Motorola Droid X vs. Palm Pre Plus – Review

by Jerry D on July 22, 2010

The Droid X is providing the most credible alternative to Apple’s iPhone 4, HTC’s Incredible and the new, exceedingly lovely Samsung Galaxy S. Of course Motorola’s phone is better than Palm’s compact Pre Plus. But how many times better? This fight should rack up a decent score…

Connectivity:

Consult the spec sheet of the Droid X and you’ll find CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, three-way 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, plus Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP as the core connectivity options. Palm’s Pre Plus, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Run the hard numbers on these two phones and the Droid X is a decent 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm handset. While Palm’s phone lives in its shadow with measurements of 100.5 x 59.5 x 16.9mm. The Pre Plus is obviously the smaller phone here. It’s also the lighter of the two, but not by as much as you might think. The Droid X weighs 155g, whereas the Pre Plus is only 17g lighter at 138g. (1-1)

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Camera:

First, let’s examine the Droid X, which packs a 8.0 Megapixel camera and numerous extras that include: autofocus, a dual LED flash, mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization and 16:9 image capture. There’s also the lure of 720p HD video recording. Despite having a good LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture, the Pre Plus’s 3.15 Megapixel camera drops points here. (2-1)

Screen/keyboard:

The Droid X features a huge, touch-sensitive LCD display, measuring 4.3 inches across with a quoted resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. At only 3.1 inches, the Pre Plus’s touch-sensitive LCD screen has far less room and web browsing isn’t as luscious an experience. Its 320 x 480 pixel resolution is no match for the Motorola display either, but it does boast a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that’s a good alternative to the virtual keypad on the hulking Droid. (3-1)

Performance:

These days, speed is crucial. Inside the Pre Plus beats the heart of a 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. The Droid X has a much speedier OMAP chip, which zips along at 1GHz. Motorola’s phone uses Android 2.1, which will eventually embrace an upgrade to the ‘Froyo’ 2.2 software. Motorola’s own MotoBlur enhancements are also bolted on, but aren’t a huge selling point.

Palm uses its own webOS on the Pre Plus, which is versatile and extremely capable, if criminally under-supported by app builders. (5-1)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

You’ll find that 16GB is the default storage capacity for both of these phones. Crucially, however, the Droid X also features a microSD slot to boost the overall storage to a far roomier 40GB. Like Apple’s iPhones, Palm didn’t build an expansion slot into the Pre Plus, so 16GB is the maximum capacity. (6-1)

Battery life:

Battery performance will vary (often wildly), but Motorola’s spec sheet lists 8.0 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to a disappointing 4.0 hours for the Palm Pre Plus. As for standby time, the phones can last for 220 hours and 350 hours respectively. (7-1)

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Extras:

Wrapping things up, the Droid X also includes GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, an HDMI microconnector (for easy HD video out), plus an LED spotlight for illuminating your mobile movies. The Pre Plus features onboard PowerVR SGX graphics, GPS/A-GPS and the multi-tasking functionality that first made it stand out amongst the smartphone crowd. (8-1)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Motorola Droid X vs. Palm Pre Plus   ReviewIt should come as no surprise that Droid X emerges as the winner of this particular fight (8-1). In Android, it has the most versatile OS, with over 50,000 apps available for download. Rubbing salt into the Pre Plus’ wounds, it also boasts the highest-spec camera (and the best all-round imaging/video features), a huge high-resolution display and a superb build quality.

Sadly, the Pre Plus feels like yesterday’s phone; dated and technologically inferior to the latest breed of super-smart cell phones.

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