Samsung Galaxy S vs. Motorola Droid X – Review

by Jerry D on July 10, 2010

The Droid X has a hard-as-nails fighting record and a win ratio that proves it’s technologically superior to its rivals. Samsung’s Galaxy S certainly has the specs to hold its own against the Motorola phone. But is it good enough to defeat it?

Connectivity:

The connectivity options on the Galaxy S include 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. The Droid X has CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

True pocketability is difficult to quantify. How big is ‘too big’? How big is ‘not quite big enough’? The Galaxy S has dimensions of 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm, while the Droid X is 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm. The Droid X is the bulkier handset of the two. But not by much. And the two phones impress with a thickness of just under 10mm. Drop the pair on the scales and the Samsung Galaxy S grabs a valuable point with a weight of just 119g. The Droid X, in comparison, is 155g. (2-1)

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Camera:

Samsung has built a 5.0 Megapixel lens into the Galaxy S together with features such as autofocus, geo-tagging, touch to focus functionality, face and smile detection and HD video recording. It also features a second, front-facing camera should you want to make any video calls.

The Motorola Droid X boasts better camera technology – an 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, a dual LED flash, mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization, 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording. (2-2)

Screen/keyboard:

Samsung has built the Galaxy S with a generous 4.0-inch touch-sensitive display. The Super AMOLED screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The Droid X’s touch-sensitive LCD display is even bigger, measuring a whopping 4.3 inches. It boasts a higher resolution too, specifically 480 by 854 pixels. (2-3)

Performance:

In terms of usability, the Samsung Galaxy S is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor, clocked at 1GHz. The Droid X has a 1GHz OMAP chip, so both phones should be equally speedy. While Samsung used its own Bada OS on the Wave handset, Android 2.1 (Eclair) is the OS of choice for the Galaxy S. The Droid X also runs Android 2.1, complete with Motorola’s own MotoBlur UI enhancements. (2-3)

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Storage:

The Galaxy S and the Droid X both come with 16GB of memory. The Galaxy S also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 48GB. The Droid X’s overall capacity can be increased to 40GB via its microSD memory card slot. (2-3)

Battery life:

Juiced up overnight, Samsung says that its Galaxy S can deliver 6.5 hours of talktime, while the Droid X is rated at 8.0 hours. Standby time, meanwhile, is quoted as 576 hours and 220 hours respectively The Galaxy S takes the point here and draws the scores level. (3-3)

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Extras:

The Samsung Galaxy S also includes a stereo FM radio (with RDS), GPS/A-GPS satellite navigation and a digital compass. The Droid X trumps the Samsung phone with GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, an HDMI microconnector for HD video output and an LED spotlight (3-4)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Samsung Galaxy S vs. Motorola Droid X   ReviewAs the overall score shows, there’s not much between the two phones. But the Motorola Droid X emerges as the winner of this fight by the narrowest of margins (3-4). Not only does it have the highest-spec camera and the best all-round camera features, it has a higher-resolution display and a 4.3-inch screen that just edges out the Galaxy’s 4.0-inch display.

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