The Motorola Droid X is ready to hit store shelves on July 15. And when it does, the device will be carrying the Android OS banner as Google's operating system tries to compete against Apple's iOS 4. It won't be easy.
Apple's new mobile operating system is arguably the best version of the software the company has ever released. But that doesn't mean that it's perfect. Like the iPhone 4, Apple's latest and most capable smartphone, there are some design quirks and omissions that consumers and enterprise customers might have a problem with.
Motorola's Droid X has some missing features of its own, but it also delivers a slew of options that could make some iPhone 4 owners think twice about their decision to go with Apple's smartphone. While it's true that the Droid X will probably never match the iPhone 4 in sales, from a feature-set perspective, it's actually matching up quite well. In fact, in some areas, it's trumping Apple's smartphone. Here are some Droid X features that the iPhone 4 is lacking.
1. A bigger display
Although the iPhone 4's 3.5-inch display might satisfy most mobile customers, the Droid X's 4.3-inch display is even more appealing. By description alone, the differences between the two displays might not seem like much. But actually having a 4.3-inch display in-hand will help users see just how much nicer a bigger screen really is. Admittedly, the Droid X doesn't feature the Retina display feature that Apple's iPhone 4 offers, but for most, a bigger screen is usually more desired than a more detailed display.
2. Swype software
The iPhone's virtual keyboard works quite well compared to most other virtual keyboards in the mobile market. But Motorola's decision to add Swype technology to the Droid X could be its trump card. Swype never requires users to lift their finger as they type. Instead, they need only to drag their finger from one letter to another to write an e-mail or input text into a browser. Motorola said during its press conference that Swype should make users more efficient when they type out messages. Most that have used the software agree. Thanks to Swype, the Droid X might have a better text-input system than the iPhone 4.
3. Flash (eventually)
Although the Droid X won't ship with Flash 10.1 support, it will be making its way to the phone later this year. The debate over Flash is one that has been going on for quite a while. Apple says that it doesn't need Flash in iOS, while Adobe and its partners say not having Flash is a liability. In the end, personal preference will determine what consumers really want, but considering the vast majority of Web sites use Flash in one way or another, having it on the Droid X should make for a better browsing experience than what's available on the iPhone 4. Flash is important. The Droid X will show everyone why.
One of the most common complaints with the iPhone is that it runs on AT&T's network. In far too many cases, the network doesn't operate as effectively as the competition. The Droid X, on the other hand, will run on Verizon's network, which is widely regarded as the best service in the United States. Until the iPhone comes to Verizon's network, the smartphone will be held back. The Droid X doesn't need to worry about that. And it could help Motorola sell a slew of units.