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
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
- •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
|iPhone original||iPhone 3G||iPhone 3Gs||iPhone 4|
|Talk time||8 hrs||10 hrs using 2G|
5 hrs using 3G
|12 hrs using 2G|
5 hrs using 3G
|14 hrs using 2G
7 hrs using 3G
|Standby time||250 hrs||300 hrs||300 hrs||300 hrs|
|Music time||24 hrs||24 hrs||30 hrs||40 hrs|
|Video time||7 hrs||7 hrs||10 hrs||10 hrs|
|Web time||6 hrs||6 hrs||9 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!
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)