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  (Source: Engadget)
Engadget plays with Motorola's latest handset

Motorola launched a massive ad blitz with the original Droid and has been rewarded with healthy sales of the smartphone. The device was one of the firm's first Android smartphones and Motorola is now fielding several Android devices with more to come.

The next iteration of the Droid is called the Droid X. The Droid X has already been treated to a hands-on photo-snapping extravaganza this month. Now,
Engadget has landed an exclusive preview of the device after getting to play with it for a few hours. The Droid X is expected to land on June 23 at Verizon.

Engadget reports that the handset looks a bit like the HTC EVO 4G at a glance, but close inspection shows its longer and wider than the already large EVO 4G. The heft of the smartphone does make for a bulging pocket if you slip it into your jeans reports Engadget.

The screen of the handset is 4.4-inches and has a resolution of 854 x 480. It uses capacitive touch technology and supports gestures. 
Engadget's handset was running Android 2.1 with a new version of Blur over the top. The new version of Blur is described as "not so in your face" as the other version of the UI.

The 8-megapixel camera records 720p HD video and taking still shots with the camera has a caveat. Apparently, you have to tap the screen to focus the camera and it won’t refocus until you actually hit the shutter and snap the image. The camera button is also said to be very stiff, forcing lots of blur in photos from the act of pressing the button.
Performance is described as "snappy" and 
Engadget reckons the CPU is a 1GHz AMAP3630, which is faster than was previously reported.

Official specs for the Motorola X should come closer to launch.



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RE: Droids
By McGixxer on 6/16/2010 9:56:37 AM , Rating: 4
Really?

The world doesn't revovle around which phone is better. Some people like iPhone some people like android, Why-T-F everyone has to worry about which phone is better is beyond me.


RE: Droids
By quiksilvr on 6/16/2010 10:00:34 AM , Rating: 4
Because consumers are fickle and constantly need to be reassured by their purchase?


RE: Droids
By Bateluer on 6/16/2010 10:04:11 AM , Rating: 3
Android phone buyers don't line up around the block to buy a device that was obsolete before it was even announced.


RE: Droids
By T2k on 6/16/2010 10:37:34 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, they just go online or to the store and buy their phones, no need for Commie-style, fake hype, generated by the marketing dept and a ready-to-serve media, written by shills with no journalistic credentials whatsoever.

Did I mention Android outsells iPhone by far...?


RE: Droids
By ElderTech on 6/16/2010 7:40:31 PM , Rating: 3
Kiddies, the mobile phone is simply a device to generate traffic and ultimately income for the provider. This means the manufacturer, as with Android devices, the wireless network provider, or the OS and intellectual property provider. To this end, based on market cap, Apple is clearly the current winner, and since they totally control two out of three income streams, and certainly a large percentage of the third, they're likely to continue this progression. Frankly, the primary obstacle to their continued success is government intervention based on fair trade practices violations.

As to the proficiency of the hardware, I certainly agree with one of the prior posters opinion that it's essentially "different strokes for different folks". And in spite of the constant criticism of Apple's hardware and AT&T's wireless system, the proof is in the pudding of customer purchases. With a reported pre-order of 600,000 iPhone 4s, which is 10 times that of the iPhone 3Gs, it's hard to say this won't be another resounding success.

Finally, as a disclaimer, the only Apple device I currently own is an iPod Nano, which I purchased for the small size to use as an FM receiver while jogging, with the necessary FM accessory, of course. Frankly, I'm really not much of an Apple fan, but it's difficult to fault their financial and, in many areas, technical success.


RE: Droids
By amanojaku on 6/16/2010 10:48:10 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
The world doesn't revovle around which phone is better.
Very true. If that was the case the original iPhone would have been DOA due to its high price, lack of features, and poor build quality (the iPhone 4 has a completely redesigned antenna; the first three models couldn't have been that good). The price drop and enhancements render a lot of these arguments moot, but technically "better" is not always "better" in the eyes of the typical consumer.


RE: Droids
By DanNeely on 6/16/2010 11:18:02 AM , Rating: 3
"If you buy a phone because 'it says something about my personality', you don't have one. A mental disease perhaps, but not a personality." -- some guy on the internet.


RE: Droids
By SSDMaster on 6/16/2010 11:22:49 AM , Rating: 3
Why are you reading a tech site if new phone specs and an extra .5 inch display width doesn't excite you? Your in the wrong place dude.... o_O


RE: Droids
By GuinnessKMF on 6/16/2010 8:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
The extra size without an appropriate increase in screen resolution actually disappoints me. Pixel density and screen real-estate are high up on my list, and this is lacking.


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