On Wednesday night, I attended a launch event at the Hudson Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, for the new Droid X smartphone. Unveiled by the folks at Motorola, the Droid X is a new Google Android phone that will be available with Verizon service. The phone is due to hit stores on July 15, but those of us at the party were lucky enough to take some samples home. I’m going to spend the next few weeks testing it, and playing with its functionality. Specifically (and this is the reason I was invited), this new phone will be a stab into the smartphone video market. The Motorola Droid X comes with a series of great apps, the most notable being the Blockbuster app. Users will be able to rent or buy films off of Blockbuster’s digital store, and thanks to an HDMI jack, users can easily connect the phone to their HDTV at home.
At the New York launch party on Wednesday, the Manhattan guest list indicated a dedication to content providers, with folks in the video and music digital space well represented. When addressing the small crowd at the Hudson Hotel, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha referenced the iPhone’s dominance in the smartphone business, while drawing comparisons to the way in which Apple was a leader in the home computer world until the PC-based industry used openness to change the market during the 1990s. In other words, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet, when it comes to smartphone competition. As for the Droid X, while I play with mine, check out this video review from CNET: