Feeds

Motorola punts mega huge Droid phone

Are you macho enough?

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

Motorola has released its latest Android offering, the Droid X, and it's one chunky, funky monkey. Which is a good thing.

By chunky, we mean not only its size — big — but also all the tasty bits it contains: a snappy 1GHz TI OMAP3630 processor, hefty 1540 mAh battery, versatile 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash, welcome HDMI port, convenient 8GB of built-in memory coupled with an SD card slot that take up to 32GB more, and enormous 4.3-inch display. More on "enormous" in a moment.

By funky, we mean that its camera set-up gives the Droid X a lumpy-forehead look. While the main body of the handset is more than acceptably thin, the bulky camera and flash unit require a heftier amount of space.

But if the quality of a smartphone's camera is important to you, you may forgive this lumpy shooter's bulgy housing. The camera captures not only 8-megapixel stills with touch-to-focus capability and "shutter" speeds of up to 1/1000th of a second, but also 720p HD video with noise cancellation and special effects such as slo-mo.

Motorola Droid X

Motorola's new Droid X is full-sized and full-featured

But back to "enormous": the Droid X is one big phone — here's a quick comparison of the its specs compared with those of the currently top-of-mind iPhone 4:

  • Size Droid X: 5-by-2.6-by-0.4 inches; iPhone 4: 4.5-by-2.31-by-0.37 inches (127.5-by-65.5-by-9.9mm v. 115.2-by-58.6-by-9.3mm)
  • Weight Droid X: 5.47 ounces; iPhone 4: 4.8 ounces (155g v. 137g)
  • Display Droid X: 4.3 inches diagonal; iPhone 4: 3.5 inches diagonal (109.2mm v. 88.9mm)
  • Resolution Droid X: 854x480; iPhone 4: 960x640

It may seem picky to quibble about an half inch here and two-thirds of an ounce there, but more-petite phone fans may find the Droid X's bulk to be more than they'd want to shoulder — which may be one reason that Moto has positioned the Droid brand as being muy macho.

Motorola Droid X - left side

The 8-megapixel camera requires a bulky bulge — and, yes, that's an HDMI port on the right

But if you're buff enough to tote this phone around all day, it'll reward you with Android 2.1 (scheduled for upgrade to 2.2 in late summer), up to eight hours of talk time and over nine days of standby time, 3G HotSpot tethering capability, and the ability to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

Connecting to a wireless provider over CDMA 800/1900 and EV-DO Rev. A, the Droid X will be available in the US from Verizon beginning July 15 for $199.99 — although that price takes into account a $100 mail-in rebate and a new two-year contract.

And finally, if you're looking for the hardware keyboard of the original Droid, stop looking. It's gone — the Droid X is touchscreen-only. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?