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DROID X Unboxing and Review

Hey all, just a few days ago we got our hands on the, soon to be released, all new Motorola DROID X from Verizon Wireless. Check out our unboxing video below to see it in action. The MotorolA DROID X is sporting a vibrant 4.3-inch WVGA display, with an 8 megapixel camera and 720p video recording with dual-LED flash. It comes stocked with Google’s Android 2.1 Platform with some currently Verizon specific Apps such as NFL Mobile and Skype Mobile all running on a snappy 1GHZ OMAP Processor. In the retail box you will get the phone, a micro usb cable and an AC adapter for charging to use So Lets get into it:

First the unboxing video for your viewing pleasure.
Network:

The Motorola DROID X is going to be available on the Verizon Wireless network which provides reliable 3G coverage across the country. The EVDO rev. A speeds coupled with the 1GHZ process are enough for doing just about anything you want on this device in a snappy manner.
Body/Hardware:

DROID X comes in a form factor known as a Touch Tablet or more commonly referred to as a “Slate Device.” The sleek design has just one little obtrusive hump that does not cause to much alarm. It has a 4.3-inch TFT display (480×854 resolution), weighs 155 grams, and is 65.5x 127.5×9.9cm (HxWxD). It sports a Micro USB port for charging & data transfer as well as a Mirco HDMI port for watching those HD DROID X filmed video on an HD television. The packed with Bluetooth, Wifi (802.11 n), aGPS (assisted), sGPS (simultaneous), 3.5 mm headset jack, and an ample amount of memory to start off with 8GB of on board memory and a pre-installed 16GB MicroSD card included with phone (24GB total). It is also equipped with built in accelerometer which has become standard in smartphones as well as a proximity and ambient light sensor. The 8-megapixel camera is producing great still pictures and we will be comparing the 720p HD 30fps video recording to some of the competition to the DROID X. The battery is listed as having nearly 8 hours of usage time and up to 220 hours of standby time in a standard 1540 mAh Li ion rechargeable battery. We will put those battery statistics to the test.

The  device is capable of having expandable memory of up to 32GB of memory in Micro-SD card form, but unfortunately the card is not “hot-swappable,” which means you will have to take out the battery to get to interchange cards and that can be quite a bit irritating.

The 4 buttons which have become a staple on almost all devices running Android come on the DROID X as tactile hardware buttons unlike the buttons we see on most Android devices which are touch panel based.

We also have a 3-microphone recording and a Motorola retain a dedicated hardware camera button for their newest Android devices, unlike HTC who seems to prefer the on screen button to access the camera. Now the design though magnificently thin in most of its design does bulk up near the top of the device which gives it a bit of a hump that can look unattractive.

Software Capabilities:

DROID X has some Verizon Apps available out of the box such as, Back-up Assistant, Verizon Media Manager, My Verizon, Visual Voice Mail, NFL Mobile, and Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless. The new user interface that Motorola has created on this device leaves a bit lacking, but it is a great advancement to catching up to HTC and their Sense UI, and leaving the stale plain old stock Google UI behind. We have pinch to zoom right out of the box unlike the previous Motorola Droid. Now, for those wondering, yes the DROID X will be capable of Corporate Exchange sync of contacts, calendars, and emails. You can choose to use the standard selection of keyboard or go try out the new Swype craze that comes pre-installed as an optional keyboard. Verizon Wireless will be offering the capability of using the DROID X as a mobile hotspot for an additional $20 a month for 2GB tethering feature; which is in addition to your monthly required data rate of $30 for on device data that will continue to remain unlimited on the device.
Conclusion:

In all, this device appears to be physically and internally ready to join the league of powerful smartphones…the question is, will it stand a chance with the more powerful Sprint 4G HTC EVO and the most popular Apple iPhone 4 already heating up the smartphone runway of sales.

Learn more the author of this post:

Solomon Massele
Solomon is our Senior Managing Editor here at TekGoblin and he is also a columnist for Best Buy Mobile Magazine. He has been a technology enthusiast for years and currently contributes to companies such as TekGoblin, Best Buy Mobile Magazine, and others in the past such as SPJ Reviews. You can keep up with his updates on Twitter at @iceman7679 and his visual tech related reviews on YouTube at www.youtube.com/iceman7679. He loves everything tech, and talking about it!
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