Motorola Droid 3 vs iPhone 4S 16 GB

December 1, 2011
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The Motorola Droid 3 takes pride in its being the world’s thinnest QWERTY smartphone. It considers itself as a business-ready phone with premium productivity and security features. On the other hand, the 16-GB iPhone 4S is packaged as the most amazing iPhone yet. With its introduction of the Siri technology, this wonderful phone can give you an intelligent personal assistant.

Both handsets are available on Verizon. Let’s take a quick look at these two lovely devices and compare them in terms of design, memory capacity, connectivity, camera-video capabilities, battery life, and finally, price.

Operating Systems and Processors

If you have been using Google products and trust their performance, go for the Motorola Droid 3. It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a dual-core, 1-GHz processor.

But, if you rely more on Jobs’s inventions, the iPhone 4S with its dual-core A5 processor and iOS 5 operating system would suit you best.

Apple's A5 Chip

Both are on par with regards to speed, but there surely are differences in Google and Apple’s user interfaces. The difference, of course, deserve another article on its own, so we shall not cover it here.

Memory

For memory capacity, the Droid 3 gives you 16 GB of internal storage. If you need more, you also have the option of adding a 32-GB microSD memory card, which brings total storage to 48 GB on the Droid 3.

The iPhone 4S 16 GB can give you 16 GB of storage–and no more. There is a 32-GB version available, but you would have to purchase another iPhone 4S unit.

Display and Physical Dimensions

As for size and weight, the iPhone 4S is lighter and smaller in dimension than the Droid 3. But, of course, since Droid 3 is bigger, a wider display (0.5 inches wider than iPhone 4S’s 3.5 inches) follows suit.

But–the smaller iPhone 4S has greater screen resolution. With a 640×960-pixel resolution, things are clearer and more vibrant with your iPhone 4S over Droid 3’s screen of 540X960 pixels.

Connectivity

If you need reliable connectivity, you need not worry because both devices are Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-ready. However, the Droid 3 has DLNA and HDMI support, which make the Droid 3 capable of streaming videos from phone to an HD screen.

Camera

Camera capabilities on the two devices are also more or less the same, with each one having an 8-megapixel camera with automatic focus and LED flash. You can also geo-tag and enhance photos captured on both phones.

Pictures with at most 3264×2448 pixel resolution can be taken with the Droid 3. You can also zoom the camera as much as 8 times. For the iPhone 4S, there is only up to 2592×1944 pixels resolution with 5x zoom available. Video can be played at 1080p HD quality on both phones.

Battery

You can talk nonstop for about 550 minutes on 3G on the Droid 3. In comparison, iPhone 4S can provide about 480 minutes of talk time. The Droid3 can live longer on standby mode, as well, with 300 hours compared to the iPhone 4S’s 200 hours.

Conclusion

You can get both units from Verizon with free overnight shipping. Full retail price of the Droid 3 is US$460 and US$200 for a discounted 2-year contract. The iPhone 4S is a bit expensive at US$650 for the full retail price, but the same US$200 for a 2-year contract.

Enjoy more storage space, longer usage hours, and better pictures and connectivity with the Droid 3 for less. But, if you find lighter weight, great display, and an intelligent voice-activated assistant more important, then the iPhone 4S (16GB) is for you.

Which of the two is right for you?

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