I was not invited to the Droid X media event which took place earlier today, but luckily I had the chance to go hands on with the phone last week. After seeing the device leak on Engadget several days earlier I had lost some of my excitement, but I walked away very impressed with Motorola’s latest Android effort.
The build quality of the Droid X raises the bar from previous Motorola smartphones. It felt a lot more solid than the EVO and I really loved the way the battery door locked in place. The Droid X is the biggest Android phone I have ever held, but it felt lighter and smaller than the EVO in my hand.
I’ve seen some people complaining about the hump on the back of the Droid X, but it fit perfectly in my hand and I think prefer it. I’ve also become accustom to the capacitive touch buttons on HTC phones, but I like that Motorola went with physical buttons on the front of the device. The red dedicated camera button was also a nice touch.
Motoblur has surprisingly disappeared from the Droid X. There is still a custom firmware that has the same looking widgets as Motoblur, but Motorola has stripped away any reference of “Motoblur” from the device. Users are no longer forced to create a Motoblur account when activating the phone, but they can still sign in to all their favorite social networks like previous Motoblur phones.
Performance wise, the Droid X destroys everything we have seen which is currently released. The speedy 1 GHz OMAP3630 processor outperforms a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU and the OMAP has a superior graphics processor. The Droid X will be the best Android gaming device when it is released (until the Galaxy S line hit later this summer). Check out the benchmarks in our Droid 2 hands-on to see how it compares with the original Droid.
I was super nervous playing with this phone, but I filmed a quick hands-on video. You can see I was unprepared by my camera’s indoor white balance setting, but at least I had my EVO with me to do a few size comparisons. The software was still in beta so I chose not to film it. For a proper unboxing, I have included Phil’s video from AndroidCentral.