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Motorola Droid X: The Cadillac Escalade of smartphones

Motorola Droid X

If you thought the HTC EVO 4G was huge, wait until you see the Motorola Droid X. This comprehensive photo gallery includes an unboxing of the Droid X as well as size comparisons with the EVO, iPhone, and BlackBerry Bold.

For a full review of the Droid X, see:
Motorola Droid X review: Everything you need to know

Photo credit: Jason Hiner / TechRepublic

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59 comments
Cerebral*Origami
Cerebral*Origami

The pictures are great but what I'd really like to see is a side-by-side comparison of specs, apps, pluses and minuses.

rsmith
rsmith

It's a boat anchor compared to the Incredible. I am disappointed that my work BB seems to have more bars. BOO-HOO

tbennett
tbennett

What happen to the Keyboard????

jefferyp2100
jefferyp2100

So "Cadillac Escalade" was not meant to be an insult?

thisaintmyemail
thisaintmyemail

I just want a Viliv N5 and my cheap $50 contact phone w/ Bluetooth. That's all I need.

bear_it999
bear_it999

If you'd put an object of known dimensions, (like a coin or a pencil), in some of your shots, we could easily derive how big the phone is and how big the size differences between phone models really is. I for one like the idea of a phone with a bigger screen. After all, if we're asking our phones to do more than just make calls, the screen real estate is a big factor. P.S. - The images of the iPhone laying on top of the Droid was just wrong on so many levels. ;)

danekan
danekan

what about the size of Droid vs Droid X?

gbjdb
gbjdb

Anyone else spot that the iPhone is ahead of them all - by 2 or 3 minutes??

WIBaldwin
WIBaldwin

Let me see if I have this right... when cell phones came out they were the size of common brick and that is why they were called "brick" phones, they also had a large bag of accessories. Over a few short decades the cell phone was miniturized to the point where normal sized fingers couldn't operate it and it was easily lost in your pocket. Now we are turning around and saying bigger is better? First the EVO comes out touting the larget screen, now the Motorola has the largest screen. What is the next step? A full sized keyboard for texting? Maybe a large bag in which to carry accessories?

Dzmitry Z
Dzmitry Z

In the past, cell phones were big and eventually became smaller and smaller... Today, they are getting bigger and bigger!

LRGL
LRGL

Okee it is marvelous, but tell what do we that have an older vershon of motorola (Cliq) can profit from this new development. Is there some interchangebility so we can upgrade or do we have to buy the latest.

rgaudette
rgaudette

Why is the IPhone 4 clock time always 2-3 minutes off from the others? I'm liking the Droid X.

DarkEnjinu
DarkEnjinu

This looks like a promising replacement to the Iphone for me, As long as the phone has the flexibility of various applications to use and a good battery life. Oh yea and lets not forget a signal formula that actually give the reception you are actually getting!!!

dhearne
dhearne

Smartphones are mostly toys, with the exception of the blackberry, which is too clunky to be fun. Yeah, yeah...argue all you want. I'm not the one browsing for new lightsaber apps during a meeting

rick
rick

Big and bulky! Why doesn't anyone mention the HTC Incredible? Mine still lives up to its name!

dirtylaundry
dirtylaundry

My samsung alias died a few months ago - the flip twist design, web and compact full qwerty was my first ever non-dummy phone and I had it for 5 yrs....had no idea what I was going to do because I love the physical keyboard...the phone gods answered my prayers in the LG Ally - my first ever smart phone. Now that I have one and understand the geek appeal, I drool like every other android OS fangirl with each new gizmo that comes out. I have tried the v-keyboards and still love the physical ones. If they came out with a Droid X w a physical kb, then I would get extremely excited ;)

coolmark82
coolmark82

It seems to me that the droid is superior than the iPhone in many ways including a larger screen, no antenna flaws, and other things we may not know about or are discovering as we speak. I only want to stick with the iPhone just because of it's built-in iPod feature, but if the droid offers that, then maybe i will consider the droid. I do like the iPod touch because it's touchscreen, it has a large screen, and because it is very thin. I hope the droid can do the same as the iPhone, but better.

JohnOver
JohnOver

I sure read it that way! No way I'd drive it... But I WOULD (or should I say WILL) drive the X.

russ
russ

The Verizon phone is correct. Verizon and Sprint (and USCellular) mobile phones and basesites use CDMA which uses GPS timing ...accurate to the microsecond. AT&T phones (such as iPhone) will display a time set by operator or by the phone user and are often "off" by a minute or two give or take.

FAST!!!
FAST!!!

I love it! So what time is it???

Mirthen
Mirthen

I've packed a smartphone daily for about 5 years. The first ones were like carrying a small brick in your pocket. The keyboards were often clunky and some of them were great at everything but being a phone. The iphone started the screen real estate batttle because a large screen is better for all the cool new apps and browsing the internet. It appears this new Moto X is approaching the limit of what will fit comfortably in a pocket but I don't think it's exceeded it. If you carry one of these you've probably found out that it's not the HxW demensions that make it uncomfortable in a front pocket but the thickness. I think that's why the pictures go to great lenghts to show that it is no thicker than a HTC Incredible. I've always had good luck with Motorola phones, not something I can say for any other brand. I'm not going to line up for hours to get one but ... I'd like to try it.

rprivett
rprivett

It's not your cell phone getting bigger, it's your PC getting smaller. Plus, you can make calls on it. :)

cnieves
cnieves

remember when the fashion statement was to make a call on a cell phone the size of a domino! how time flies.

jbaumaster
jbaumaster

This is not a cell phone, it's a smart phone, in essence a small portable computer. And, yes, I want bigger screen to view my documents, spreadsheets and web contect on.

willy_uk
willy_uk

...they reference different servers for the time. (Assuming Apple set the time automatically like Android does, and I can't imagine them not doing that) Someone, somewhere, has been sloppy with setting the time on the system. :p

boplatt
boplatt

I guess the iPhone always has to be ahead of the rest.

amm
amm

They are toys to some, business necessities to others. That can be said of a lot of things, don't you think? Are computers toys? Some people use them for work; others use them for gaming. I rely on my smartphone heavily for my email, calendar, notepad, tasklist, password manager for multiple servers and websites, and on the rare occasion, document editing. Sure I play around and waste time on it as well. The devices are what you make of them.

Mirthen
Mirthen

I use my smartphone 80% for business. I get my companies Exchange email, calandar and contacts without which I would have to pack a laptop everywhere I go. Currently I have a droid Eris but have had a HTC Ozone, several Q's and a Samsung which I forgot what model it was. I have relied heavly on them for my job as an Systems Engineer. I will say that, IF you're serious about using them for business, they are not a beginner project (less so all the time - but still). You have to put some effort into setting them up and learning their capabilities if they are going work for you rather than the other way around.

cnieves
cnieves

i have my exchange mail on it. addresses and calendar. i can change appointments in the fly and the managers calendars at the office get updated automatically. web access helps for directions, information weather, flight delays and tracking and banking. it makes time on a waiting line fly by. plus read enwspapers from us and pr. do not need laptop 90 percent of the time. and plays music and takes pictures if i need to (normally have a nikon for that) and i love to listen to the FM radio stations on it. it is nice to have. once you have it it kind of helps life a little bit.

willy_uk
willy_uk

I'm not a business user. I could quite easily do my job without a smartphone, and until a week ago I did exactly that. However, since I've had my HTC Desire work has been different. A few apps from the marketplace have made it into my working day already and being able to look up a phone number that I need, find directions when I'm lost, keep track of my deadlines and appointments, call, text, email and more still all on a single device has been a revelation. While I do have a few games on there as time-killers (who doesn't, really?) I've not downloaded a lightsaber app! :p The missus has a blackberry, and while it's a handy bit of kit, I find it far more clunky than Android. There would be no question of getting a blackberry - except maybe for the battery life. That's the one thing that gets me down about smart- (or rather, super-) phones like this. Then again, shutting most things down stretches my batter more than long enough to get through the day.

markh@yorkwater.com
markh@yorkwater.com

What you're saying about smart phones is true but not for everyone. For a lot of people smart phones are just cool toys, but the business side is front and center for me and many others. I had a blackberry, then a moto Q, and I just switched to an EVO about a month ago. I would never go back. My day to day uses: business/personal email and automated alerts from work servers; calendar and calendar alerts; and secure remote connections to work desktops and servers. I'm also reading a book with the new Kindle app for android. I use it to check the weather and a scoreboard from time to time. Probably some other stuff that I'm not thinking of. These machines work well for real work. Really.

david.laur
david.laur

i "almost" agree, but i am getting the X simply because droid "speech to text" works much better than any speech recognition software i have seen in a portable device. the X will have that available in ANY TEXT field. so who cares about the drawbacks of virtual keyboards??

robertog169
robertog169

I agree with you Dirty... A physical KB would make this a no-brainer for me as I currently have the Droid Milestone and I couldn't deal with a virtual KB. The only thing that might make me think twice would be if SWYPE was somehow incorporated into the Droid. Please dont take away the physical KB in future Droids!

JackOfMostTrades
JackOfMostTrades

Google "Droid 2" It's the actual successor to the first Droid, complete with physical keyboard. It's not as big and ostentatious as the X, which is really Moto's fork of the Droid name to get into to the slatephone market. It should have similar goodness under the hood, though. Think BMW X5 vs. the Escalade. Also, rumors say that the Droid 2 is going to be the first Android phone to come with Android 2.2 "FroYo" preinstalled. I'm considering it myself.

joetron2030
joetron2030

So, does that mean the Droid X is "lumbering" and "ostentatious"? Because when I hear/read "Cadillac Escalade", those are the two descriptions that immediately pop into my head... Oops, this wasn't intended as a reply to the first comment. Sorry 'bout that.

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agoodspeed
agoodspeed

Considering there are more than one web automic clocks that could be referenced to provide the exact time.

willy_uk
willy_uk

While it's not there out-of-the-box, my HTC Desire (and I suppose just about any recent Android phone) has voice to text on any text input box. It just took a quick install and a setting change and it's golden. My northern English accent seems to puzzle it sometimes, but I'm learning how to speak to it in order to make myself understood now. I suppose all I'm saying is there's no need to consider this just because of the "any text field" point... of course, if you like it for other reasons too - go right ahead... :D I've found the Desire's virtual keyboard to be remarkably easy to use (and I expected to really struggle with it for a while) and though I can type very quickly and have it correct my spelling even when I miss L and hit J (for example) or worse, I find voice to text to be quicker, even when I have to go back and make corrections. It's mind-blowing technology for someone who's last "new" phone was a Nokia 3310 (it might have been a 5210 actually, but I think that one was a hand-me-down).

kylehutson
kylehutson

Go ahead and think twice - the Droid X is being shipped with Swype.

yobtaf
yobtaf

iPhone G4 - the Porsche of smart phones

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

an oversized luxury vehicle

skieaskhell
skieaskhell

In the iPhone lineup, much like the issue with holding the phone a certain way and their "incorrect" algorithm in determining signal strength.

lancetn2
lancetn2

...that you are in education.

gueibor
gueibor

It's akin to the Secret Masonic Handshake. It opens doors, I'm tellin' you!

yobtaf
yobtaf

But you'll need tweezers.

yobtaf
yobtaf

Go play with yourself.

cnieves
cnieves

steve jobs favorite car. is what he bought when he released the apple II computer. but porsche radio does not lose the stations when you put your hands on the steering wheel. well you can always hold it the way steve tells you. in that way you will not lose any calls.

Mirthen
Mirthen

He just pointed out a serious iphone short coming for which there is no excuse. So in typical Appleboy response you call him a 10 year old and throw the phallic card???? Who is it that needs to grow up?

yobtaf
yobtaf

How old are you, 10? And this is the school play yard. "My phone is bigger than your phone"

bnonnemann
bnonnemann

Something that will fail to perform well under trying circumstances, like putting your hand on the phone?

GAGYRO
GAGYRO

Kiddies, as in 'mine is bigger than yours...Na Na Na Na Na....Na!.'

Fyrewerx
Fyrewerx

Forbes put the Escalade on the "Worst Automobiles on the Road" list. Hopefully, the phones fare better.

number5thetoad
number5thetoad

It is indeed a wise thing to practice conservation with the intent for the betterment of your surroundings or to save money, there is a hidden agenda in todays "going Green" philosophy. and that is to squeeze as much money from consumers as possible just be cause you have green on the label of your product. Well said sir, I would much rather put my family in the safety of a large soldly built vehicle than some rinky dink toy electric car that is overpriced.

psmith
psmith

If one wants a road SUV, the Escalade is just the top end, it has all the features and has them all in abundance. If you're not buying SUV, but economy instead, go for the Cricket. "Quantity has a quality all its own." - Stalin I am SO tired of all the GBS...(Green Bulls*t)...small is beautiful blah, blah.

Mirthen
Mirthen

... a fully functional, go anywhere MICRO-Computer.