iPhone 4 vs. Droid X: Battle of the Titans

Verizon just got the all new Motorola Droid X and you may be wondering how it stacks up against Apple’s new iPhone 4 in the smartphone battle arena. Personally, I like to imagine an ancient Roman gladiator event for the two phones to battle to the death in, but since they are just phones, I will have to settle for telling you what they offer in case you are trying to decide between the two. So here you go; the epic faceoff between the iPhone 4 and the Droid X. We who are about to die salute you, oh emperor-god of smartphones.

First things first. It is all about Verizon versus AT&T. If you are on AT&T’s network or prefer it, then the iPhone 4 might be your best choice since its exclusively available only through that carrier. The Droid X is locked into Verizon. While the rumors are circulating that the iPhone 4 could come to Verizon as early as January 2011, I would not bet the farm on it as rumors have

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been circulating since 2007 that Verizon would be getting the iPhone with each launch of a new model. So to choose between the two smartphones, you will unfortunately also have to decide between AT&T and Verizon also. You probably have your own opinions about both carriers so I will not go into the pros and cons of each.

The second biggest deciding factor when choosing between the two is iOS versus Android OS. iOS 4 certainly is a polished OS and quite intuitive, however Google’s Android has certainly grown into a very clean and functional OS since it was first released. If there are apps that you must have that are iOS only, then the by all means go for the iPhone 4. If you are less picky about specific apps and more interested in how open Android is to developers and how much support its app store is drumming up with each new OS update and each now phone that comes up running it, then by all means get a Droid X.

As for the hardware in each phone, the two are pretty evenly matched. Both are capable of filming video in 720p HD, and both have LED flashes for their cameras. However, the Droid X sports an 8 megapixel camera while the iPhone 4 only packs a 5 megapixel camera. Both cameras look excellent but the Droid X offers some features like autofocus and a stronger flash that make it comparable to some point and shoots.

While it is never fair to compare two different processors solely on clock speed, both clock in at around 1 GHz (never thought I would ever use GHz to describe the processor of a cell phone during my lifetime) and are comparable. Both are also easily capable of playing 3D games and are two of the fastest phones available.

Special features each offers you might ask? The iPhone 4 also sports a forward facing VGA camera for Apple’s FaceTime video chat. However, it only works between iPhone 4s over Wi-Fi. The Droid X has HDMI output for watching things straight off of the phone onto your television or supporting monitor in high definition. It also has microSD support so you will never run out of storage options. The iPhone 4 is limited to its 16-32 GB of internal storage depending on which model you get. While it is unlikely that you will exhaust 16GB of storage on a smartphone, if you also use it as your exclusive MP3 player or like to watch videos on the bus or in the car, having expandable storage is a very nice option to have available.

As far as cost goes, you can pick up either phone for $199 with a 2-year contract. This will get you the 16GB of storage space iPhone 4 model or the Droid X. Getting 32GB of internal storage will cost you $299 if the iPhone 4 is your choice. The Droid X comes with 16GB of microSD storage at no extra cost, along with its built-in 8GB of space.

Each phone is also capable of multitasking, which is new for the iPhone. Both phones also support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS of course. However the Droid X also has FM radio which the new iPhone lacks, but the lack or inclusion of FM radio probably is not something that will make or break your next smartphone purchase. Where web browsers are concerned, both run on similar (they are both based on Webkit) browsers with multitouch support and will get you where you need to go on the internet in a snap.

So there you go. Both the iPhone 4 and the Droid X are excellent phones (even despite the “Antennagate” problems Apple is dealing with). Your decision might just have to boil down to your feelings on their operating systems and carriers. There is no clear winner between either phone and you will probably be more than pleased regardless of your choice.

Leave a comment and give your opinion on which phone is the better choice or which features I might have skimmed over that you feel are important when deciding.

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