With new, more powerful, and smarter smartphones arriving on Verizon, it is expected that prices of earlier devices will drop down. And, drop they did. But, that’s good news for customers, right? The price factor is still a very powerful factor, especially in these days when a lot of consumer goods compete for every dollar that we earn.
In this post, we will examine 3 of Verizon’s popular 100-dollar smartphones: the iPhone 4, the Motorola Droid X2, and the Pantech Breakout. Among these three candybar phones, the iPhone 4 is the most expensive at US$549.99 retail price. The Droid X2 comes next at US$449.99. The least expensive is the Pantech Breakout at $359.99. But, for a 2-year contract with Verizon, each of these phones is offered at the same price of US$99.99 each, free of shipping charges, too.
Let’s take a quick view of what each phone has to offer.
Apple iPhone 4 (8 GB)
Opposite of being at the top in the price list, the Apple iPhone 4 comes last in size and weight. It is the smallest and lightest phone measuring 114 mm x 58.4 mm x 9.4 mm and weighing only 136 grams. The Droid X2 and Pantech Breakout have more or less the same dimensions and weight. Screen display is very crisp on the iPhone 4 at 326 ppi pixel density.
The 100-dollar iPhone 4 on Verizon comes with 8 GB of internal storage, and that’s about it. You cannot add more storage to it. In contrast, the DROID X2 has the same amount of internal storage, but is capable of extending its memory by up to 32 GB more, courtesy of its microSD card slot. The Pantech Breakout has only 390 MB of internal storage, but considering that it is also expandable via microSD card, the Pantech Breakout has a memory advantage over the iPhone 4.
Motorola Droid X2
The Motorola Droid X2 has the biggest screen at 4.3 inches, complete with Gorilla Glass touchscreen protection. But, its screen resolution of 540×960 is only next to the iPhone 4’s 640×960 pixels. The iPhone 4 may trump the Droid X2 in terms of display sharpness, but with the iPhone 4 carrying only a 3.5-inch screen, the 4.3-inch screen on the Droid X2 gives wider viewing space. Such difference can matter when browsing Web pages.
Although the Pantech Breakout has the least resolution, it still has considerably good quality screen output at 480×800 pixels.
The three devices are on par with processor speeds at 1.0 GHz, but only Droid X2 uses a dual-core processor. Apple iPhone 4 uses the Apple A4 chipset, which is single-core, while the Pantech Breakout uses the Qualcomm’s single-core Snapdragon chipset. The Droid X2 has the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.
Both Pantech Breakout and Droid X2 are powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Although the Droid X2 is pre-installed with the Android 2.2 Froyo, an upgrade to Gingerbread is available. The Apple iPhone 4 runs on iOs 4.3 (upgradable to iOS 5).
The Motorola Droid X2’s camera is also superior to the cameras on the other two. It has an 8-megapixel camera, whereas the other two only have a 5 MP camera each. The Droid X2 can connect to the FM radio stations, too.
The Pantech Breakout’s biggest advantage over the Droid X2 or the Apple iPhone 4 is that the Pantech Breakout is the only one among these three with 4G LTE capability. While both the iPhone 4 and the Droid X2 already has fast 3G capabilities, the Breakout simply blows them away with its LTE speeds.
The Pantech Breakout has competitive battery life, too. It can last up to about 12.6 days on standby. The Pantech Breakout also has a front-facing camera for video calls. The iPhone 4 also does, but can only use it over a Wi-Fi connection. The Droid X2 doesn’t have a front-facing camera.
So, you see, these three are powerful phones in their own right. Each one has something that the other two don’t. For sharp display and a lovely solid design, take the iPhone 4. For dual-core power performance with matching internal storage expansion, take the Droid X2. For super fast 4G LTE connectivity and video chat functionality, the Pantech Breakout is a perfect pick.
Which of these 3 phones is for you?