HTC Droid Incredible vs. Apple iPhone 4

by Jerry D on June 24, 2010

Just how ‘incredible’ is Verizon’s Android handset? Sure, it can see off the iPhone 3GS, but does it have enough under the hood to outclass Apple’s fourth generation handset? Get ready for a big phone fight…

incredible vs iphone4 HTC Droid Incredible vs. Apple iPhone 4

Connectivity:

So what about wireless options. The HTC-built Droid Incredible embraces CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The iPhone 4 features 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The iPhone’s support for 802.11n just edges it into an early lead. (0-1)

Size & Weight:

Few of today’s newest phones are big and beefy. The Droid Incredible and the iPhone 4 measure 117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9mm and 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm respectively. Overall the Incredible is the bigger phone. That said, the iPhone 4 is the heavier of the two. It weighs 137g, whereas the Droid Incredible is 7g lighter and weighs only 130g. (1-1)

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Camera:

First up, the Incredible’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features autofocus, a dual LED flash, geo-tagging and video capture. In a straight Megapixel battle, the iPhone 4 comes off worse. Despite tap to focus controls, an LED flash and geo-tagging, its 5.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the standards of the Droid Incredible. But, the iPhone 4 does support HD video recording at up to 30fps and it boasts an extra camera on the front for FaceTime video calling. (1-1)

Screen/keyboard:

Headlining the HTC Droid Incredible is a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The iPhone 4′s touch-sensitive LCD display is less roomy, measuring 3.5 inches. But its 640 x 960 pixel resolution is an improvement on the Incredible’s display. (1-2)

Performance:

In terms of usability and sheer grunt, the Droid Incredible boasts a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8650) processor. The iPhone 4 has an Apple A4 chip, also rated at 1GHz. Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI is the preferred OS for the Droid Incredible, while the iPhone 4 runs Apple’s own software, iOS4. (1-2)

Storage:

In terms of storage capacity, the iPhone 4 features 32GB of internal storage as standard, while the Droid Incredible features 8GB of internal space. But the Droid Incredible also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 40GB. Apple didn’t build an expansion slot into the iPhone 4, so 32GB is the maximum capacity. This is turning into an intriguing match-up… (2-2)

Battery life:

With a full battery, HTC claims 5.2 hours of talktime for the Droid Incredible, compared to 7.0 hours for the iPhone 4. Standby times are 146 hours and 300 hours respectively. A first place finish for the iPhone 4. (2-3)

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Extras:

The Droid Incredible also includes GPS/A-GPS, a built-in FM radio tuner and a digital compass. The iPhone 4 also features GPS/A-GPS, its own digital compass plus a 3-axis gyroscope. (2-3)

The iPhone 4 wins!

iphone4 2up front side HTC Droid Incredible vs. Apple iPhone 4This was a close one, but the iPhone 4 just snatches it. While it features a smaller 3.5-inch display, Apple’s IPS panel offers a higher resolution than the Incredible’s AMOLED screen. And while the iPhone 4 can’t match the Incredible’s camera for raw resolution, it does bring 720p HD video recording to the party.

You could also argue that the App Store easily trumps the Android Market; or that Apple’s support for 802.11n is a fight-winner. But better battery life seals a narrow win and keeps the iPhone 4 standing.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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