First Look: Motorola Droid X Challenges iPhone 4 as Multimedia Workhorse

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First Look: Motorola Droid X Challenges iPhone 4 as Multimedia Workhorse

by Clint Boulton

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Before the Show Begins

If you like the "Droid Does" slogan as the calling card for the $100 million Droid marketing campaign, you'll probably like this sign. Let's see how well this "Droid Does Next" slogan works in the market.

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Droid Executives

From left to right, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, Google VP of Engineering Andy Rubin, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha and Verizon EVP and CMO John Stratton prepare to introduce the Motorola Droid X.

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A Surprise Visit

Then Google CEO Eric Schmidt drops in for a brief introduction.

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Schmidt Talks About Android, Cloud

Schmidt discusses the excitement generated by Android and its ability to connect users to the applications they love via the cloud.

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Droid X Front

The smartphone is sleek, measuring 5 inches long by 2.6 inches wide and a quarter-inch thick. It weighs 5.47 ounces and features a 4.3-inch display.

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At an Angle

Check out the Droid X at an angle.

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The Side

A great side shot puts the HDMI port on display. With 720p HD video capture, the Droid X is clearly designed to vie with the new iPhone 4 in video capabilities.

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The Droid X Back Panel

The back is smooth to the touch. Note the camera. The Droid X also sports three microphones to provide high-quality audio for video shoots.

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HD Video Playback

The Droid X offers high-definition playback.

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Droid X Camera

The 8-megapixel camera follows the same size camera in the HTC Evo 4G and HTC Droid Incredible.

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Processing Power

The Droid X features a TI OMAP 1GHz processor and expandable storage.

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Hot Spots!

The Droid X features WiFi hot-spot functionality to connect up to five WiFi-capable devices.

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Swype Preloaded

Swype is preloaded as an app on the Droid X, allowing users to move their fingers across the keys in a swiping motion to write e-mail messages instead of tapping keys.

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Exchange, Gmail Enterprise Support

The Droid X supports Microsoft Exchange and Gmail for Enterprise to please corporate road warriors.

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Flash Support

Love it or hate it, the Droid X supports Adobe's Flash Player 10.1.

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The Droid X will become available from Verizon and participating retailers July 15, and operating system upgrades to Android 2.2, or "Froyo," will begin later this summer.