Camera. The Droid X is a very good point-and-shoot camera for most well-lit shots. With the camera trigger on the right and the focus buttons on the left, the phone is an easy shooter with a variety of options. See an attempt of taking a black-and-white photo with the Droid X below.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Motorola's ( MOT) Droid X makes its high-profile sales debut at Verizon ( VZ) Thursday at a time when smartphone shoppers can't seem to get their fill of the latest generation of superphones. Apple's ( AAPL) iPhone 4: sold out, antenna problems and all. Google ( GOOG) Android-powered HTC EVO at Sprint ( S): sold out indefinitely. Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible: sold out until August 9.
With August consumer demand outpacing thin supplies, the timing of the Droid X is spot on. "I think a million in a month is doable," said MKM Partners analyst Tero Kuittinen, referring to Droid X sales. Verizon isn't "getting the Incredible in volumes they needed, and the iPhone antenna dilemma presents it with some pretty delicious advertising angles of attack," said Kuittinen. Verizon said it has "plenty of inventory to respond to our customers' demands." In the event of a sellout, a Verizon rep said customers can order the device at the store and receive it at "their homes within 24 hours." The Droid X is a follow up to the original Droid phone Motorola supplied to Verizon in November. And it marks yet another step up from the first Droid in the feature race with a 4.3-inch screen vs. the 3.7-inch screen in the original, an 8-megapixel camera v. last year's 5-megapixel and a speedier 1-gigahertz Texas Instruments ( TXI) processor. After three weeks of testing, the Droid X reveals some key strengths and a few weaknesses. Size. The Droid X is considerably bigger than the original, but since it lacks a keyboard, it is both thinner and lighter. Initially, the big screen, 16% larger than the Droid and nearly a quarter bigger than the iPhone, seemed a bit too large. But you quickly adjust, then appreciate all that extra screen space. The 4.3-inch screen is the same size as HTC's EVO, and both super-sized phones fit quite easily in the pocket. The difficulty, though minor, was trying to reach all the way across the phone, a distance a little too far for the average thumb. So some maneuvers do require two hands. Upshot: 4.3 inches is a good size and it could easily become the preferred size for superphones.
Function. Awesome Google Navigation -- check. Pandora plays on through multitasking and display timeout -- check. Syncs with Microsoft ( MSFT) Exchange for office email -- check. One problem, which could be easily fixed with a software tweak, was the resizing of Web page text. If you are one of those folks that likes to read a lot online, then you will run into a little hitch. When zooming in on the text, the Droid X software fails to reconfigure the margins to keep all the words visible on the page. Upshot: Nobody wants to scroll from side to side to read an entire sentence. A simple fix is required. Overall, the Droid X is on par with HTC's big-screen EVO and the superb Incredible. The upgrade is significant from the original Droid, but something suggests that there's an even better phone out there. Maybe it's the iPhone, maybe it's a future Droid, but this Droid X comes pretty close. --Written by Scott Moritz in New York.