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With the fourth generation of Apple's smartphone nearing release later this week, some buyers might be curious about alternatives that use Google's Android OS, including the Motorola Droid, HTC/Google Nexus One, HTC Droid incredible, and HTC EVO 4G. Here's how they compare in terms of hardware, part one of a series.

This all happened before

A year ago, the launch of iPhone 3GS was pitted against the new Palm Pre, which had been building up marketing steam over the previous six months. Yet when Apple's new phone launched, the Pre's hype collapsed while the iPhone 3GS set sales records, despite offering few of the flashy new features of Palm's first new webOS smartphone.

Apple's iPhone 3GS offered no web-based multitasking, no inductive power charging slab, no slide out physical keyboard, no removable battery, and no LED camera flash, the features that pundits predicted to be important differentiators of the Palm Pre. On the other hand, Apple's next phone matched or beat the Pre in features that seemed to matter to end users: processor speed, camera quality, battery life, global search, and stereo Bluetooth support.

Since the release of last year's iPhone 3GS, the webOS-based Palm Pre has faded into the shadows, leaving competition with the iPhone to a series of new smartphone introductions from Motorola and HTC running Google's Android OS: the HTC Hero/Droid Eris, Motorola Verizon Droid, HTC/Google T-Mobile Nexus One, the HTC Droid Incredible, and HTC Sprint EVO 4G.

Good enough, or too good?

Google's release of Android OS 2.2 "Froyo" also fueled competitive heat directed at iPhone, although Apple continued selling a record number of iPhones in the first calendar quarter of 2010, and largely focused attention on the new iPad in the second quarter. With Apple now gearing up for the launch of iPhone 4, the question is: will Apple's new smartphone be good enough to stand out in a market bathed in Android news, or will competition from Android devices shatter when iPhone 4 hits the market?

Unlike PCs, which have been dominated by the monoculture of Microsoft Windows for 15 years, most consumer markets are flush with direct, open competition: there are lots of competing manufacturers in cars, motorcycles, bicycles, refrigerators, televisions and other consumer products, so there should be no problem with multiple vendors of smartphones. Everyone should be able to bring products to market and find buyers, if their products are good enough.

On the other hand, Apple has been on a tear over the last decade in introducing products that competitors (including much larger, more experienced, and formerly entrenched companies) haven't been able to match. For nearly ten years of iPod introductions, Apple continually grew with little effective competition from Sony and Microsoft, largely creating the market for hard drive based MP3 players and subsequently taking over the flash memory MP3 player market before releasing the iPod touch, which has no real competition from anyone. The iPhone and iPad have followed similar trajectories, facing a series of ineffectual "killers" that didn't even make a dent in Apple's recession-busting sales records.

Comparing Apples to Androids

One difficulty in making comparison between Apple's smartphone and alternatives running Android is that they're not the same thing. One can compare iPhone hardware features against an Android model, for example, but the value of iPhone 4 isn't just its hardware, it's the integration of its hardware paired with the iOS software designed to make it useful, and its integration with Apple's iTunes and its MobileMe cloud services for media and app management, software updates, push messaging, remote administration, and other features.

Conversely, one can dismiss all of the value of iPhone 4 if using it means, for example, being tied to a single carrier in the US that provides unusable coverage for the user where they live. In such a scenario, picking a far inferior feature phone would be better if the goal were to actually place phone calls.

Individual circumstances and preferences color what choice makes the most sense to a particular user. However, it's also important to look at the overall attractiveness of a product in the global market, as if Apple maintains its lead, then problems like AT&T's coverage holes will be resolved with network expansions and the eventual availability of iPhone on other US carriers. Conversely, if enough users flock to Android, then Apple will eventually lose its wide lead in being able to attract the primary attention of the best third party developers.

To get a sense of where future momentum is headed, this series will provide a comparison of iOS and Android as platforms in terms of hardware features, desktop and cloud integration, mobile carriers, OS features, third party apps, and market share, and what these difference reveal, not just about how competitive the current offerings are, but how these will affect the viability of iOS and Android going forward.

Is Android ahead in hardware features?

One of the primary advantages ascribed to Android is that it should allow for more competitive choice among different hardware makers, which conceivably should result in faster advances in hardware innovation. This has particularly seemed to be the case in the last six months, when a flurry of new Android devices appeared while Apple's iPhone 3GS grew increasingly out of date in comparison.

Again, as with other markets, the pace of Android-based releases will likely slow in terms of both hardware cycles and software releases, just as cars are brought to market in annual cycles. It wasn't too long ago that people complained that Apple released a new iPod or iPhone every year. Certainly, a three month cycle in new Android phones is going to be difficult to sustain.

Overall however, this idea that "platform openness" automatically results in better hardware features has only been proven to give Android a temporary advantage that is now lost with the introduction of iPhone 4, which significantly outpaces top Android phones not only in interface polish and usability, but also in hardware specifications, the very thing the Android ecosystem is supposed to excel at (see chart).

For example, the iPhone 4's cameras not only provide the both front facing capture and HD recording capabilities that many Android phones lack, but also captures usable 30 fps video rather than the 20 fps video of today's high end Android devices. Apple also supports faster 802.11n WiFi networking and debuted advanced, 6-axis motion sensing with iPhone 4's new gyroscope. The new phone also offers multiple mic noise cancellation, a feature only a few of the fanciest Android phones have.

And iPhone 4's video iPod legacy means the device supports composite (RCA) and higher fidelity component analog video as well as the iPad's 1024x768 VGA-style output for video projectors and monitors. The HTC Incredible only supports basic composite video output (putting it on the technical sophistication of the 5G iPod from 2005), while the HTC Evo, despite packing support HDMI, delivers limited quality video output and can't output analog video at all. Most other recent Android phones offer no video output capabilities at all. So much for a purported lead in raw hardware features.



Platform monoculture doesn't always drive hardware innovation

The idea that an open platform should drive hardware innovation was not borne out in the PC arena. Specific PC models have often offered better graphics options and sometimes introduced faster processors quicker than Apple's Macs, for example, but Macs have long offered higher quality components, better industrial design, and often introduced or popularized new features first (such as USB, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet, optical digital audio, sudden motion sensors, backlit keyboards, DisplayPort, and so on).

Recently, the intense competition among PC makers has resulted in efforts directed primarily at achieving lower prices (achieved by cutting hardware corners or using old technology), resulting in the short term boom among netbooks. Apple has kept the bar high among Macs, resulting in better quality at a higher price. Rather than pricing itself out of the market, this has resulted in Apple's Mac sales outpacing the grown of the global PC market by a factor of around 4x. In smartphones however, Apple is maintaining a quality edge at an equal or lower price, thanks to the economies of scale the company enjoys due to its sales of tens of millions of iPods.

The iPhone debuted with far more storage memory than any other phone offered, and continues to lead in that area with iPhone 4, which also packs in a huge amount of system RAM and on-board storage memory. Apple also has the resources to develop its own custom silicon for the iPhone 4's A4 application processor (the "system on a chip" that holds the CPU, GPU, supporting chipset logic, and RAM). The company also has the resources to find and gain exclusive access to best-of-breed technologies such as iPhone 4's new Retina Display high resolution IPS screen, which offers a significant leap ahead of the high resolution displays Android phones brought to market this year.

Unlocking the hardware

Apple also has the resources (and the interest and motivation) to develop technology portfolios that support sophisticated hardware and software integration, such as the new FaceTime, which ties new camera hardware into sophisticated but easy to use software that supports video calling.

In the Android world, hardware makers may include a front facing or high resolution camera, but the software that runs that camera may be poorly integrated, as was the case with both the Motorola Droid (a very high megapixel camera paired with awful software that couldn't take good photos) and the new HTC EVO 4G (which supplies a front facing video chat camera but relies on problematic, proprietary software from third parties to actually do anything).

Apple's iPhone 4, like the 3GS last year, doesn't just shoot video but actually makes it easy to trim videos and distribute them. Apple's interest in making a very sophisticated (but $5) iMovie app for iPhone 4 shows the extent of its interests in pushing hardware using innovative software. That's something that is conspicuously missing on both the Windows PC and among Android mobile devices, where hardware specs are supposed to stand on their own merits, regardless of usability and practical functionality.

Similarly, Android phone makers began introducing high resolution screens and new screen technologies (such as OLED displays) a few months ahead of Apple's iPhone 4, but failed to deliver software support that makes existing third party titles look good and properly fit the screen on all of the various different resolutions supported. Apple evenly quadrupled the iPhone's resolution, and provided developer support that automatically renders text and user interface elements within existing apps at the optimum resolution.

Apple is also adding leading support for the latest OpenGL ES standards for graphics hardware acceleration in iOS 4 to enable game developers to create sophisticated titles that look great and perform well, while also incentivizing development of third party software using its high volume App Store, which actively discourages software theft.

Even if Google delivered the same software support to take full advantage of the fast GPU hardware its partners are including on their phones, it can't attract the attention of developers because its store is geared toward hobbyists, not commercial developers. In part, this is because Google does little to protect developers from having their software "openly" stolen by users who don't want to pay for content.

iPhone 4 continues to advance the state of the art in hardware via software in other areas as well, introducing the first gyroscope in a smartphone along with the CoreMotion APIs for developers to use so they can actually take advantage of it.

As with Apple's other software APIs, including CoreLocation and Accelerate, the new motion-control frameworks in iOS 4 abstract away the differences in hardware between new and older iOS devices, avoiding the fractionalization problems Android experiences as each new model introduces (or fails to include) specific hardware features. The result is that Apple's iOS makes it easier for third parties to actually use new hardware.

The next segment in this series will look at how Android offerings compare against iOS 4 in terms of desktop and cloud services integration.
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Ha...I would only expect a super unbiased comparison on APPLEinsider.

Why isn't AT&T red in the comparison sheet?

The display really comes down to do you want large or small? Not a "red" or "green".

No "Green" for the EVO having a removable battery, HDMI out, and FM radio?

DISCLAIMER: I owned the iPhone 3G for a year as well as the 3GS for 11 months. I think I can form a valid opinion between the two. And no, the battery on an Evo does not last two hours.
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Android does not have anything I need - especially the OS. I will stick with iOS thank you very much.
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The iPhone isn't all about hardware, it's about design, it's about the iTunes Stores, it's about usability. Apple creates the hardware, the OS, the major apps, the store and ties them together with mobile me and the ability to create apps that are incredible.

What Android will never be is a total package, an ecosystem, a revolution. Android can and will carve out a niche as the second best - providing a cell phone OS to 'everyone else'. That is - as long as Apple lets them.

(Apple is doomed.)
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How do the android Phones stack up to the iPhone when it comes to making phone calls? These android phones are everywhere in my neck of the woods.
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Why isn't AT&T red in the comparison sheet?

No "Green" for the EVO having a removable battery, HDMI out, and FM radio?

AT&T doesn't suck for everyone, everywhere.

And who says an a removable battery, HDMI out, and an FM Radio are great, useful features that everyone wants?

Especially if you add THICKER (because of removable battery), video for only the latest displays (HDMI), and Radio (crappy FM radio) to the box.

Oh. I forgot to add 4G is selected cities. A very few selected cities (OK, the ad said 30).
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I think in the features section, you have to include the fact that the iPhone as 2 cameras, so when you're video calling you can show the person what you're looking at while talking to them. Great for those trips!

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Ha...I would only expect a super unbiased comparison on APPLEinsider.

Why isn't AT&T red in the comparison sheet?

The display really comes down to do you want large or small? Not a "red" or "green".

No "Green" for the EVO having a removable battery, HDMI out, and FM radio?

I agree with you on video output - where EVO may arguably have an edge, but the others are features that can't be compared apple for apple. (no pun intended). The screen argument is fair in terms of size, but the quality of iPhone is hands down better. <insert bigger is better puns here>

And, cut AI a break - after all, this is APPLEInsider. Nobody ever said this site was 'unbiased'. Find me a blog that isn't biased. Hell, find me a mainstream news org that isn't.
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AT&T isn't included in the comparison for 2 reasons:
1. it's not relevant to *hardware*
2. The US is the only country saddled with AT&T
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Specs aren't everything. Android and HTC look great on paper, and they do a decent job in real life. But the traditional hardware manufacturers focus too much on specs and too little on quality integration. Software developers are another issue. I like that Google et al are giving Apple a bit of pressure, and hopefully Apple will continue to keep the user experience top priority. Because when it comes down to it, iOS and the iPhone are done right, and that's not attributed to specs, but a design philosophy that produces more than fanboys- it makes faithful customers who return, and with good reason.
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AT&T doesn't suck for everyone, everywhere.

And who says an a removable battery, HDMI out, and an FM Radio are great, useful features that everyone wants?

Especially if you add THICKER (removable batter), video for only the latest displays (HDMI), and Radio (crappy FM radio) to the box.

It's just another old tired argument...removable battery is the last thing most iPhone owners want. As in less runtime, and thicker design. I'll pass.

HDMI on my phone? Nope. No need for that.

FM radio I could understand, maybe, but why bother? There are apps for that, and they don't sound as crappy. I don't need the receiver, I'll just use wifi or 3G for my radio.
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I agree with you on video output - where EVO may arguably have an edge, but the others are features that can't be compared apple for apple. (no pun intended). The screen argument is fair in terms of size, but the quality of iPhone is hands down better. <insert bigger is better puns here>

And, cut AI a break - after all, this is APPLEInsider. Nobody ever said this site was 'unbiased'. Find me a blog that isn't biased. Hell, find me a mainstream news org that isn't.

The article suggested EVO's output was Video only? Is this accurate?

I don't find a removable battery a bonus. My oldest phone (a 2G) is still using the same battery, and still holds a charge without issue. It also lasts 3 days with regular usage. That's just not a feature that's important to me at all.

I also live in a major metropolitan area (DFW). I have no issues with AT&T and I never had.

Final note: there are also drawbacks on the Android hardware that weren't mentioned, like the inferior touch interfaces, and the PenTile display.

They also failed to mention the 256 MB limit on apps, which as far as I know, still exists. I assume that is a limitation of the hardware, not the software, as it exists across all variations of Android. I would think if it's software related, it would have been addressed by now, as the platform is 3 years old (can someone verify if this issue still exists?)

However, for day to day use, it was probably considered nitpicking, and not all that relevant to a typical users experience.

I didn't think the article was that biased, although it definitely had a pro-Apple bent. Hardly shocking as this is an Apple oriented site.

There have been other, independent third parties who found favor with even the older 3GS in comparisons. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

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No "Green" for the EVO having a removable battery, HDMI out, and FM radio?

Once again, the same tired argument in a different wrapper.

How many millions of iPhones and satisfied users will it take when the iPhone4 comes out to prove to you (yet again) that your must-have items are irrelevant to the majority of users?

Most users never replaced their batteries. I'll take a bigger internal battery with more talk time over a smaller, thicker, removable battery with the flimsy battery covers.

HDMI?? Honesty... it's a phone.

FM Radio?? Geesh... what next, an LP player too?
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FM radio I could understand, maybe, but why bother? There are apps for that, and they don't sound as crappy. I don't need the receiver, I'll just use wifi or 3G for my radio.

But don't you need 3G service that works?

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And who says an a removable battery, HDMI out, and an FM Radio are great, useful features that everyone wants?

Especially if you add THICKER (removable batter), video for only the latest displays (HDMI), and Radio (crappy FM radio) to the box.

Oh. I forgot to add 4G is selected cities. A very few selected cities.

Yea, I was really hoping for that gyro. Thicker because of a removable battery? Interesting. As for the 4G city selection, it's a pretty big chunk of population. And it works in those cities. AT&T doesn't work in Chicago. 4G does.

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How do the android Phones stack up to the iPhone when it comes to making phone calls? These android phones are everywhere in my neck of the woods.

Really well actually. I haven't dropped a single call on my Evo, call quality, and a LOUD speakerphone are great. I was dropping one call a day on AT&T.
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I hope AsianBob doesn't get wind of this - I'm hoping he's placed under suicide watch immediately.
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Originally Posted by daving313 View Post

No "Green" for the EVO having a removable battery, HDMI out, and FM radio?

What's the point of a removable battery if one only last 2 hours. Might as well have a built-in charging cord.
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The HTC EVO 4G DOES have 802.11n and an 8MP camera on the back. I have 802.11n activated on my EVO right now. Update your chart. I also get over 24 hours on a single charge with nominal to heavy use.
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it seems that a large smart phone segment is the Blackberry users, and the iPhone finally has the features to take those customers away, as long as a physical keyboard isn't too big an obstacle for the blackberry users. Add another carrier, and the iPhone will dominate. Oh wait, there's the MS 7 coming out, that'll be the iPhone killer for sure.
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Even if Apple wasn't ahead in the hardware, that's missing the point. Even though the excellent hardware in iPhone 4 is the icing on the cake.

The iPhone is great because ease of use in OS and software and hardware beauty, reliability and simplicity.
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What's the point of a removable battery if one only last 2 hours. Might as well have a built-in charging cord.

A removable battery for an EVO isn't a bonus, it's a requirement
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Ha...I would only expect a super unbiased comparison on APPLEinsider.

Why isn't AT&T red in the comparison sheet?

The display really comes down to do you want large or small? Not a "red" or "green".

No "Green" for the EVO having a removable battery, HDMI out, and FM radio?

DISCLAIMER: I owned the iPhone 3G for a year as well as the 3GS for 11 months. I think I can form a valid opinion between the two. And no, the battery on an Evo does not last two hours.

Your correct, the battery on mine lasts about 3 hours.
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This article is blatantly wrong: the iPhone wins in every single category, because every feature that Apple adds or refuses to add in its devices is the best option for everyone and Apple's way of doing it is the only way it can or should be done, and is therefore the BEST OPTION EVAR!!!!111

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"Similarly, Android phone makers began introducing high resolution screens and new screen technologies (such as OLED displays) a few months ahead of Apple's iPhone 4, but failed to deliver software support that makes existing third party titles look good and properly fit the screen on all of the various different resolutions supported. Apple evenly quadrupled the iPhone's resolution, and provided developer support that automatically renders text and user interface elements within existing apps at the optimum resolution."

Uhm no.
Android had well designed support for multiple resolutions and screen densities since 1.6.
On the other hand Apple didn't double the screen size because it's a good resolution but because they had no other choice without becoming incompatible to all the existing applications since they are designed in an unflexible way.
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No offense to anyone....but I'm very happy with Apple. I think Apple is leading edge tech with an eye to usability.

I will upgrade my 3Gs after only 11 months to the 4G, stay grandfathered in with unlimited data plan (using ~4gig/month), buy a second gen iPad 3G and upgrade my iMac and MacBook when they break (both approaching their 5th year).

I really don't have any interest in getting anything from MS, Google, Dell, Motorola, Sony, HP, Linksys, Toshiba, etc., etc.,

They all had their chance and at every opportunity put out subpar offerings. I'll give them a big No Thanks!

Just wish Apple would make a flat screen TV so I don't have to d*ck around with my current TV/cable's clunky interface...

Ps. Maybe Apple could buy DishTV or Direct TV and via satellite solve the 'Go to Market' problem AppleTV has!
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A removable battery for an EVO isn't a bonus, it's a requirement

Very funny, Rumpy!

People just don't seem to get it whether it's phones, iPods, iPads or laptops that the space saved by not having the 'removable battery' capability allows not only for a thinner design but also a larger battery and therefore more battery life....not to mention it's move earth friendly.

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Your correct, the battery on mine lasts about 3 hours.

A bit shorter than most, but the EVO's battery life has a well documented bad history. Even with all of the functions turned off, and just acting as a paperweight, they couldn't get it to last in standby for more than 24 hours (14.5 hours to be exact).

http://www.switched.com/2010/06/04/s...npage_engadget

I have no doubt the battery life from the iPhone 4 will be far superior.
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post #27 of 208
Uh, the EVO has an 8MP rear camera, not a 5MP rear camera. The EVO wins in that category.
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Uh, the EVO has an 8MP rear camera, not a 5MP rear camera. The EVO wins in that category.

Remains to be seen. Anyone who takes photography seriously will tell you that megapixels are not the whole of the equation. We'll have to wait to judge the respective quality of each. This is a common mistake many of the 'iPhone killers' made. They released a spec phone, rather than a good phone.

Time will tell...
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No "Green" for the EVO having..., HDMI out, and FM radio?

HDMI out? I didn't know that. I hope that it becomes standard on phones.
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Ha...I would only expect a super unbiased comparison on APPLEinsider.

Why isn't AT&T red in the comparison sheet?

The display really comes down to do you want large or small? Not a "red" or "green".

No "Green" for the EVO having a removable battery, HDMI out, and FM radio?

DISCLAIMER: I owned the iPhone 3G for a year as well as the 3GS for 11 months. I think I can form a valid opinion between the two. And no, the battery on an Evo does not last two hours.

What does a "valid opinion" mean?

I live in the middle of Manhattan and have no Verizon reception in my apartment. What "color" does that make Verizon?

The iPhone 4 has a far better display, that's why it's "green" The EVO has a larger screen but fewer pixels, so not nearly the same resolution.

FM radio?! Wait wasn't that the feature that was going to kill the iPod? As well as the removable battery? (and seriously virtually everyone I know has a smart phone and not a single one carries an extra battery)

For someone who supposedly has a "valid opinion" you sure haven't given any convincing arguments for switching to Android...

That's just my "valid opinion" of course.
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Uh, the EVO has an 8MP rear camera, not a 5MP rear camera. The EVO wins in that category.

Let's get over the MP myth. The lens and sensor is more important for good picture. If you can't balance the sensor, lens, software you eat up storage and get a picture with a bunch of noise. I'm more interested in real world side by side picture comparison in different lighting conditions.
post #32 of 208
Everyone keeps whining about "removable batteries".

Fact is, every phone has had removable batteries for decades.

Probably 1/100th of 1 percent of the population actually buys another battery for times when they run out of juice on the 1st.

In fact, the fact that the iPhone charges over USB ensures that it is far more easily recharged than any other phone, since you are almost always bound to be near a laptop/desktop during the normal day. The standard dock connector meant that if you have an iPod (and really, who doesn't?) you could keep one at home for charging your iPod/iPhone and one at work.

The non-removable battery has never been an issue for anyone who actually uses an iPhone.

Finally, if you really need a secondary battery, there are tons of third party options available.
post #33 of 208
The chart is messed up. Here are just a few problems I found:

1. The iPhone's screen size is 3.5", not 3.7".
2. The Droid's camera is 5MP, not 8MP.
3. The EVO 4G's camera is 8MP, not 5MP.
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Originally Posted by DJRumpy View Post

Remains to be seen. Anyone who takes photography seriously will tell you that megapixels are not the whole of the equation. We'll have to wait to judge the respective quality of each. This is a common mistake many of the 'iPhone killers' made. They released a spec phone, rather than a good phone.

Time will tell...

Sure. But apple insider still misrepresented the megapixels of the evo's rear camera. It's 8, not 5.
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Originally Posted by Jerseymac View Post

How do the android Phones stack up to the iPhone when it comes to making phone calls? These android phones are everywhere in my neck of the woods.

The EVO I'm testing isn't too bad at phone calls when it isn't spontaneously rebooting...
post #36 of 208
The chart seems to have left out the whole 4G v. 3G thing. Sure it's not as big a difference as advertised, but according to reviews, it's a big difference nonetheless. Seems to be a pretty obvious "unique feature" to me.
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Ha...I would only expect a super unbiased comparison on APPLEinsider.

Why isn't AT&T red in the comparison sheet?

The display really comes down to do you want large or small? Not a "red" or "green".

No "Green" for the EVO having a removable battery, HDMI out, and FM radio?

DISCLAIMER: I owned the iPhone 3G for a year as well as the 3GS for 11 months. I think I can form a valid opinion between the two. And no, the battery on an Evo does not last two hours.

This is all bogus complaints specific to your experience.

The red and the green cell shading is obviously only used for items that have a clear "winner." Several don't have any red or green for that reason.

The only real argument against the way Daniel has used the colours is that the camera entry (which he has coloured green for the iPhone), would be more honestly left white. The iPhone camera is subjectively (according to most reviewers), superlative but in a hardware feature comparison on paper, the HTC EVO wins.

There is also a nomenclature mistake in the iPhone column under "processor."

It says "1 GHz Custom A4 - Cortex A8" when it should say "1 GHz Apple A4 - Custom Cortex A8"

It makes no sense to talk of a "Custom A4."
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Uh, the EVO has an 8MP rear camera, not a 5MP rear camera. The EVO wins in that category.

The higher number is always better, eh? You're the kind of consumer that companies just love...
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Uh, the EVO has an 8MP rear camera, not a 5MP rear camera. The EVO wins in that category.

Megapixels dont mean squat.
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A bit shorter than most, but the EVO's battery life has a well documented bad history. Even with all of the functions turned off, and just acting as a paperweight, they couldn't get it to last in standby for more than 24 hours (14.5 hours to be exact).

http://www.switched.com/2010/06/04/s...npage_engadget

I have no doubt the battery life from the iPhone 4 will be far superior.

Interesting study. I charged mine to full yesterday afternoon and haven't touched a charger since. Did some 4G this morning, and have had Wi-Fi on all day and syncing. Still have 40% battery left right now. But to each their own.

I would like to see the iPhone get pushed like these other "battery tests" of the Evo. That is, Push e-mail for 2 accounts (I have GMail and Exchange), full brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Etc. I have a feeling that's where a lot of these "horrible battery life" stories come from. I would like to see the iPhone pushed in the same way for a fair comparison. Unfortunately you won't be able to compare the 4G vs. 3G. Not sure if anyone can pin-down the power draw comparison between the screen sizes as well.
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