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Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid X priced at $199 after MIR, Google witnessing 160k Android activations per day

We've been talking about the Motorola Droid X for quite some time, but Motorola today officially its latest Android-based smartphone. The Droid X will launch July 15 on Verizon's 3G network and will be priced at $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate (and a two-year contract). For those that don't want to deal with the hassle of a rebate, we're quite certain that some retailers -- like Best Buy -- will offer the phone at $199 without the need for a rebate.

The Droid X features a Texas Instruments OMAP3640 processor running at 1GHz, a 4.3-inch display (480x854), 8MP camera (w/dual LED flashes), HDMI-out, and 720p video capture. When it comes to storage, the Droid X comes with 8GB of storage space onboard and a 16GB microSD is included in the box brining total standard storage capacity to 24GB.

The Droid X will also be able to operate as a 3G "Mobile Hotspot" -- that functionality, however, will cost you an additional $20 per month. Thankfully, Verizon Wireless is continuing to offer its smartphones with an unlimited data plan -- something that AT&T is no longer offering with new smartphone contracts.

The Droid X will ship with Android 2.1. However, Motorola and Google both state that an upgrade to Android 2.2 will be pushed out over-the-air later this summer. 

Tucked in the press release for the Droid X was this little tidbit of information regarding Android sales. According to Andy Rubin, Google's VP of engineering, Android smartphone activations are moving along at a blistering pace.

"It has been an exciting time for Android momentum and global consumer adoption since the announcement of DROID by Motorola nine months ago," said Rubin. "There are 160,000 new Android-powered devices activated daily and Android Market has grown to over 65,000 applications."

In other smartphone news, Apple has announced that white iPhone 4 smartphones will ship in mid-July:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

The iPhone 4 officially launches tomorrow, although some folks received their phones yesterday and many are receiving their phones today.

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Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/23/2010 4:40:17 PM , Rating: 3
I would love to see how this will stack up against the Incredible. Does anyone know how the A8 compares to the scorpion at the same speed?
Also, was there any mention of a physical keyboard and pre-order date?

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/24/2010 11:06:28 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm, nice. To answer most of my own question, no physical keyboard, and this A8 is built on 45nm process so it should use a bit less power, as well as perform very similarly.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By theapparition on 6/24/2010 3:17:43 PM , Rating: 4
Droid X uses the Texas Instruments OMAP 3640 processor.

So you want to know how that stacks up against the competition?
Just preliminary info so far, but in quadrant benchmarks this is the fastest device running Android 2.1........ever.

Faster than Samsungs upcoming processor, faster then iPhone4 (A8), faster by FAR then Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Android 2.2 with native engines will actually make it even faster.
Now what's remaining to be seen is battery life. The specualation right now is that battery life is going to be quite good, expecially comapred to Snapdragon devices, but not as good as iPhone devices.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/25/2010 4:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
The OMAP3640 is the SOC, correct me if I'm wrong, and A8 is the processor.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/25/2010 4:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
Just like the scorpion processor in Qualcomm Snapdragon SOC's. I know what the article says, but the OMAP also has the GPU, display/image signal processor, etc. and all running at different clock speeds. I know the PowerVR GPU can easily beat the Adreno for example, but my question was specifically about the A8 inside this vs. the scorpion in the Incredible, and that could be a different story.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By theapparition on 6/27/2010 7:22:23 PM , Rating: 2
I know what you are saying, but I don't believe the OMAP uses the A8 at all.

You are right that the GPU is far superior. But comparing CPU to CPU is somewhat pointless in a unified device like this. Only thing that matters is overall performance, and that's where OMAP beats Snapdragon hands down.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/28/2010 7:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
Oh okay, I just thought so because of this:
ARM Cortex-A8 superscalar microprocessor core with vector floating-point acceleration

But regardless, good answer, thanks for the info.

By damianrobertjones on 6/24/2010 4:24:49 AM , Rating: 3
Apple are a very, very wise company.

Nearly everyone in the world who owns an iphone has, basically the same damn phone. Everyone who buys an iPhone 4 will then have the same iPhone 4 as every one else.

By adding 'one' additional premium colour, the masses will look in awe as someone walks past with a 'White' iphone. They will thus sell a boat load of WHite phones just so peoples 'ePeen' can seem bigget than others.

"I have an iPhone 4!"
"But I have a WHITE iPhone 4"


By HakonPCA on 6/24/2010 11:37:49 AM , Rating: 2
reminds me of: "sneetches on beaches, with stars upon thars"

Maybe we found the real S.Jobs: Slyvester Mcmonkey Mcbean LOL
First one that came up in my seach was a 'gangster' version

By HakonPCA on 6/24/2010 12:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
in all seriousness

-Apple has expensive products
-They are generally sleek from the outside, small form factor
-Apple has many followers who will buy anything Apple
-They do have amazing customer service, not talking about the 'genius bar', if you call in, you get an actual person within 1 min - and many people are willing to pay for that. And pay they do.

I don't own an apple product, not a fan of itunes but looking at the iPhone 4 v EVO or something else in a couple months for an upgrade.

By bill4 on 6/24/2010 12:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
You are shortsighted, only one model is actually a pretty strong weakness of Apple, and one reason why theyre losing smartphone share.

With Droid, there's a hundred different phones to fit every niche. With Apple, there's one phone. One size fits all. Doesn't always work. Want a 4.3" iPhone? too bad. Apple has to make the iPhone a small size for the mass market, so you get a 3.5" screen only. This could extend to dozens of other features as well. There's only one feature set on iPhone, whereas some droid phones have slideout keyboards, etc.

I expect oneday Apple might at least come out with "small" and "large" versions of the iPhone to attack that problem at least somewhat.

By Azathot on 6/29/2010 12:48:18 AM , Rating: 2
"I have an iPhone 4!"
"But I have a WHITE iPhone 4"

"I have an HDMI output and a bigger screen... suck it, Apple fanbois!"

fix'd =0)

The article should have also mentioned...
By mcnabney on 6/23/2010 3:44:24 PM , Rating: 2
that there is Froyo-love coming to the existing lineup of Androids. I am guessing that the native Android, Droid, will get it first with the Blur and Sense equiped handsets following behind by a few weeks.
Still it is the gift that keeps on giving. I bought my Droid in November and the device has gained new sets of features every few months and that isn't even mentioning the android marketplace. 65k? Damn, a 6x increase in just half of a year.

RE: The article should have also mentioned...
By MindParadox on 6/23/2010 4:22:02 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, its for this very reason, along with the fact that Verizon isnt capping their data service for smart phones, and that the best droid phones are on Verizon, that im leaving AT&T.

i just hope that the Verizon service is as good as AT&T's is here in atlanta :P havent used verizon since they charged me 7k for one single phone call back in 01. had to take em to court over that :P

By mcnabney on 6/23/2010 4:39:30 PM , Rating: 2
Consumer Reports has rated AT&T last in the Atlanta market and Verizon first. I am going to guess that you will be happy, however wireless is still wireless. You will need some degree of line of sight.

If you still have that screwed-up bill you should take it with you. Don't mention the lawsuit, just say you left and that this was why. I bet the store would get a big laugh out of that, might even throw you a bone/deal.

Also, Verizon is rolling LTE out starting some time in 4Q. I have no idea when Atlanta will get it, but you just know there will be all kinds of awesome devices to capitalize on real 4G this time next year. If you have a moderately good plan I think they let the primaries upgrade every twelve months or so....

By SSDMaster on 6/23/2010 4:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
The Nexus One already got it.

By bill4 on 6/24/2010 12:07:00 PM , Rating: 1
Thankfully, Verizon Wireless is continuing to offer its smartphones with an unlimited data plan -- something that AT&T is no longer offering with new smartphone contracts.

Once again a bit of liberal media spin here. I for one welcome the cheaper ATT 200MB package. I'm betting I could get by with that most of the time, and save myself $15 a month. Does Verizon offer me that option? Nope, sure dont.

2Gb is also essentially unlimited for any use I could see myself doing, so in essence I see it as unlimited ATT vs unlimited Verizon, only ATT is 5 bucks cheaper now.

Just sayin.

RE: Re
By Azathot on 6/29/2010 12:58:45 AM , Rating: 2
First of all... this is not the place for comments like "liberal spin", you jerk off... keep the politics to the political websites. The site says "Daily Tech"... not "Daily OMG OMG OMG I LOVE RUSH LIMBAUGH <333333".

Second. I'm glad you use your smart phone to check your email every once in a while, send the occasional text message, and maybe check the latest headlines from fox news... and speaking of news, here's a news flash for you.

Some of us top 10 to 15 GIGABYTES per month... as an average... so unlimited data plans are our bread and butter.

"Liberal spin" indeed... first you need to understand a little about the subject being discussed... then you can open your mouth...

Damn I want one of these 4.3" phones
By bill4 on 6/24/2010 11:57:32 AM , Rating: 2
It sucks because one of my primary uses will be at work, and I work in a warehouse with lots of physical work and 12 hour shifts. Putting these giant phones in my pocket is a no go (my brother has an Evo, so I have hands on). Heck honestly, the Nexus One is pushing it sizewise for me at work.

The other thing is I work in a huge metal building. Only ATT (the worst network according to the liberal media, ironically) gets strong signal in there.

I guess I'm just whining, it sucks I cant have these gorgeous 4.3" phones, I want one! If I just didn't have a work issue, I think the size would be ok for everyday casual life. I could deal with it.

Droid X wallpaper
By Lazarus Dark on 6/25/2010 8:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
That wallpaper is sexy. I want it for my original Droid.

By MindParadox on 6/23/2010 4:30:07 PM , Rating: 2
Closed platforms, like iOS, are more secure and safer.

actually, thats not true in 100% of cases. now, you could have said "closed platforms, like iOS allow more people to become more stupid than ever and shut off their minds assuming others will make them safer" and yep, that would be true

as quite a few comments to the story that you linked about spyware state, its FUD, in other words, bullcrap. your email program you use "might" be spyware! ya know, cause in most cases you can automate the signatures or phrases to be included with your emails, and then even schedule emails to be sent out at specific times, and since you dont specify the number of emails to send, how do you know it doesnt just slip a few in there all by itself?

alternately, who gives a rats arse about the payouts being less than the Big Fruits app store? hmm? does that give you money or something? didnt think so

hell, linux doesnt pay anyone ANYTHING to create apps for it, yet people do all the time. same goes for the indie developers for windows machines, those people arent paid to create freeware apps, they did it cause they wanted to, and hey, if someone gives em money, bonus!

bet you can find freeware for the mac os too, and you WOULD be able to find it for the iOS as well, if they didnt REQUIRE apps to cost money(i could be wrong about that, but thats what ive heard from friends who use the iphone)

so sorry, go regenerate and post somewhere else, troll

By mcnabney on 6/23/2010 4:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
Steve Jobs, ergh, I mean Reader1 is hysterical! A huge number of apps for Android are available for fee, but their identicle form with Apple costs a few bucks.

Reader1 is a 'happy cow' that is looking forward to graduating from Bovine University.

By Shadowself on 6/23/2010 5:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
and you WOULD be able to find it for the iOS as well, if they didnt REQUIRE apps to cost money(i could be wrong about that, but thats what ive heard from friends who use the iphone)

Apple does not require apps to cost money. A significat fraction of the apps for the iOS are free.

There are many, many, many things for which you can fault Apple, the iPhone, iOS and especially AT&T, but claiming Apple requires people to pay for all apps for the iOS is not one of them.

By MindParadox on 6/25/2010 5:33:59 AM , Rating: 2
thanks for the correction, i thought that sounded over the top, even for apple :P

By SkullOne on 6/23/2010 4:41:22 PM , Rating: 1
Any application you install could have spyware hidden in it. Apple certainly doesn't have time to examine the source code line by line. Even your beloved iTunes app store can have scary stuff hidden in it. At least with Android we know what the application is going to access. On iPhone you don't know squat.

If I see an application I want and it says it can access my Contacts or something else it doesn't need...guess what? It doesn't get installed. The weak link is still the user. If you install something you have to give that application permission to run on your phone.

By MozeeToby on 6/23/2010 5:01:53 PM , Rating: 5
When you install in app on a Droid phone you are shown what things it does and doesn't have access to. These flags are also used to generate the encryption key in such a way that they cannot be changed later without completely reinstalling the app, which would again require the user to acknowledge what the app does and doesn't have access to. So, only apps that have access sensitive data could be spyware, and as the user you know which apps those are. Contrast that to your computer, where every application has access to nearly every file and device on your system.

The article that the OP is talking about is pure FUD, and the authors of the article knew it when they wrote it. If you take a look, you'll see that they just happen to be a software company that has created a security program for Android; no conflict of interest there at all.

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