Motorola, Verizon Wireless and Google are preparing to unveil the Motorola Droid X smartphone in New York City June 23. That's one day before Apple was is making its iPhone 4 available to the public. Analysts discuss the rise of the large-screen and smartphones and the potential for the iPhone 4 delays have for sending consumers to the Droid X or some other Android device.
As Apple and AT&T
system crashes, redundant charges and mixed-up shipments for the iPhone
4, rivals in the Android camp are girding for another widely-anticipated
Motorola, Verizon Wireless and Google are preparing to unveil
the Motorola Droid X smartphone in New York City June 23. That's one day before Apple is releasing
its iPhone 4 available to the public.
In taking an unprecedented 600,000 preorders, the iPhone 4 has been
for those who pre-ordered it until July 14, which is closer to the time Verizon is expected to launch its Droid X device.
Verizon is touting
the Droid X on its Website, promising
the 4.3-inch display device will shoot 720p and offer HDMI output for
high-definition video play. This will counter the iPhone 4's HD video and 720p
the smartphone will run Google's Android 2.1 operating system (even as the
much-improved Android 2.2 preps to launch with tethering, WiFi hotspot and
cloud API) and feature a FWVGA 854 x 480-resolution screen to accompany the
About that large display: the Droid X would seem to
follow in the footsteps of the HTC Evo 4Gand HTC HD2, which also sport 4.3-inch screens. Is the industry
trending to larger screen smartphones? Not necessarily when you consider the
new iPhone 4 will have the standard 3.5-inch display.
Forrester Research analyst Charles Golvin said the trend
is simply toward "greater diversity in smartphone form factors, some with
big screens, some with keyboards, some at the low end to lure in those with
Gartner Research's Ken Dulaney agreed: "I suspect
the vendors will move along these two vectors going forward with minimum screen
size at the low end at 3.5 inches. Anything outside these boundaries won't do
Sounds like the iPhone 4 and the Evo 4G/Droid X display
sizes represent the South and North Pole of the smartphone industry.