So now that rumors of a Verizon iPhone have been put to rest – at least for the time being, how does the iPhone 4 compare to the closest competitor on Verizon – the Android powered Droid Incredible? We put together a quick rundown of those two, and threw in Sprint’s Evo 4G (which has reportedly been flying off the shelves) for good measure.
|Droid Incredible||iPhone 4||Evo 4G|
|Display||3.7″ 480×800 resolution||3.5″ 960×640 resolution||4.3″ 480×800 resolution|
|Weight||4.6 ounces||4.8 ounces||6 ounces|
|Storage Capacity||8GB fixed, up to 32GB with microSD card||16GB or 32GB fixed||Up to 32GB with microSD card|
|Memory||512MB RAM||Not specified||512MB RAM|
|Video and Camera Specs||8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and double flash||HD 720p video recording up to 30fps, 5 megapixel rear camera with flash, front facing camera||HD 720p video recording up to 25fps, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and double flash, front facing camera|
|Motion and Location Sensors||Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS||3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS||Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS|
|Battery||Up to 5.5 hours talk time||Up to 7 hours 3G talk time, 14 hours 2G talk time||Up to 6 hours talk time|
|Price||$199 with 2-year contract||$199 (16GB) or $299 (32GB) with 2-year contract||$199.99 after $100 rebate, with 2-year contract|
Right now, it looks like the Evo 4G poses the biggest challenge to the new iPhone. It will be up to Apple app developers to come up with something truly innovative that takes advantage of the gyroscope to make it a must-have feature that would push someone over to the iPhone rather than the Evo 4G. Plus, while Sprint’s 4G network isn’t live in cities like New York or San Francisco yet, AT&T’s service in those markets doesn’t often get rave reviews.
The Droid Incredible, while making use of Verizon’s popular network, comes in 3rd for the lack of the additional front facing camera and video capabilities of the iPhone 4 or Evo 4G. Though if there is any truth to the Verizon iPhone rumors (those who believe that it will happen aren’t expecting it until fall at the earliest), the Droid Incredible could be a good way to get a better upgrade deal on the iPhone if Apple does make the move to expand carriers.
And even if it doesn’t happen, we suspect it won’t be too long before there’s a new version that’s more exactly in line with the specs of the iPhone or Evo 4G.
While the increased screen resolution of the iPhone may be good for people who want to take advantage of all the content coming for the iPad, we can’t help but wonder if someone whose primary purpose is to use the device as an e-reader wouldn’t just go for the larger iPad instead of the new phone.