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Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4

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Motorola DROID X vs. Apple iPhone 4

We commended the original DROID for performing valiantly in calling quality, but thankfully, the performance on the DROID X doesn't disappoint either. Voices were crystal clear and extremely audible thanks to its versatile and powerful speaker that enables even the lowest toned voices to become exquisitely noticeable. We can't say the same with the iPhone 4 due mostly to some background and static noise which can become somewhat of a nuisance for some. Nevertheless, it's not to the point where you can't make out conversations, but there's no arguing that the Motorola DROID X just made the calling experience such a joy. At the same time, the same can be said about the speaker phone performance on the DROID X as it was stronger than the iPhone 4.

During our time testing out both handsets, we consistently found the DROID X to have a solid connection to the network over the iPhone 4. At certain times, we would see bars on the iPhone 4 fluctuate while surfing the web – which is somewhat disheartening when you're trying to do something.

Naturally one can always get the most optimal battery usage by fine tuning their handsets – like setting the brightness of the display to its lowest or having the handset check for email every few hours. As we set both handsets to the middle brightness setting, we used them normally and didn't modify anything else. The iPhone 4 ever so slightly edged out the Motorola DROID X during our simultaneous testing, but we were still nonetheless impressed with the DROID X as it was able to last a solid day before requiring a recharge. Again, it could have gotten more out of it by constantly monitoring certain features like GPS, running applications in the background, and push email.


Presently, there are plenty of devices out there that attempt to challenge the iPhone 4 in the smartphone market. Yet, we continue to see a common theme with each comparison we do with Apple's venerable handset – it proves to be a well rounded device that doesn't skimp out on performance. To the iPhone 4's credit, it continually rises to the occasion and beats out handsets in the camera department – even though others employ higher megapixel cameras. It's by far the easiest phone to learn at a first glance which is embedded deeply in the foundations that were present from its humble beginnings. Despite lacking a depth of personalization, iOS 4 slowly compliments the handset's user interface experience as it continuously showcases its overall responsiveness and intuitiveness. Plus, it's one of the few existing handsets out there that offer a decent video calling experience with FaceTime which will hopefully one day break free from Wi-Fi only usage. All in all, there is an aura that radiates outward from every nook and cranny that still manages to enthrall consumers out there.

Just like the original Motorola DROID, the DROID X is presented as one of the smartphones to challenge the might of Apple's iPhone by attacking some key areas where the iPhone has been unable to capture. From a design standpoint, we have to give credit to Motorola for being able to craft a sleek looking handset that doesn't necessarily feel like a juggernaut when it comes down to sheer size. Naturally it relies on its sheer display to attract consumers seeing that it's the sole differentiator from a first glance. However, we're content with its performance under the hood as it includes a myriad of respectable hardware that enables it to stand toe-to-toe with other contemporary offerings. Being powered by Android has its clear advantages and the DROID X tastefully manages to pretty it up with its own customized experience. However, this isn't the first encounter we've had with a monster sized Android handset. By no means should this be overlooked by Verizon customers, or any Android users as a matter of fact, but the Motorola DROID X is yet another healthy offering that substantiates Android's growing popularity among people.

As most of the cases (but particularly in this one), which handset will better suit you depends entirely on your specific needs and preferences.

Motorola DROID X vs Apple iPhone 4 Video Comparison:


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. baldilocks (Posts: 831; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 10:21 1

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

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

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 14:18 1

13. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)

It looks better than the iPhone

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 08:19 1

36. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

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

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 10:10

2. rtimi26 (Posts: 42; Member since: 16 Mar 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

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 10:47

4. RonRex (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jun 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?

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 11:22

5. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 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.

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 11:49 1

7. testman22 (Posts: 339; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)

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

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 08:20 1

37. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

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

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 02:04

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.

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 11:32

6. denmcdon (Posts: 90; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 12:39

11. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 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.

posted on 10 Aug 2010, 03:29

53. unregistered user (unregistered)

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

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 12:16 1

8. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 12:20 1

9. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 18:46 1

27. applesr4eating (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)

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

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 22:04

33. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 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

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 22:48

34. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 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

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 08:22

38. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 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!

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 08:23

39. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

i sense jelousy!

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 12:47

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

I sense confusion!

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 12:29

10. adilly (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 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.

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 13:04

12. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 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.

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 10:43

19. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

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

posted on 12 Jul 2010, 18:20

14. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 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.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 08:24

40. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


posted on 12 Jul 2010, 18:41

15. cellstudent (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Feb 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!

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 06:42

18. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 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.

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 10:46

20. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 10:47

21. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


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