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