinating disease. Unfortunately putting prednsone tablets on my Droid X does nothing.

    It's so twitchy I can blow away the Blur, Swype, and even a modded HTC keyboard with Graffiti (free from Android Market btw). And that's Graffiti with my *thumb*, in portrait or landscape. If I started using my Pogo stylus... oh, it would be*on*.

    Clearly, others don't share my opinion, but the touchscreen on the Droid X is incredibly fruuuuustrating at times.
  • Frangible - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    As a new Droid X owner, let me first say thanks for another great in-depth review, especially regarding the screeen details-- I just have to know these things, dammit.

    Anyway, just wanted to make two screen-related comments:

    1. The outdoor screen comparison pics don't show any obvious transreflective displays. This either means none of them were, or they weren't angled in a way where a transreflective display would be obviously better.

    FWIW, my iPod Touch Gen 1 has a TRD, and even my iPad's display is somewhat TRD (though with poorer contrast than the iPod or even a Tungsten TX in direct sunlight; a consequence of a lesser area of reflectivity, or the IPS display?) I don't know which of the iPhones have TRDs, but it would seem likely the iPhone 4G would be on par with the iPad.

    Anyway, a TRD adds a LOT to outdoor viewing if you angle it correctly. You can even turn down, or off, the backlight.

    The Droid X is certainly not TR, and was worse than my much dimmer Moto Q9C outdoors (due to the touch layer). And yeah sadly, the Tungsten Tx on min bright was better. So that's why I bring this up-- TRDs are the daywalkers of the LCD underworld, so imo this should be accounted for in outdoor comparisons.

    2. I looked at the pixel structures of a variety of displays under a 100x light microscope. The Droid X's sub-pixels are divided into two sections, each with a black "hole". It looked quite similar to the PSP Go's subpixels, though with a standard RGB pattern and lack of the chevron textures on the PSP Go's. I assume this is some TN variant? Does anyone which kind?

    The iPad's subpixels were divided into to halves of a series of stacked chevron color bars. Only the green subpixel had the "hole" (transistor?) which looked an awful lot like a mandlebrot fractal to me. FWIW.
  • ImSpartacus - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    I always love reading ATech's reviews, but this one was especially wonderful.

    I laughed out loud at the following sentence:

    "Everything about the X seems like it can be followed up with a 'that’s what she said.'"

    Simply hilarious.
  • The0ne - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Yes, I especially love some of the very technical tests as well. For example...

    1. I let my wife use it for a day and she likes it...

    2. I work in milliseconds so having a webpage load 1s makes any other phone besides iphone a no go

    3. I have no fcking clue about real multi-tasking, although I know it's been around for decades, but I'll just demand for it and do a bat-shit review of it.

    4. My wife and kids love it so it's an editor's choice! Go buy it.

    5. It only has a few thousand apps, not the millions and millions of apps like iphone so it's crap, regardless if many of those millions of shtty apps and dictated.

    Obviously, I'm exaggerating the comments to the extreme but the basis is there. While at it the review might as well include the orgasmic scene from the movie "When Harry met Sally."
  • honkj - Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - link

    for anyone wondering why that survey showed iPhone owners get more sex...

    this "theone" guy pretty much shows how clueless and geeky and "lady" hating, some Android fanboys come off to the opposite sex.....

    actually they just come off as hating anything that moves.
  • jasperjones - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    a dozen comments already that point out the high quality of the review. it's getting boring. anyway, +1, excellent review. i've made critical comments on your smartphone reviews earlier this year. but the last couple of reviews were just awesome, and my confidence in AT is fully restored :) Reply
  • Hazdaz - Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - link

    It is so nice to read a review that is more than just a corporate press release. Actually taking the time to really review a device and give us honest and very thorough information is what I love about this site.

    I just ordered my X and won't get it for a few days, but I tested all the usual suspects and felt that it was the right phone for me... assuming I can get used to the size.

    I know there are a few people that mentioned the GalaxyS family of phones and I have to say that I really wanted to get one... they are slightly smaller in size than the X, but because of their curved shape, they felt even smaller - while still offering a 4" screen. And about that screen, well it did look great, but from all the hype, I was really expecting for it to be even better. Anyways, I really wanted to like the phone - and I was ready to settle on it actually, until I tested the call quality. HUGE let down there... I could barely hear the person on the other end of the phone call, and the speakerphone volume was terrible. Tried this test on more than one version of the GalaxyS and was quite let down.

    The Incredible actually had the best sounding speakerphone that I have heard, it was quite loud - but alas I was looking for something a little bigger in size. The X had good volume - much louder than the GalaxyS - so that's the one I picked.
  • ImmortalZ - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    The gold contacts on the battery door are a staple of Motorola designs since a long time. My old E6 and it's cousin the Z6 both have gold contacts to the battery doors. So does the RAZR line. In fact, I'll go as far as to say that nearly every one of their phones with a metal battery door has multiple contacts from the door to the phone. Reply
  • MacTheSpoon - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    The review was spectacular in many ways, but I couldn't find anything about call quality. Does this thing actually perform well as a phone? Did people you talk to think you sounded good, and did they sound loud and clear to you as well? How did it compare to other phones?

    Was this info in there somewhere, and I just missed it?
  • numberoneoppa - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Can't wait, I look forward on your impressions on Samsung's touchwizz overlay, from what I can tell, it rather hurts the GUI performance. :( Reply
  • Zebo - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Would be nice if these smart phones reviews had a large table for quick access to pro's and con's of each phone.

    Each box/catagory in the table could be based on 1-10 with a little narrative or to as simple as just check mark for superiority.

    Hey it's a perfect review so i had to make something up to nag about:)

    Droid X seems to be top dog android...- Evo is unsuitable you actually USE the phone's unlimited plan with it's poor batt life but just as nice too. Hard to pick.
  • radium69 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Thank you Brian & Anand, for this in depth review.
    I find your articles to be very interesting, and well written!
    Keep up the good work!
  • mvmorr01 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Thanks, cool app! Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    (quote)"The Droid X is the spiritual successor to last year’s Droid."(/quote)

    Actually, I'd say the upcoming Droid II is the sequel, as it has a fully tactile keyboard, as opposed to the touchscreen Droid X. I'd say the Droid X is a new product rather than a successor.

    I'm waiting to see what the Droid II can do --I won't buy a smartphone that doesn't have a physical keyboard.
  • tbuck79 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    I have a Droid X, the WiFi is terrible on my Netgear Router but at work on a Linksys router it's fine (both are single band N), however, using any WiFi the distance is really bad with the X, compared to an iPhone 4 in my other hand, the iPhone can get MUCH farther away from the AP than the X, could you guys see if there is an actual problem with range on the X? Reply
  • WaltFrench - Saturday, July 24, 2010 - link

    you must be holding the X the wrong way. Reply
  • Ratman6161 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    The Droid and the Doid X are both Android 2.1 and both are soon to be upgraded to 2.2 (mine already is). The run the same apps and do the same things (weather or not you like Motoblur and find it an advantage is up to you). The Droid will basically do everything the Droid X does - just not quite as fast. So "obsolete" is a matter of perspective. That's what Verizon and Motorola would like us to think. They just love people like your friend who ditched his Droid for an Incredible and now wants to ditch the incredible for a Droid X.

    Lets face it - it's evolution not revolution. If you are always trying to have the latest cool gadget, you are always going to end up disappointed and with a much thinner wallet.

    Good review though. If I were buying today I'd probably go with the X. But with another year to go before the next upgrade, something else will come along long before I'm ready to buy.
  • digipro55 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Incredibly well written and through review. I can admit I didn't understand all the jargon in the performance tests but it certainly is a wealth of knowledge concerning the best Android phone on the market. Thanks again for a very informative review Reply
  • Aikouka - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Hey Brian, just to let you know, the mini-HDMI to HDMI cables are available at Monoprice, but of course it sounds like you were looking for one ASAP from a B&M store :). So I guess if you know you'll need one, you can order one, but it also looks like they're not terribly commonplace as you mentioned as they're kind of expensive on Monoprice compared to standard HDMI cables. Reply
  • jeffjcom - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Monoprice cables are Mini not Micro. Reply
  • MrPete123 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    A little bit off topic but....I haven't seen any mention of Android 2.2 and battery life. Do we know if executing code significantly faster allows the CPU to sleep more often, saving power? Or perhaps there's other power saving alterations in 2.2? Reply
  • bplewis24 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    I'm interested in this as well. Maybe update the Nexus One review with this info?

  • stlc8tr - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    "It’s interesting that Motorola is sticking to FWVGA - this is admittedly exactly 16:9 aspect ratio"

    Well, I guess it depends on how digits of precision you're using. 854x480 is actually 16:8.992974. :-)
  • soydios - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Whichever author wrote that, you are not being too picky about the short 3-foot length of the included USB cable. 6 feet or bust. I'd say that the majority of us like to have the phone on the nightstand or desk while it's charging, not on the floor next to the power socket. Reply
  • Piano Man - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - link

    Now this is what I call a smartphone review. I'm glad that these smartphones are getting full review treatment like they were computer systems. Since I got my Moto Droid at work 7 months ago, I think about 25-30 more have followed suit. I really thing these phones are gonna become our primary all-in-one electronic system sooner than we think. Glad they're getting the review they deserve. Please keep it up for the future biggie's (Samsung Galaxy, and the new OMAP processors). Reply
  • jleach1 - Thursday, July 22, 2010 - link

    "droid x lastest longest on a single charge"

    not sure if this was an accent -=D
  • dumpsterj - Thursday, July 22, 2010 - link

    man i want this phone lol. I was gonna wait to see how windows phone 7 works out cuz i love zune . However it seems verizon is pissing all over microsoft lately with the kin and i wonder if vz will even get the damn phones. Reply
  • VashHT - Thursday, July 22, 2010 - link

    Anyone else notice there evo benchmarks a lot better in this article than in the official evo review? It seems like the updates might have actually helped it out, it went from being slower to the incredible to faster in this review (in browsing tests I mean), you guys should update your evo review with the patches,i think they fixed the few little flaws the evo had when it first came out. Reply
  • One43637 - Thursday, July 22, 2010 - link

    Great to hear Brian. I just picked up a Vibrant after owning a G1 for the duration. Phone is great, and I was pleasantly surprised how unobtrusive TouchWiz 3.0 is. Phone does not feel cheap at all, just because it has a plastic back.

    Can't wait to read your review and Froyo!
  • TareX - Thursday, July 22, 2010 - link

    Why are all the Samsung Galaxy S phones missing from your charts and comparisons? I wanted to see how Hummingbird compared and how the Super AMOLED fared against their Droid X counterparts... Reply
  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - link

    Maybe because the first US version launched a day before the review went up, and they weren't sent a review sample. Reply
  • enealDC - Thursday, July 22, 2010 - link

    Great job! Reply
  • Juniper Research - Friday, July 23, 2010 - link

    Very interesting article... we have this week published a new report on smartphones and a free whitepaper is available to download here...

    John Levett
    Marketing Executive at Juniper Research
  • Homefries - Saturday, July 24, 2010 - link

    First off, great review Brian.

    However, while you did a very thorough comparison of the Droid X to other Android devices, you barely mentioned the real competitor the Droid X has to stand up against: the iPhone 4.

    Readers want to know if the Droid X is the best phone on the market - the whole market - not just the market subset dedicated to Android devices.

    Like the majority of the tech media, your review furthers the notion readers belong exclusively to either the iOS camp or the Andriod camp. This is simply not true. Informed readers, like the ones that peruse Anandtech, want to buy one smartphone, regardless of any marketing slants, that is the best.

    Your review of the Droid X should have helped us answer the question, "Should I buy the Droid X or the iPhone 4?" But, it did not.
  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - link

    Well, I think the conclusion in the iPhone article and some earlier Android articles applies, there is no "best" for everyone. Some people love Apple and the Apple way of life, some people won't touch it. As the iPhone is currently limited to AT&T, that is going to deter a lot of people. How large a pocket/bag you plan on carrying the phone in might make size differences more important to some than others. So while I am not one of the readers calling for no subjective opinions (it is interesting that FroYo feels significantly faster/different) I think it is still up to each buyer to decide what is most important to them. Reply
  • Electrofreak - Saturday, July 24, 2010 - link

    Brian and Anand, are you sure you're using the correct information regarding the SoC in the Droid X? I believe it is a OMAP 3640, not a 3630, as the maximum recommended clock speed of the 3630 is described in numerous places across the net as being 720 MHz, while the max clock speed of the 3640 is described as 1 GHz. In addition, the max recommended clock speed of the 3430 in the Droid was 600 MHz, not 800.

    The information I cite above is widely available across the web... if you've got inside information the rest of us don't have, by all means let us know. But as someone who has written articles of my own on ARM SoCs and follows ARM industry news closely, I suspect that your data may not be 100% correct.

    Regardless, I do have to thank you for writing some of the most informative hardware articles on the net. I appreciate it!
  • Electrofreak - Saturday, July 24, 2010 - link

    ...and I just found this:

    So, per TI's blog it is the 3630... now we just need an explanation of the other info on the web that describes the 3630 as maxing out at 720 MHz.
  • Brian Klug - Monday, July 26, 2010 - link

    Yeah, TI's documentation is a bit outdated. Anand tackled the SoC part, but the 3630 is indeed a 1 GHz part, it isn't the 3640 guaranteed. There was a lot of confusion online about it, but Anand got the official word. ;)

    I agree, back when I did my other OMAP 3 piece it was 720 MHz.

  • Electrofreak - Saturday, July 24, 2010 - link

    Looking forward to that Hummingbird review Brian. I hope you're able to dig up some info that I wasn't able to when I wrote my article ( back in April. Reply
  • Swift2001 - Saturday, July 24, 2010 - link

    I'm not stuck with that ridiculous red blob on the front page, am I? Don't know about you, but I don't want to turn my eye into a bloodshot beast's eye. Reply
  • GEverest - Sunday, July 25, 2010 - link

    Is there some way to attach the Droid X to a tripod or something equivalent? I sing in a quartet and we often want to take a video of us singing to review how we look and hence improve. Reply
  • GEverest - Sunday, July 25, 2010 - link

    Will it be possible to upgrade from 2.1 to 2.2 (Froyo) and eventually to 3.0? I presume it is a software upgrade. Reply
  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - link

    Motorola has promised it will see 2.2 later this year. 3.0 is unknown, but probably a batter than even chance. If whatever security they use is circumvented and custom ROMs can be flashed then you will probably be able to run whatever you want. Reply
  • lukeevanssi - Sunday, July 25, 2010 - link

    it is possible but not in the moment.
    the droid is like a iphone
    iphone took about 3 months to unlock and another 2 months for the internet to work on tmobile.
    the droid took 2 months to find a flash to metropcs (which has been found).
    the code for the internet and mms for flashed metropcs droid has not yet been found or solve.
  • markomd - Sunday, July 25, 2010 - link

    It really is a lovely little machine but it won't integrate vertically with my all-Mac system. Too bad it doesn't run on OS 4.1 or I'd buy one in a heartbeat. Alas, I must wait until Steve and company fix iPhone 4 and make nice with Verizon. Reply
  • silverwarloc - Monday, July 26, 2010 - link

    Great review btw...but, I wanted to know the problems that have been posted on youtube concerning the screen flicker. Is this rampant? Or isolated? Reply
  • Brian Klug - Monday, July 26, 2010 - link

    I haven't seen any screen flicker on mine, even almost a month later. I'm guessing it was just a bad batch of displays. I haven't had any of the display issues I've seen floating around. I should have made note of that, but if it was broken I would've definitely called it out.

  • crunc - Monday, July 26, 2010 - link

    I got to know anandtech from their iPhone 4 review, which put all others to shame, and here again they've done a bangup job. The thought and detail put into these reviews is just amazing. Reply
  • halcyon - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - link

    Could you please compare to Samsung Galaxy S variants as well?

    It spanks these babies (sans iPhone 4) on almost everything, afaik, battery, screen, cpu/gpu...

    It'd be interesting for comparison purposes.

    Also, Galaxy S is available almost everywhere in the world, Droid X has very miniscule availability in some parts of the US only.
  • Spoooon - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - link

    Just noticed some similarities between a "review" on CNN ( and this one:

    CNN Money:
    Overall, the build quality of the X is solid. Motorola has pulled off two high-end Android phones -- this and the original Droid -- that really feel good and inspire confidence. There's no give on any of the buttons, the volume buttons aren't loose and broken out of the box like some were on the original Droids, and the grippy plastic makes it feel even better. Having the phone tilt a few degrees and not rest completely flat on surfaces will help prevent the back from getting scratched up.

    Overall, the build quality of the X is solid. Motorola has pulled off two high end Android phones that really feel good and inspire a lot of confidence. There’s no give or play with any of the buttons, the volume buttons aren’t loose and broken out of the box like some Droids were, and the grippy plastic makes it feel even better. Again, I think having the phone tilt a few degrees and not rest completely flat on surfaces will help the back not get scratched up.

    They are peppered throughout the CNN review. Maybe CNN borrowed your content with your consent?
  • Spoooon - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - link

    Oops. Noticed the attribution on the first page of the CNN article.

    LOL, I started reading it an hour ago, then stopped to work, then went back to it. :)
  • grkhetan - Thursday, July 29, 2010 - link

    Hello, One question about the antenna chart. In the "holding naturally" column, where you touching the lower left black strip in the iphone 4?

  • brucebergman - Thursday, July 29, 2010 - link

    I buy a phone to make phone calls first, be fancy second. (Fancy is nice, yes! But...) I didn't see anything on antenna analysis, or an externally accessible antenna jack should you feel the need to plug in some serious RF gain.

    My last two phones were the Audiovox CDM9000 and the LG VX2000, and currently is a Palm Treo 700wx. What do they have that the new crop do not? A real antenna, for those places where the NIMBY's won't allow new cell sites, and a way to connect an external antenna if you go out in the boonies a lot.

    Until someone addresses this, I'm sticking with the Palm Treo. Or till it's hopelessly outdated and/or breaks and they can't find a replacement, at least.
  • weekilter - Thursday, July 29, 2010 - link

    Too bad Moto couldn't have had the same understanding that Apple did and prevent VeriZon from putting their logos all over the device. Why the carriers think their logo adds to the appeal of a device is lost on me. Reply
  • myshadows - Monday, August 09, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the awesome review! I may have missed this, but what is the speed of the internal 8 GB of memory compared to the Class 4 SD Card? Reply
  • ItsaRaid - Sunday, August 29, 2010 - link

    Anand or Brian-

    Which would you pick?

    Im trying to decide which way to go, I have a BB9700, with problems, I have looked at Both Phones the IPHone 4 and the Droid X- Im stuck- Hope maybe you can guide me as well.
    Here is my Direct Contact Info:
    Hope you will take a few moments of time and help guide my decision making. Both Screens are Gorgeous and their sizes are no a big deal-

    Thank You

  • BookDoctor - Monday, September 27, 2010 - link

    I'm with you right down the line, especially regarding the length of the charging cord. Seems to me it's just another case of the supplier wanting to make an extra buck on accessories. Oh, well. . . . Nonetheless, I think the superior performance across the board makes it a small price to pay to have what's--at least in my book--the best Android device thus far. Reply
  • smithgood9 - Thursday, December 09, 2010 - link

    As a Droid X fan, I find it useful to me. I wanted to transmit videos to PS3 for enjoying, but I failed. Because PS3 can only play it supports video formats. and PS3 can't support 3GP or other formats. Fortunately, I find a great Droid X video converter - Foxreal Video Converter, which can convert between various videos with excellent output quality. Use it transmit videos to MP4 and transmit videos to PS3 by DLNA function. Reply

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