A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.
photo © 2010 þä½ | more info (via: Wylio)This past Summer, Verizon was running a promotion called the Droid Landing. In select cities across the US, the company would send out GPS coordinates showing where you could find a Droid X of your very own. I was at the Nashville event, running frantically to get my hands on one and missed it by mere moments.
Shortly after the event, Verizon was kind enough to lend us an X for a short-term review. At the time, I stated that the X didn’t feel as solid as the original Droid, and I still agree with that statement. However, after using it for over 2 months now, I’m completely sold on the X as the best phone in Verizon’s lineup.
Age is the killer of any technology. Almost immediately after I bought my Droid, I wanted a faster phone. The X, in 6 months, still feels as new as it did the day that I took it out of the box. So far, there isn’t an application in the Android Market that has made it choke or even feel sluggish. With the somewhat recent 2.2 upgrade, it’s even faster than when I first reviewed it.
I’m still not a huge fan of the Motorola extras, but some of the widgets are useful. One thing that has annoyed me, though, is that Google Voice text messaging wants to signal me both in Google Voice and in the Text Messaging application. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get that to change. Eventually, I just turned off notifications for the standard texts and ignored the problem, but that’s not an answer.
Photo quality on the X has stood the test of time, as well. I haven’t yet found an Android phone that bests the shots that come out of it. The Galaxy S line came close, but there’s something that’s simply more refined about the X’s pictures. I can’t, however, say the same for video. If you’re doing video outdoors, in bright light, it’s brilliant. Take it in any other conditions and you’ll be left wanting. However, it’s worthy of mention that the X does do amazingly-accurate video of things in stage lighting. It’s perplexing, but true.
Given that my phone is a demo, I haven’t bothered to keep a case or screen protector on it. While I’m gentle with my devices, accidents happen, but the X has nary a scratch on body or screen. Given my initial reservations about the phone, it’s good to see that Moto has kept a solidly-built device.
So where does that leave us, counting highs and lows? I still recommend the Droid X on an almost daily basis. If you’re on Verizon, or thinking about heading over, then it’s the phone you need to buy. The Galaxy S would hold that title had Verizon chosen to keep Google on it, but removing Google from a Google phone is a sin that no Android buyer should forgive.
If y ou’re in the market to buy a new phone today, then the X is the one that you need. If you can wait, I would. We have it on pretty decent authority that you’ll want to see what comes out at CES, as a new HTC and Motorola LTE line of LTE devices should be coming soon. However, you have to ask yourself whether spending that money is wise, or if you’d just be throwing it away.
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