Interface:

We've gone extensively over the swift experience we get out of iOS 4 on the iPhone 4 on previous comparisons as it's being powered by Apple's A4 processor which is presumably clocked in at 1GHz. The learning curve on the iPhone 4 is very low as the platform is straightforward and simplistic – which definitely adds to its mass appeal over the competition. Applications load quickly with barely any evidence of lag being witnessed – even when there are multi-tasking enabled apps running simultaneously. However, the same could be said with the Motorola DROID X's performance while currently running Android 2.1. It's powered by 1GHz OMAP 3630 processor which makes everything fly in a heart beat – making it one of the peppiest Android handsets out there for the US market. Although there might be a steep learning curve for new users, the level of personalization on the DROID X is far more significant than what can be accomplished on the iPhone 4. The customized look and feel on the DROID X will undoubtedly attract users who prefer to visually see a variety of information, like weather and social networking statuses, which is non-existent on the iPhone 4 – unless you launch individual apps. If there's one common ground that both handsets fall under, it has to be the fact that they both run extremely fast with rare instances of slowdown.

Motorola DROID X is currently running Android 2.1 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola DROID X is currently running Android 2.1 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola DROID X is currently running Android 2.1 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola DROID X is currently running Android 2.1 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4's iOS 4 interface - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4's iOS 4 interface - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4's iOS 4 interface - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4's iOS 4 interface - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4


If you like to be kept up with all the latest happenings without having to lose focus on what you're doing on the handset, you'll probably like the DROID X better as Android's notification system is superior to what iOS 4 provides. On the iPhone 4, you'll know that something is being received, like an email for example, by specific notification tones.

The Motorola DROID X's interface is more fitting for social networking aficionados as it's able to aggregate a myriad of information discretely surrounding your social networking accounts. From Twitter to Facebook, everything is presented to you in a singular hub on the DROID X, while on the iPhone 4 you'll have to run each app separately. However, we find the Facebook app on the iPhone 4 to be well  integrated to some of the native apps on the phone – which makes the experience feel a bit more fine tuned around the edges versus the Android app.

People love watching YouTube, and that's the reason why the Motorola DROID X shines in this regard seeing that it offers users an app that follows closely to what you experience on a desktop. There are a wealth of sub-menus and options to get you down to all the various aspects we love about YouTube. Additionally you can turn on high quality video streams on the Motorola DROID X through any kind of data connection as opposed to the iPhone 4's requirement of connecting to Wi-Fi to experience higher quality videos. Plus, the larger display found on the DROID X makes watching videos such a joy over the iPhone 4, but both are still fitting in this category for just about any user.

Apple iPhone 4 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4


The iPhone 4's included front facing camera does offer some people the option of doing video chat via FaceTime which can be seen as a novelty thing right now. Unfortunately, you can only do one-way video chat on the Motorola DROID X through Fring. The quality we experienced with FaceTime was far superior to Fring on the DROID X as voices were more clear and in-sync.

There's no arguing that Android's Google Maps experience is far more in-depth to anything else out there – even on the iPhone 4. Not only can you use turn-by-turn directions to specific locations, but it aptly integrates some of Google's popular services – like Buzz and Latitude. Unfortunately the iPhone 4 still offers the same exact experience that we have witnessed on the previous versions.

Apple iPhone 4 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4


Thanks to the swift performance of the platforms on both smartphones, typing messages is a breeze due to the responsive on-screen keyboards they offer. The iPhone 4 still stands as having one of the best predictable text options as it just knows what you're trying to type out, but the roomy space on the DROID X makes for less typos. When using the landscape option, we found ourselves easily typing away on the DROID X with few to almost no mistakes being made. Still, we found the iPhone 4 to also excel in this area despite its smaller size – which should only pose to be a problem to individuals with larger sized fingers.

Motorola DROID X - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4

Motorola DROID X

Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4

Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4

Last, but not least, we should not overlook the overwhelming number of applications that's present in the Apple App Store. And not just their number, but quality too, as it is obvious that iPhone users currently have a lot more entertainment at their fingertips than Android ones.

Apple's App Store - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4

Apple's App Store

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Android Market

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61 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1451; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Droid X = Big & Ugly iPhone 4 = Pretty & Fragile Either is a good choice though.

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i don't see why it's ugly...

13. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

It looks better than the iPhone

36. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

whats so good about iphone? personally, 3gs looks better anyway! but droid x is better than both :)

2. rtimi26

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

My problem is I don't see a comparison between galaxy S and others. Is it because you are waiting for US versions, if so then fine, but if not then phonearena is really beginning to get on my nerves

4. RonRex

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 04, 2010

Maybe the X is coming after the IPad? It may seem large, but it is maybe a way for Att users to see even though Verizon does not have the Iphone, they do have a very viable option on a much better network?

5. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

You have the audacity to call this a review and not once do you mention the iPhone's purported issues regarding antenna performance. Not once. What you failed to mention are a multitude of reports suggesting the iPhone 4 has a faulty antenna design and how this might relate to the significant drop in signal caused by capacitive interference (human touch) at the junction between the two antennas that comprise its antenna system. Although the external antenna system used in the iPhone 4 may be prone to said interference, it is the particular design whereby this gap or junction is in close proximity to the heaviest part of the left palm during normal use. Some test have shown this to result in a -24dB drop in signal strength (http://www.anandtech.com/show/3794/the-iphone-4-review/2 ). In my opinion, this capacitive interference couples the antenna system thereby detuning the 2G/3G portion. In parallel, energy is also lost into the hand given the proximity of the EXTERNAL antenna system during normal use (gripping by hand) If you happen to live in an area where the signal strength is less than -94dB and you then hold the phone normally in the left hand, the call can be dropped as the signal drops below -113dB. This was reported by Anandtech, which observed a -20dB impact due to hand interference [-24dB when held tightly]. Whether -94dB resides within the fourth bar (currently) or is "programmed" down to the 3rd (or 2nd or even 1st) bar is a moot point. The only likely way around this for the iPhone 4, IMO, is with the rubber case/bumper. This serves to further separate the hand from the phone during normal use. Just my opinion.

7. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

not to mention the errors in the signal presentation, yellow spots on the screen, yellow tinted pictures, and melting ports. lol

37. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

YES! i say the same thing after every iphone comparison!

54. The iPad` unregistered

Not once did you mention that Apple held a conference and showed that only .5% of the users called in or had it reported in. That is probably all the users that had it to. Not once did you mention that the problem can be easily handled by slipping a case on the phone. Not once did you mention you can send the phone back to Apple, get another for free and get a case for free. Not once did you mention that most of the owners of an iPhone 4 don't experience this problem, only the people searching for it and even those that do don't experience most of the time.

6. denmcdon

Posts: 90; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

The Droid x shoots video at 30 fps not 23 fps. Specs at motorola.com

11. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

http://developer.motorola.com/products/droidx/ At HD 1280x720 the DROID X records at 24fps. You have to drop it down to 720x480 resolution to record at 30fps.

53. unregistered user unregistered

Blurays also play at 24 fps.... only a fanboy would tell you that 30 fps is "better".

8. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

-Funny how you can do flash, swype keyboard, hd recording, hdmi output.. but none of those things are seen as a benefit. -But every review some moron talks about a front facing camera that is probably never used... and needs WIFI. -And as above stated no mention of the fact that iphone has faulty antenna and signal glitches. -Also no benefit in how much larger the screen is on the DROIDX. -No benefit in the double microphone noise cancellation setup that works flawlessly on the DROIDX. *Phone arena, keeping the trendy trendy, and the uneducated making ignorant decisions since the orig iphone.

9. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I agree, I was excited for an iPhone4 vs. Droid X review and after reading the review all I can say is I want those five minutes of my life back.

27. applesr4eating

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

Just like most other phone bloggers PA is afraid to go against "common wisdom" and report the truth.

33. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You guys are babies. Flash is not available until 2.2 and swype is not going to be a dealbreaker for anyone. HD recording is better on iPhone, and HDMI was mentioned in the review. Maybe it's just me but I didn't know that the iphone could do hdmi with proprietary cable. And in the end, I still don't care about HDMI. -FaceTime is only available on wifi but fring can be used on 3G. -they did mention many benefits of having a larger screen (did you even read the review or watch the video?) -the iphone has noise cancellation also -How many times do you guys have to read about the issues. It's been on every phone website, on the front page of websites like Yahoo/MSN, newspapers, TV, etc. On the HTC Evo review I don't remember there being talks about the light leakage issue. You guys just cry and cry and cry. If you look in other websites, I'm pretty sure the review is going to be almost the same. I guess every phone website just freaking hates the Droid X, right? Haha

34. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

really? thats funny, I found much better reviews on youtube, and as for the light leakage issue on the evo, are your fucking seriously comparing that the the grip of death on the iPhone 4? holy shit omg I'm sure that when people got their brand new evo they started screaming, "Oh god jesus in heaven, theirs a small amount of light from the buttons leaking onto the bottom of my screen, its really a fucking deal breaker" holy smokey cinimon shit I;ve never heard something more stupid in my entire life christ your stupid. and as for flash, whens your iPhone gunna get it? yeah thought so retard. And I'd say that the hd recording on the iPhone has slightly better color capture but thats it, while the audio is so superior that its unbelievable. go fuck yourself fanboy troll bitch

38. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

i dont think that i can agree any more strongly! front facing camera is not all that! and if it is, then the evo can definatly beat the iphone!

39. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

i sense jelousy!

45. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I sense confusion!

10. adilly

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 12, 2010

Wow why do people visit this site if they hate it so much? I think the real question is rather or not the iphone is worth leaving Verizon for. At&t is just such a juxtaposition to apples core philosophy. Apple strives to be innovative and proactive in solving customer issues and relations, where as At&t is exactly the opposite. If you've ever had to deal with an at&t customer service rep you know that most of them are incompetent morons. The iphone is a great device, but it is limited by a sub par carrier who is only interested in making money and not furthering their customers experience.

12. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

"Apple strives to be innovative and proactive in solving customer issues and relations, where as At&t is exactly the opposite." SJ - "There is no reception issue. Hold your phone correctly." Need I say more? Both Apple and At&t apparently do not do a very good job when it comes to CS.

19. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

umm... how do you say.....???? BURN?

14. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

I mean yeah, its a totally matter of opinion. Some people like phones that work well, and some people like phones that don't work at all but look real shiny.

40. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

lol

15. cellstudent

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 21, 2009

I must say I'm disappointed with the analysis of the on screen keyboard. Why is the image of the iPhone keyboard LARGER than the image of the DROID X keyboard when the iPhone clearly has a much smaller display. You're making it look like screen real estate is less of a differentiator. Take a few side-by-side photographs of the keyboard and post them rather then the doctored up screen captures you're misleading everyone with!

18. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

The size of the screenshots depends on the screen resolution, not the physical dimensions of the display. Motorola DROID X = 4.3" but 480x800 pixels resolution; Apple iPhone 4 = 3.5" but 640x960 pixels resolution, thus the image comes out larger once you view it on a computer.

20. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

so back up a foot and take a picture of both phones physically as well as the QWERTY... because of you couldnt tell, in this comparison, size does matter.

21. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

*IF

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