Well lookie here. The PC bashing giant Apple released their new hot summer toy: the iPhone 4G. Sure we could point to the iTampon, oops, I mean iPad but it’s mostly just a glorified iPhone with a giant screen. In any case, I must say the iPhone has gotten quite the revamp. Now it has HD recording at 720p, video calling, a very high resolution screen at 640×960, a 1GHz processor, expanded battery life and storage. Pretty impressive to say the least. So, here is the aching question…how does today’s android devices stack up? Just take a look below to compare the specs of the various top Android phones to the iPhone:

Spec comparison

Apple iPhone 4


Motorola Droid X

Google Nexus One

HTC Droid Incredible


AT&T Sprint Verizon T-Mobile Verizon

Price (with 2 year contract)

16GB $199; 32GB $299 $199.99 $199.99 $179.00 $199.99

Display Size

3.5-inch Retina Display 4.3-inch WVGA OLED 4.3-inch WVGA 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED 3.7-inch WVGA OLED

Display Resolution

640 x 960 480×800 480 x 854 480 x 800 480 x 800


Apple A4, 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8650, 1 GHz Texas Instruments ARM, 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250, 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8650, 1 GHz


5 megapixels 8 megapixels 8 megapixels 5 megapixels 8 megapixels

Included Storage

16 or 32 GB 8 GB 24 GB (8 GB internal, 16 GB microSD) 4 GB 8 GB

Expandable (Max) Storage

None 32 GB microSD 40 GB (8 GB internal, up to 32 GB microSD) 32 GB microSD 16 GB microSD

Battery (Talk Time)

420 minutes 360 minutes 480 minutes 420 minutes 312 minutes

Battery (Standby)

300 hours Unknown 220 hours 250 hours 146 hours


137 grams 170 grams 155 grams 130 grams 130 grams


115.2 mm 121.9 mm 127.5 mm 119 mm 117.6 mm


58.6 mm 66 mm 65.5 mm 59.8 mm 58.4 mm


9.3 mm 12.7 mm 9.9 mm 11.5 mm 11.9 mm

Courtesy of Greg Mombert at DigitalTrends.com You can see the winner of each category highlighted in bold. If you also counted which phone had the most wins you’d see that the iPhone and Droid X tied with 6 each. Now there are other things to consider beyond the things listed in each category like carrier coverage, OS cabilities/customization, support, and extras. Apple support is probably one of the best out there, I mean you could spit in these people’s faces and they’d come back and say, “Please sir may I have another.” Of course that is so long as you stay within the realms of Apple land, that is don’t Jail Break your phone or try to use non apple products with your device. In terms of extras things like the iPhone’s new video calling feature is intriguing, but it only can be used with Wi-Fi for now and of course other 4th generation iPhone’s which makes it more of a gimmick until a good majority get a iPhone 4. Now going back to the other important features which are  carrier coverage and customization/OS capabilities Android is the hands down winner. Going on to cellular providers, people for years now have felt very limited by AT&T’s network Apple may have more applications for now (it keeps getting higher and Apple had a 1 1/2 year head start on Android) but that will only continue to grow. Also, since apps are not limited the same way on the Android Market Place as they are in Apple’s App Store, Android can have a greater variety of apps without censorship. This leads me to my most important point which is OS capabilities. The Android OS is the most important piece of the puzzle because first of all it is where the name comes from and what allows the phone to be so feature rich. It can function on a variety of platforms, phones, carriers, and even PC’s. The Android OS is an open platform which means anyone can work it and improve it. Various cellular carries like Verizon and T-Mobile can work with the OS leaving you with more choices and with a plethora of different devices to select from. This openness supports constant improvement to the core Android system and hardware available to it leading only to better phones in a faster period of time, and with phones catered to a variety of people whether they be looking for a decent cheap phone, media phone, or a powerhouse. I just call it as I see it. Apple makes a great product but it can’t meet everyone’s needs the way Android can whether it be price, coverage, style, functions, or some other fifth thing. If any of you all have something I may have missed please let me know or just share your opinion of these comparisons.

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