Well, it hasn't exactly reached iPhone 4 death grip meltdown status. And if the good folks at Motorola and Verizon have been paying attention to the news over the last few weeks, it probably won't. But today a spokesperson for Motorola acknowledged that a display malfunction affected a "very small number" of Droid X handsets, and promised to send out new Droid X units to any customers experiencing problems with their shiny new phone.
"We are aware of a very small number of Droid X units that have experienced a flickering or banding display," a Motorola spokesperson told PC World today. "The exposure of devices is limited to less than one-tenth of a percent. We resolved the issue and are continuing to ship the product. Any consumer who experiences a flickering or banding display should contact Motorola's customer support center or Verizon Wireless for a replacement."
Of course, there's some irony here: The only malfunctioning part of the Droid X is the 4.3-inch Droid X screen, which many reviewers had singled out for praise. "The Droid X's screen isn't just large; it's also brilliant and crisp," the AP noted in July. "It's really fun to watch videos on it, read Facebook status updates from little on-screen 'widgets,' check e-mails and poke around online. Colors look bright, and text is easy to read."
(Read the complete Droid X review round-up here.)
Not that the mighty Droid X – the latest in the very successful Droid line – is likely to be laid low by something as insignificant as a flickering screen. The Droid X sold out at many retail outlets in the US on its first day on the market, and the Verizon Wireless online store isn't expecting Droid X stock until the end of the month, at the earliest. And there's nothing like electronics shortage to drive up consumer interest, is there?