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Motorola DROID X

Motorola DROID X

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80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

70
thekingismyidol
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
Njans
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
joelhamill
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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85
Average user Score
 
70
thekingismyidol
05.31.13
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
90
Njans
10.19.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
joelhamill
06.11.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
70
Badmojoman
04.30.12
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
100
aspeo
03.21.12
This is by far the best phone I've ever used. When I first got the DX the screen seemed huge, but now that I've used it for almost a year it's a very good size. In fact after using it for so long a screen size between 4.3 inches and 5 inches would seem to be ideal for me. This is probably due to watching a lot of videos and doing a lot of web browsing, but it works well for me. I really didn't mind having motoblur, especially compared to sense or touchwiz, but I switched to a custom rom because I preferred the AOSP android experience. And I like to tinker with my phone, which is what led me to rooting and romming it a few months after I got it. My phone has held up well, and I haven't had any problems with it. It was still the best choice of Verizon's selection when I got, and I haven't regretted it at all since.
 
70
cass
03.19.12
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.
 
70
jackosh
03.07.12
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
90
asteenbuck
03.05.12
Aside from a few issues, this phone is great. The device is just about the perfect size. Weight and build quality are exceptional. This phone has had several nasty falls and works every time. Touchscreen is very accurate. I have noticed that as it has gotten older and had more apps installed, it has seemed to bog down a bit. I do dislike the bloatware that is on almost every phone today. And the phone will completely lock up about once a week, forcing me to pull the battery to reset; but this would probably be solved by restarting more frequently.
 
100
Faynor
12.12.11
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
gagelcook
11.26.11
This is a great phone, easy to use, quick processor. I don't like how the back is not flat and has the hump at the top where the camera is but that is a very little problem.