Verizon iPhone 4 vs DROID 2 Global
Thanks to their blazing fast processors, the platform experience is quite fluid and responsive enough to eliminate pretty much any remnants of wait or slowdown. Under the hood, the iPhone 4 is powered by an Apple A4 processor that’s believed to be beating at the clock speed of approximately 1GHz. But with the Motorola DROID 2 Global, it’s packing a speedy 1.2GHz TI OMAP3630 processor that provides enough horsepower to keep its animated platform running ever so smooth. From opening up apps to navigating between their home screens, everything seamlessly operates at a high rate of level with both handsets – thus keeping you productive in whatever you’re doing.
In the constant battle between Android and iOS, there are specific advantages found with both. When it comes to personalization, there’s no arguing that the customized version of MOTOBLUR running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo on the DROID 2 Global is the preferred choice. With things like its bountiful options of widgets and live wallpapers, it’s quite visually appealing with its presentation. Now what it lacks in visual flare, iOS on the iPhone 4 makes it up with its simplistic and straightforward platform experience. Between the two, you can literally pick up the iPhone 4 and quickly learn its ins and outs. However, there is going to be a slight learning curve with Android – which requires some adjustment for first time users, but once mastered, the possibilities and limitless.
social network integration. With its social networking specific widgets on the DROID 2 Global, you can quickly read posts from friends or post a status message directly from the homescreen – rather than running a dedicated app. Still, don’t count out the iPhone 4 since its Facebook and Twitter apps are ingeniously well thought out over its Android counterparts, but in the end, the Motorola DROID 2 Global would be the preferred choice of social networking conscious individuals.
Thanks partly to its physical landscape keyboard, the Motorola DROID 2 Global is the ideal choice for those heavy into messaging. Needless to say that it’s more than convenient, but you can also rely on the on-screen options as well. The iPhone revolutionized and set the bar with messaging on a touchscreen device since it’s extremely responsive and offers one of the best predictive text out there. But the DROID 2 Global has its own arsenal with its multi-touch and Swype keyboards – the latter of which becomes handy once it’s mastered. Although both portrait on-screen keyboard might feel cramped, the landscape one provides ample room for even the largest of fingers.
Email setup is surprisingly streamlined with both devices since generic services are automatically set up by simply providing your email address and password. However, if you really want to get that rich Gmail experience, then you’re going to need to side with the DROID 2 Global. Despite that, we do like the iPhone 4’s option of selecting which email client to use when replying to any email.
As we mentioned already, the iPhone 4 features a front-facing camera that brings forth all the wonders and convenience of video chat – something that you can’t do with the Motorola DROID 2 Global.
Internet and Connectivity:
For those who prefer a transparent web browsing experience, then the Motorola DROID 2 Global is the exemplary choice since it offers support for Flash Player 10.1. Meaning, Flash content such as videos, advertisements, and animations will play similar to what you find on a desktop browser – which is something that the iPhone 4 is incapable of doing. Overlooking that, the overall web browsing between the two smartphones is almost similar because they feature multi-touch gesture support for zooming – something that the iPhone popularized. However, the keen eye will spot that mobile Safari offers smoother and more responsive kinetic scrolling over its Android counterpart. Nevertheless, you won’t be disappointed by their awesome performance.
voice calls overseas and domestically. On the other hand, the iPhone 4 is simply your usual dual-band CDMA phone and will only work in the US. Luckily, both feature 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi to receive faster data speeds, while Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR enables them to connect with an assortment of wireless devices that range from headsets to third party accessories.
1. 3MTA3 (unregistered) posted on 18 Feb 2011, 08:45 1 0
Great comparison - I mean the Droid 2 is probably the best Droid out there so yeah compare it to the iphone 4. Yes, good choice. *shakes head*
3. TKFox007 posted on 18 Feb 2011, 10:42 1 2
the iPhone's software also doesn't degrade at much as Android's. You can take the iPhone 3Gs and the original Droid and the 3Gs still feels like it's out of the box. The Droid however slows down, becoming sluggish and a pain to use after a few months, even using task killers doesn't seem to help.
At least that's my experience, of course it's different for everyone else.
7. Lucas777 posted on 18 Feb 2011, 21:39 0 2
I have to agree with you. Even with more than 300 apps on my 3g and and the very few i had on the droid, the droid still lagged.
4. applesauce (unregistered) posted on 18 Feb 2011, 11:23 1 0
tkfox, anything that stores data made right now, and I mean anything, will eventually have its capacity filled up by data, such as files, apps, music, browsing history, keystroke memory, onboard dictionary, etc, which will slow it down. iphones have no exception to that rule. In fact, they're even worse of because of it, since they lack any external storage abilities, such as MicroSD cards. Yes, they have a non disc-based drive, which helps keep things in check more than disc-based drives, and their OS architecture is such that when multiple apps are trying to run, those in the background are suspended, which keeps them feeling faster, but your entire statement about iphones not degrading is false.
6. TKFox007 posted on 18 Feb 2011, 15:42 1 1
What part of "At least that's my experience" did you not understand?
5. 530gemini posted on 18 Feb 2011, 13:47 0 4
The iphone just seems to be the more practical and well rounded phone. It's dependable, durable, beautiful, and just performs consistently well overall.
10. jbchamby (unregistered) posted on 03 Mar 2011, 01:42 0 0
In my opinion the droid 2 is a better all around phone than the iphone depending on what your using it for but I've had an iphone through AT&T and I just bought my wife the iphone 4 from Verizon for her birthday and I currently have the droid global and even though I've always been a huge iphone fan I can honestly say that in my opinion the droid 2 is better than the iphone in durability and performance... my wife has only had her phone for about a week and she doesn't use it all that much but her phone is already getting laggy and its froze up on her several times while I have over 1000 songs and a few movies loaded onto my droid and it runs as smooth as the day I got it... the droid processor outdoes the iphones hands down and and while the iphone come with eeither a 16gb or a 32gb internal memory the droid comes with 32gb of memory and it also has a slot for an SD memory chip so that's a plus... and yes the iphone is a good looking phone and its got a beautiful glass screen but whoever said about the iphone being a better phone durability wise is crazy... the glass screen for the iphones are gonna be a big problem for people that are a little rough on their phones or got children that may get ahold of it because when that screen cracks your phones f**ked.. the only real thing about the iphone that's better than the droid 2 is the retina display... but for anyone that's a texter and hates talkin on the phone I strongly suggest going with the droid because the slide out keyboard... and also for ppl that use their phone for the internet again the droid is far better than the iphone with the internet connectivity because it comes equipped with flashplayer something the iphone doesn't have so you will only be able to watch certain videos on your iphone but u can watch virtually anything on the droid 2 and u don't gotta worry about losing reception with the droid like you do with the iphone while on the internet or on a call... so to sum it up... with all the experience I've had with iphones and this being my first ever droid.. droid takes the pot in my book because it does everything the iphone does and more importantly it does the little things the iphone can't do...but I guess it all depends what ur gonna be using your phone forbut thanks for reading and sorry for takin up so much space
11. tip (unregistered) posted on 12 Mar 2011, 17:07 0 0
iphones os is a lot smoother over all, in my opinion. ive used both phones, and the droid 2 doesnt have the touch experience nailed down quite as well as the iphone.
12. TB626TB (unregistered) posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:45 0 0
The most important part of this review was not covered. INTERNATIONAL CALLING both from overseas and to overseas.
Having talked with Verizon the IPhone hardware has been removed and is not a global phone any more when it has the Verizon name plate attached.
So, this comaprison is void.
13. TB626TB (unregistered) posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:50 0 0
You can not made international phone calls with the Verizon IPhone.
The At&T phone can be used for International Calls.
The circuit that is in the AT&T Iphone has been purposely removed from the Verizon Iphone.
Verzon does not want this fact known.
14. BFN (unregistered) posted on 03 May 2011, 16:00 0 0
They openly admit this on their site.
15. muphasta (unregistered) posted on 12 May 2011, 13:31 0 0
So, 2 things I was really interested in on a smart phone, video chat and GPS - voice commands.
It looks like the voice command directions comes w/the Droid. Is it an app on the iPhone that costs extra?
The video chat was a bigger issue since I'm on the west coast and my parents on in the mid-west. I'm trying to get my parents to get an iPad and my intent was to get the iPhone so we could use facetime or whatever that app is.
Video chat isn't even an option w/the Droid so it looks like iPhone is the winner.
22. Droid 2 Global user0209 (unregistered) posted on 30 Aug 2011, 01:16 0 0
I have to say that video chat is an option on the droid 2 it just isnt the same as the iPhone. There are a few apps that you can use to video chat on the Droid 2. One app is called Tango and of course if you have a Skype account it allows for video chat. As I stated previously it does not work the exact same way because the Droid does not have a dual facing camera but all in all it is there.
16. Shredder (unregistered) posted on 03 Jun 2011, 07:48 0 0
Yea you can get navigation apps on iphone, you just have to pay for them. Personaly, im going to buy an iphone 4 today and get out of this pos droid 2. Nothing but problems. Ive had three, and my wife has had 8. We are done with droid. DONE! Lol
17. swagswag (unregistered) posted on 03 Jun 2011, 21:57 0 0
droid 2 global is definetly better my sister has the ipone 4 and agrees the only downside to the droid is that the iphone battery long outlasts the d2g
18. Spadez7 (unregistered) posted on 01 Jul 2011, 13:13 0 0
Im the sorry, but find a website with actual meticulous statistics and you will see that the iPhone 4 will always trump the Droid. Those of you who say the Droid offers more customization have never seen the beauty of a jailbroken iPhone. If you saw MY iPhone 4, you could hardly recognize it as a iPhone. It's absolutely rockin'!
19. JohnA (unregistered) posted on 05 Jul 2011, 22:48 0 0
Drois 2 has a real keyboard. iPhone4 does not. 'nuff said.
20. John (unregistered) posted on 13 Aug 2011, 17:44 0 0
I can tell you that droid 2 is nothing compared to the iphone period. Droid 2 is poorly built vs the iphone. Ive had both.. The droid 2 gave me nothing but problems and had to get 3 new ones in the 6 month time period because the same thing kept happening. First time the screen went out and the next 2 times the phone controlled itself by opening apps, browser, calling people, zooming in and out, opening my contacts list scrolling down and deleting people. It did it all day long to the point where I turned it off and swapped back to my envy touch for awhile. Plus the camera is absolutely horrible the quality of it looks like 2 Mega pixels every photo is blurry and poor quality. Iphone is fast, problem free, has a great camera, and battery life id recommend it over the droid any day.
21. tryecrot (unregistered) posted on 26 Aug 2011, 19:00 0 0
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23. Jim C (unregistered) posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:42 0 0
I am a keyboard person. I really enjoy the keyboard, makes for sending, text and email much easier. I have the ipod for music, and the touch screen takes a bit getting used to, and there is that constant touching of the wrong letters and numbers while entering data.