It was shaping up to be such a perfect situation. I purchased an EVO 4G on launch day and life was good. Yet, as I was nearing the end of the 30 day period after which I would be bound to a two-year contract, rumblings began about the release of Verizon’s entry into the 4.3-inch “super” Android phone. Like many phones I end up owning, the Droid X wasn’t even a blip on my radar 3 months ago (and I’ve been known to plan tech purchases out for at least that long.) Yes, it would have been perfect… My sister and a few other friends have EVOs. We could have shared in exchanging handy tips and other best practices. We’d be experimenting and learning the nuances of the device together. And even now that I sit in front of what is essentially a phone running the same operating system in the Droid X (Android 2.1), I want to be able to tell the world that there is no difference… that somehow it’s just a matter of choosing between minor preferences. The truth of the matter is that these phones – despite seemingly minor differences in form factor and chipset – do provide very different experiences.
(To get a better sense of my first impressions of Android going in cold with the EVO 4G, check out my comprehensive review of the EVO. In this review, I largely be discussing my experience with the Droid X and how it differs from the EVO.)