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Motorola Droid X  (Source: Motorola)
The Droid X may be hard to find in some areas

The smartphone wars are hot right now with Android devices starting to take over the market and the Apple iPhone continuing to burn up the sales charts. While the iPhone remains shackled to AT&T for now, Android devices are available on all major carriers and many of the smaller regional carriers as well.

One of the latest Android devices to land on the market is the Motorola Droid X that launched officially today. The Droid X has been previewed and had its share of hands on treatments already so most buyers know exactly what the phone can do.

The Droid X is selling for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement. The Android device operates on the 3G network Verizon owns and has a gigantic screen that will make some iPhone users jealous. The big display measures a generous 4.3-inches. Other features of the handset include an 8-megapixel camera and the ability to record HD video.

On-board memory for the Droid X is 8GB with a 16GB microSDHC card shipping with the handset. Along with the launch of the Droid X is a new 32GB microSDHC card that is a Verizon Wireless exclusive from SanDisk. Buyers of the Droid X who also get the 32GB microSDHC card at the same time will get $50 off the price of the memory card and bring the total storage capacity of the Droid X to 40GB. With the discount, the 32GB memory card will cost $99.

Verizon is also allowing all current customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010 to upgrade to the Droid X with no penalties.

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I was about to buy this
By macemoneta on 7/15/2010 9:47:01 AM , Rating: 3
I was about to buy this when I saw an article this morning on the self-destruct if you try to use a different ROM image:

The ability to modify the functionality is one of the primary attractions of smartphones (for me). Intentionally bricking my property after I purchase it seems criminal to me. In any case, I'll be avoiding this particular device.

RE: I was about to buy this
By Chadder007 on 7/15/2010 9:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, for such an open platform that this was supposed to lock it down like that.

RE: I was about to buy this
By SkullOne on 7/15/2010 9:57:53 AM , Rating: 5
This isn't new news but it still sucks. Milestone and Droid X both use the same bootloader. Motorola released a statement yesterday that said if you want to mod your phones then go elsewhere.

I'll stick with HTC once it's time for me to upgrade my Droid. Motorola can suck it. My hardware. I'll do whatever the hell I want with it.

RE: I was about to buy this
By acase on 7/15/2010 10:08:45 AM , Rating: 5
You just made millions of iPhone owners scratch their head in confusion.

RE: I was about to buy this
By sprockkets on 7/15/2010 10:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
While it perhaps can be overcome (i guess not if the droid hasn't by now), apple users can at least jail break.

And no, that whole bricking article by jason mick was false.

RE: I was about to buy this
By icanhascpu on 7/18/2010 4:37:13 PM , Rating: 1
What exactly do you want to do with it? Overclock it?

RE: I was about to buy this
By Quadrillity on 7/15/2010 10:20:24 AM , Rating: 4
Motorola released a statement yesterday that said if you want to mod your phones then go elsewhere.

After more than 10 years of releasing absolute crap phones, I knew we couldn't trust them to change their ways.

Who in the f*** thought it was a great idea to purposefully cripple a phone in a market that is KNOWN for the ability of free and open development?!

I truly am sorry for Motorola stock holders...

RE: I was about to buy this
By jojo29 on 7/15/2010 12:40:32 PM , Rating: 2
Research folks, please do research

These are your best bets for rooting your phone, give them less than a month to have it cracked...

Heres my recommended and currently in use ROMS for my Original Droid:

Pete's BuglessBeast V0.4
P3Droid 1200ghz Kernel
Fabolous's DroidXTheme w/Launcher Pro

These are the people's ROMs i will be waiting for before jumping on the Droid2 or X ( I want the Droid2, love me the physical keyboard )

RE: I was about to buy this
By ihateu3 on 7/15/2010 12:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
Thats pretty high hopes, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it can't be done, but e-fuses are very difficult to get around. Thats the same exact thing Microsoft did to the 360 to stop homebrew, and so far its been successful enough to where the hackers even state not to expect an exploit. Thats why to this day, you cannot homebrew a 360 that has the update that blew the e-fuses.

RE: I was about to buy this
By Drag0nFire on 7/15/2010 4:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
I think the e-fuse self-destruct rumor has been mostly debunked at this point... Other Android devices contain the same e-fuse and haven't blown up yet.

That said, Motorola has taken a very negative step in locking the bootloader, and I will not be purchasing a Droid X for this reason. I really can't understand why the manufacturers seem to be working against consumers these days. Why should the manufacturer stop me from using my device the way I want?

RE: I was about to buy this
By wiz220 on 7/15/2010 5:21:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not defending the practice, BUT, I imagine their argument would be along the lines of not wanting to deal with people trying to claim warranty service on a phone that has been hacked. Now, if there was some way for a user to acknowledge that they were voiding their warranty and then allow them to continue, that might be a better option for everyone.

RE: I was about to buy this
By Aloonatic on 7/16/2010 6:09:41 AM , Rating: 2
Re: Hacking/modding in general.

There probably a lot of people who would try, if it was not discouraged, and then they might well break their phone or mess it up some-how, who don;t want to pay to get it fixed either.

Also, I might have hacked my Wii, but got bored of it after a while and can't be bothered to research fixing it/getting it hacked properly or reverting it back to whatever. So now I might have a Wii sat in my living room that I can't really do much with, and is not earning Nintendo any money. That would be all my fault of course, but I'm sure that I would not be the only person who might have a go at these things and then looses interest, with the lost revenue that that might bring. In saying that, there's not much point in getting my Wii working again, had it had the problems described above :) i might want to play Mario Galaxy 2 I suppose.

People are funny creatures, and they do not all act as you might expect, or be willing to do what you might be willing to. Companies need to take that into account when deciding on policies and it's just easier to say no modding allowed frankly.

Now if they made hacking/modding easier then I might not have the trouble as described above, if I had hacked my Wii that is (not that I have, I'm a good boy)but I think we all know why people want to hack and mod deceives. It's to by-pass income streams and get things for free, or to do things that devices shouldn't or are not licensed too. Losing the manufacturer or their affiliates money, and possibly opening them up to legal issues further down the line if their devices are used to do things which they shouldn't be.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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