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…

Comparing DroidX and the iPhone 4

Comparing smartphones is a notoriously difficult thing to do as there are several different Motorola Droid and Apple iPhone models. This makes the Droid Vs iPhone debate a particularly tricky one to navigate.

Apple likes to keep things simple in every respect, including model names.

Apple started with the original iPhone:

iPhone original

iPhone original

Then came the iPhone 3G:

iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G

Then the iPhone 3Gs:

iPhone 3Gs

iPhone 3Gs

And finally, the iPhone 4:

iPhone 4

iPhone 4

Lets compare the most important features of the iPhone 4 against the Droid X right here on Droid vs iPhone. Some results are subjective (like video quality), some aren’t (like memory) but the results should give anyone who is sitting on the fence and hesitating on purchasing either of these phones something to think about.

In chart form here are the best performers in several categories:

Droid XiPhone 4
DisplayiPhone4
ProcessorDroidXiPhone4
StorageDroidX
Text EntryDroidX
Speech to TextDroidX
BrowseriPhone4
Still PicturesiPhone4
Video (recorded) QualityiPhone4
Operating SystemDroidX
Overall SpeedDroidX

Some other features to consider are that the iPhone4 has 2 cameras (front and back facing). Apple’s FaceTime takes advantage of this. For those of you who don’t know, FaceTime is iPhone’s realtime video chat feature very similar to Skype. The quality is quite good, even from country to country.

While the iPhone4 has 2 microphones to help with voice clarity and quality, the DroidX has 3! Is more better? In subjective tests, the iPhone beat out the DroidX in this respect, even though the DroidX had more physical microphones.

In order to get data (ie. videos, apps, music etc.) on and off of your iPhone, the user must use iTunes, whereas the DroidX (using Android OS) can simply be connected to your computer and appear as an external storage device (not unlike a usb key). From there you just have to drag and drop. Dead simple! I prefer this system much better.

And this brings us to the physical method that each phone uses to connect. The Droid series uses a simple mini usb cable that you can find and replace anywhere (should you loose it). Most people have spares kicking around from other devices. Apple unfortunately insists on uses their proprietary cable. Loose it, and prepare to pay dearly for a replacement.

Flash has been a big issue on mobile phones. I don’t mean for your picture taking, I mean Adobe Flash which appears on many internet sites that you visit everyday. The latest version of Android now supports Flash. We’re still waiting for Apple to jump on board. Maybe we’ll see this for the iPhone5.

Historically, Apple likes to have tight control over every aspect of their products. Apple maintains very rigid control over many aspects of the apps in their Appstore as well. They approve all apps and control limits on pricing too. You may have heard of the $999.99 “I Am Rich” app which apparently only displayed a red ruby on the screen and gave the owner a secret “mantra” to say in order to keep healthy and stay wealthy. Apple pulled the app a short while after it was released, as they considered it to be a tad of a scam. It did make several sales however.

This is not the case for the Android phones. While there is a store for Android apps, you can find and download these apps just about anywhere. Is this good or bad? Well, some major security issues have been brought to light by the media. In March 2011, Google announced that they had to pull over 50 apps from the Android app market because they contained malicious code.  Google initiated a system that could remove these apps remotely so damage was minimized. Apple may get the advantage on this point of the Droid vs iPhone challenge, but time will tell if Android’s open door policy dominates the market.

In a recent survey done by Nielson, they found that 71 percent of smartphone users would buy an Android phone again. That sounds like a high loyalty rating, but it falls noticeably short when asking iPhone owners about their next handset — 89 percent are happy with iOS4 and plan to buy a future Apple handset. One thing is for sure, it’s looking like it will be a close race in the Droid Vs iPhone debate.

I can say that the iPhone4 does offer a very smooth user experience although highly lacking in customized features and convenience. The DroidX has power and offers a lot of tweak factor which ensures you’ll never get bored with it.

But it ain’t over yet…

Motorola will be releasing the Droid Bionic this summer, and this should really stir up the pot…

 

 

Droid vs iPhone – up first – iPhone

Droid vs iPhone,iPhone4 | Tuesday March 8 2011 1:53 am | Comments (4) Tags: ,

We may be opening up a can of worms with this Droid vs iPhone discussion, but let’s see if we can weed out the fluff and see what happens when the Droid vs iPhone debate is presented in full and unbiased. We’ll start by taking an in-depth look at each phone individually and then side by side in layman terms. We’ll try to avoid as many numbers and as much geek talk as possible, which won’t be easy!

Basic History and features of the iPhone

 

iPhone4

iPhone4

 

 

First off, the very popular iPhone is now plugging their most recent incarnation of phone which is the iPhone4. The first iPhone was released in 2007, only about 4 years ago. The basic features of the iPhone:

  • •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

There are presently close to 90 million iPhones sold (all versions included)!! That is quite an accomplishment!

The capacitive touchscreen’s resolution of the iPhone4 is 640 x 960 at 326 ppi. Why is it important to know about the type of touchscreen that a smart phone uses? Well the type the iPhone uses relies on the fact that human bodies conduct electricity. If you happen to be wearing gloves, the iPhone won’t respond. If you’re saying, “who cares” to yourself right now, you’ve obviously never been outside waiting for a bus in 10°F weather and had your phone ring. Taking off your gloves in this weather just to answer your phone is not to be taken lightly!

The iPhone does not natively support the transferring of files (pictures, video etc.) by Bluetooth (OBEX file transfer protocol). For some strange reason (just like the ipod), the iPhone does NOT allow the user to replace the rechargeable battery. This has always been an odd “feature” oversight for Apple.

Droid Vs iPhone Battery Comparison

battery

battery

iPhone originaliPhone 3GiPhone 3GsiPhone 4
Talk time8 hrs10 hrs using 2G
5 hrs using 3G
12 hrs using 2G
5 hrs using 3G
14 hrs using 2G
7 hrs using 3G
Standby time250 hrs300 hrs300 hrs300 hrs
Music time24 hrs24 hrs30 hrs40 hrs
Video time7 hrs7 hrs10 hrs10 hrs
Web time6 hrs6 hrs9 hrs (5hrs on 3G)6 hrs using 3G
10 hrs using Wi-fi

Bear in mind that in the past it was believed that Apple greatly exaggerated these numbers. So take them with a grain of salt!

camera and video

 

The iPhone has a built in 5 megapixel camera (2592×1936 pixels) with LED flash. The LED flash is also capable of staying on for dimly lit video recording situations. Video recording resolution can be up to 720p which Apple is billing as HD, but seriously now! This is clearly a marketing ploy when we know that “real” HD video cameras alone go for thousands. They are simply playing with numbers and not looking at quality when it comes to the HD label.

 

Other Important Info

Memory on the iPhone is not expandable. They are sold in either the 16gig or 32gig models. RAM or live memory is 512MB in size. Processor speed of the cpu in the iPhone4 has not been revealed but is believed to be in the 800Mhz to 1Ghz range using a single core. Like the ipod, all media file management must be  done by the iTunes software available for free.

For text input, the iPhone4 uses a virtual keyboard that is represented on it’s touchscreen.

There are over 350,000 apps for the iPhone in existence with prices in the average range of $3.50-4.00 but can be priced anywhere from free to $1000.00 (the maximum limit set by Apple).

Currently AT&T and Verizon are the only authorized iPhone carriers in the U.S.

Size and weight of the iPhone4

Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
Weight: 4.8 ounces (137 grams)
Chris Bishop ChrisYBishop@droidvsiphone.org
Los Angeles , California , 90012 U.S.A.

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