Yesterday I posted some random thoughts on my experience with the Droid X over on the GDGT Droid X page. I'm reposting my thoughts here, after the break. This isn't my full review or take on the Droid X. I will post some more in-depth thoughts later this week.

I switched from an iPhone 3GS on ATT to the Droid X last week and I'm not looking back. The device is a breath of fresh air. Having been an iPhone user since version 1 I was a little worried how I might transition the Droid X. Most of the apps I had on iPhone are on Android which has made the transition pretty easy. I love the 4.3 inch screen; it's gorgeous! The 1GHz processor is really snappy and the flexibility of the device is nice.

Some Android newcomers may not like the flexibility as it does mean the device is more complex to use. You have to learn where to go to configure notification settings, how to manage your battery profile, how to shut down apps you don't want running in the background etc. But for a diehard techie like me these things have been welcomed.

Motorola has done quite well with the Droid X, leaving most of the vanilla Android features untouched and adding their own unobtrusive widgets and apps you can safely ignore if you want.

I think the 4.3 inch screen is going to become the industry standard in mobile devices. It's simply a sweet spot that hadn't been hit before now. I'm quite pleased with the Droid X and have only picked up my iPhone once since July 15. And that was to use the Apple Remote app to control my Apple TV.

If you are looking for a new Android device I highly recommend the X.

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on July 19, 2010 at 8:00 AM. It was filed in the following categories: Android, Mobile & Devices. It has been viewed 6916 times and has 26 comments.

26 Responses to Initial Impressions of the Droid X

  1. Ted Nugent

    "I think the 4.3 inch screen is going to become the industry standard in mobile devices." - Not a chance, apparently you haven't put the X in your pocket. Better suited for a purse.

    The X is decent, but it's no iPhone, and anything but 'ease of use' is a step backward technically. We are beyond, or should be, the geek need to make everything difficult to make ourselves feel smart. The real technical challenge is making things easy to use.

  2. Nek

    to Ted Nugent:
    I absolutely agree with you about the challenge of making things easy to use but don't forget people are different and there are nerds/geeks who need some funky devices made especially for them, with a learning curve and an open platform. That's where Android plays really well.

  3. Is it true there are some apps you can't delete? Like silly demos?

  4. The Droid X is very easy to use. Very. While bigger, it isn't much bigger. Sits well in the hand and no problem in my pocket. Consumers seem to like it. Sold out on day 1.

  5. Nek

    Hope to see it here in Russia to replace my iPhone 3G. The strange freezes and slow downs of it are driving me crazy.

  6. Ted Nugent

    @Joshua - And how many would that be? Interesting they haven't said yet, don't you think? It's a good phone, but the media hype around the i4 and other phones is simply maddening. And every CF blogger feeling the need to jump ship to support Adobe is getting old, the need to tell the world anyway...gimme CF, not i4/Motorola.

  7. As one of those "CF Bloggers" jumping ship - I use my blog for my voice. Sometimes it's off topic. It's a blog though and it's my choice to write what I want. If you don't like the topic - why bother commenting on it? (Not to say your initial comment is wrong, I'm talking about your last comment where you seem to imply your tired of hearing about the topic.)

  8. @Ray - There are a couple of apps and widgets that come pre-installed with the device but they are more from Motorola than from Verizon. There's only a few and I haven't tried to uninstall them. But, you can easily choose to not use the apps and widgets.

    To Ray's point and Ted's question: I don't position my blog as a "ColdFusion blog." Yes at times I write about ColdFusion, but this blog is about much more than just ColdFusion. As the title says: "Aaron West's Technology Blog."

    @Ted, my reasons for switching to Android have very little to do with Adobe. In my "Why I'm Switching to Android" post I did mention wanting the ability to use Flash Player on my mobile device, but that only relates to Adobe because they are the makers of Flash Player. I think my "switching" post clearly articulates why I went with Android.

  9. Joshua


    While some may have had their Apple crush broken and thus looked at other options that doesn't account for 160k activations a day. It isn't just CF or Adobe peeps that is for sure. http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/23/google-1600...

    That said, the hype is there because it drives advertising and pageviews. It is the exciting new medium, regardless of phone (and iOS 4 / phone is cool no doubt). will be interesting to see what happens with Windows 7 mobile release. Initial previews are positive and the interface seems very different.

    Why are you so against droid?

  10. Ted Nugent

    Not against the X, in fact I said it's a good phone. That's 160k ANDROID activations a day...not Droid X activations. Of course Android is going to gain more, it's on MANY phones from EVERY carrier. I'm guessing many who buy a phone with Android on it don't even know what android is.

  11. Joshua


    Granted this is blog/comments and so we all interpret intention/emotion potentially different from intent...

    You also said "Not a chance, apparently you haven't put the X in your pocket. Better suited for a purse." which i took to be a dig / rude comment intended to mock Aaron's favorite new phone and enthusiasm. I see hostility and frustration in your comments, and I wonder if you had the same tone and issue with iphone friendly blog posts over the years. Iphone users must know exactly what they are getting, but many who buy android don't even know what it is? Or that is the implication in your last comment.

  12. Ted

    The point is Android is like spam. It's everywhere. It will obviously 1) sell more and 2) reach those that do not care what the OS is. It will also be different on every phone to suit such users. Some will buy the phone with just social features, or more prominent ones. More than likely people will not have a choice, unless the go iOS, to buy or not to buy Android in the future.

    And put the X in your pocket. It IS big, tech people probably won't care, but the masses will. Why I don't see it becoming the de-facto size.

    I used to put down Apple users many years ago, cause they couldnt spout out the latest processor name and didnt know what ghz was. Now it seems the tide has turned. PC users wanting to stay stuck in the PC/laptop style world and Apple, and soon Google (Chrome OS) pushing the rest of us forward.

  13. @Ted: Eh? This statement doesn't make sense:

    " More than likely people will not have a choice, unless the go iOS, to buy or not to buy Android in the future."

    People won't be able to buy Android phones unless they ... 'go iOS'? By the very definition an Android phone is one using the Android OS, not iOS.

    I'm not arguing your point about the success Apple has had marketing design over specs. I don't think Aaron is either. I think the point is that a lot of us geeks are VERY excited about Android. While we are NOT the normal customer, we do tend to influence others. Shoot, I know I pushed at least 2 of my friends to Mac. I won't be doing that anymore.

  14. ted

    "People won't be able to buy Android phones unless they ... 'go iOS'?"

    Not what it says...read again.

    "More than likely people will not have a choice... to buy or not to buy Android in the future." Android will be on everything except iOS machines.

  15. ted

    @raymond - and you proved my point. Being a tech guy you wouldn't tell people to use Mac's anymore? Why? OS X is fantastic. The only reason could then be Apple's stance on Flash in the iOS.

  16. Ah, your point makes sense to me now. As to the second point - I have my reasons for not liking Apple. My reasons are on my blog (http://www.coldfusionjedi.com/index.cfm/2010/4/9/M...), but will I bore people with that? Nope. I'll just tell em not to buy Apple. Do you think my non-techy friends gave much thought to any techie reasons I gave em to buy Apple? Nope.

  17. Ted

    You said Mac's specifically. Why did you tell them to buy Mac's in the first place? I would hope you did because you felt it was right for THEM and not because you felt someday Apple would allow code written in Flash to be on the iPhone.

    When people ask me what they should buy I ask them what they want to do and recommend the right choice from there. I don't get political, because as you say 'they don't care.' My guess would be Mac's are still right for all the people you originally recommended them to.

  18. Just to rile this up a bit more... I still contend people recommended mac's to non designers/devs for purely fanboy reasons, not based on real merit. I know that some will disagree with that including my friends here at this office. :-)

    Either OS these days is ok as most software is web based. But not long ago the best solution was much different for most people. Ease of use and bluescreens were a clever marketing gimmick, but didn't change actual utility of the device purchased and value for the $ spent.

  19. Ted

    @Joshua - Not riling it up at all. Simply wrong.

  20. What merit then?

    A few years back (when it really matted more):
    - more expensive
    - much less software
    - less games
    - fewer hardware peripheral options
    - little vendor choice
    - fewer local repair shops
    - OS updates often require upgrades to software

    What pros outweighed that?

    - security through obscurity, worked for most however
    - ease of use, not really that much easier imo

  21. Ted

    As I stated above it's different for everyone. I cannot tell you why it is right for you, and in fact sounds as if it's not. For me it was this...

    1) I'd buy a new machine every few years. (Despite the big montra PC users love to throw out 'But you can't upgrade a Mac') I upgraded the peripherals in my machine maybe once. Usually by the time I'd want new stuff, the new stuff never worked with my old machine anymore....sure I could salvage the case.....but does that save much? So really the whole upgrade thing, it dawned on me, was a moot point.

    2) Boredom. I became so bored with PC's, each time it was get the biggest video card/monitor/whatever. Was tired of it.

    3) Time - I'd buy many things for the PC that was just supposed to plug and play to only find myself tinkering with them/searching through forums etc etc to find out why this thing doesn't work like it should. I used to love the fact that I could tear a PC down and rebuild it and configure this and that etc. Now I have many many more important things to do with my time.

    4) Space - After the kids came along space became a commodity. I had a PC in the bedroom and it was the ugliest thing imaginable. My new requirement for a computer was that it is now furniture and had to look nice with the rest of the room. iMac's are fantastic at that.

    5) $$$ - After reviewing what was available in all-in-ones I found the whole $$ issue was a crock as well. Once you compare specs (all-in-ones mind you) They are roughly the same or cheaper. I always bought gaming machines before, I spent no more on the iMac as I did on PC machines.

    6) Cheap PC's - I bought E-Mahcines for My folks one year, worst pieces of junk ever. You get what you pay for.

    7) Noise - iMacs and other Apple products are CRAZY quiet. Very good for a bedroom.

    8) Eco-system - No one has the eco-system Apple has. Google may someday soon, but they don't yet. When they say it 'just works' thats because it does. WHich is easy to do when you don't support everything under the sun.

    9) OS X - it is a VERY nice OS. The more I learn about it the more I love it. If it wasn't OS X for me it would be Ubuntu, don't think I can go back to windows. If you really want a long list of what I love I can supply that too.

    BUT, as I said above, I ask people what they want. I have attempted to talk many people out of buying Apple products.

  22. Ted

    I guess its like this...

    My neighbor down the road had a BMW. With it he can go to only the same places I can. But I'm guessing his experience is MUCH different than mine.

    I call Coldfusion the Apple of web applications. Why do we spend 4-5K for it when Java/PHP/ASP can do the same things? The experience.

  23. We can both agree on your last comment :-)

  24. Ted

    Sigh...MS Fanboyz...whatchagonnado?

  25. Jeff

    Switched to Droid X after being with iPhone since the first model. I am very pleased with it, but there are some things I miss such as iTunes and the polished user interface. I am sure android will continue to get better... anticipating Froyo update. Overall, I would never go back to iPhone and AT&T. I used to drop about a half dozen calls a day and since switching a week ago, I have yet to drop a call.

  26. Well I am down for competition in the mobile device arena. It's good to hear about the Droid X and the new iPhone OS. I think maybe they will only get better.

    I think an interesting blog topic for the next one is the $35 touchpad that India is releasing for students. I wanna get my hands on one of these for a review.