HTC HD7 vs. Motorola Droid X – Review

by Jerry D on October 19, 2010

The HTC HD7 showcases Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 OS, while the Droid X packs Google’s Android. Both feature roomy 4.3-inch displays, so who wins this battle of the mobile beefcakes?

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Connectivity:

The spec sheet of the meaty HD7 lists 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP as the core connectivity options. The Droid X has CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. A tie to start with. (1-1)

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Size & Weight:

As far as pocketability is concerned, neither of these two phones is exactly small. The HD7 measures 122.0 x 68.0 x 11.2mm, while the much-loved Droid X is 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm in comparison. The Droid X is the taller of the two phones by 5.5mm, but it’s also far thinner than its rival. Tipping the scales at 162g, the HD7 is weightier than its opponent. The Droid X weighs 155g. (1-2)

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Camera:

HTC has opted for a 5.0 Megapixel camera in its phone, which boasts autofocus, a dual-LED flash (better than a single flash, worse than a Xenon…) and high-def video capture at 720p. The camera supports a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Droid X is an improvement on the HD7′s lens. Not just because it packs more raw megapixels, but because it also includes autofocus, a matching dual LED flash, mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization cleverness, 16:9 image capture, plus 720p HD video recording. (1-3)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

*These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary

Screen/keyboard:

HTC has built the HD7 with a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive display. It’s one of the biggest Windows Phones around. The S-LCD screen has a ho-hum resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. With its 4.3-inch display and an overall pixel count of 384,000 onscreen, the HD7 has a pixels per inch (PPI) rating of 216.977.

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The Droid X’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is exactly the same size as HTC’s handset, even if it lacks the vibrancy of the HD7′s display. The resolution is a little higher, however, rated at 480 x 854 pixels. This gives is a slightly higher pixel density (227.907) than the Windows Phone. But the S-LCD technology just gives the HD7 an edge. (2-3)

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Performance:

How speedy are the two combatants? The HTC HD7 is built around an Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 chip, clocked at 1GHz. The Droid X has an OMAP 1GHz processor. The points are shared in this round. (2-3)

Software:

The HD7 is based on the freshly-launched and mostly untried Microsoft Windows Phone 7 software. The Droid X launched with Android 2.1 (Eclair) and is upgradeable to Froyo 2.2. Right now Android is a better bet. (2-4)

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Storage:

Storage-wise, the two phones come with 16GB of memory built-in. Crucially, the HD7 lacks an expansion slot so 16GB is all the storage you’re going to get. The Droid X’s overall capacity can be increased to 40GB via its microSD memory card slot. (2-5)

Battery life:

What about talktime and battery life? HTC’s spec sheet lists 6.25 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 8.0 hours for the Motorola Droid X. As for standby time, the phones can last for 310 hours and 220 hours respectively. Let’s call this one tied. (2-5)

Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

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Extras:

The HD7 also includes GPS/A-GPS (with Bing Maps), G-Sensor, digital compass, Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound. It also boasts Office Mobile as standard, making it good for business, plus integrated Zune services and Xbox Live functionality. The Droid X features GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, HDMI microconnector for HD video out and LED spotlight. (2-5)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x HTC HD7 vs. Motorola Droid X   ReviewThe Motorola Droid X emerges as the winner of this fight and it’s a comprehensive victory (2-5). Right now, it has the most versatile OS – Windows Phone 7 has yet to prove that it can mix it with the big boys. Add to this a higher-spec camera, more overall memory and a delicious slimness and the HD7 comes off second-best. We’re not wowed by this Windows Phone. But remember that Android was rough-around-the-edges when it first launched…

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