I call my Droid X “Wookiee Monster”
For St. Nicholas Day in 2009 I bought my boyfriend the Motorola Droid. I was instantly jealous of his ability to do super cool stuff with his new phone, but it’s his phone, so I played with it a total of maybe 5 times. Fast forward to Christmas in July 2010, my birthday! My boyfriend drove me to the Queens Center Mall, we went to the Verizon Wireless store where he bought me the Droid X for my birthday present. He then asked me to name my Droid X, because that’s what we do with our gadgets, and I of course settled on the “Star Wars meets Sesame Street” inspired name of Wookiee Monster.
Included with the phone at purchase were the following items:
- Standard Lithium Ion Battery
- 16 GB microSD memory card pre-installed
- Wall/USB Charger
- Getting Started Brochure
- Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
- 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
We additionally purchased the full warranty insurance for $6.00 per month, a car charger that has the capability to charge two Droids at once (both the Droid and the Droid X), a 3-pack of anti-glare screen protectors for $14.99, the black graphite cover for $24.99, and we upgraded to the Family Plan so we would save money on being a two Droid household who never really uses the phone minutes but uses the Internet and texting capabilities A LOT.
The features I love most about the Droid X:
- The screen size is HUGE at 4.3″ and the resolution is spectacular. Because of the larger screen size and improved touchscreen technology, the Droid X no longer has a physical keyboard, it only has a touchscreen keyboard. You can use the built-in Swype technology to type entire words by swiping your finger across the on-screen keyboard to each letter in a word then lift your finger off the keyboard only after you have typed each word. The Droid X is an HD phone so it takes amaaaaazing HD videos and also displays HD video. An HDMI output is available on the phone, and the cable is sold separately but is reasonably priced at $24.99.
- Wanna read a book? Download the Barnes and Noble NOOK app or the Amazon Kindle app and read your ebooks. Yup, really!
The photo quality on the Droid X is pretty spectacular because of the 8 megapixel camera. Also, the Droid X offers the ability to turn off the flash, have the flash always on, or to allow for auto-flash, something the original Droid did not (flash was ALWAYS on). Also, use an on-screen button to push *or* a physical button on the side of the Droid X for taking photos. Once you take the photo you can Share it via text, email, or social media sites.
- The USB charger cable actually comes apart from the power brick and allows you to connect your Droid X directly to your computer. You just have to let the Droid X act as a USB storage device for the computer then you can drag and drop all of your files from your Droid X to your computer. SLICK!
- With the newest Froyo 2.2 OS software update for Droid X the Gallery is much improved for viewing photos and videos you take with the phone. It now offers a rolodex-type feature for scrolling through photos. The photos and video are organized by day week, month, and year. When viewing a photo you can press two fingers on the photo and rotate your fingers to rotate the photo as many degrees as you like (it will auto-snap to the nearest 90 degree angle). You can also Share photos from within the Gallery.
- The Android Market app has a ton of free and fee apps for you to add to your phone. If you can think of it then it’s probably in there. Even Angry Birds is now offered for the Droid X. No FarmVille yet, but it’s rumored to be in the works.
- Use an app from the Market to sync iTunes to your Droid X. Current recommendations are iSyncr by JRTStudio ($2.99) and Easy Phone Tunes by Media Mushroom (Free). Also, doubleTwist for Mac or PC is available for free as the computer-side link to your Droid X.
- I live in New York City where Verizon coverage is pretty incredible. I’ve experienced dropped calls, but in 100% of the cases it was the person on the other end admitting that they dropped it losing signal or losing battery. Your mileage may vary. Definitely check Verizon coverage in your area before making this major purchase!
- The Droid X whizzes around the network at 3G with very few noticeable delays. If you’re in a spot that isn’t offering 3G join it to a trusted wireless access point so you can continue your Internet-dependent activities with ease. You can also turn your it into an Internet hotspot for up to five other devices that need Internet access in a pinch. Caveat: This slows down your Droid X‘s browsing and Internet functionality because part of your bandwidth is being used by other devices. Don’t cancel your home Internet access just because there’s a Droid X in the house!
The things that aren’t so awesome about the Droid X:
- The phone call volume is too low for me. To combat this I put calls on speakerphone or use earbuds. Purchase Verizon’s for $29.99 or use your favorite earbuds from your other gadgets! (I’m a Skullcandy girl.)
- The phone is slim, but it’s larger vertically and horizontally than the Droid, so it’s a little awkward to carry around in your pocket.
- The Droid X has no front cover so make sure to purchase a screen protector so the screen doesn’t get scratched up. My set of three screen protectors was $14.99.
- Typing words is great on the Droid X, but it has a steep learning curve. Make sure to train your Droid X to learn new-to-it words that you type.
- Motorola teamed up with the now bankrupt Blockbuster instead of Netflix for the Droid X’s default movie rental app. I blame Apple TV.
- Download AppKiller for free (with ads) from the Market so that when an application isn’t responding correctly you can just pop over to AppKiller and unload the problematic app from memory then launch it again by going back into the app.
- I never would have bought the Droid X for myself because it has a hefty price tag, contract or not. With no contract that baby retails for $569.99, but if you combine it with a 2-year Verizon Wireless contract the price drops to $299.99 plus a $100.00 mail-in rebate, bringing the price of the phone down to $199.99.
All in all, I love my Droid X. The good outweighs anything negative about this phone. Yes, it’s a lot of money for a phone, but it’s a smartphone! It does anything you need it to do, short of cook your dinner, work out for you, pick up your kids, and go to work. And I wouldn’t trade my Wookiee Monster for anything… except maybe that Droid R2-D2. (I’m kidding, Wookiee Monster! <3)