If the iPhone 4 is the star quarterback of the high school football team, you can consider the Android a transfer player looking to steal some of the quarterback’s shine.Earlier this week, Verizon announced the July release of its answer to the iPhone 4: The Droid X. While many smartphone makers may be hard-pressed to move in on the iPhone’s 25% market share, the Droid has been making waves, accounting for 46% of online mobile traffic compared with Apple’s 39%. But with a competitive smartphone market and iPhones leading among creatives, Gen Y, and techies, and the Blackberry seeming to be the smartphone of choice for the business set, where does the Droid fit in? Check out the new features on the Droid X and see how it stacks up to its competitors.
Camera and Multimedia: The Droid X bests the iPhone’s five megapixel camera with its (gasp!) 8 megapixels and HDMI-outport, which will allow the Droid to be used as a multimedia server with the ability to capture 720 pixel video and display on an HDTV. The Droid might take the cake in this area but the iPhone 4 packs a punch with its front-facing camera that enables video chat.
Screen display: The Droid X’s screen is more than an inch larger than the iPhone 4’s. But the downside is that those looking for more compact phones may be turned off by its bigger size. When it comes to resolution, the iPhone 4’s retina display is loaded with more pixels per inch, which gives users a crisper picture.
Data and Online: Droid X and the iPhone 4 are Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth equipped. The Droid boasts mobile hotspot for up to five devices for an extra $20 a month.
Storage: The Droid X comes with 8GB of built-in storage and a 16GB microSD card. Since the Droid can support up 32GB microSD cards that gives users a potential amount of storage of up to 40 GB. The iPhone 4 comes 16GB and 32 GB.
Price: The Droid X is slated to come out July 15 retailing at $199 (after a $100 rebate). Data will cost an additional $29.99. The iPhone 4 16GB and 32GB retail for $199 and $299, respectively, and data plans start at $15 for 200 MB of data and $25 for 2 GB, plus an additional charge for tethering.