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, 480x800 pixels) than the Apple iPhone 3GS (3.5-inch 480x320 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.
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