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Motorola DROID, Apple iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre: side by side

0. phoneArena 25 Nov 2009, 10:31 posted on

The smartphone war is in full swing with nearly every major domestic wireless carrier calling one handset on their lineup as their premier smartphone. We’ll compare and contrast the three premier devices and see which one really caters to the specific individual...

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posted on 26 Nov 2009, 02:18

27. smartphonelover (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


The Iphone's interface just makes me feel stupid. The Droid or the Pre actually makes you think a little instead of going through a boring interface that's simple enough for a toddler. It kinda bores me, if everything was like the Iphone's interface then I'd just try to learn how to hack the device and make it more complex to use.

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 16:45

12. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i thought it was a great phone comparison, phonearena team.

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 13:07

35. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I agree. Keeping it neutral is the best way to go.

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 16:51

14. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


motorola droid all day long

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 17:24

15. Iphoneluv (Posts: 59; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


You can keep trying to hype the droid vzwmam bit the facts are facts. Iphone is hands down the best mulimedia device and PHONE on the market period.... Read the articles on consumer reports, phone scoop, and many more. The droid is nice but an iphone killer............................................................................................. ............. It AINT...

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 18:13

18. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


the iphone is old news! it is no longer a trendy phone and it has lost it's wow factor. so i'm sorry anyone that owns an iphone is officially uncool. :-)

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 00:42

21. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I don't think its lost anything. People are still buying the iPhone 3G let alone the 3GS. Go on ebay right now and you'll see pre-owned iphone as a featured item. The iphone has probably been a featured item on ebay for the last two years straight. I just randomly went on right to see if its still there and what do you know....It's on there. Go to CNN or ABC, which has millions of viewers, and you'll see them advertising their app on the iphone. Even pizza hut advertises their iphone app. I'm sorry man, but the iphone is not leaving anytime soon. Its funny because I was watching ABC News and they were talking about if the Droid was the next iphone killer. After watching the segment (where no conclusion of which phone was better was made..........like everyone does) a commercial came on and it was ABC advertising their iphone app. I laughed so hard when I watched that. Is the droid the really better than the iphone? You decide. Buy our app now from the app store and get live updates, videos, blah blah blah. lol

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 14:57

37. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i'm just saying it has lost its wow factor. if you had an iphone any time within the first year of its launch, it still had its wow factor. but now, i wouldn't buy an iphone again because it's out of date imo. and again, when i see people over 20 pull out their iphone, i'm like, really? it's like an adult playing with action figures. but oh well... and the droid's keyboard is perfect, i have no compaints. i think the droid's keyboard is better than my old voyager. but whatever floats your boat EN. :-)

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 19:18

39. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


A lot if people really hate the iPhone and that's just simply how they kook at things. I mean what's o childish about having this phone? So having a flip phone isn't childish but having the iPhone which has much more functionality is? I just don't understand. You're probably just tired if the iPhone and that's pretty understandable. What I'm tired of is everyone calling every touch phone that comes out an iPhone killer. Does the Droid have to kill the iPhone to be a good phone. And people are already calling the HD2 iPhone killers. It's annoying. And it's also annoying how so many phones jock the iPhone. Have you seen Droid's latest commercial? It's exactly like the iPhone commercials. Instead there is a black background with wires and circuits and whatever and instead of seeing a man's hand going showing the phone, you have a robot finger.

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 00:02

44. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


you said you've had the iphone since it came out? aren't you bored with it yet? even if you think it's great, you still never get bored with a phone that has barely changed?

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 18:06

48. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


What is with this change stuff. The iPhone has been changing since day 1. It looks the same and the UI is the same. And that's about it. Their music player gets better with every update, the phone is even faster, they updated their camera, up to 32 gig of internal memory now, the web browser is still the best but they still add little features here and there, the app store is still the best and growing, the touch screen is still the best (which I think is sad after 2 years). Like i've said before, the only feature I want now is multitasking and then I'm set. And if I find a better phone than the iPhone, I would buy it. That's why I am always reading reviews, watching videos, and checking out phones in stores. But people are different. Some people want keyboards and some don't. Some people want removeable batteries but I don't think it's that important to Apple since most people don't even buy an extra one. And I think it's great that Verizon includes a 16 gig memory card with some of their phones. And again, thank Apple for that. A year and a half ago I would have to shell out big bucks for a Verizon 2gig (or maybe it was 4gig) memory card for my phone, and now they include a $100 item for free? Woah

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 18:19

49. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


so are you saying the cell company you choose is based on the phone you want? it may be the best phone to you, but again, you aren't bored with it?

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 20:10

51. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Yup. I would still be in Verizon if the iPhone was there. And I don't really care about call quality and such because I hardly talk on the phone. I'm always emailing, web browsing, texting, etc. Plus AT&T and Verizon are identical in my area, so "there's a map for that commercial doesn't really apply to me." And Verizon was getting on my nerves with all the random features that I never added that kept appearing on my bill. So I wasn't exactly crying when I left. And no, I'm not bored with it. It's kind of hard to get bored with this phone.

posted on 28 Nov 2009, 00:23

52. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


ha ya, i don't talk on my phone much either. well en i am happy you are satisified with your iphone. even though the droid is awesome, i will prolly get something newer and better in a year or so. i went from a pocket pc, a few dumbphones, to blackberry, to android, what's next.

posted on 06 Dec 2009, 10:16

57. jdawg183 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2009)


"So having a flip phone isn't childish but having the iPhone which has much more functionality is?" Oh my, I just had to laugh at that. The iPhone does not have much functionality at all. It allows others to add functionality, but does not include much by itself. But if you want to count what the apps allow you to do fine. Your phone can fart on command. Congratulations to you. Excuse me while I listen to music and browse through the files on my phone. Maybe make a reg edit or two just for the heck of it.

posted on 10 Jan 2010, 08:24

63. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Majority of the iPhone users are saying the same thing about you...and thats about 90% to 10%. So actually majority says you're uncool :]

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 17:56

16. eltimbalero1019 (unregistered)


Iphoneluv.....stop honestly dude i work for AT&T and i had the iphone and it blows dude honestly i mean an expensive phone with no tru multi-tasking i mean come on...i know why u love the iphone because its a kids phone and ur 12...but when u grow up and become a man opr woman w/e then ull realize iphone = garbage...i have a pre honestly i love it great phone and ive played with the droid and i can honestly say both of those phones sh*t on the Iphone...Android and WebOS are the best OS out there right now APPLE is failing unless they revamp there entire phone and just stop prettying up the same tired old phone...Im out...

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 18:03

17. Iphoneluv (Posts: 59; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


12....?.? Dude please ur not worth my time... You have a freakin pre......... Enough said. Did your mom buy that for you? Get a real phone and then write back. How can you talk when you have a liile kid phone in a big boy league....Iphoneluv Out!!

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 00:33

20. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


You're putting up a pretty lame argument. First it was copy and paste (which was a legit complaint). Then it was MMS (but most people don't even use that!). And now its multitasking. the iphone does need multitasking, but I think the people who hate the iphone now will hate it no matter what. So it doesn't matter what Apple adds.

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 02:26

28. smartphonelover (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


Iphoneluv just face it the Iphone lost. There's only two people commenting that the Iphone rules and you are just basically saying it rules cause you said so without stating the facts why (kinda like what a little kid would do). How about acting like an adult in an adult conversation and stating specs or whatever that might support why it's better.

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 15:27

46. eltimbalero1019 (unregistered)


no actually i bought it with my own money that i saved from moving to sprint something you will never do since u pay double the amount of what i pay and the pre is better than the iphone...now dont get me wrong i never said it was a bad phone cause it works for some people and they are happy but for me i need COPY and PATSE and tru did i meation tru multi-tasking...so u can keep ur phone and ill keep my phone and we both be happy...but i will honestly say ur going on with a less than mediocre cmpny

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 17:41

47. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


What you were saying was lame. "i know why u love the iphone because its a kids phone and ur 12" - dumb "APPLE is failing unless they revamp there entire phone and just stop prettying up the same tired old phone" -Do you think that Apple themselves, the general public, and all other phone companies they are competing against think they are failing? I don't think so. Uniformity is actually their greatest strength. Just because the phone and the UI looks the same doesn't mean that it hasn't changed. Really, the only thing it's lacking is multitasking. And what your phone is lacking is a better application store And I don't know if you know, buy the iPhone has copy and paste now. And Android can customize. We get it.

posted on 28 Nov 2009, 09:32

53. eltimbalero1019 (unregistered)


EN all the phone mentioned above are great but one tru thing is i need service and i need it now in my home area i get great sprint and verizon service but at&t not so much...i have had the iphone for a yr and the palm pre unfortanetly not the droid but that can chnge...anyways i enjoy the pre better and for me its faster and bettr thanm the iphone...now i kniow noone will chnge ur mind due to the fact that the phone works great for u so w/e works then hey go for it...but in all reality i really love the Pre and wouldnt chnge it until it no longer satisfies my needs then i will be moving on....but for me the iphone is boring yes ALOT OF APPS but who cares...PRE doesnt have so many but i have homebrew apps and i love em

posted on 16 Jan 2010, 16:54

64. vzwcutomer (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


Dude calm down Clearly everyone here knows how you're in love with the iPhone but you don't need to bash on other people's technology because they said something mean about yours what is this middle school? I've used all these phones and all of them are great but with the rate android/ webOS is progressing they are going to overtake apple in no time unless apple steps it up and introduces some new technology and gets it on a carrier that actually works everywhere without as many problems as at&t.

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 23:38

19. timshady337 (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)


HTC Dragon/Passion will destroy them all

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 01:41

24. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


I saw "Between the three, the iPhone 3GS has the brightest screen – which can cause you to squint if you view it in complete darkness." under Design in the first page. Are you serious? lol

posted on 28 Nov 2009, 16:01

54. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


"When it comes to speaker phone use, we can’t help but cover our ears to the DROID’s powerful tones." -what's the difference

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 02:01

25. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


I just like the iPhone for its apps and smooth touch sensitivity. The browsing on this thing is just sooooooo amazing seriously. Nothing beats iphone in those two categories. Oh, and don't forget the media player. I just don't own an iPhone because so many people own it and I hate the way it looks. Droid looks a bit slow and the touch sensitivity doesn't seem so nice. I don't find Droid that interesting honestly. Pre just has the nice OS. Thats pretty much it for Pre I think. I'm just waiting for HD2.

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 02:44

29. smartphonelover (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


I think they could've done better with this review. The picture in the low light taken with the droid looked like to me that they didn't use flash. I've seen pictures taken buy the droid in low light with flash and it turned out a lot better. Also the Iphone does seem to have maybe the best looking interface on music but it seemed like to me that the droid had a better looking interface on video playback. Plus the Droid plays videos clearer then the Iphone. The Droid is able to connect to a computer and you can easily add or remove items, so it's better then having to use Itunes and not being able to take music or video off the Iphone to store onto another computer. For multimedia I think the Droid beats the Iphone easily with better video playback, it's easy transferring items to and from a computer, and Droid has an expandable memory slot. I am disappointed how phonearena didn't include the phones network coverage but that's probably because everybody already knows that the Iphone would lose in that category just like it lost in several others. Tisk tisk. Oh and btw the Droids replaceable battery is a big advantage over the Iphone cause you can swap batteries at any time. By having a spare battery with you you can have the Droid lasting longer then the Iphone ever could.

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 23:14

42. coupe68gt390 (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Nov 2009)


I own a Droid and love it. I also own an Ipod Touch and love it as well. I don't hate the Iphone at all and feel both phones do everything equally well. The real question here that wasn't even addressed in the review is service!! I travel to rural areas frequently and need to have service. AT&T's network sucks compared to Verizon....period! I'd have had an Iphone 3 years ago if it would have been on Verizon's awesome network. Can you imagine how many Iphones would be out there had Verizon and Apple come together? AT&T would be out of business had the egos of these two giants been put aside 4-5 years ago!! The same may be said for some phone manufacturers such as RIM and Motorola had the Iphone been on Verizon's network from the beginning! Here's to hoping VZW and Apple come together on a 4G Iphone for LTE!! Can you say, Time to buy fruit and gum (Big Red) stock!! Just my thoughts.

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