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  • Reception and call quality I have great reception where I am for the most part. Call quality is good, not great. Sometimes it's a little unclear. good
  • Display Huge, high-res display. Can get pretty bright, but I just leave it on the low to medium setting. Viewing angles could be a bit better, but not a deal breaker. great!
  • Battery life If you use it heavily (watch videos, browse for long periods) you won't last a whole day, meaning the time you're awake. If you use it moderately, you'll be ok. good
  • Camera No comments so-so
  • Ease of use I think Android in general has a learning curve. Not something you can pick up and just "get it". Not really a fault to the Droid X. good
  • Design and form factor Screen is a bit too big for my taste and I kinda wish it didn't have the hump on the back. I like the rubbery feel to it and the simple design. good
  • Portability (size / weight) Again, the size is on the big side, but it doesn't really make it less pocketable (for dudes). The size makes it difficult to do things single handed. so-so
  • Media support Out of the box, there are a lot of video file types that it doesn't support. An app called rockplayer fixes that, but I would've hoped it would work with out it so-so
  • Durability Body of the phone feels solid, but the hardware buttons on the front are a bit flimsy. Headphone jack seems a bit loose a few months in, causes audio to pause. so-so
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Android in general is lacking in the apps department in comparison to the iPhone. Same goes for accessories. Hopefully with time this will mature good
Detailed review
Just some other thoughts:

I like the phone, but I wasn't blown away. At the end of the day, it meets my expectations for a good smartphone. For the most part, it's a very snappy phone, but I've experienced times where the phone was sluggish when just navigating around the phone. The camera is pretty decent. A lot better than any camera phone I've had in the past, but it's not quite up there with a normal point and shoot (which is perfectly understandable).

I really hate that it has preinstalled software that I can't uninstall. I don't mind have it preinstalled, but if I want to take the blockbuster app off my phone, I should be able to. Another thing that's annoying is that apps run in the background for no logical reason. I never use the Music app, but for some reason it still shows up in my task manager. I don't like how there are huge padding between icons on the home screens. I feel like they could've fit in an additional row without it looking too cramped.

The Swype keyboard is really awesome. It takes some time to get used to, but once you get comfortable, it's really hard to go back to the normal keyboard. I'd say I'm faster with the multi-touch keyboard, but more accurate with Swype. I'd rather be more accurate personally.

UPDATE 1------------------

I'm deducting a point from the Droid X because I've been experiencing a TON of freezing issues. This happens when I start typing, switching homescreens, opening apps, even unlocking the device. It's really a frustrating experience.

UPDATE 2------------------

I've owned this for about 8 months now and I now have another issue with the headphone jack. It seems like the plug itself is loose and causes the contacts on the inside to separate when you have a headphone in. It feels like there's a little bit of wiggle room in there. The problem is when you're listening to something, if it wiggles, the audio will pause because it thinks the headphone cord got pulled out. Super annoying. I'm hesitant to try to get a replacement because I know it'll be a refurb unit and aside from this headphone thing, my phone is in near perfect condition. It's times like these where I envy the Apple customer service because I have a feeling iPhone users would get a brand new phone in this type of situation.

UPDATE 3------------------

I've put a custom rom on the phone, Liberty rom, and it definitely brings my rating of the phone up to an 8 or a 9. It's much snappier. from swiping through screens to launching the camera app. I'm not going to change my official rating because this is not stock, but I'd say if you're adventurous and want to get another year out of your Droid X, Liberty rom is the way to go. I was itching to upgrade to something like the Galaxy Nexus, but now I'm pretty content with my phone.
review history
Updated detailed review
Display rating changed from 4 to 5
Rated Camera a 3
Edited comment on Ease of use
Ease of use rating changed from 3 to 4
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Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) rating changed from 3 to 4
Edited comment on Media support
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Edited comment on Battery life
Updated detailed review
Edited comment on Reception and call quality
Updated overall rating
Portability (size / weight) rating changed from 4 to 3
Updated detailed review
Edited comment on Durability
Durability rating changed from 4 to 3
Updated overall rating
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Great (and thorough) review! Mine also has the loose headphone jack issue, and it drives me crazy. Often when it looses connection the music will pause, or even more annoying the music will start coming out of the speakers, loudly, in a public place.