DROID X [Verizon] preview and initial impressions

Yesterday I received this DM on Twitter: “Have DROID X can you get here by 2 p.m.?”.  Needless to say, I was in my car and on the road as quickly as humanly possible.

First Impressions:

  • Usable – It has a 4.3″ screen, like the EVO.  However, the DROID X form factor seems to make it a little easier to use.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still hard to stretch your thumb across to the opposite corner.   I will update my Screen Size Comparo graphic, and include it with my review.
  • Fast – Maybe it’s because I’m still rocking a Hero, from the olden days, but this device is fast.  I’d like to run a good benchmark test on it.  Let me know what your favorite benchmark app is.
  • BLURwhat? – As our friends over at Android Central pointed out, this device does not run MOTOBLUR, NinjaBlur or any kind of BLUR.  However, it also doesn’t run vanillandroid.  It is a custom ROM.  The interface can’t be turned off.  You can probably use a Home Replacement app though.  However, with a Home Replacement you’ll probably lose the super sweet Motorola widgets (more on that in the review).  There is still a lot of “BLUR” within the depths of the system folder.
  • Buttonz – I’m always a fan of a dedicated camera button.  The DROID X has one.  It’s dual stage; One for focus and one for capture.  However, the placement and protrusion of the X’s button is a bit weird.  I’m afraid I’m going to trigger it with the heel of my hand.  Also, I would have rather seen capacitive buttons for home/menu/back/search.  I’m not a fan of capacitive buttons, but I’m certainly not a fan of these hard keys.
  • Settings, settings, and more settings – There are several menu screen that have something a little different than stock Android 2.1.  There are “Battery Manager” settings which allows you to setup an “off peak” profile.  This will shut off the data connection between the hours you specify.  On the “Applications” screen there is a setting for “Double tap home launch” where you can set one of nine specified apps to launch on double-tap.

All in all, this is turning out to be a great device.  As usual, I’ll have a full review soon.  If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a comment here, or send a tweet (@breon).  I’ll try to get to everything.  Please be reasonable.  If you want me to compare the DROID X Browser against the Nokia N900, I’m probably not going to be able to do that.  Also, the #1 question I get for every device is “how’s the batter life”.  I have the phone for about a week, so I should be able to get some day-to-day usage out of it too.  I won’t be in a rush, like previous phones.  I’ll do my best to monitor the battery against my iPhone and Hero.

That’s all I have for now.  Stay tuned!

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