Rod Dreher

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Superbrilliant, killer Droid X review

Tom Scocca’s extremely critical appraisal of the new Droid X smartphone is one of the most clever and devastating reviews I’ve ever seen. I cannot imagine reading this and wanting to go anywhere near the thing. Why? Here:

I tried to write the title of this Using the voice recognition on the Deoid X but it didn,’t go very well. I tries the voice recognition. Wcause because the virtual keyboard ia pretty a.nohing annoying too.

You’ve got to read the whole thing. It’s a work of art.
(Via The Browser).

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posted July 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

I would not feel comfortable having her in office after her remarks (especially in public)
I think the correct choice was made.
In order to get rid of discrimination, we also need to get rid of reverse discrimination.

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posted July 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

Voice recognition is a poor example to highlight when evaluating any smartphone, though. The best of breed software on any platform is in its infancy. Any software engineer involved in VR will tell you it’s incredibly difficult to get it right. So, *cum grano salis* and all that.

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Larry Anderson

posted July 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

Tell you what, Rod: try writing a blog post on your iPhone, and let us know how that works out for you.

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posted July 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

what’s worse than a glitchy phone? an ignorant user.
what’s worse than this review? nothing. slate should be ashamed of this.

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Beth Mahoney

posted July 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Well I got a Droid X and I absolutely love the thing. I have experienced no problems and in my view the phone lives up to the hype. Apparently not everyone has had the same experience as me apparently…

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posted July 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Very funny review. I think the underlying message is not specifically the Droid X itself but that as our technology becomes more prominent in our lives, it often makes things more difficult. I am increasingly of the same mind as the reviewer (again, not necessarily about the Droid). I get so annoyed at the GPS system in the car telling me to drive straight into a wall. Or “now turn right …. in 500 feet.” Or the self-checkout line at the store. If they are going to replace a real person with the machine, the machine should work at least as well as a real person. Instead, it freezes up at the slightest little thing. Grrr. I suppose I’m getting to be an Old even though I’m not in real age.

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