Droid X vs Droid Incredible shootout

A popular question for Verizon users as of recent is which phone is better, the HTC Incredible or the Motorola Droid X? A tough choice for sure, but because we get asked this question so often, we decided to compare these two phones head to head to determine which is the best keyboard-less Droid phone in the Verizon lineup. 

The two phones are both targeted at the premium smart phone buyer who will settle for nothing less than the best on the market. Both boasting the Android OS, high speed processors, and all the connectivity options you could wish for, but each has their own unique characteristics that set them apart. For a quick breakdown on the phones features see the chart below. 

The phones are relatively close in specs when compared across the board except for two areas, screen size/resolution and the amount of memory shipped with the unit. As the memory can be upgraded with an SD card for both units, this point is moot but the Droid X does come with more memory (16GB vs 2GB installed) if that’s a major requirement for your purchase considerations. 

The screens on the both are stunning, you can’t help but ignore the clean crisp lines on both the devices but a few differences stand out. First, the Droid X’s screen is about the size of my front lawn. While it does suffer a bit when in direct sunlight, it’s still highly useable and doesn’t present much of an issue. However, while the Incredible’s screen is also beautiful in its own right, but, under direct sunlight it’s a pain to use. It quickly becomes hard to see what you are doing and this is a major drawback when comparing the two devices. 

You also can't ignore the higher resolution of the Droid X, while doing things such as phone calls and texting it doesn't show its true value, but when surfing the web, those few extra pixels make all the difference.  

Another feature on both phones are their 8MP cameras. While I feel that 8MP is awesome, what would be better is improvement in the glass, but superior glass doesn’t look good on paper when comparing two devices.  The Incredible wins for two reasons in this category, the Droid X did not accurately reproduce colors, they were generally on the cool side, and also the camera was a bit slower to snap the photos than the Incredible. While not much longer, the half second longer shutter lag is somewhat annoying when trying to take pictures of fast moving objects, and for this, the Incredible wins the camera shootout. 

Both phones are exceptional devices for daily use. Whichever you choose, you will be happy with. The Droid X is a large phone, it almost eclipses the term phone, it looks more like a slab that is exceptional for any type of media, but also happens to be able to make phone calls. However, because of its size it does feel a bit awkward in the hand. Not only that, but it’s hard to use this device one handed unlike the Incredible which you can easily navigate with just your thumb. 

Call quality is another moot issue, both phones do what you would expect. While neither excel over other phones on the market, neither fall short either. The onscreen keyboards on both devices are easy to use but those coming from a physical keyboard may stumble a bit at first. Also there are physical home row buttons on the Droid X vs the Incredible’s touch sensitive buttons; this is purely a preference in choice. 

The speed of the devices overall feels similar and the web browsing speed is close enough that choosing one for a faster browser is irrelevant.  Likewise, both feel to be made of quality materials but the physical buttons on both devices could be better.  When pressing the volume buttons on the Incredible it feels like your pushing gravy off of a cliff.  It’s a mushy experience and the resulting click gives you little satisfaction of achievement, but they do get the job done.  Likewise, the Droid X’s home row are marginally better but the buttons are so close together it’s hard to blindly pick the correct one. 

While you can find things to compare forever, what’s the end result, which phone should you buy? If you don’t care about the physical footprint of the Droid X, it is the phone to buy. You can’t help but love its massive screen.  When using both phones back and forth, you long for those extra pixels and it’s really hard to go back to the Incredible.  The Incredible is a great phone, but the Droid X goes over the top with its HDMI out, sunlight usable screen and the extra pixels.  Put it this way, if the Old Spice guy was going to buy a phone, it would be the Droid X.

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And then there's the Droid 2 which has a lower resolution camera (5 MP), but has the size advantage of the Incredible, the screen resolution of the X, a physical keyboard, and better battery life than both. I'm really torn between the D2 and the DX right now.

Glen said,
And then there's the Droid 2 which has a lower resolution camera (5 MP), but has the size advantage of the Incredible, the screen resolution of the X, a physical keyboard, and better battery life than both. I'm really torn between the D2 and the DX right now.
The droid 2 is a waste IMHO, the ONLY thing it has that the Incredible and X do not have is a physical keyboard, which is irrelevant with Swype and similar input methods (Swype and similar methods are easily as fast if not faster than a phones physical keyboard).

Nagisan said,
The droid 2 is a waste IMHO, the ONLY thing it has that the Incredible and X do not have is a physical keyboard, which is irrelevant with Swype and similar input methods (Swype and similar methods are easily as fast if not faster than a phones physical keyboard).

It basically comes down to the features that each individual person wants. I care less about using my phone for hi-def pictures and video, where better battery life and portability (smaller size) have a greater appeal. Besides, you don't have to use the physical keyboard on the D2, but it's there if you want it.

Glen said,
And then there's the Droid 2 which has a lower resolution camera (5 MP), but has the size advantage of the Incredible, the screen resolution of the X, a physical keyboard, and better battery life than both. I'm really torn between the D2 and the DX right now.

People need to ignore the mega pixels of camera phones. Just because the D-Inc has an 8MP camera doesn't mean the pictures will be better. In fact, the Nexus One (5 MP) takes better pictures than the D-Inc. Why? Because people forget that a good sensor is also needed.

Nagisan said,
The droid 2 is a waste IMHO, the ONLY thing it has that the Incredible and X do not have is a physical keyboard, which is irrelevant with Swype and similar input methods (Swype and similar methods are easily as fast if not faster than a phones physical keyboard).

The Droid 2 is an excellent choice for people who hate touch screen typing. My wife finds it near impossible to type without a keyboard due to her long nails.

ZenPirate said,

The Droid 2 is an excellent choice for people who hate touch screen typing. My wife finds it near impossible to type without a keyboard due to her long nails.
I would think touch screen typing is easier with long nails.....instead of trying to push the physical buttons you would only need to tap the screen to get the same effect.

I love my Droid X, the keyboard is one of the best if not the best virtual standard keyboard out there. The Incredible is nice if you prefer a smaller footprint and a fan of Sense. Personally the new version of Blur is FAR less altering than Sense, which is a good thing, imo.

Why is the Droid X listed at 256mb ram here, while every other article specs it at 512?

More importantly, while they are both great phones, one has significantly better battery life and should have been a point in the comparison

ZenPirate said,
Why is the Droid X listed at 256mb ram here, while every other article specs it at 512?

More importantly, while they are both great phones, one has significantly better battery life and should have been a point in the comparison

The Droid X has 512 MB of RAM. The article is incorrect here.

both of those phones look really strong and technical, like the actual physical appearance makes them look powerful, i quite like their design.
its a nice change from the smooth, curvy and shiny stuff thats been coming out recently.

plantemichel said,
iPhone 3 GS is the best choice guys but Droid and Droid X is only good to send to this guy of will it blend?
Its all about opinion, I would gladly take ANY Verizon phone before I would take an iPhone....

Nagisan said,
Its all about opinion, I would gladly take ANY Verizon phone before I would take an iPhone....

Exactly. AT&T has such a crappy network. The iPhone is way too simple for me to have. It looks like it was designed by a kid for a kid. And the cartoon like icons are annoying as hell (which is also why I tell people to stay away from the Samsung Galaxy S series of phones).

I laugh at all the stupid iPhone users who "ooooed" and "aaahed" over Apple's announcement of wallpaper, folder and what crApple tries to pass off as multitasking. No thanks Apple. Keep your crappy hardware and software.

I have the Droid Incredible and it is the better of the two phones in my opinion. The Droid X (Motorola) has a horrible UI. I love the D-Inc because of the HTC Sense UI.

UndergroundWire said,
I have the Droid Incredible and it is the better of the two phones in my opinion. The Droid X (Motorola) has a horrible UI. I love the D-Inc because of the HTC Sense UI.

I don't like either. With Sense you can't rotate any of the sense elements.
I wish I could put Stock android on my DX but there are plenty of apps that customize it back to the that way (Launcher Pro) etc... all the sense widgets are available too

Nightwind Hawk said,

I don't like either. With Sense you can't rotate any of the sense elements.
I wish I could put Stock android on my DX but there are plenty of apps that customize it back to the that way (Launcher Pro) etc... all the sense widgets are available too

My favorite sense app is the clock/weather widget. When you first turn on the screen, there is a full screen weather animation that occurs. There is no app to recreate that. Also the Droid Incredible has better email tweaks, like the out of office setup which comes in handy.

I have the Droid X and it's wonderful. I wanted to get the Incredible until that came out... they're both great phones, I prefer Droid X just because of it's incredible size. I wish the resolution was higher now that I see it's practically the same as the smaller screens....

Lacking outside pictures, which is where the X stomps all over most other phones.

Also, the Droid X has 8GB internal (where it installs apps and what not) which is no different than the Incredible.

Nagisan said,
Lacking outside pictures, which is where the X stomps all over most other phones.

Also, the Droid X has 8GB internal (where it installs apps and what not) which is no different than the Incredible.

Actually, the DInc HTC page says it has 8GB flash, and 512MB ROM (for apps) and 512MB ram (http://www.htc.com/us/support/...redible-verizon/tech-specs/). The Droid X has 8GB ROM (for apps) and then a 16GB microSD card. Basically for $30 on Amazon you can bump your DInc up to the same specs as the DX (what I'm doing!). Can the 8GB space for apps on the DX be used for music or anything though or do you HAVE to use a memory card?

the biggest difference in memory is the size of the SD card, thus the reason i said its moot in the review as a reason to buy one phone over the other.

Justin- said,
Can the 8GB space for apps on the DX be used for music or anything though or do you HAVE to use a memory card?
Currently it does not seem you can use the DX internal memory for storage, but Apps install to it, so you have 8GB of potential Apps, without cluttering your 16GB stock SD card.

Justin- said,

Actually, the DInc HTC page says it has 8GB flash, and 512MB ROM (for apps) and 512MB ram (http://www.htc.com/us/support/...redible-verizon/tech-specs/). The Droid X has 8GB ROM (for apps) and then a 16GB microSD card. Basically for $30 on Amazon you can bump your DInc up to the same specs as the DX (what I'm doing!). Can the 8GB space for apps on the DX be used for music or anything though or do you HAVE to use a memory card?

The site is incorrect. The D-Inc actually has 768 ROM. Any D-Inc user will tell you that.

No mention of how the battery life is on these...? Seems like a pretty important category to over look. If they are anything like he HTC evo then forget about it.

keylay said,
No mention of how the battery life is on these...? Seems like a pretty important category to over look. If they are anything like he HTC evo then forget about it.
The Droid X has much better battery life unless you have too many apps keeping your phone awake (but apps killing battery life is going to happen on all phones).

Edited by Nagisan, Aug 21 2010, 1:25am :

keylay said,
No mention of how the battery life is on these...? Seems like a pretty important category to over look. If they are anything like he HTC evo then forget about it.

Battery life is such a case by case situation, i could make the phone last three days or three hours depending on the apps you have running ...want longer life, run less apps....

bdsams said,

Battery life is such a case by case situation, i could make the phone last three days or three hours depending on the apps you have running ...want longer life, run less apps....

That is the reason why you have test conditions.

I have the Incredible and it really is incredible! I also felt the 3.7" screen is the right size for a phone, anything bigger, and it looks silly to hold to your face, but that's just me. Both are great phones, and Android OS has been excellent so far.

I have the Incredible and I love it, but I haven't had a chance to play with the Droid X yet. I really like that the Incredible is such a powerful phone and it still fits in my pocket.

I have a DInc too... it's my first smart phone and I came from an iPod Touch (which is now useless to me). Before getting it I was holding out on Verizon getting the iPhone -- I AM SO GLAD I DIDN'T WAIT: Droid eats it for lunch. That's not to say there's some pretty nifty apps on the iPhone that aren't yet on the Droid though. I'm a web developer and just last night I had to FTP a few changes that I would have NEVER attempted on my iOS device. With Android though, I switched back and forth between 3 or 4 apps (Gmail, file browser, FTP client, text editor). Literally less than two minutes later I was done.</steps off Android better than iOS soap box>

I also like the actual form and style of the Droid Incredible, though -- most other Droids I've seen, I've hated the way they look (yes, even the Droid X). That's just a matter of preference though.

Good comparison and review though.