The iPhone has dominated the airwaves for a few years now despite the occasional tough completion from Blackberry. Now it is a mano-a-mano competition between the Apple iPhone 4 and the Motorola Droid X. Both companies spend a ton of money on advertising and offer the user a more enhanced smart phone experience than any others on the market. Which one is better though? We’re glad you asked.
When you purchase one of these phones you need to understand you aren’t only paying for the phone as you must also lock into a contract with the service provider.
The iPhone 4 will run you about $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for a 32GB version while the Droid X will run you right around $200.
This one really boils down to data vs. cost as we don’t think either is unreasonable.
As previously mentioned, the iPhone 4 comes in only 16GB and 32GB options just like the 3GS generation did. The biggest problem here is that the iPhone 4 does not have an expandable storage option so you are set with those parameters.
The Droid X comes with 8GB built into the phone but you will also receive a removable 16GB MicroSD card with your purchase. The real benefit here is that the Droid X can support MicroSD cards up to 32GB giving you the ability to expand your storage to a more robust 40GB.
Winner: Droid X
The iPhone4 has a major advantage over the Droid X in voice-call quality as it has more full and natural sounds. The problem with voice-call quality is that you must be able to make a call first and AT&T has spotty coverage at best in many places in the US. If you’re in a big city – good luck getting on the phone. We recommend testing the phone where you live to see if the service is good first.
In all our tests the iPhone 4 registered download speeds at a MUCH higher rate than the Droid X. The iPhone 4 typically falls between 1850 and 1975 kbps while the Droid X is usually more in the 1100 – 1200 kbps range. Upload speeds both ran similarly in the 425 – 550 range depending on location.
Winner: iPhone 4
Display and Resolution
The Droid X sports a 4.3 inch screen – which crushes the iPhone by 1.2 inches – but its resolution is much lower at 854 by 480 pixels. The iPhone 4 features 960 by 640 pixels on a 3.5 inch screen with patented “Retina display” technology that meets or exceeds the maximum resolution a human is capable of resolving.
The iPhone 4’s display is sharper, brighter and much more robust than the Droid X despite having a smaller screen.
Winner: iPhone 4
The iPhone 4 uses iOS 4 while the Droid X runs with Android version 2.2. In our opinion the iOS 4 is much simpler and limited in some ways but is much easier to learn to use. Android can be more sophisticated in what it does but can be seen as cluttered and have a steeper learning curve. Both interfaces have great features and a winner is more in the eyes of the beholder
The iPhone 4 and Droid X are both very powerful phones with a ton of great capabilities and features. Each would be a good purchase so make sure you test them both in the area they’ll be used most before coming to a conclusion.