The spec-heavy Motorola Droid X is carving its way through the smartphone battlefield like a glistening Gerard Butler in 300. Is the Google Nexus One a worthy opponent?
First, let’s consider the wireless options. The Droid X boasts CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A (for Verizon’s network), connect anywhere 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Nexus One packs 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi. (1-1)
Size & Weight:
As for size and weight, the Droid X and the Nexus One measure 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm and 119.0 x 59.8 x 11.5mm respectively. The Droid X is the thinner of the two phones. But it’s also much heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 155g. The Nexus One, meanwhile, weighs an average 130g. (1-2)
The Droid X’s 8.0 MP lens features autofocus and a dual LED flash for taking great images in low lighting conditions. A mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed) ups the quality, while other frills include image stablization, 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording.
Unfortunately for the Nexus One, it boasts a much poorer imaging/video specification. The 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and HD video recording (720×480 pixels) would look good against most other phones. (2-2)
The Droid X boasts a touch-sensitive LCD display, measuring a massive 4.3 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The 3.7-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED screen on the Nexus One is smaller. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution is only a touch lower than the Motorola display. (3-2)
In terms of processor speed, the Nexus One is a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor. The Droid X is powered by an OMAP chip, rated at 1GHz. Android 2.1 (with MotoBlur) runs on the Droid X, while the Nexus One runs an uncustomised Android build, also 2.1 (Eclair). The advantage of the Nexus One is that it gets software updates faster from Google. (3-2)
The Droid X incorporates 16GB versus the 4GB capacity of the Nexus One. Plug a bigger memory card into the Droid X’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 40GB. You can expand the memory of the Nexus One via the microSD slot. But the maximum is 32GB. (4-2)
Actual talktime and standby performance will vary. But Motorola claims 8.0 hours of talktime for the Droid X, compared to 7.0 hours for the Nexus One. Standby times are 220 hours and 250 hours respectively. (5-2)
The Droid X also includes GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio and an HDMI microconnector for HD video out. In comparison, the Nexus One features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass (6-2)
The Motorola Droid X wins!
Obviously the Droid X emerges as the victor in this tussle with a score of 6-2. Ouch. To be fair, the Nexus One lands a couple of good punches and the Droid X walks away with a bruise or two. But Motorola’s phone has the highest-spec camera (and the best all-round camera features), the most memory, a superior display and… it’s the thinnest of the two handsets. It wasn’t really a fair fight.
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