Verizon iPhone 4 vs DROID 2 Global

Introduction and Design

For the better part of the last year, Verizon has been relying on its DROID handsets to spur business and take away any  magic from the iPhone. But now that the beloved iPhone 4 has finally joined the ranks, it presents somewhat of an interesting dilemma for customers since previous Verizon advertisement spots touted on how “DROID DOES.” And now that Big Red finally has an Android powered world phone in the form of the Motorola DROID 2 Global, will customers still jump the wagon and side with the iPhone 4 – which interestingly enough was the target of dissent previously?


Let’s get it out of the way, but both handsets are fantastically well built all around to instill confidence that they are meticulously designed to withstand the adverse effects of normal wear and tear. At the same time, they’re both fairly normal sized and easily tuck away in the pockets – but there is slightly more weight with the DROID 2 Global. Still, we adore their choice of materials since they radiate with that premium feel as you hold them, but there is just something more alluring about the iPhone 4 with its glass like surface. However, we’re not as confident that it would survive a drop from a lengthy height compared to the DROID 2 Global.

Naturally, there’s plenty of detail and clarity seen with their displays, thanks partly to their high resolutions, but the DROID 2 Global has the size advantage with its 3.7” LCD display as opposed to the 3.5” IPS display of the iPhone 4. The hidden weapon in the iPhone 4's arsenal is its Retina Display that packs an impressive resolution of 640 x 960. Although doesn't differentiate it really that much, compared to the 480 x 854 resolution with the DROID 2 Global, it still nice that it presents the user with a bit more detail in the image. Color production seems more vibrant with the iPhone 4, while viewing angles are vastly superior with the iPhone 4 as well. However, both displays are quite accurate to the touch and we didn’t find any registration problems during our experience. Placing both devices next to one another, one can easily see that the iPhone 4’s Retina Display shines more brightly – especially outdoors under the gaze of the sun.

Since the DROID 2 Global relies on capacitive touch buttons beneath its display, there is still a tendency of accidental pressing. Conversely, it’s nearly impossible to mistakenly press the single home button of the iPhone 4 seeing that it offers a springy response when pushed.

On its sides, we actually prefer the separated volume buttons of the iPhone 4 because they slightly protrude to provide a reasonable feel versus the recessed look of the DROID 2 Global’s volume rocker. However, the iPhone 4 packs on a vibrate switch, while the two-level shutter key of the DROID 2 Global is much appreciated as well. And again, the dedicated power button of the iPhone 4 is raised high enough to offer a sensible feel versus the one on the DROID 2 Global which is almost flush to the surface.

Both smartphones employ a 3.5mm headset jack, but the iPhone 4 resorts to using Apple’s proprietary 30-pin connection port for charging and syncing, while the DROID 2 Global relies on a traditional microUSB port.

In the rear, we find their 5-megapixel auto-focus camera in the upper left corner, but the DROID 2 Global packs a dual-LED flash as opposed to the single one with the iPhone 4.

There are also some other added benefits with the Motorola DROID 2 Global – such as its removable battery, microSD card slot, and its physical keyboard for typing. Inversely, the iPhone 4 takes a dive with video chat thanks to its front-facing camera.

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