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Apple iPhone VS The DROIDS

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Uh-Oh… Fanboys!

Owning the trendy iPhone 3GS will heavily taint this weigh-in. We realize you’re reading this for personal review anyways, but you’ve been duely warned. There hasn’t been an ounce of regret in buying the iPhone. In fact we’ve owned all three generations of the iPhone and don’t regret buying it over and over again. We think the iPhone is the sleekest, sexiest handset on the market.

That’s not to say that Apple hasn’t made a few mistakes along the road to perfection. The iPhone WAS introduced without picture messaging and mobile video recording, something which any old Verizon flip-phone was doing right out of the box four years prior. And although it was a feature most of us missed at first, the majority found that they quickly forgot all about it. Ask anyone now, after its been made available, and I’m sure they’ll tell you they don’t know how they ever lived without it.

Did we mention the iPhone is sexy? Can that be enough? No?! You want more? OK!

The iPhone is Sexy!!

The iPhone’s user interface is unparralleled. It has more apps, it has better apps. The Droid is blocky and not sexy. In all seriousness, the Droid, while running Android as its OS, has more far potential for developers because of how inherently open it is. This could be potentially intruiging as developers begin to have fun with that. After all, it’s something you rarely get with any device, especially a mobile phone. The Motorola Droid does has multi-tasking and is the only one that does for the time being, integration with external apps such as Microsoft’s Outlook is easy (Apple are you listening? Most of the world runs a Windows based operation… this type of stuff should be a no brainer at this point.) We feel like Droid not having multi-touch was a step in the wrong direction, however, especially as it is a direct competitor with the iPhone. That being said it certainly is not a necessity. Still, it would be nice.

Final Thoughts?

Both phones are popular with teens and therefore need to have some type of inherent resiliency built in. Droid probably takes the cake on this one as the iPhone does have the stigmata of being overtly fragile. But the sex appeal? God, you just can’t beat that!

The Decision?

iPhone all the way!



The Apple iPhone has been at the top of the smartphone game since its inception almost three years ago. With the release of the iPhone 3GS over the summer of 2009 it doesn’t look like this phone is set to slow down anytime soon. Boasting a sleek, capacitive touch-screen and smooth as chocolate interface, the iPhone is a hearty contender. Can the Droid, Verizon’s self-dubbed “iPhone Killer”, actually dethrone the king and end Apple’s regime in an increasingly mobile phone world?

  • Size and Weight

    • Height: 4.5 inches (115.5 mm)
    • Width: 2.4 inches (62.1 mm)
    • Depth: 0.48 inch (12.3 mm)
    • Weight: 4.8 ounces (135 grams)
  • Wireless Connectivity

    • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless technology
  • Power and Battery

    • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Talk time: Up to 12 hours on 2G or up to 5 hours on 3G
    • Standby time: Up to 300 hours
    • Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G, or up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi
    • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
    • Audio playback: Up to 30 hours
  • Display/Interface

    • 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
    • 480-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 ppi
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Music & Video

    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    • Audio formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
    • Video formats supported: H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • Camera

    • 3 megapixels
    • Autofocus
    • Tap to focus
    • Video recording, VGA up to 30 fps with audio
    • Photo and video geotagging
  • Connectors and Outputs

    • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
    • Built-in speaker
    • Microphone
    • SIM card tray
  • Sensors

    • Accelerometer
    • Proximity sensor
    • Ambient light sensor


The Android-powered smartphone from Verizon, Motorola DROID makes accessing social networks and Web sites a breeze. We start with features the iPhone can’t compete with thus far like turn-by-turn navigation (ala Google Maps) and a thin, full-QWERTY slide out keyboard. The DROID also has a 3.7-inch touchscreen display capable of high-resolution photography thanks to its 5-megapixel camera, another missing piece on the iPhone. Oh, and did we mention it also records video, can multitask and has Wi-Fi networking built in? All this makes for a pretty package, but is the package really worthy of the hype? You tell us.

  • Size and Weight

    • Height: 2.4 inches (60.00 mm)
    • Width: 4.6 inches (115.80 mm)
    • Depth: 0.5 inch (13.70 mm)
    • Weight: 6 ounces (169 grams)
  • Wireless Connectivity

    • Stereo Bluetooth® technology v2.1 + EDR (profiles supported: HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP, PBAP, and OPP for video/still images)
    • Support for Corporate calendar, email and contacts (Exchange 2003 and 2007), Google contacts, calendar and Gmail™, Facebook™ contacts
    • 802.11 b,g Wi-fi
  • Power and Battery

    • 1400 mAh Li Ion
    • Up to 270 hrs. standby time
  • Display/Interface

    • Navigational tool: Directional key with center select
    • Operating system: Android™ 2.0
    • Backlit
    • Multiple, customizable home screens (three)
    • Volume control, Camera, Back, Search, Menu, Power/Lock, Home
    • Haptic feedback
    • Keypad lock
    • Light-responsive display
    • QWERTY keyboard
    • Touch screen
    • Virtual keyboard
    • Voice commands
  • Music & Video

    • Playable formats: AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, OGG, AMR WB, AMR NB, AAC+, MIDI
    • Streaming audio & video
    • DVD quality (720×480 resolution) up to 24 fps capture; up to 30 fps playback
  • Camera

    • Image stabilization, real-time color effects, scene modes, location tagging
    • 5 Megapixels
    • 4x Digital Zoom
    • Dual LED Flash
    • Automatic Focus
    • Cropping, rotating, Geo Tagging
  • Connectors and Outputs

    • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
    • Built-in speaker
    • Microphone
    • SIM card tray
  • Sensors

    • eCompass
    • Proximity sensor
    • Ambient light sensor

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