With the aftermath of iPhone 4’s so-called Antennagate culminating on Steve Jobs’ Special Press Conference, customers (or more precisely to-be customers) might be willing to forgive and forget, but as one of the tech-media concluded, the damage is done. Even with the promise of the free bumper for every existing iPhone 4 customer, Apple’s unblemished, clean-cut face has been tarnished, and there is no going back. It’s ashamed, because as an avid fan of Apple (yes I have an iPhone 4 and yes mine has problem with the antenna reception), personally I think Apple should’ve not left it this long, and should’ve just came out clean and admitted the problem much earlier.
But when there is always somebody who get some kind of advantage over somebody else’s misery. For Apple, this time is Motorola Droid X, which ‘accidentally’ started to sell on Verizon Wireless ‘one day’ before the Apple Press Conference (which was put early one month before the original launch date).
The arrival of this next in-line of Motorola Droid series has been anticipated so much (at least in the US, because that’s the only place on earth where you can get them, for now), and with Google ‘pulled the rug‘ under Nexus One‘s feet, the Droid X could be the first in line of Android defense against the advancing forces of Apple iPhones.
Looking at the list of Droid X Tech – Specs, it appears to be that perfect smartphone that everyone’s always wanted. Check out the highlights:
- 4.3″ Screen with 480 x 854 resolution
- 8 MP Camera with dual LED
- HD 720p Video capture
- 1 GHz T1 OMAP Processor
- 512 MB Ram, 8 GB User Storage + 16GB MicroSD pre-installed
- HDMI Output (cable included)
- 3 mics for noise cancellation
- WiFi N and 3G Hotspot capability (meaning you can share your Internet with others, like MiFi does)
- Antenna (type Internal)
- and of course Android 2.1 OS with the latest Motorola Motoblur interface
Sound good? That’s because they are. As a matter of fact TestFreaks.com gives it 8.8 out of 10 Freak Score. Other media reviewers have passed more or less the same judgement on the hardware front.
The only problem with this phone comes from Software, in particular the Motoblur. Some reviewers wrote that the software felt lagging, citing in particular the camera app which seemed to have difficulties in getting focus especially when the object is near almost macro mode. Engadget concluded that Motorola still has a lot of catching up to do, to compete with the like of HTC’s Sense.
With Hardware Spec to-die-for, the Droid X could’ve been the best Android phone ever. Alas, minor software nags would prevent it to be just that. If you like watching video on nice big screen, then this phone might be for you, but if you want something else, it’s probably safe to wait for a couple of months for better ones.
Or if you can’t wait that long …. there is always the iPhone 4 :)