Droid X Forum Member Initial Thoughts & Reviews
Pre-release, I stickied a thread dedicated to reviews and previews by Android blogs, newspapers, and other lucky members who were able to get some hands-on time with the X.
The purpose of this thread, is to hear members thoughts & opinions on how the X stacks up amongst a suggested list of attributes:
- Phone - including bluetooth & speakerphone usage
- Overall User Interface (including Moto's Launcher)
- Motorola Widgets
- Signal quality (Compared to other devices)
- Social Networking
- Battery Life
- Media (music, movies, DLNA)
- Moto Widgets reviews
- Swype vs. Multi-Touch Keyboard
- Camera (both still & video)
- How the X compares to your previous smartphone (if applicable)
- Disappointments (if any)
Feel free to provide as little or as much detail as possible, while trying to make it as useful as possible. Hopefully this will help others who are considering the X, but would like to hear some user feedback first. Also, please do not review the X prior to having one
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- 07-15-2010, 10:10 AM #2Androidoholic
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Droid X Initial Reactions
So now that you have your Droid X in hand and have had a few to play with it, whats your guys initial reactions to all the specs? How do you guys like it and would you guys recommend it to others?
- 07-15-2010, 10:41 AM #3Retired Moderator
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its fast and i love the screen. as much as i like the style of the moto widgets, i probably will only be using the social networking one, as the market alternatives are more my style. will stick with stock home for now, but i could see myself switching back to adw at some point. still trying to throw all my apps back on; the market is understandably slow right now. thank god for appbrain though
- 07-15-2010, 10:45 AM #4
I've had it about 3 hours...and coming from a storm 2...I've gotten more done on this phone in 3 hours then the whole 9 months I had the storm 2 if that tells you anything! Amazingly fast...good integration with contacts and facebook/twitter...I love the marketplace...still getting used to the lack of surepress...havent even tried using swype yet...but all in all an amazing phone!
- 07-15-2010, 10:49 AM #5
- 64 Posts
When I first started playing with it it was really slow and twitchy. I was getting really scared. Like when scrolling down the app drawer or the contacts it would stop and re-scroll. And when trying to edit a contact it would literally take about five seconds after touching the menu button to bring the menu up. But then I downloaded ATK (I know some of you don't like it but I don't just auto kill everything) and I killed most of the apps that I don't use, they were all active too which I thought was odd. But anyway, after I killed a few it was back up to speed and I ran a benchmark and it looked good. Now it's incredibly fast and but i've already drained the power down to less than 5% and its hooked up to the charger now. I figured I would get more juice out of the box than 2 hours... I'm sure it will fix itself. hopefully. I have faith in it. I've already downloaded a lot of apps and they look great. The video quality on here is awesome. Now I've just got to sync my music and its on.
- 07-15-2010, 10:59 AM #6
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After a days worth of playing with it(Got it yesterday at Warlmart), these are my feelings thus far:
Absolutely LOVE the size of the screen. Just blows me away and I literally laugh everytime I look at it.
-So far the multitouch in the browser is not as smooth as the Incs though, its still good.
-Scrolling in the browser isnt as smooth as the Incs, though still good.
-Cant recieve or make calls or text people while Wifi is on. Not sure whats up with this but its damn annoying.
-Scrolling from screen to screen isnt as smooth as the Incs, though still decent. Tried out LauncherPro and its funny as hell to see with just how large the screen is. I love how LauncherPro takes away anything along the border of the phone so that you can see more on the screen.
-Live Wallpapers still slow the device down unfortunately. This was one of the big things I was looking forward to. They slowed down my last 2 phones so I never used them. I like them, but dont use them due to the decline in performance it causes the devices to have.
-And lastly a big problem I had with my Inc; The device is overheating. Its getting hot...
Other then that, The device is pretty amazing.
Unsure if I should take mine back and try an get another one to see if that replacement doesnt have these issues or just wait for the updates. We kept reading about a couple updates being pushed to the phone before the launch. Where are those? Have yet to get them...
- 07-15-2010, 12:08 PM #7
- 07-15-2010, 12:56 PM #8
- 31 Posts
Well, having had an iPhone for 2 years and trying the EVO for 30 days, I LOVE the Droid X.
The hard buttons are great since I would accidently hit the search button on the EVO in landscape mode. The dock is great too! A little stiff going in, but I'm sure it'll loosen up a bit after a while.
The only problem I've had is I can't get it to connect to my linksys wireless router. Says "Unable to connect to the network" after I put in my WEP password.
- 07-15-2010, 01:30 PM #9
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- 07-15-2010, 02:15 PM #11
I hate to say this, but i just went to my local vzw store and although the X is really cool and the giant screen impressive, I didnt fall in love with it the way i thought i would after having the D Inc. The multitouch or pinch to zoom isnt smooth and the page transition and overall page changes seem sort of jerky. Don't get me wrong, the phone is most definately drool worthy, but if you own and Inc already, you might not be as upset as you thought. I guess the next one to see will be the galaxy. once again, it is an amazing phone and i would have a much tougher time deciding if both were available when i got my Inc.
- 07-15-2010, 02:15 PM #12
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- 07-15-2010, 03:34 PM #14
I picked my phone up this morning and have played with it all day (between getting some work done as well). I copied the inital list so I could answer those specific points.
Aesthetics - really cool phone and very easy on the eyes and in the hands.
Screen - there are no more words to describe how cool the screen is!
Hardware - super fast, but I've noticed some slowness in moving the the apps page
Phone - great call quality and really nice speaker phone
Overall User Interface -OK, but not up to the level of Sense
Motorola Widgets - Helpful, but again, not up to Sense
Signal quality - Fantastic for me here in Chattanooga
Email/Calendar - not bad at all
Battery Life - I've been pleasantly surprised at how slowly the battery drains
Performance - Very pleased
Media (music, movies, DLNA) - the sound is great (Doubletwist is freakin! slow!)
How the X compares to your previous smartphone - I had the incredible for about 29 days and was really impressed. I think it was more intuitive based on Sense. The X is more technical to me, IMO, but still amazing features and really easy to make great calls on.
- 07-15-2010, 04:28 PM #15
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I've noticed that GPS kills the battery VERY quickly and is one of the causes why people are getting hot hands with the phone lol. GPS plus 3G plus downloading dozens of apps (I have about 30 already) makes this thing heat up like a mother ****er.
I'm actually afraid of putting a silicon case on it. It'll keep me from feeling how hot it is, but it'll trap the heat inside the phone and I'm afraid what hardware damage could happen then.
- 07-15-2010, 08:37 PM #16
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If the X is as good as you say, I'll stick it out with vzw. Otherwise I will go crawling back to AT&T for the Galaxy...
- 07-15-2010, 11:56 PM #17
I've had the chance to play with a Droid X at work for the past couple of weeks, it's a fun device no doubt. Here's my outlook on the device:
Aesthetics- Nice hand-feel, not too heavy. Real solid and slim.
Screen- Bright, awesome colors and very responsive.
Phone - including bluetooth & speakerphone usage- Sounds pretty good
Overall User Interface (including Moto's Launcher)-Not bad, snappy.
Motorola Widgets- Pretty cool, I don't use widgets but someone will like them.
Signal quality (Compared to other devices)-Seemed fine to me
GPS- Didn't use it since I never took the phone home.
Social Networking- Nice interface, good way to hide MotoBlur
Email/Calendar- Different set up for emails, puts sms/emails in one folder
Battery Life-Seems to die quick, almost faster than my Incredible.
Performance-Fast, but seen that already..
Media (music, movies, DLNA)- I set up the HDTV with the phone interface, nice!
Moto Widgets reviews- Answered that one already..
Swype vs. Multi-Touch Keyboard- I have both on my Incredible, nothing new
Camera (both still & video)- Pics come out pretty good, vids are crisp and clear.
How the X compares to your previous smartphone (if applicable)- Same thing with a bigger screen and HD camera (until the update is pushed)
Disappointments (if any)- Locked bootloader (for now, I guess).
The list was copied from the first post, it's better than typing out my random thoughts on, wait who's eating sweet potato fries? :o
- 07-16-2010, 12:05 AM #18
- 07-16-2010, 01:15 AM #19
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Let me say, this is my very first android phone. I'm still getting used to it but the more I use it the more I'm liking it. That said, here's my initial take...
* Aesthetics - Only rocking screen protector. Looks sexy.
* Screen - Size is great, same with picture.
* Phone - I tested the speaker phone while riding in my delivery truck today and it was fine.
* Overall User Interface - I get kinda lost, but again I'm new to android.
* Signal quality - This was the main reason I left AT&T/iPhone. After a full day of riding around making deliveries in MS, I never once was off 3G. Super pleased.
* Battery Life - My batter had whatever charge it came with from Verizon at 8:30am and lasted me until 4:00pm. I was on it whenever possible.
* Performance - Fast. I haven't really noticed any sluggishness at all.
* Swype vs. Multi-Touch Keyboard - I started with the Multi-Touch but after switching to Swype I will not go back.
* How the X compares to your previous smartphone - Previous phone was iPhone 3gs. After playing with it all day, I would pick the Droid X over iPhone and wouldn't look back.
* Disappointments - It did lock up on me once today. Not sure what happened, but I had to pop the battery out for a minute for it to come back. Hope this doesn't start happening regularly.
- 07-16-2010, 10:03 AM #20
After almost 24 hours of use, I'm very happy with the phone.
It does lag from time to time, when turning on/off gps, wifi or integrating facebook..things like that. Have a few issues though.
Is there a way to keep google contact pictures as default. I can only see the option for Facebook and Twitter and they're messing things up. They're also (I belive) responsible for making come contact pictures in gVoice and gTalk blank when initially they were fine.
Also, the "pattern lock" i set up, worked once and now doesn't show up when unlocking the screen any more.
Also, I'm looking for a google reader app that syncs read/unread with the web (have gReader which doesn't do it) and an accurate battery percentage meter. I have "battery widget" and it said I had 50% remaining yesterday before restarting and then went up to 70%. Haven't plugged in over night and it's at 60% which is great if it's true but not if it ain't.
Any help or thoughts would be appreciated.
- 07-16-2010, 11:25 AM #21
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* Aesthetics - Simple, sleek, modern.
* Screen - Big and beautiful
* Hardware - Fast processor, bonus memory
* Phone - Does exactly what it's supposed to do. I don't use bluetooth.
* Overall User Interface (including Moto's Launcher) - I like the UI, though I wish I could put more than 4 rows of icons. Otherwise the UI is clean, smooth
* Motorola Widgets - I don't use Motorola's widgets except for the messages one, though I'm considering removing that one too.
* Signal quality (Compared to other devices) - I seem to have better reception at home with the X than with my previous BB 9630
* GPS - Works great
* Social Networking - I just use the Facebook app. The stock Social Networking stuff doesn't really seem optimal to me.
* Email/Calendar - Email is great, though I wish I could put the Universal Inbox on the main screen, instead of having to go through Messaging.
* Battery Life - Seems to be okay for now, though I've been heavily using it as I tweak it while it's plugged in. I'm still trying to grasp what drains the battery and how to make optimal use of it.
* Performance - Smooth and fast. Maybe very slight occasional stuttering when browsing apps, but I think it will be resolved with Froyo. I hope Motorola comes out with Froyo soon.
* Media (music, movies, DLNA) - Does what it needs to do
* Swype vs. Multi-Touch Keyboard - I love Swype, but I'm still getting used to it. The multitouch keyboard is a nice bonus.
* Camera (both still & video) - Haven't used much yet, but the few pictures I took looked good.
* How the X compares to your previous smartphone (if applicable) - Previously I had a BB Tour 9630. The Droid X is my first touchscreen phone (I've used an ipod touch before though) and my first true smartphone. It is leaps and bounds faster, smoother, and better. I do miss the awesome physical keyboard of my BB, but Swype is making a nice replacement. Also, I like the one consolidated place for e-mails on my BB, instead of having to go through the Messaging --> Universal Inbox app. Lastly, I'm still trying to grasp how applications are used, run, and closed (it was pretty simple on the BB).
* Disappointments (if any) - I want it to be rooted!
So far, the phone is fast and smooth; I don't have any regrets in purchasing it. Being able to safely root it and add my own customization and tweaks would make me even happier, so I hope that will come soon. Not specific to the phone, but the Android Market in general, I wish the app store was more polished like iTunes, but the Android Market is getting better as time progresses. Otherwise I'm very happy.
- 07-16-2010, 11:29 AM #22
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- 07-16-2010, 01:24 PM #23
Have had it a few hours now so i can compare it to my Storm. Call quality better. Honking big screen. I can type about 10X faster. Connected to PC and transferred pictures. Contacts transfer okay using backup Assistant. Email setups were pretty easy. Browser is fast. Twelve seconds to go from Google to Yahoo (complete page load.) Even on 3G it loads much faster than Firefox on my PC and about 15X faster than BB Browser. Works with my BB USB connect to PC and BB charger. Adding contact Favorites is easy.
- 07-16-2010, 01:44 PM #24
- 07-16-2010, 03:14 PM #25
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* Aesthetics - I think it’s beautiful. I also have a burgundy hard-case on it, which I think is great. It still fits into my pocket, it just comes out the top. Otherwise, I will just drop it in my purse. It will be easy to find.
* Screen - Big and easy to see. I don’t have to get out my reading glasses!
* Hardware - So far, very pleased.
* Phone - I haven’t had time to set up the Bluetooth to my car yet. My husband says it’s the best phone I have called him on yet. No one could hear me on my Storm. I had to yell into the microphone.
* Overall User Interface - I am new to all this. I am just your average user. Every time I get a new phone it takes me days to add everything and learn to use it. I had everything loaded and most of it figured out within a few hours. I am impressed and extremely pleased.
* Motorola Widgets - I like them so far.
* Signal quality (Compared to other devices) - I have always had great reception. This is no exception.
* GPS - Haven’t had a chance to use it yet.
* Social Networking - I just use Facebook. It works well once I figured it out.
* Email/Calendar - Email lags a little, but overall it’s good. My Google calendar downloaded right away.
* Battery Life - Well, I have used it A LOT today. I am already down a quarter. But I can charge at my desk, in my car and at home so I am not too worried about it.
* Performance - Smooth and a zillion times faster than my Storm, which was mostly frozen all the time.
* Media (music, movies, DLNA) - I copied movies I had on my micro from my Storm and the X recognized them and played them. They are a little small. I probably need a new movie downloader or a new setting, but I was impressed I just dragged, dropped, and it played.
* Swype vs. Multi-Touch Keyboard - I used Swype on my husband’s Droid and so I haven’t tried it on my phone yet. I need to spend some time with it.
* Camera (both still & video) - I took a few pictures and they are beautiful. The photos I copied from my Storm look like garbage on this phone. I guess I will have to take new pictures.
* How the X compares to your previous smartphone (if applicable) - I had a BB Storm. It would freeze all the time and seemed to know if there was an emergency, because it would freeze. I have found much better apps in the 12 hours I have played with my X. The phone is faster, clearer, bigger, prettier, well, just 100% better.
* Disappointments (if any) - It’s not telling me if I missed calls - that’s irritating. Maybe I am doing it wrong. I cannot figure out how to make the voicemail dial my password so I can make calls hands free. The sound on my alarm was too weak this morning and I couldn’t hear it and woke up late. These things are all probably user problems and not the phone.
So far it hasn’t got hot at all and I played with it and loaded things onto it, etc., for three hours straight.