Moto Droid X Hands ON!

Verizon's Droid X is the latest big-screen Android phone

Here she be, folks, the Motorola Droid X on Verizon, fresh off its coming-out in New York City. If you missed all the hoopla, it'll be available July 15 for $199 after the usual two-year contract and $100 rebate.

Our initial impressions are quite good. Wanna read them? Mosey on through the break.

The 4.3-inch screen is crisp and clear and was a major bullet point for Verizon. The TI OMAP 3640 processor is speedy out of the box -- and this is all without it even having Android 2.2 and its just-in-time compiler. Yes, unfortunately we're going to have to wait for a bit for Froyo (and Adobe Flash). While both played a big part in today's announcement, neither will be on the Droid X until "later this summer."

Much has been said about the Droid X running Motoblur instead of stock Android. Thing is, it's not running Motoblur. In fact, don't use that word again in the same sentence as the Droid X. Yeah, there's a skin on top of Android, and there are custom widgets involved, but even after only a few minutes we get the feeling that it won't leave the same bad taste in your mouth as Motoblur.

The capacitive buttons of the original Droid have been traded for four physical buttons in the menu-home-back-search layout. There's a dedicated camera button as well. HDMI-out, 8MP camera with dual flash and 720p video recording, Wifi (and tethered) hotspots are available for an extra $20 a month.

All in all, we've got a ton to dive into with the Motorola Droid X. We're just scratching the surface. So stay tuned, and hit us up in the Droid X forums for more discussion.

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