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As much as I'd like to review the Verizon Droid X from a perspective utterly unpolluted by bias, preconceptions and ingrained habits, that's just not going to happen. The problem is, I'm a human being. Not only that, but I'm also a human being who's been using a certain other smartphone of note as my daily driver for a few years. No matter how often I try out BlackBerries, WinMos, Palms and Androids, my constant use of that other phone has created a certain baseline in my mind. Comparison will be inevitable.
I appreciate Mr. Hartsock's admission of bias in the beginning of this article. I found his review of the Droid X to be very fair. However... the test photos used to illustrate the difference between cameras on the iPhone4 and the Droid X may not reflect the reality of the situation. The photos are taken from a slightly different angle (most likely unintentional) to a fixed light source. The Droid photo seems to be angled toward the light source, while the iPhone is angled away. The shift in perspective, slight as it may be, appears to be enough (in my experience) to cause the washed out effect that Hartsock had mentioned in the review. Were more comparison photos taken? Or is the photo review based strictly on the one shot of the cat taken with each phone?
It's possible that a small change to the angle of the shot may have thrown slightly more light into the Droid X photo. If that's the case, it was unintentional. However, this was not the only photo in which I perceived a difference in color and contrast between the two cameras. After shooting several images for side-by-side comparison, I thought the iPhone 4's photos were stronger.
I like what I read/hear about Verizon's Droid X but I am anxiously awaiting a strong, stable marriage to occur to blow away all other phones---maybe betwen Droid X and Kindle. They could name it "Kindroid","Droidkin", or just plain old, "Kindro", like our favorite pet, Astro, from the Jetsons. Yeah, Kindro sounds good.
Whatever they name it, I want this smart baby to do it all---search, surf, read aloud, make pictures, make calls, email, pay my bills as well as order my pizza.
Really, in the twenty-something century, is this too much to ask?