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The HTC Droid Incredible Versus the Motorola Droid X

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/23/2011

In this article I compare the Motorola Droid X and HTC Droid Incredible based on various aspects like design, display, hardware, and connectivity, and give you the final winner.

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    HTC was one of the first Android backers while Motorola joined the Android bandwagon a bit later. But Motorola dedicated itself completely to Android while HTC is still playing with other platforms like Windows Phone 7 and BREW.

    The current king of the Android lineup is the Samsung Galaxy S, and Samsung also holds the largest share of all Android devices. Even the latest Google Android phone - the Google Nexus S was made by Samsung.

    Motorola, on the other hand, made Android cool with the Droid campaign with Verizon. The Motorola Droid X is one of the best Android devices yet. The HTC Droid Incredible is quite similar to the Droid X in terms of specifications and it is also available on Verizon.

    In this comparison, I pit the Motorola Droid X against the HTC Droid Incredible.

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    Design and Display

    The Motorola Droid X has a standard touchscreen candybar form factor, and so does the HTC Droid Incredible. Both sport a similar design, with the display dominating the front face and the standard Android keys below the display - Home, Back, Search and Menu. While the HTC Droid Incredible has an optical trackball, the Motorola Droid X doesn't.

    Both the phones have really nice build quality and feel suite sturdy and well built. The Motorola Droid X has dimensions of 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9 mm and weighs about 155 gms while the Droid Incredible has dimensions of 117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9 mm and weighs 130 gms. Even though the Droid X has a much larger display, it is actually slimmer. But the other dimensions and the weight are more than the Droid Incredible.

    While the Droid Incredible is compact, the Droid X offers a much bigger display. The choice lies with you, whether you want a smaller, more portable phone or a bulkier phone with a bigger display.

    The Droid X has a 4.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels while the Droid Incredible has a 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The display quality of both phones is quite nice, with the Droid Incredible offering slightly better contrast and brightness than the Droid X.

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    OS and Hardware

    Both the phones, the Motorola Droid X and the HTC Droid Incredible offer similar hardware specs. Both run the same OS - Android 2.1 Eclair, but can be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. We also have tutorials which you can use to install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Droid X and the Droid Incredible.

    Even in terms of hardware, both are evenly matched. Both the phones have a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. The Droid X has 6.5 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards while the Droid Incredible has 8 GB internal memory and supports 32 GB microSD cards too.

    The Droid X runs the MotoBLUR UI while the Droid Incredible runs the HTC Sense UI. The latter is a bit more refined than the former.

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    Camera and Multimedia

    Both the Droid X and the Droid Incredible come with 8 MP camera with image capture resolutions of 3266 x 2450 pixels. The Droid X has autofocus and dual LED flash while the Droid Incredible has autofocus and LED flash. The Droid X can also record 720p videos.

    The image capture quality of the Droid X is much better than that of the Droid Incredible. It is easily one of the best camera Android phones. The Droid X also has an HDMI out. Both phones have FM radio with RDS. The Droid X is the clear winner in this round.

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    Connectivity

    On the connectivity front, the Droid X and the Droid Incredible are almost the same. They offer 3G Rev. A connectivity as well as the basics - Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The Droid X also offers DLNA support. Both phones have a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support. The Droid X's bigger display is better for both watching movies as well as browsing the web.

    The Droid X also has a more powerful 1540 mAh Li-Po battery compared to the Droid Incredible's 1300 mAh Li-ion battery.

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    The Verdict

    While both the Droid X and the Droid Incredible are great phones, if I had to choose one phone, it would be the Motorola Droid X. It has a bigger display, is slimmer, has a much better camera and also comes with a more powerful battery. If you want a more compact phone with the Sense UI instead of MotoBLUR, go with the HTC Droid Incredible.