Droid X: Big On Imagery, Short On Function

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    The truth is, the line between reality and our online interactions are blurring. Picture a convex mirror stretched. And beyond that, another mirror capturing this reflected image in a high resolution shot from a cell phone.

    We live in a world of shared media made to fit into our pockets.

    Hardly imperceptible, Facebook, Twitter, and our mobile devices are creating a kind of hardwired, wireless world. As such, our phones need to keep up, so we demand – and expect – functions that would have seemed impossible or unnecessary years ago.

    The DROID X is designed to fuse your lifestyle with the Wi-Fi-enabled structure of the current culture.

    My biggest complaint is as responsive as the touch screen technology seems to be, where the phone failed the test was well…as a phone.

    I’ve heard the same can be said of the iPhone. In fact, I’ve been on the other end of a conversation where the sound quality left much to be desired. This isn’t the DROID X’s strong point.

    You want a phone with great phone features? Stick with the BlackBerry or the very basic phones on the market. You want a pocket computer? Then you might have to sacrifice a little to receive a whole lot of features.

    Using it strictly as a phone, feels very much like being transported back to the early ‘00s. Kinda heavy. A little lighter than the average cordless phone.

    So long as you’re loading a ton of apps to the phone and doing other things besides talking on it, it’s a good experience. And the battery life is impressive, most impressive.

    Really, my best time with the phone was exploring the free mobile game apps. I love the games and played everything from old school “Space Invaders” style games, to a clever reproduction of “Mario Bros.” Took me back to the NES game console.

    The Web browsing is the best I’ve seen on any phone (due to the 4.3” high resolution widescreen viewing and the 2.2 software). Even on my own phone (the BlackBerry Bold), you’ve got to scroll around sometimes to read a Web page, which can be frustrating. Didn’t have that issue with the DROID X.

    Best attributes?

    Flash. And that’s something iPhone owners don’t have – at least, not yet. Specifically, Adobe Flash Player 10.1. This affects the browser, games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio, and more. Plus, you’re on the Verizon network, very reliable overall. I rarely, if ever, toggled between Edge and GPRS. The same can’t be said for my BlackBerry.

    You have access to the latest movies and video from Blockbuster On Demand presented by V CAST Video, the newest addition to the Verizon Wireless V CAST application, which also includes access to TV shows.

    Vacationing? Leave your digital camera at home. The DROID X combines a dual-flash, 8-megapixel camera, HD camcorder, as well as DLNA and HDMI connectivity to download, stream and share personal HD content.

    You’ve seen the commercials. A man sitting at his desk and his body morphs into living, breathing, technology. The Droid ads are not only clever, but speak as a metaphor to what our culture is becoming: intertwined, interspersed, and dependent upon our gadgets. There’s a strange symbiosis being formed between ourselves and the technology that we use. In fact, Merriam-Webster dictionary online defines android as a “mobile robot usually with human form.” Isn’t this illustrative of what we’re becoming?

    The Android phones are a work in progress, a digital watercolor that could, with some upgrades, and a change to the canvas, rise to the level of art.

    At its best, the DROID X is about having the world, both digital and analog, all on the same channel.

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