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Motorola Droid X  (Source: Motorola)
Flickering screens and dead pixels reported on Verizon's newest Android device

Just days after launching the Motorola Droid X -- Verizon's non-QWERTY follow-up to the massively successful Motorola Droid -- a few issues have been reported by early adopters, the most serious being a bug with the screen that can render the device useless. Neowin posted videos that demonstrate the issues, which range from flickering screens to vertical stripes of dead pixels. 

A commenter on HowardForums stated that Verizon tech support told him that the Android update currently rolling out to the Droid X will fix the problem.

In response to an Engadget inquiry, Verizon released this statement:

Verizon Wireless and Motorola are aware of a very small number of DROID X units that have experienced a flickering or banding display. Motorola has resolved the issue and is continuing to ship the phones. Any consumer who experiences a flickering or banding display should contact a Motorola customer support center or Verizon Wireless.

Another issue, cited by BoyGeniusReport, seems to be tied to the MOTOBLUR overlay that the Droid X runs and has to do with privacy. On the X, and other devices that run BLUR, deleted text messages and call logs still show up under contacts history. It appears that the only way to completely delete unwanted texts and call history is to perform a master reset on the handset.

These types of issues on mobile devices are not uncommon, but have been receiving a great deal of attention lately thanks to a reception problem with a recent high-profile device. The issues plaguing the Droid X come at an unfortunate time for would-be customers who want to get into an Android device before Verizon implements its rumored tiered data plans.





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