DroidX next best thing?

After a few weeks of life with the Motorola DroidX, I fully expected some of the common “gotchas” to creep in and my first impressions of glee to be replaced with a bit of regret.

After a few weeks of life with the Motorola DroidX, I fully expected some of the common “gotchas” to creep in and my first impressions of glee to be replaced with a bit of regret.

After all I was in love with my first Motorola Droid, which really was the first cellphone that had everything I wanted in a phone and a portable computer.

So after a long week with my X, I can offer these real world comparisons between the Droid and the X.

The good: The thing is FAST. Compared to my Droid, the X is blazing fast. It is responsive and quick. The keyboard, which I expected to hate based on my experience with the Samsung Omnia, turns out to be glorious. I love it. It’s big and fits my fingers and is simple to type on.

The screen and sound? Fantastic. If you want to watch a video or something on YouTube you are going to have a fantastic experience. And the photos and video are amazing. The 8 megapixel camera lives up to the hype and delivers.

Now comes the bad stuff. First is the battery. The Achilles heel of all cellphones but this one is rotten. The second is the dock.

All in all, I love my new phone other than it is huge.

James Derk is a tech columnist for Scripps Howard News Service.