Motorola Droid X Available for Preorder from Best Buy for $199

Best Buy said June 25 that consumers can preorder the Motorola Droid X, which boasts a 4.3-inch screen and 720p HD video-capture playback, for $199 without the mail-in rebate. Gleacher and Company analyst Mark McKecknie said the new Droid X and Verizon's corresponding Droid ad campaign will help Motorola's new Droid X sell 1.2 million units in the third quarter. Gartner's Ken Dulaney said the Droid X may be what consumers who purchased the original Droid probably really wanted had it been available.

After last week's launch event, the avid niche of Android followers knows Motorola's Droid X is coming to Verizon Wireless July 15 for $199 with a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year deal.

But some folks may not know they can preorder the Android 2.1-based, multimedia-focused device now from Best Buy. The retailer said June 25 that consumers can preorder the smartphone, which boasts a 4.3-inch screen and 720p HD video-capture playback, for $199 without the mail-in rebate. Credit Engadget for noticing the news first.

"With the buzz we've seen around the Android platform, Best Buy is confident that consumers will be thrilled about the Verizon Droid X by Motorola pre-sale," said Scott Anderson, senior director of merchandising at Best Buy Mobile.

"It has been a great summer for smartphones with the HTC Evo and iPhone 4 launches, and the addition of the Droid X adds another strong option for our customers to consider."

A funny thing that Anderson should mention Sprint's HTC Evo, which many folks are comparing to the Droid X because they share the same operating system and especially the same, fashionably (or unfashionably) large 4.3-inch display.

There are apparently a lot of mixed emotions about the display size, which Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha says is responsible for eating up 60 percent of a smartphone's battery. Current Analysis' Avi Greengart, who attended the Droid X launch in New York City June 23, told eWEEK:

"Personally, I find devices with displays smaller than 3.5 inches to be too small, and anything over 4 inches to be too big-in this respect, the 3.7-inch screen on the original Motorola Droid and HTC's Incredible hit the sweet spot in between. But it really depends on what the user tends to do with the device and how large their hands are.

"Both Motorola's Droid X and HTC's Evo 4G do fit in a pants pocket-barely-and provide expanded screen real estate that enhances multimedia, navigation and typing. But both devices give me hand cramps if I hold them as phones for any length of time, and the large form factor just doesn't work at all for many women with smaller hands."

Greengart's position reinforces the Evo and some of the Droid devices as masculine mobile computing machines.