Motorola Droid X vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 – Review

by Jerry D on July 22, 2010

Adding an ‘X’ to the name of your handset gives it an air of excitement and of mystery. It’s a tag that says these are cell phones that are not to be messed with; that they are X times better than any other smartphone. Is the Droid X ready? Is the Xperia X10 ready? Then let this X-factor phone fight begin…

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Connectivity:

Calling the Droid X ‘well-specced’ is like calling an ocean liner ‘a big boat’. Motorola’s mighty handset includes CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity. The X10, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Droid X gets off to a good start, although it’s a slender advantage. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Contrast the two phones and the Droid X measures 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm, while the X10 is 119.0 x 63.0 x 13.0mm in comparison. The Droid X is the bigger phone – it has got a massive display to accommodate after all. But neither the Droid X or the X10 is unwieldy. The former weighs 155g; the latter weighs a mere 135g. The Sony Ericsson phone strikes back. (1-1)

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Camera:

As for photo/video prowess, the Droid X’s 8.0 MP lens features autofocus, a dual LED flash, a mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization and 16:9 image capture. Throw in 720p HD video recording and you’ve got an almost unbeatable specification.

Of course, the X10 also sports an 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, an LED flash, touch focus functionality, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection plus widescreen VGA video capture), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. It does, however, lack any HD support so the Droid grabs the point in this round. (2-1)

Screen/keyboard:

The Droid X features a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The X10′s touch-sensitive LCD display is slightly less roomy (but not by much), measuring a generous 4.0 inches. The screen resolution matches that of the Droid X. Neither phone really has the advantage. (2-1)

Performance:

Speed matters and inside the Droid X there’s a nimble OMAP chip, rated at 1GHz. The X10, meanwhile, boasts a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor. As for software, the Droid X uses Android 2.1 (Eclair – upgradeable to Froyo 2.2) with MotoBlur, while the X10 runs an older version of the Android OS, namely v1.6. (3-1)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

The 16GB-worth of memory in the Droid X trumps the 8GB capacity of the X10. Plug a bigger memory card into the Droid X’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to an impressive 40GB, giving you lots of space for apps, music, video and photos. A microSD slot on the X10 further boosts the overall memory on Sony Ericsson’s phone to 32GB. But the Droid X is superior again. (4-1)

Battery life:

Actual talktime and standby performance will vary. It’s hardly an exact science and is complicated by so many usage factors. But Motorola boasts 8.0 hours of talktime for its Droid X. Interesting because Sony Ericsson also quotes 8.0 hours of chit-chat time for its X10. The standby times are 220 hours for the Droid X and 425 hours for the X10. So the Droid X loses out in this round. (4-2)

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Extras:

Last round and the Xperia X10 can’t make up the deficit. In terms of extra frills, the Droid X also includes GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, an HDMI microconnector (for HD video out) plus an LED spotlight. The X10 features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (5-2)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Motorola Droid X vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10   ReviewThe referee declares the Droid X as the winner of this fight (5-2). As good as bits of the Xperia X10 are, the Droid X is better. Its gorgeous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display is to die for, while its 8MP camera has better all-round features than the Sony Ericsson equivalent. It also boasts double the memory (as standard) the X10 and, amazingly, it’s the thinner of the two phones. Style matters. And the Motorola Droid X has got that in spades.

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