The iPhone 4 and Droid X really couldn’t be more different. The former resembles a super high-end pocket camera—sliced in half—while the latter is a beast of a device. One touts its ability for face-to-face video calls and a display so sharp it blows all other phones away. The other has a monster-size screen and features like HDMI and a mobile hotspot app. Both devices are blazing fast, can record HD video, and have access to tons of high-quality apps. So which superphone is better? We put both handsets through 17 grueling rounds to crown a champ. (Don’t worry, the Evo 4G will also get its shot at the title). So read on to find out which smart phone reigns supreme.
Round 1: Design
Apple’s smart phone is the more pocket friendly and elegant of the two, decked out in chemically strengthened glass and a striking silver band that doubles as an antenna. With a profile of 0.37 inches, the iPhone 4 is the thinnest smart phone yet and weighs 4.8 ounces.
By contrast, the Droid X is all screen, 4.3 inches to the iPhone 4’s 3.5 inches. As a result of this increased real estate, the Droid X has a much larger footprint, measuring 5 x 2.6 inches (vs. 4.5 x 2.3 for the iPhone). Yes, the Droid X is technically 0.4 inches thin, but that doesn’t include the bulge on the top of the device that houses the camera lens. Some may find Motorola’s smart phone too large for one-handed use but it slipped into our pocket and weighs a manageable 5.5 ounces. We appreciate the dedicated camera launch/shutter key.
WINNER: iPhone 4
The Droid X is imposing (mostly in a good way) but we’d much rather carry—and be seen carrying—the sexier and more compact iPhone 4.
Round 2: Display
More real estate or more pixels? That’s the decision facing smart phone shoppers. The iPhone 4 sports a breathtaking Retina display with 960 x 640 pixels (326 dpi) and crazy-wide viewing angles. And everything from text and Web pages to photos and videos look incredibly sharp. Plus, Apple strengthened the screen to be 20 times stiffer than plastic, and it’s scratch resistant.
The 4.3-inch LCD of the Droid X has a lower resolution of 854 x 480 pixels (240 dpi) but its larger size makes watching movies and surfing the Web more comfortable—the whole NY Times homepage fits on the screen in landscape mode without zooming in. We also like that the LCD doubles as a larger viewfinder when capturing photos and videos. Movies downloaded from the Blockbuster app looked close to flawless.
While some may prefer the bigger screen on the Droid X, we give the edge to the iPhone 4 because of its breakthrough pixel depth and superior viewing angles.
Round 3: Keyboard
Apple hasn’t messed with a good thing. The latest iPhone remains one of the easiest phones to type on, though we do appreciate that the letters look sharper (thanks to the Retina display).
On the other hand, the Droid X sports the best multi-touch keyboard we’ve used on any Android-powered device, providing great accuracy and speed. Typing with one hand could prove a challenge for some because of this phone’s size, but we could really fly in landscape mode with two thumbs pecking away.