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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 want a full keyboard, dammit
By dgingeri on 7/15/2010 11:04:23 AM , Rating: 2
Is there an Android phone out there that will be able to run Android 2.2, is fairly fast, and has the sliding keyboard? I thought this would be it, but looking at it today it seems I was wrong. I guess it is the Droid 2 that will have the keyboard, but then it won't have Android 2.2.

I'm getting very frustrated.

RE: I want a full keyboard, dammit
By Omega215D on 7/15/2010 11:18:42 AM , Rating: 2
You could try the LG Ally but I'm not sure about Android 2.2. Maybe it'll be available in a future update.

RE: I want a full keyboard, dammit
By dgingeri on 7/15/2010 11:35:16 AM , Rating: 2
it's a little slow on the processor, but it runs Android 2.1, which means it will be able to run 2.2 with relative ease. 2.2 is faster, so the processor speed won't be too much of a hit when that comes out. It's also a relatively unmodified version of 2.1 on the phone, so it should be a quick and easy upgrade to 2.2. It also happens to be cheap enough I can get it right now.

Thanks for the tip.

By SpinCircle on 7/15/2010 11:29:58 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, if you don't mind running a custom ROM, you can have 2.2 on the Droid. My droid has been running 2.2 since it leaked, and now has a 2.2 ROM that was built from the Google released source code. It is also quite fast. I'm running a low voltage kernel with the max cpu clock speed set at 1ghz... and some kernels go up to 1.2.

RE: I want a full keyboard, dammit
By jojo29 on 7/15/2010 12:43:10 PM , Rating: 2
My Droid is running Android 2.2 VERY nicely and VERY spiffy and is VERY responsive :)Root rules!

RE: I want a full keyboard, dammit
By theapparition on 7/16/2010 10:35:59 AM , Rating: 3
Stop your whining.

Not a single phone released is running an official pushed copy of Android 2.2 yet.

Droid X will get 2.2 in a few months, Droid 2 (sliding keyboard) will get it as well. There's a Galaxy S class of phone that has a sliding keyboard and is getting 2.2. Just wait a few months, and most phones will be released running 2.2.

RE: I want a full keyboard, dammit
By 53mi on 7/16/2010 4:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
That is incorrect.

My Nexus One received the official android 2.2 OTA update exactly 2 weeks ago.

As far as I know, all Nexus One users should have 2.2 by now.

By theapparition on 7/19/2010 1:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
OK, so I'm off on my info by a few weeks, but for the most part am correct.

RE: I want a full keyboard, dammit
By InvertMe on 7/21/2010 3:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Have you tried SWIPE? After using that I NEVER want to use a regular keyboard again. To me it's far superior and faster than whacking keys.

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