Motorola Droid 3 vs iPhone 4S 16 GB

by: Carl ParkerDecember 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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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?

  • Anonymous

    this is probably the best comparison between an android phone and an iphone i’ve read(i’m fairly new to this site, and have been frequenting a few others for 2+years) as it doesnt go out of its way to bash the apple product(which got real old real fast) so thank you

    • Anonymous

      If you need sound information on the iPhone go here:
      Do not expect an Android site to give fair or correct information about iPhones or any iOS device. It ain’t gonna happen.

      • Anonymous

        i dont “need” sound information on the iphone…i do like to read level and fair reviews, especially when its comparing two separate devices though…this is about as fair as i’d expect from an android site, most of the blogs i read dont even give fair and level reviews between two android phones, let alone an android and some competition…

        • Anonymous

          I guess we disagree on what is fair and level headed. You may need to learn about the devices individually then see how well the comparisons hold up on the facts. This article didn’t do very well.

          • Anonymous

            this article did what i expect a comparison review of two different devices to do, and that’s compare certain aspects of each device with each other, and then let the consumer decide what is best for them…instead of 5 starring everything for one carrier or the other and trying to sway the consumer…but, like you said, we’ll have to agree to disagree

          • Anonymous

            Here’s where the article fell short. In covering the storage capacity of both devices, it failed to mention the 64 GB iPhone. On connectivity, it fails to mention Airport which allows the iPhone to stream or mirror content to any HDTV that’s connected through Apple TV. It also fails to mention that the iPhone can stream and mirror content directly to any HDTV television via Apple A/V connector cable. Among the advantages, mirroring allows you to play games using your large screen HDTV. The camera and  battery comparisons are also questionable. The point is, while these direct comparisons can be helpful, you still need to look into the devices individually. If you relied on this article in making a decision, you would have been the victim of bias in favor of the Droid. Of course, this is an Andoid site and this is expected. I’d suggest going elsewhere, like Verge, for fair comparisons. 

          • Anonymous

            so you missed where i said this was the best of the reviews on an android site? i didnt say it was the best review period…personally, i dont care what sites say about which phone is better, i research it myself and wait til i actually get phone in hand before i decide, otherwise i wouldnt have the droid razr in my pocket, i’d be holding my breath for the galaxy nexus…i just said that this was a better review than i would expect from any of the other android sites i read

  • Javier

    The comparison between the cameras was just an overview, the 4S camera has high quality lenses that are almost like a dedicated digital camera.

  • Tckmay

    Well, I have the Droid 3 and I can tell you it SUCKS!!! The screen freezes all the time and I have numerous dropped calls along with a number of other problems!!!