Landscape Shots:

This is one area where it was difficult to see any huge degrees in variances between the handsets as they all are equal in performance. Colors looked pretty subtle in the images taken of the big city during a somewhat cloudy day. However, it's worth noting that HDR produced by the iPhone 4 cleans up the shots to make them look slightly brighter – with some emphasis to the missing detail seen in the regular shot.

Even in the images of the trees with the crystal clear blue skies hovering above, which was actually a sunny day, there isn't necessarily one handset that produces a better image than the others. Again, we see that all three are equal in this area.

Finally, we took an image of a playground set with the sun in the direct path of our shot, and as you can see, the level of detail doesn't vary greatly between the three. With the Epic 4G and DROID X, we notice that the exposure is more in line to what we actually perceive when looking at the scenery, but unfortunately the iPhone 4's image looks too overexposed. However, it appears as though that the HDR shot corrects it by adjusting the exposure accordingly which does well in bringing out the natural color tones of the image.

Honestly, if it weren't for the iPhone 4's HDR functionality, there isn't a noticeable difference between the landscape shots we captured with the three smartphones. We'd guess that it would be difficult for just about anyone to find any major variances if the images were transplanted to an actual 4” x 6” photo.

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