Motorola Droid X vs. HTC Desire – Review

by Jerry D on July 1, 2010

If you don’t want to know how the Motorola Droid X stacks up against the HTC Desire, look away now…


The connectivity options on the Droid X include CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. HTC’s Desire, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP. The Droid’s 802.11n support just tips the balance. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

According to the specs (see graph), the Droid X is a bit taller than the Desire with dimensions of 127.5mm versus 119.0mm. It’s also wider, measuring 65.5mm to the Desire’s 60.0mm. The 4.3-inch display is to blame. Finally, the Droid X is beefier than its opponent, weighing 155g. In contrast, the Desire weighs 135g. (1-1)



The Droid X’s 8.0 MP camera features autofocus, a dual LED flash, mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization and 16:9 image capture. It also boasts HD video recording (720p). Despite a setup that includes auto-focus, an LED flash, face detection, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording, the Desire’s 5.0 Megapixel camera drops points here. (2-1)


Motorola’s phone features a touch-sensitive LCD display, 4.3 inches across with a quoted resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. In comparison, the Desire’s touch-sensitive AMOLED screen is just 3.7 inches wide. In this battle, it just loses out with a lower screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Although you’ll hardly notice the difference. (3-1)


As for the processor, inside the Droid X there’s an OMAP chip, rated at 1GHz. The Desire boasts a similarly quick 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor. Android 2.1 with added MotoBlur is the preferred OS for the Droid X, while the Desire runs Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI. (3-1)

Downloadable apps


The Droid X boasts 16GB compared to the default 4GB capacity of the Desire. The Droid X’s microSD interface can extend the overall capacity to 40GB. The 4GB storage capacity on HTC’s phone can be expanded to 32GB via the microSD slot. (4-1)

Battery life:

What about talktime and battery life? Motorola says that its Droid X can deliver 8.0 hours of talktime, while the Desire is rated at 6.7 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 220 hours and 360 hours respectively. (4-2)



The Droid X also includes GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, an HDMI microconnector for HD video out and an LED spotlight. The Desire features downloadable widgets, a screen accelerometer, digital compass, GPS/A-GPS and an FM radio. (5-2)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Motorola Droid X vs. HTC Desire   ReviewIt doesn’t take long for one Android phone to surpass another and the mighty Droid X easily emerges as the winner of this fight (5-2). For starters, it has the highest-spec camera and the best all-round camera features. It also comes with the most memory as standard and has a better display than the Desire. Of course, it might be too big. But that’s surely a question of personal taste.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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