Top 5 Reasons Droid is Better??

Are there definite reasons why Android phones are better than iPhones? We all know there are differences in the way the two phones function, but aren’t they just that? Different ways of doing the same thing? The following video reports unequivocally that Android phones are better. Is he right?

This short video from CNET’s Brian Cooley discussing his top 5 reasons why he thinks Droid phones are flat out better than iPhones. Frankly, while he does make some valid points, he may have missed on some others… I’ll let you be the judge:


After you check out the video above, vote in this quick poll to see if the mainstream media is reporting the right smartphone numbers to us![merlic_poll id=”380″]

Leaked Image of The Droid Bionic

The 2 New Contenders for this Fall

Motorola’s newest entry into the smartphone market has been delayed, which is not exactly new news. The Droid Bionic was originally slated for a Q2 release but has been rescheduled until sometime in August or September. In either case, I’m sure that Motorola will aim to have this phone released before the serious competition hits the market – the iPhone5. Can the Droid Bionic beat out the iPhone5?

Droid Bionic leaked image

Droid Bionic leaked

 

This image is reported to be a leaked image of the soon to be released Droid Bionic. If it is, I would have to say that Motorola has to do better than this!

 

Smartphones are more than just phones these days. In fact, being a phone is probably their least talked about functionality – it’s simply a given. We look at our cell phones dozens (maybe even hundreds) of times per day. They should be designed as beautiful objects to look at and to hold. I would have to say that Apple has long understood this and is ahead of the game on this respect. Get it together Motorola!

 

As of this writing we know that the Bionic will have or be capable of:

  • •4G LTE
  • •WiFi
  • •HDMI output (TV out)
  • •a 4.3 inch display (quite large)
  • •3G wireless hotspot connectivity
  • •GPS
  • •8 MP camera that will work in low light (yeah!!)
  • •720p HD video capture and a front-facing camera capable of Video Chat
  • •a 1Ghz Tegra Dual core processor

The processor may be switched over to a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP processor rumor has it.  The Droid, Droid X and Droid 2 all use the OMAP processor but obviously if the Bionic were to be released with one it would be the most recent version.


Skype will be able to run in video chat mode with the Bionic. The Droid Bionic will also support the Android Netflix app. It will be one of only a few select phones to have this capability. This makes sense seeing as how this phone will have an HDMI output so that you could watch movies on your large screen television. Also important will be the support of Adobe Flash and HTML 5 out of the box. It will also have built in support for Facebook, Picasa, Twitter and the Android Marketplace.

It’s difficult to say at this point if the Bionic will be released with Android 2.2 or 2.3 as the latter is slated for release in Q3 2011 which would coincide with the launch date of the Bionic.

As far as the new iPhone5 release date, Katy Huberty (from Morgan Stanley) has claimed that “Apple’s next iPhone will begin production in mid-to-late August and ramp aggressively”. I think it’s safe to say that September will be a very interesting month!

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…

Amazon Appstore Now Open!

This just in…

While it doesn’t directly address the Droid Vs iPhone debate, this is pretty significant news. Amazon has just launched their Appstore for Android. As a part of their launch promotion, they will be giving away one FREE Android App per day!! Check it out and pick up a FREE app today! They are also giving away the ridiculously popular Angry Birds game for limited time. Get them while you can, at Amazon.

What About The Droid?

The label “Droid” is most often used when talking about the smart phone manufactured by Motorola but can be used when talking about any smartphone that runs Google’s Android operating system.

DroidFun fact: the brand name “Droid” is a trademark owned by Lucasfilm and licensed out by them.

 

We will be looking specifically at the Droid smartphones from Motorola which are marketed as the Droid series.

To date, Motorola now offers the:

 

Basic Features of the Droid

This is a tricky one to answer to directly as there are several different Droid versions. This is perhaps the biggest single difference between apple products in general and most other manufacturers. Apple usually offers a single version of their product (with minor memory upgrades) while other manufacturers typically have many models. Whether having multiple models and ultimately more consumer choice is a good thing or a bad thing, I’ll leave you to decide. However, too much choice can be confusing to the customer. I’ll try and clarify some things here in this blog post.

Not unlike the iPhone the basic features of the Droid series contains:

Droid Bionic

Droid Bionic

 

  • •voice calls
  • •text message
  • •still camera
  • •video camera
  • •media player
  • •email
  • •web browser
  • •multi-touch navigation screen
  • •Wi-fi and 3G connectivity
  • •2 (front and rear facing) cameras (Droid Bionic)

One of the features that all of the Motorola Droid phones have that the iPhone doesn’t, is a physical keyboard as well as an onscreen touch keyboard. The Droid Bionic will be the first of the Droid series to not include a physical keyboard.

140 million Android powered devices are projected to be in use by the end of 2011. That is huge!! It may even outnumber the iPhones on the market. Time will tell. More is definitely better in this regard as the larger the customer base, the more apps will be made available for Android powered phones and the more likely the Android OS will be updated to contain user feedbacked requests.

 

Here are some other features compared in table format:

DroidDroid 2Droid 2 GlobalDroid ProDroid X
droid camera•5MP Camera w/flash
•DVD quality video rec & play
•5MP Camera w/flash
•DVD quality video rec & play
•5MP Camera w/flash
•DVD quality video rec & play
•5MP Camera w/flash
•DVD quality video rec & play
•8MP Camera w/flash
•DVD quality video rec & play
Droid Battery•Standby up to 270 hrs
•Talk time up to 385 min
•Standby up to 315 hrs
•Talk time up to 575 min
•Standby up to 320 hrs
•Talk time up to 500 min
•Standby up to 330 hrs
•Talk time up to 480 min
•Standby up to 220 hrs
•Talk time up to 480 min
droid options•mini usb connector
GPS, WiFi, Speakerphone
•QWERTY keyboard
•Touch screen
•mini usb connector
GPS, WiFi, Speakerphone
•QWERTY keyboard
•Touch screen
•mini usb connector
GPS, WiFi, Speakerphone
•QWERTY keyboard
•Touch screen
•mini usb connector
GPS, WiFi, Speakerphone
•QWERTY keyboard
•Touch screen
•mini usb connector
GPS, WiFi, Speakerphone
•QWERTY keyboard
•Touch screen
•HDMI (connect to t.v.)
16GB pre-installed
expandable + 32GB
16GB pre-installed
expandable + 32GB
16GB pre-installed
expandable + 32GB
4GB pre-installed
expandable + 32GB
10GB pre-installed
expandable + 32GB

You might have noticed that the Droid Bionic wasn’t included in the chart. This smartphone, which is due to be released this June, will be quite different from the previous Droid models and we should look at it separately.

The Droid Bionic will have:

  • •screen size of 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches
  • •Swype input method
  • •16 GB storage (expandable to 48GB), 512 MB RAM, 2 GB ROM
  • •8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • •DVD quality video
  • •Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset
  • •GPS
  • •4G

Like most of the other Droid models, the Bionic will allow for Swype input. If you don’t know what Swype is, here is a video that can explain it much better than words:
 


The features of note on the Droid Bionic are the dual core processor, 4G network access, 8MP resolution camera, and huge amount of memory. More on each of these later…

Multitasking should be smooth and effortless on this phone as already the Android OS is quite good at this. With a dualcore processor to help it along, the Bionic should really excel in this area. At this point there is no information available as to how long the battery will last between recharges. With a dualcore processor and a large touchscreen to power, it better have a substantial capacity or users will find themselves recharging every few minutes!
 

Size and weight of the Droid Bionic

Height: 4.96 inches (125.9 mm)
Width: 2.63 inches (66.9 mm)
Depth: 0.52 inches (13.3 mm)
Weight: 5.5 ounces (158 grams)

 

You can check out this hands on video of the Droid Bionic in action: 




 

Chris Bishop ChrisYBishop@droidvsiphone.org
Los Angeles , California , 90012 U.S.A.

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