Beyond Droid vs iPhone

The Droid vs iPhone comparison should take into consideration some phones other than the Droid. While it’s not a Droid smartphone per se (although it does use the Android OS), the Motorola Atrix is worth a look. After all Motorola is billing it as “The world’s most powerful smartphone“.

It may be that for now, but possibly not for long, as the release of the new iPhone5 is just around the corner. The Atrix was released late february/early march of this year (2011) only several weeks ago…

The Atrix implement’s a mighty dual-core processor.

The push towards dual-core is to give Android (the operating system on the Atrix and Droid series phones) a huge boost in multitasking power. We now know that the new iPhone5, that will be coming out later this year, will also be sporting a dual-core cpu and Motorola’s Droid Bionic coming out this summer will have the same. Dual-core is definitely the next wave of tech improvements to hit smartphones, and your phone won’t be worth squat if doesn’t have it, because you can bet that soon all the latest apps will require it.

The Atrix

The Atrix

The Atrix has a big first for smartphones – fingerprint recognition technoology.

This would certainly make it more secure than a smartphone using traditional passwords to gain access and possibily faster for the legitimate owner too. This may be a recurring trend in cellphone technology, hopefully so.

As with the other Droid series phones, the Atrix incorporates expandable memory in it’s design. Out of the box the Atrix comes with 16GB but you can upgrade that easily with a micro SD card to 48GB. That’s plenty for all kinds of stuff, including movies and loads of music.

A small reminder that the iPhone memory is not expandable. What you get when you unbox your iPhone is what you are stuck with. Apple needs to address this issue, but I don’t think it will be addressed in the iPhone5.

The screen size of the Atrix (again a first) was the world’s first qHD 960×540 display, which is the same resolution as the Droid Bionic and less than the iPhone4 which has a 960×640 display. Remember that there are 2 aspects to the perceived quality of your smartphone’s screen:

  1. The physical screen size
  2. The amount of pixels

The iPhone4 has a screen size of 3.5 inches measured diagonally. The Atrix has a 4 inch diagonal screen while the Droid Bionic has a 4.3 inch diagonal span. So while the physical size of the Atrix and Bionic’s screens are larger, the resolution is actually less than that of the Apple iPhone4’s Retina display.

The Atrix has a front and rear facing camera and with the Qik app you have face-to-face chat equivalent to Apple’s Facetime.

An HDMI output is standard on the Atrix. This allows a user to output video from the Atrix to a HDTV.

The Best Droid in the Droid vs iPhone Shootout?

The best Droid will undoubtedly be the Droid Bionic soon to be released and the best iPhone will most certainly be the iPhone5 which will be released later this year as well. Now whether Apple’s next offering will win out over Motorola’s, is yet to be seen…

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