Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4

Data and Connectivity:

For many years, Apple has set the bar in terms of the web browsing experience on a mobile handset – which is still evident in mobile Safari to this day. On top of still boasting one of the slickest and smoothest scrolling performances on any web browser, it's supplemented more with its Retina Display as the faintest of text can still be visually detailed. The Motorola DROID X is also quite capable in this category as pages loaded swiftly and accompanied with a great scrolling rate when moving around a page – although the iPhone 4 is still noticeably more smooth. With the large real estate, you'll be able to see an entire page almost in its entirety, but we found text to be garbled looking at the furthest zoom level – even with a WVGA resolution. In the end, the handsets are pretty close in this category, but with Android 2.2 Froyo in the works for the DROID X later this summer, it may have the upper hand at that time with its near perfect desktop experience.

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World users will gravitate towards the iPhone 4 just because it's a global enabled phone, whereas the Motorola DROID X runs on Verizon's CDMA network and will only work domestically. Even though if you do plan on traveling, both handset are equipped with Wi-Fi to enable you data usage – plus you can use VoIP based apps like Skype to make phone calls when you're abroad. Even though they both offer Wi-Fi connectivity, the Motorola DROID X is enabled for the Mobile HotSpot functionality which allows it to share its 3G connections to other devices via Wi-Fi.

When it comes to storage availability out of the box, the DROID X has the upper hand as it includes a 16GB microSD card with an additional 8GB of internal memory that's not user accessible for things like storing apps and contacts. For the iPhone 4, it's sold in either 16GB and 32GB capacities, but it's worth noting that the 16GB is priced at $199.99 on-contract; just like the DROID X.


Camera:

We're getting to a point where most people are relying on their mobile phones to replace their traditional point and shoots. With that in mind, the iPhone 4 has managed to cement itself as a premier offering in this area as we've seen it time after time excel over the competition. Despite being equipped with an above average 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, images produced by the DROID X still couldn't eclipse the ones taken with the iPhone 4. In just about every scenery, we noticed that the iPhone 4 still developed images with more realistic looking colors with a sharpness attached to them that has yet to be rivaled. When taking some macro shots, you can visually see all of the detail that the iPhone 4 is able to capture over the DROID X. In low lighting conditions,  photos looked a little washed out with the DROID X while using the flash thankfully made colors look more natural looking than the iPhone 4; although it looked more fuzzy. When using the flash with the iPhone 4, it made things look over-exposed, but still was slightly sharper looking than the DROID X. We especially like how the iPhone 4 has touch to focus functionality which comes in handy in certain conditions, although, the DROID X has a lot of emphasis on options which allow you to cater to specific shooting conditions.

Outdoor samples taken with Apple iPhone 4 - Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4
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Since we've pitted the iPhone 4 with many handsets of late, we have to applaud its prowess in taking high definition videos which has yet to yield its power in this area. Since both smartphones have the ability to shoot video in 720p, there is no denying that they look exquisitely detailed, but the iPhone 4's better capture rate of 30fps over the DROID X's 24fps rate is noticeable. There is a slight jerkiness to the recordings we took on the DROID X, but it's nothing game breaking – so it should be more than adequate for anyone. The iPhone 4 had a tendency to constantly change white balances throughout the course of a continuous recording depending on the light situation you're shooting in. That is something not evident on the DROID X recording as colors were consistent throughout the shooting. Video buffs will surely like the DROID X with its host of options that allow you to fine tune the video capturing experience to its optimal. When it came down to audio, the Motorola DROID X manages to eclipse the iPhone 4 thanks to its directional microphone that manages to capture sounds dead on.

Apple iPhone 4 sample video at 1280x720 pixels
Motorola DROID X sample video at 1280x720 pixels


Multimedia:


Looking down into its  music playback capabilities, even after all these years, the iPhone's visually stunning music interface is still regarded as the premier offering. Cover flow continues to be the standard that's always going to be compared to the competition as it makes moving between your albums such a breeze to not only your finger, but your eyes as well. While not as spectacular and intuitive, the Motorola DROID X continues to utilize the stock Android music player – which forgoes presentation over functionality. However, we can clearly say that the audio produced by the DROID X's speaker was far better than the iPhone 4 – it's even made better with some equalizer options. The placement of the speaker on the DROID X allows for audio to flow more freely – which ultimately makes it sound stronger when the handset is laid on a flat surface.

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

Video playback is of little concern to either handsets as test videos ran smoothly with no evidence of any lag. At the same time, there was plenty of lush colors and detail to complete the overall experience, however, one has to agree that bigger is better in this category. It's not to say that the iPhone 4's Retina Display doesn't look fantastic, but we'd imagine it would be better on the eyes with the DROID X. Moreover, you can view videos in just about any orientation, portrait or landscape, on the iPhone 4 where it's only positioned in landscape for the DROID X.

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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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