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Motorola Droid X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola Droid X vs. Apple iPhone 4

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The comparisons began before the phone even arrived. With Motorola setting a press conference date the day before the long-awaited iPhone 4 launch date, the stage was set for a battle royale, and Motorola delivered with a surprisingly fit challenger that came out swinging. Now that both contenders have weighed in, itâ¬Ģs only natural to run the stats side-by-side to see which phone prevails. After getting in a few hard-hitting jabs at Appleâ¬Ģs soft spots with the original Droid, does Motorola have what it takes to return to the ring and knock out the spunky new kid? Before you call your bookie, check out the numbers.

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Winner: Apple iPhone 4.

As we noted on our comparison of the HTC EVO 4G and Apple iPhone 4, itâ¬Ģs really a matter of taste here, but weâ¬Ģre not above calling it. While Appleâ¬Ģs 3.5-inch display is smaller than the Droid Xâ¬Ģs 4.3-incher, itâ¬Ģs also significantly higher in resolution. With 960 by 640 pixels on the iPhone 4 and only 854 by 480 on the Droid X, youâ¬Ģre looking at total pixel counts of 614,400 to 409,920 pixels. Why prioritize pixels? While a larger screen might strain the eyes less, higher resolution means sharper graphics, crisper text, and ultimately more screen real estate, which means less annoying scrolling on Web pages and long documents.


Winner: Draw.

Despite predictions that the Droid X would use the same 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor found in most other top-tier Android phones these days, Motorola pulled an unexpected X-factor out of its hat on Wednesday by revealing that it would stick with the same Texas Instruments OMAP processors found in many other phones, including the old Droid, but ramp clock speed all the way up to 1GHz. Even attempting to get a rough feel for which might best which is difficult: No other phone has used a TI OMAP chip clocked at 1GHz so far, and although we know the iPhone 4 will use the same A4-family processor found in the iPad, we donâ¬Ģt know how fast it will be running, making a comparison, even on paper, worthless.


Winner: Motorola Droid X.

Which is more important: Max capacity, or value? Weâ¬Ģve debated it on previous comparisons, but it doesnâ¬Ģt matter here, the Droid X wins in both regards. The $200 smartphone boasts 8GB of onboard memory plus a 16GB card preinstalled, giving it 24GB out of the box where the $200 iPhone 4 only has 16GB. And while the iPhone maxes out at 32GB, swapping the 16GB card in the Droid X out for a pricy 32GB card will put you up to a total of 40GB.

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Winner: Apple iPhone 4.

Thereâ¬Ģs really no way a phone with a 4.3-inch screen can best a phone with a 3.5-inch screen in portability, but play along with us. The Droid X measures 5 inches long to Appleâ¬Ģs 4.5, 2.6 inches wide to Appleâ¬Ģs 2.3, and 0.4 inches thick to Appleâ¬Ģs 0.37 inches. None of those dimensions can be called egregious, but individually they add up to quite a bit more bulk. And more weight, too. The iPhone 4 weighs only 4.8 ounces, while the Droid X weighs 5.5.


Winner: Motorola Droid X.

Unlike the vast disparity between the iPhone and HTC EVO 4G, the latter of which leverages a significantly faster wireless network, both the Droid X and iPhone 4 are stuck on 3G technology. But drag carriers into it, and Verizon clearly has the upper hand, with 3G coverage blotting out most of the U.S. where AT&Tâ¬Ģs clusters around cities, and has become notoriously unreliable even where it does reach. Add to that the Droid Xâ¬Ģs built-in ability to act as a Wi-fi hotspot for up to five other devices, just like the Evo, and you have a phone that clearly outmaneuvers the iPhone 4 when it comes to connectivity.

Battery Life.

Winner: Draw.

Talk about a tough one to call. While the Droid X boasts eight hours of talk time to Appleâ¬Ģs seven, the iPhone 4 also gets 300 hours of standby compared to just 220 on the Droid X. We call that a wash. If the numbers actually hold true, the Chatty Cathys among us will be better served by the Droid X, while those who use their phones less frequently should find the iPhone still alive and kicking when the Droid X has been dead for over three days.

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