Motorola Droid X vs. Motorola Droid – review

by Jerry D on June 26, 2010

It’s old Droid versus the new and improved Droid as Motorola unleashes its X-factor handset. Bigger, classier, more powerful… could the Droid X be the best Android phone ever made? Let’s give it a run-out…

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Connectivity:

The Droid X is a CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A handset with added 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The original Droid (aka The Milestone in Europe) packs 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Compare the two phones and there are some significant differences – the Droid X is 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm, the Droid is 115.8 x 60.0 x 13.7mm. The Droid is the more compact handset (but it doesn’t have to accomodate a 4.3-inch screen). Nevertheless, measure the weight of the duo and the Droid X weighs in at 155g, while the first Motorola Droid is a weightier 165g. Boom. (2-0)

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Camera:

The Droid X’s 8.0 MP lens features autofocus, is aided by a dual LED flash and boasts a mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization, 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording. Even with a setup that includes autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging and HD video recording, the Droid’s 5.0 MP camera underwhelms against its bigger brother. (3-0)

Screen/keyboard:

The Droid X boasts a touch-sensitive LCD display that measures a generous 4.3 inches and delivers a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. At only 3.7 inches, the Droid’s touch-sensitive LCD screen has less room, but it matches the Droid X’s screen resolution. Is there a winner here? It depends whether you think that 4.3 inches is just that little bit too big… (3-0)

Performance:

As for overall performance, The original Droid handset uses an ARM Cortex A8 processor, rated at 600MHz. The Droid X’s CPU is an improved 1GHz OMAP chip. Motorola has installed Android 2.1 (upgradeable to Froyo 2.2) with added MotoBlur on the Droid X. The Droid, meanwhile, launched with Android 2.0. (4-0)

Storage:

The Droid X is romping it so far. In terms of digital storage, the handset incorporates 16GB out of the box, versus the 8GB standard capacity of the Droid. Obviously the Droid X also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 40GB. The microSD expansion slot on the Droid can bump up the capacity to 32GB. (5-0)

Battery life:

With an overnight charge, the Droid X weighs in with 8.0 hours of talktime; the Droid in comparison boasts 6.5 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Motorola’s phones can last 220 hours and 350 hours respectively. The Droid X loses this round. (5-0)

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Extras:

Rounding off this fight, the Droid X also includes GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, an HDMI microconnector (for HD video output), digital compass and an LED spotlight. The Droid features GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass, plus onboard PowerVR SGX530 graphics. (6-0)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Motorola Droid X vs. Motorola Droid   reviewThe Droid X is an almost effortless winner of this fight (6-0). It’s bigger and better in almost every way, showcasing the best that Motorola and the Android OS has to offer. Note the high-spec camera, the generous memory and a 4.3-inch display that puts it dangerously close to tablet territory. Yet it’s also the thinnest phone here and the lightest of the two handsets. All in all, it’s a worthy successor to the original Droid.

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