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When holding the Droid X naturally in one hand it is difficult to reach the superior part of the screen with your thumb. The result is a clumsy experience, the user has to position their hand in an awkward position to reach the top of the screen. The screen also results too big for some pockets. Breaking the Droid X screen isn’t a hard thing to do, just pressing with a little extra force in some parts of the screen produces reflections of pressure on the actual screen underneath the glass.

We won’t complaint and talk about how the Droid X is “way too big”. The smartphone is indeed bigger than the regular smartphone, but there is no need to keep repeating it. Those who don’t mind this factor can still look at all the other aspects the Droid X can offer. What we will say, and are impressed about it, is how light the Droid X is for its size. A good point for some that do mind heavy gadgets.

Verizon Motorola Droid X

The handset does have an unique design – for some at least. Here is when we scratch our heads and wonder who Verizon is targeting with this whole “Droid” scheme. The Droid X in itself has the Droid branding permeated all over the hardware: the red camera button, the “raw” design, aesthetics that go against traditional designs, and no shiny pieces, no fancy details. The body of the Droid X is mostly rubberized to avoid accidental drops.

The four hardware buttons feel reassuring, there is nothing like pressing a button rather than some touch-sensitive key. There is an unlock key at the center of the top part of the phone, but the home key will wake up the X just like an unlock button. There is a HDMI port, but no adapter in the box, and a microUSB to charge and transfer data.

Verizon Motorola Droid X back cover

The back cover of the Droid X is poorly designed. You will find that sometimes the cover comes off while in storage, either in your pocket, or a bag.

The Droid X sets itself different from most competitors because of its screen. And 4.3″ is indeed enough to comfortably view full websites like in a desktop computer. You would expect this screen to be amazing. A high quality screen, with rich colors, and clear image. It is exactly the opposite. The screen on the Droid X is really low-quality. And the screen doesn’t just fail some points in what makes up a good touchscreen, but every aspect of the Droid’s touchscreen is subpar.

Verizon Motorola Droid X

First, the responsiveness is nowhere near other smartphones in the market. It is not bad to the point it doesn’t respond quickly, but we found that the Droid X misinterprets gestures more than usual.

Next is the quality of the “glass” that Motorola used to cover the screen of the Droid X. In a world where smartphones with real-glass screens can be found, or other solid material replacing it, a cheap-feeling plastic just does not do it. As we mentioned, a little extra pressure bends this plastic.

Verizon Motorola Droid X

Last is the LCD technology that so profoundly harms the user experience in the Droid X. There are new technologies out there that have made a difference. There is AMOLED, Super AMOLED, and there is also SuperLCD, and IPS LCD displays. All years ahead of the antiquated LCD used in the Droid X.

The battery life has been a problem for most Android devices, and the Droid X is not the exception. The first day we used the handset, it went from 100% to 40% in just over 6 hours. Later on, after turning all the internet-consuming widgets off, and installing a task killer, we could easily go a day and a half without charging. The Droid X has an acceptable battery life, it isn’t terrible bad, but you have to be careful and know how to save power to go for a full day of work.

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By , International Correspondent on Oct 18th, 2010 GMT +2

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