The Apple iPhone 4 continues to be a leader in the wireless industry, capturing hearts and minds, while maintaining strong sales. Dozens of new phones have been introduced to knock the iPhone 4 off its pedestal, but Apple's iconic cell phone remains the device to beat. The latest shot across the iPhone's bow is the Motorola DROID Bionic, which continues the popular DROID line of Android phones on Verizon Wireless. The DROID Bionic has some excellent features, but how does it compare with the Apple iPhone 4?
Motorola DROID Bionic
Apple iPhone 4
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4.3" TFT LCD, 540 x 960 pixels
3.5" TFT LCD, 640 x 960 pixels
8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Yes; 640 x 480 pixels
Yes; 640 x 480 pixels
Yes; HD video
Yes; 720p HD
Adobe Flash Support
Adobe Flash 10.1
16GB onboard; microSD slot for expansion
16GB or 32GB onboard, no memory slot
1,930 mAh, lithium-ion
Dual-core 1 GHz processor
1 GHz A8 processor
Microsoft Outlook Support
View Word Docs
5" x 2.6 " x 0.5"
4.5" x 2.3" x 0.4"
Display: The Motorola DROID Bionic will have a 4.3-inch LCD display, while the Apple iPhone 4 measures in at 3.5 inches. Apple's iPhone 4 leads the wireless industry with its 640 x 960-pixel resolution, a dot-pitch so fine that Apple refers to it as a "retina" display. At 540 x 960 pixels, the DROID Bionic is no slouch in the resolution department, and it's larger screen may make long-term viewing (of a movie, for example) more comfortable on the DROID Bionic than the iPhone 4.
Operating system: The DROID Bionic will run Android 2.2, while the iPhone 4 is currently delivered with Apple's iOS4.2 operating system. Apple has provided continuous upgrades to the iPhone's operating system, and Motorola promises an upgrade to Android 2.3 by the end of 2011.
Processor and RAM: The Motorola DROID Bionic features a dual-core 1GHz processor, and will be among the first cell phones to run with a dual-core processor. The Apple iPhone 4 has an A8 single-core processor clocking in at 1GHz. Both phones feature 512MB of RAM.
Keyboard: Both the Motorola DROID Bionic and the Apple iPhone 4 have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards.
Storage Space: The Motorola DROID Bionic will ship with 16GB of onboard memory, and has a microSD slot that will accommodate memory cards up to 32GB. The Apple iPhone is available in either 16GB or 32GB models, but it does not have a memory card slot for expansion.
Camera: The Motorola DROID Bionic will have an 8-megapixel still-image camera, while the Apple iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel camera. Both can record HD video at 720p resolution.
Battery life: The Motorola DROID Bionic will have a 1,930 mAh lithium-ion battery that is replaceable by the user. This is substantially larger than the batteries currently available in Android phones. The Apple iPhone has a built-in lithium-ion battery that is not user-replaceable.
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