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Cell Phone Comparisons
HTC DROID Incredible vs. iPhone 3GS

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April 30th, 2010


Key Differences

  • Operating System: The many differences between Apple’s iPhone OS and Google’s Android OS are beyond the scope of this brief comparison.  Suffice it to say, though, that the two operating systems have some similarities and quite a few differences.  Perhaps the biggest difference between the two platforms is the open nature of Android, allowing anyone to develop software for Android devices, and letting Android users heavily customize their phones with anything from widgets to changes to the core interface. Android is also known for its multitasking abilities. While the iPhone 3GS is currently incapable of true multitasking, this significant shortcoming is scheduled to be rectified with the release of the next version of the iPhone OS this summer.
  • Camera: At 3-megapixels, the iPhone’s camera can be considered entry-level by some standards — particularly with the rapid pace of technological advancement in the wireless world.  In comparison, the DROID Incredible by HTC is equipped with a powerful 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and a bright dual LED flash. While the iPhone 3GS does have auto-focus, it lacks a flash.  Both devices record video with impressive quality.
  • Power: The “S” in iPhone 3GS stands for speed.  The iPhone 3GS is a powerful and speedy device.  The DROID Incredible by HTC, however, outperforms the iPhone 3GS thanks to a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM.  The iPhone 3GS has a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.
  • Applications: The DROID Incredible has access to the Android Market, while the iPhone can download applications from the Apple App Store.  At the time of this comparison, the Apple App Store has an undeniably impressive selection of more than 150,000 apps.  In comparison, the Android Market has only 50,000 applications available, but is growing at an exponential rate and making great strides in catching up to Apple’s App Store.
  • Display: The DROID Incredible by HTC has a larger and higher resolution display (3.7-inch, 480×800 pixels) than the Apple iPhone 3GS (3.5-inch 480×320 pixels).
  • Battery Life: The Apple iPhone 3GS will outperform the DROID Incredible in the realm of battery life.  The iPhone 3GS offers an estimated 5 hours of usage time and 300 hours of standby time, while the DROID Incredible will provide approximately only 3 hours of use and 146 hours of standby time.

Side-By-Side Comparison

HTC HD2 HTC Incredible
Apple iPhone 3GS DROID Incredible by HTC
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Interface HTC Sense
Operating System iPhone OS Android
Screen Size 3.5″, 480 x 320 Pixels 3.7″, 480 x 800 Pixels
Video Overview Watch
Wireless Capabilities
3G Capable Yes Yes
Global Roaming Yes No
WiFi Yes Yes
Mobile Hotspot No No
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Voice-dialing Yes Yes
Messaging Capabilities
IM Yes Yes
Text Yes Yes
Video Yes Yes
Mobile Email Yes Yes
Outlook Support Yes Yes
View MS Office Attachments Yes Yes
Web Browser Yes Yes
Camera Megapixels 3.0 8.0
Apps Apple App Store Android Market
Video Yes Yes
Music Options Yes Yes
Memory Capacity 16GB or 32GB (no expandable memory) 8GB on-board (expandable with microSD)
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Removable Battery No Yes
Weight 4.8 oz 4.59 oz
Dimensions 2.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.48″ 2.3″ x 4.63″ x 0.47″
Processor Speed 600 MHz 1GHz Snapdragon
RAM 256 MB 512 MB
Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) $149.99

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4 Responses to “HTC DROID Incredible vs. iPhone 3GS”

  • Dr. Michael W. Ecker
    December 24, 2010

    Correction: Not sure whether you goofed or this item has changed, but the Incredible most certainly does allow a mobile hotspot with Verizon ($20 extra per month on top of $30 unlimited data plan).

  • John Mc
    June 7, 2010

    Apple knows what they are doing and are still killing the competition. there may be a ton of apps out there for the android market but half of them are glitching piles of junk. read what everyone says about them in their reviews. I have a MyTouch, an HTC HD2 (WinMo) and a 3GS and the 3GS is superior to all!!! I LOVE my HD2 but there are less than a 1000 apps available at this time and battery is dead in less than 5 hours!! better batt on the MyTouch but look at the screen…use the HD2 size screen like the incredible has and you’ll be 1/2 down on your battery during your morning commute. once the 4.0 iPhone comes out, with dual cameras and multi-tasking ability everyone will be back to chasing after Apple. there’s a reason everyone compares all the new phones from HTC, Motorola, Palm, BlackBerrym etc. to the iPhone and that’s because APPLE has set the standard since day one with the release of the first iPhone in ’07!!!

  • kor lee
    May 3, 2010

    need to buy phone

    • Badia Daamash
      May 28, 2010

      DROID is killing apple slowly !!!

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