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Video: DROID X First Impressions

We have only had the new Droid X for about an hour now, but wanted to quickly give you our first impressions and also let you see the device in action.  We’ll have a full review in the coming days after we’ve had a chance to dive into this device; wouldn’t want to short change something this powerful.  For now, check out this quick video…

And we’d love to hear questions you may have about the device.  Feel free to drop them in the comments!

  • Man, iPhone fanboys must be weeping right now. All these awesome devices and updates. Oh, well, that’s what you get with a smartphone that takes 4 years to implement copy and paste and thinks “folders

  • Motorola builds bulletproof phones. I have owned quite a few moto phones in my life and they are always the ones who last the longest. Who cares if the bootloader is locked.

  • Motorola builds bulletproof phones. I have owned quite a few moto phones in my life and they are always the ones who last the longest. Who cares if the bootloader is locked.

  • I am fairly sure that your Droid X is well on its way to get processed and shipped. I think this order status wording is just to cover their collective butts after what happened with the Incredible.

  • Well he droid X wonder why verizon is so nice for letting us upgrade this early… h by the i wont get it till the 23rd though Thanks for sharing these useful information!

  • Crabs

    The bootloader is not the boot image. The bootloader is what installs ROMs, such as CyanogenMod or leaked FroYo builds. You're a jackass.

  • Crabs
  • Im convinced that these people who are snubbing Motorola, have no life whatsoever. Motorola builds bulletproof phones. I have owned quite a few moto phones in my life and they are always the ones who last the longest. Who cares if the bootloader is locked. There is more to life than a stupid phone. Get over it!!

  • droiduser

    I like the Droid X, but my only complaint is the sound quality is poor (ringer, notifications, media) compared to the Droid Incredible and the Original Droid….I wonde if there is a way to fix that?

  • chops5648

    Ordered mine over the phone today through verizon. LOL no problem getting 2 year price, i got the oringinal moto droid when it first came out, i was at the store and just looking at it by the end i was like i must have it, no argueing with verizon or anything she checked with her supervisor 2 minutes later ok no prob you wll get it on the he 23rd. they were to nice and easy to let me get itlol, well bye bye to the best phone i ever had MOTO DROID and hello to the next

  • chops5648

    just ordered mine over the phone. No problem on early upgrade I got my moto droid when it first came out and they let me upgrade my phone with 2 year agreement price this afternoon for the droid X wonder why verizon is so nice for letting us upgrade this early… h by the i wont get it till the 23rd though

  • Tylerkemet

    And has ne one gotten a picture of a tiny droid with and Exclamation mark nxt to it..bc it did this reboot thing and wouldnt come on for about an hr..am i the only person this is happening to..?thnx

  • Tylerkemet

    yea i got mine yest its amzing..tho i didnt use it much..turned on battery saver..and sitll by hr six of a full charge i was at about 1/3 battery..o well..

  • i woke up at 7am on weds for work… worked til 6pm.. got off went a friends house… then at 12am went to our verizon store… we played football and cards… we were 3rd in line… after i got my phone went and worked till 630pm got home and crashed round seven…. did not sleep for 36 hours…. and my new DROID X was TOTALLY WORTH IT

  • droidguy38

    Ordered mine online yesterday at 10AM on verizonwireless.com. Checked order status religiously and now it says there is an inventory issue. Very frustrating especially when I felt I ordered timely on their website. Same issues for anyone else? Here is the line:

    Order Status: Your order has been processed and will be shipped based on inventory availability and shipping method. You will receive shipment notification and tracking details via email.

    What a bunch of bull…….. 🙁

    • Joesred

      I ordered mine at like 12:30 a.m. July 15th…..my order status said the same thing. As of a few minutes ago the tracking number has it as on a delivery truck right now. So…..I am fairly sure that your Droid X is well on its way to get processed and shipped. I THINK this order status wording is just to cover their collective butts after what happened with the Incredible.

      Glass is half full dude…all is well.

      • Joesred

        As of right now on the verizon web page…there is a ship by date of 7/23. You can check your email for shipping info…or call verizon directly and ask about your phone.

  • Low023

    Just had a brick scare, apparently if you run the battery all the way down and it powers down you must leave it charging for a good 15 min or so before it can boot. Thought I had more than a dead pixel to worry about.


    • Stephen

      I believe the D1 is like that too.

  • Pilarjonas

    hi guys i posted b4 i just wanted to know if you guys google search say frogs and go to images on the moble google not classic can you open the picture link, i noticed in google moble mode when i search for images and the pictures come up i cant click on the pictures

  • SB0b

    Does it have the standard android-music app?
    Is there a blur specific musicwidget? (i saw the standard one in the video).

    sorry for bad english 😉

  • Love mine. 🙂

  • Nathan

    I was wondering if it was running 2.1 or 2.2?

  • Austin

    for the people who say this phone is too big are very uninformed and/or have never picked one of these things up in person. Set the phone down and put a droid on top of it. The droid x literally is only a few millimeters longer and wider than the DROID, but thinner and twice as light IMO. You will never tell the difference in your pocket. It was when my roomate got the evo that I realized that these 4.3″ phones are fractions bigger than 3.5″ phones ( because the bezel wastes so much extra space on the 3.5″ phones) But I will take those few millimeters in surface area larger any day of the week for the amount of extra screen space. Typing on the droid X is absolutely amazing I can confidently say I am noticeably faster than a physical keyboard on my old voyager.

    Other than that I've only seen a one or two comments stating the UI is slow at times. This couldn't be more wrong. I owned the DROID since launch day, and put froyo BB 0.3 on it about a month ago later upgrading to 0.4 which OCed the droid to 800mhz and it is crazy how smooth this phone is running 2.1 ONLY! I can't express how unbelievably smooth every transition is. As much as I hated to admit it the iphone definitely was the king of hiccup free stutter free animations. The droid X can take that spot now. when Browsing for example even when the page is loading you can pinch to zoom and it is smooth. I can't say enough goods things about this phone, even tho it can't (as of now) be rooted. The extra “motoblur” features are very cool. I love the pulsating green notification bar when in a call, I love how you can end calls in the notification bar, I love how the city of the caller is listed in recent calls, I love the new camera software and how quick it takes pictures. The social network status' while in calls are pretty neat. I do find some of the graphics a little bland, notably the notification icons and the widgets, but I feel these will be updated with 2.2 next month. I can't say enough great things, if you have an upgrade available I highly recommend it. With how fast it is now I can't even imagine it with JIT.

    • Low023

      It's about the same size as a Droid with a Body Glove snap on protector, just way thinner.

    • i went from a voyager to the droid x also.. and i can text like 10 times quicker

  • Niggy

    my location had 10 and we sold out of our 10. We also ordered about 10 more to ship to cst.

  • Octotron

    This may be a bit dated.. but I went out and ordered my own Droid X today. Going to be selling my original Droid and all accessories. I am SUPER excited about this phone, you have no idea.

    What are your thoughts on your new Droid X?

    Mine is not coming until Monday, so I want some readers opinions on how this new beast stacks up!

  • Low023

    Well I got my Droid X today and I'm pretty mad already, love the phone itself but I have one dead pixel. It's a deal breaker for me I hope when I goto VW tomorrow they will put me on a list to get a new phone.
    Not to be nit picky, but I paid good money and after you notice a dead pixel that's all I can think of when looking at the phone.
    Other than that I love it, coming from a Droid running Froyo BB v0.4 clocked at 800mhz even.
    I would suggest anyone that got their Droid X today it could be a common problem.

  • Evan

    i can't wait for root so i can delete a bunch of these bogus apps motorola has put on this phone… is it normal for phonemakers to do this on android devices? i can't seem to delete any of the stock apps, even though i would never ever use them… my first android device, and that's the only complaint

  • Didn't buy a Droid X today, but I did march down to the Verizon store to check it out. It is impressive, however just too big for my taste. The speed is what I liked most… seemed to go through the paces very nice.
    I love this site even though I haven't rooted my Droid, I'm envious of you guys that have, but with no solution for my Mac, what can I do? No apple fanboy here, but I wouldn't go back to a PC if you paid me, so I am stuck. Still love my Droid and still love this site.

    • Tyler

      borrow a friend's PC?

  • Crabs

    Hello all.

    I have decided to email Motorola informing them of my distaste for their practice of locking bootloaders. I think that if enough people do this, we could convince them to change their ways. So let's all email them! I'm including a copy of the email I sent to them. (PS, I know I have some grammatical problems, I was stupid and failed to proofread before I sent the email)


    I would just like to express my disappointment with your company's decision to lock down the bootloader of the Droid X. I have had numerous Motorola phones, including the Zine ZN5 and the original Moto Droid. My family have been using Motorola cell phones for more than 15 years. It was my intention to purchase a Droid X within the next month.

    That has all come to an end. Your decision to lock the bootloader is completely anti-consumer. It is not harmful to you at all to allow consumers to modify their phone. You may think that you are only alienating the hardcore developers, but that is far from the truth. I myself am not a developer at all, merely someone who enjoys customization of phones.

    Not only are you losing myself and my family members, whom I often advise on phone purchases, as customers, but you are also losing a wonderful reference. Because I frequently change phones, many people come to me for advice on what phones they should purchase. I will no longer recommend any Motorola phone. Just today a co-worker asked if she should purchase the Droid Incredible or the Droid X. I told her that she should not support a company that needlessly restricts the use of a consumer's own property. In any other product but a cell phone, this would not be tolerated. Even in the computers made by Apple (the oft-lauded most restrictive companies), they allow the installation of alternate operating systems. Remember, these mobile phones you sell are really miniature computers.

    Further, I know for a fact that this is not brought on by pressure from the telecoms. I previously worked with a company that was working to release an Android smart phone (though it seems unlikely to see the light of day at this point), and none of the telecoms we had worked with had any complaints of having unlocked bootloaders. This includes Verizon, on whose network the Droid X will be released.

    You are not doing this to avoid warranty repairs on phones that had been improperly modified, because doing so voids one's warranty. This is something that all who install custom ROMs understand. There is no discernible reason for you to be locking these bootloaders. All you are doing is alienating your customer base.

    I hope you understand that I am far from the only person who feels this way, and you will be losing many, many sales because of this. You had a chance to recreate yourself, and bring yourself back to the top of the mobile phone industry. You have shown that you care nothing about consumers, and do not deserve to regain your leadership position.

    By doing this, you are proving yourself to be no better than Apple.

    You can change all of this by releasing unlocks for the bootloaders of your phones, including the Droid X, and by not locking the bootloaders of your future phones.

    Yours truly,

    A former fan of Motorola smart phones,


  • Nabooska

    QUESTION: i ordered my DX online pretty late, 6PM EST, but when i did, there was no red balloon saying it would ship at 7-23. soooo does that mean i squeaked in at the last minute? i went back to check the vzw site and there was the balloon. (any comfort that my phone is on teh waay would be helpful as well 😉 )

    • Joesred

      I recommend calling VERIZON to ease your mind and heart. Trust me you will feel much better.

      • Nabooska

        alright thanks you! 😀

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  • daltonbrutality

    I'm impressed! Was privileged to play with a friends for a bit today and it is definitely a beauty of a phone. I'd say I'm jealous but that no root jazz isn't for me. Definitely enjoyed the camera the most, the HD recording was awesome and it also took some cool, seamless “panorama” shots

    • Mrpicolas

      the panorama shots would be cool to do wonder if it is in the software side and if the app could be ported to the droid at all???

      • daltonbrutality

        I'm not sure. I know the camera app is definitely different; however I would totally love to see a port if possible. It also had a “multishot” setting which was cool for sequences.

        • Mrpicolas

          Panorama hass to be stitching of some sort wouldn't se why it wouldn't work
          they ported over the desire camera software way back when

  • Joshpaynedesigns

    So this is REALLY weird. I just got my Droid X today. I sat it on the left bottom side of my mac book pro. And the Droid entered the Car Dock mode. As soon as i took it off the mac keyboard the droid reverted back to normal mode. I did it a few times. It was quite weird. haha.
    Anyone else have this happen to them?

    • Mrpicolas

      the droid x as well as the di have a magnetic sensor in them that will put them into dock mode this is how the cardock and the multimedia dock work as well

      • Joshpaynedesigns

        oh ok so this is not a problem then? Thats good 🙂

        • Mrpicolas

          no not at all it is actually a good thing

          • It is better to keep my Droid connected to my home wifi network or just the verizon cell network?

          • Mrpicolas

            If you have wifi available connect it to that it will run cooler not having
            to use 3g all the time and will b a bit faster

          • timarnette

            Very true!!

          • Mrpicolas

            B sides it will automatically switch when you leave the house

    • Low023

      I set mine on the left side of my Asus G7 laptop and same thing lol. Probably the magnet in the hard drive putting it into that mode, wonder if I put it on the other side if it will go into clock mode lol. Never happens on my Droid this thing must be more sensitive.

  • mlawlor777

    i noticed you didnt wait long to root your incredible. if im not mistaken didnt the root just come out today or yesterday? or maybe im wrong and am thinking of another device.

  • Rodeojones000

    I had a chance to look at a working model of the X today. I had no intention of buying it, I just wanted to see what it was like. My impression:

    I HATE it!

    Yep, hate. It's too big. When I put it in my pocket it felt like I was carrying the first giant of a cell phone I got back in 1997. Sure, the screen was pretty to look at, but the size was a definite negative for me. I don't want to be carrying a tablet computer around in my pocket at all times. And MotoBlur (or whatever fancy name it has) was resulting in some huge lag. I compared it to my Droid and my phone seemed much more snappy. And, for equal comparrison sake, I quickly flashed a 2.1 ROM (which impressed the Verizon guy to no end) and my Droid still felt faster (I clocked it to 1.0Ghz – again impressing the Verizon guy). While this phone might appeal to many, it's definitely not for me.

    On a side note, I might be hosting a “rooting party” this weekend with the Verizon employee I met and a few of his friends who all have Droids. Seriously. He said they'd all pitch in for beer and food if I walked them all through the rooting process.

    • Chris Nimon

      sweet. you need to make a t-shirt that says “will root for beer”

    • Komodos

      do you wear skinny jeans or something? I have no problem letting it sit in my pocket. its thinner than my old LG Dare that I just upgraded from, I have no issues what so ever. and big ups on the rooting party lol

    • Tony

      Haha you are probably just mad that you aren't getting a Droid X. Some people just love to bash things they don't have.
      The Droid X is tons faster. The Motoblur stuff can be removed. The X is also only fractions bigger than the Droid, so your size complain is really just you bitching. The Droid dimensions are 2.36 inches wide, .54 inches thick, 4.56 inches tall. Droid X 2.57 inches wide, .39 inches thick, 5.2 inches tall. You put a case on your droid and it's basically just as big and wayyy thicker.

      I hear a whiner. Man don't worry, you can get a Droid X in a few months. “Oh I can mod a phonen with other people's programs I'm sooo fancy.”

      • Brian

        Sounds like someone has some insecurity issues…

      • Rodeojones000

        Nope, not mad at all. I could get an X if I wanted (my wife's had her Droid for only two and a half weeks, so it's still eligible for the trade-in through Verizon). I just didn't like it. And your info about the ability to remove MotoBlur isn't entirely correct. In fact, as of right now it's wrong. You find me one example of someone removing Blur from their X and I'll print off a copy of this webpage and eat it (and record it and send you the video). I just don't like the feel of the phone. It's too big for my liking. Combine that with Blur and the encryped bootloader and it's not the phone for me. Oh, and I don't have a case on my Droid.

        I'm glad you like it though. It's just not the phone for me.

    • t0ni

      Hahahaa, that's awesome! (the root party) I'd go to that just to go.

    • Jjbass311

      youll actually get a 1ghz one day

  • dave

    i was the first to get the X in my city! This phone is amazing! c'mon a phone that can get 1287 quadrant benchmark out of the box, i'm very impressed.

  • Droidella

    is it 3pm Friday yet?

    I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • timarnette

      Same here!!!

  • Doug0289

    I want to know when 2.2 froyo is coming to droid 1. All this hype over the droid x and nothing about 2.2 for the droid 1. Come on now dont let the first droid be forgotten it is still the best phone out there.

    • LinZbee

      I agree with everything you said. I love my D1 and want froyo…I feel they've put us on the back burner.
      At least give us 2.2 already!

      • Cz

        Root it baby!

        • Root is the only real reason to still own a Moto Droid.

          • LinZbee

            Well, like I've said before Leon, this girl loves her Droid anyway. But I do wish I had your knowledge re: rooting…

        • LinZbee

          I'm quite tecnically challenged, though I really use my Droid-y in so many ways, constantly, all day long. But when it comes to going into the techy area, I begin to read the rooting steps and I don't even understand the directions. Then I start to get very nervous about messing with it and either making a big mistake, or not being able to undo what I did. I'm jealous of all you guys who know how to do all this stuff. I just really want flash 10.1. OK, I'm done.

          • Chris Nimon

            when i rooted i couldnt figure out how to set the alarm clock. I just did exactly what Kellex did after watching the vids a couple times and had no problems at all. Scary the first time – yes. Worth it – absolutely.

          • skltr21

            if you just follow the video and do what he does as he's doing it, you can't screw up. just pause the video while your phone is doing what it needs to do and then pick back up when it's done. its super easy. but if you need help just ask and people can help you out. its not as “scary” as people think. its pretty easy. you dont need to be “techy” to do it.

          • NYCLawyer

            I am a complete newb at this. I was “scared” but I took a chance. I just kept the video up as I went through the process…. I think that the only thing you really have to be afraid of is losing power halfway through the process, so I would probably not do it during a thunderstorm or without a UPS. It worked beautifully. I am a believer.

  • Has anyone tried playing a movie on the x, it's terrible. Please let me know if it sucks on your x. The video is choppy.

    • Komodos

      i posted earlier, download vids that are made for ipods or zunes or psp. runs beautiful. i have pineapple express, book of eli and the hangover and all are smooth and beautiful. 🙂 hope that helps