At this link there are pics and a new video of it powering up.
This must mean it will release soon
I love my Droid X
Pictures and link are on the previous page.
i really do not see any compelling reason for vzw to release this phone. they may as well scrap it and revamp it with more substantial hardware changes for a nov release, and put the droid 1 owners on a 1 year cycle.
You see no compelling reason for VZ to release this phone? I'll show you one reason.... look at all the people on tech sites and forums who are waiting to buy this phone when it comes out. Why should they release it? Because a lot of people will buy it!
We were told that the Shadow's guts were largely the same as that of the Droid2. Let's say this means they have the same processor.
Look at those benchmarks. The Shadow (Droid X) is right behind the 1ghz Snapdragon in the Nexus One, WHILE the N1 was using 2.2 and the Shadow was using 2.1. Look at how the 2.1 Shadow compares to the 2.1 Nexus. About twice the benchmark score. The new processor in there is a leap and bound over the Droid1 processor. It's a pretty major hardware revision based on these standards.
Now imagine the score if the Shadow was running 2.2. You starting to see why it's a considerable update now?
This is forgetting the improved keyboard and internal storage as well as any other changes they may have made.
think about it as if you were a vzw salesperson: you have the droid 1 and droid 2 sitting on the shelf next to each other. lets say the droid 1 priced at $100 and the droid 2 at $199. how are you going to get a soccer mom to buy the droid 2 for $100 more when they have basically the same hardware and software?
with 1 year cycle i was referring to how the iphone (or cars etc) has people expecting that they need a new model on a yearly basis (even though contracts are 2 years). for people who have a droid 1 its just an easier sell to release the new one a year later, and any earlier would be pointless imo. this situation is very similar to the blackberry tour/tour2.
1-screen size is supposed to be the same with the same res
3-newer/faster processor; this is great for nerds like me but 98% of people who walk into a vzw store have no idea what processor their phone has let alone what it is clocked at
4-improved keyboard; this is also great except for the fact that most droid owners that ive talked to do not even use their keyboards after a few months b/c they actually learn to use the virtual efficiently.
5-more internal ram/storage; nice, but see point 3
6-same os (or may have blur which would be a negative for most people)
Last edited by sdotmiles; 06-12-2010 at 02:17 AM. Reason: 6
How bout a fair benchmark? Give them both 2.2. give them both stock speeds.
Look at the stock Droid, compare to the Shadow. See the difference? Now imagine that difference being consistent with the changes of 2.2 and overclocking.
I just don't see how this bump in processor is such a yawner for some people. It's a pretty big step up. You act like we went from the N270 to the N280 Atom processor. Not only that, Keyboard! a Major gripe for many Droid owners, has been improved!
sdotmiles does have a valid argument IMO. It will be a tough sell to the average consumer when the Droid 1 has came down so much in price. Its why companies go out of their way to put "Snapdragon" processors in their phone. Their clocked at 1GHZ, and have "Dragon" in the name. Its very marketable. Note the latest wave of Droid Incredible commercials. Now I know they're overrated, you know that too, but the average consumer does not. TI OMAP3630 doesn't sound as sexy as Snapdragon. Then the camera, screen size, the overall look, and potentially the OS will be the same.
With all that being said, I've pretty much came to the conclusion that if that phone launches with 2.2, I WILL buy it.
I really do hope people aren't buying the Droid Incredible because of the processer name