Remember the days when Blackberrys were the only smartphones and they were used by businessmen on trains? Well now with the iPhone 4, HTC, Samsung Galaxy etc, the smartphone is everywhere. Maybe we should ask someone if the concept of a ‘mobile’ phone even exists anymore.
The iPhone 4 is currently at the top of the smartphone tree, but it seems that it may be challenged by the release of the Droid X. If it is, Apple will no doubt react with some sort of upgrade or improvement of the iPhone. Then a new set of leaked photos of a mysterious new phone will emerge and the Droid X and iPhone killer will be born.
So how do you make a decision as a consumer or a company when the smartphone market is changing so much so often? Let’s take a look beyond the rumours and the hype and into the technical specifications of the top players.
By late this summer the Droid X will be running Android operating system 2.2. Also, as we reported a couple of days ago, Google have allowed its Android users to create their own apps, however Apple currently have the upper hand with developers who are still reluctant to move over to Android but if the Droid sells well, then 2.2 Android could be serious competitor of the iOS.
Interestingly there is a huge variety of screens in the smartphone industry, with no one type of screen fitted into all handsets. The Droid X has a high-resolution, 4.3-inch WVGA screen. The Samsung’s Galaxy S has a 4-inch AMOLED display and the HTC EVO 4G features a 4.3-inch touchscreen. With each screen serving its own purpose it’s hard to compare them. The only real focus with screens is whether people prefer touchscreen or non-touchscreen.
In terms of camera, the Droid X moves up from the iPhone 4’s 5 megapixel camera and offers a dual-flash, 8-megapixel camera and an HD camcorder but this has already been trumped by the upcoming Nokia E7 and N8 handsets which are reported to have 12 megapixel cameras, HD video capture, plus Carl Zeiss optics, and a Xenon flash (which is better than some of the digital cameras on the market today.)
Processor and Memory
Memory and processor wise, the Droid X has a 1GHz processor and 8GB of internal memory, plus a microSD slot to upgrade to 16GB or 32GB which seems the best option available at the moment with the iPhone jumping massively in price when its memory is extended. The Samsung Galaxy S has a simillar1GHz processor and 8GB or 16GB internal memory plus a microSD slot to upgrade to 32GB and the HTC EVO 4G has a 1GHz processor with 1GB ROM and 512MB RAM plus 8GB included on a card in the microSD slot.
With probably the most underlooked of features, battery life The Droid X loses out to the iPhone. Useing a 1540mAh battery, the Droid provides eight hours of talk time and 220 hours of standby time whilst, on paper, the iPhone 4 (with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery) provides (up to) 14 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time.
The actual specs of the handsets are very similar with no smartphone being hugely technically superior. In my opinion it will come down to software, with Android 2.2 having the ability to shake up the phone market in summer and then obviously there is price. With most handsets offering similar features no one is going to want to pay more for one phone than an other so we are likely going to be seeing some competitive prices in the coming months.
So what smartphone will you be buying this summer? Leave us your comments below…