Getting Friendly with Droid X Pre-release

The commercials with the fiery red eye get me every time. You know the ones, where you hear that metallic Android voice saying “Droid!” at the end. I was given the opportunity to test out the new Motorola Droid X prior to its public release on July 15th, 2010. I’m having fun with the new Droid X, actually way too much fun! I first learned about the Motorola Droid introduction at a Verizon Sponsored Gadget Lab event in Cincinnati last fall. Salivating over the iPhones of business colleagues, and not too impressed with the Blackberry options, I was happy to see my carrier, Verizon moving into the Android smart-phone market.

I came, I saw, I touched and I was sold on Droid after that evening. Lucky for me, my 2yr renewal was up and I was able to purchase the original Motorola Droid for $199.00 after rebate.  That was last November and now a mere 8 months later the 4th Droid phone to be carried by Verizon, Droid X is, being released on July 15th,2010. It follows the original Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Eris, and HTC Droid Incredible at Verizon.

Droid X

I plan to share my thoughts and experiences with Droid X in a series of upcoming blog posts that will cover not only the cool tech features of the phone, but the practical issues from a non-tech user’s point of view. One big noticeable difference upon opening the box is that the Droid X body is longer and lighter with a much larger screen than the original Motorola Droid. The original is bulky due to the slide-out Qwerty keyboard, while the Droid X is all touch screen.

Original Droid and Droid X
Droid X
Apps on Droid X

Here are some of the tech features:

  • High-resolution, 4.3-inch WVGA screen, 854X480 display
  • Droid X uses a 1540mAh battery with eight hours of talk time and 220 hours of standby time.
  • 1GHz processor
  • 8GB of internal memory
  • MicroSD slot to upgrade to 16GB or 32GB
  • True multi-touch keyboard with Swype
  • WiFi hot spot for up to 5 devices
  • HDMI Output
  • 720 video
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • 3 mics
  • “High performance diversity antennas” for call quality
Verizon Store
Anderson Township Verizon Store- Cincinnati

Interestingly enough, I stopped by my local Cincinnati Verizon store in Anderson Township to take care of some other business and found that my customer service rep had not had a chance to deeply delve into the Droid X as the store had just received their allotment a few days prior.  I was feeling pretty lucky to have a Droid X to inspect at my leisure. Stay tuned for more on Motorola Droid X.


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