HTC Mozart vs. Apple iPhone 4 – Review

by Jerry D on October 20, 2010

Sure, we could compare the Apple iPhone 4 to the big HTC HD7 (and we will). But for now, let’s match Apple’s Jesus phone up against the HTC 7 Mozart to see how a smaller, more compact Windows Phone compares. Game on, Microsoft. Let’s see whether you’ve done enough to compete…

htc mozart vs iphone 4 HTC Mozart vs. Apple iPhone 4   Review

Connectivity:

The powerful Mozart is a 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) phone with added 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. Apple has stuffed its phone with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. (1-1)

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Size & Weight:

So let’s talk about pocketability. The Mozart measures 119.0 x 60.2 x 11.9mm, while the iPhone 4 is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm. The Mozart is the lengthier of the two phones by a margin of 3.8mm; Apple’s phone is also thinner by over 2mm. That said, the iPhone 4 is slightly beefier than its opponent, weighing 137g. In contrast, the Mozart weighs 130g. Overall though, the iPhone is the better balanced handset. (1-2)

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Camera:

First up, the Mozart’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, a high-end Xenon flash and HD video recording (720p). This is a handset that’s squarely aimed at people who want to take more than decent photos. The lens has a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels.

The iPhone 4, meanwhile, boasts a lower-spec camera – a 5.0 Megapixel model with a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. Frills include tap to focus video/still images, a single LED flash and HD video recording, also up to 720p. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls, something that the Mozart lacks. (1-2)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

*These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary

Screen/keyboard:

We’ve chosen the Mozart as an opponent for the iPhone 4 as it features a similar screen size. The design of HTC’s handset features a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive S-LCD screen, with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is a creditable 252.162.

View the best mobile displays in The ‘pixel density’ league table

Of course, the 3.5-inch touch-sensitive Retina display on the iPhone 4 is slightly smaller. But it blows the HTC Mozart out of the water with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. This means that there are 614,400 pixels onscreen, giving Apple’s screen a sky-high PPI of 329.714. (1-3)

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Performance:

Speed matters and the HTC Mozart features a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 chip, ticking along at 1GHz. The iPhone 4 uses a 1GHz Apple A4 processor, so both phones are on a par in terms of engine power. If there’s any difference, it will show up in the performance of the two operating systems. (1-3)

Software:

HTC’s handset is based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7, which impresses with its Live Tiles and native Office Mobile functionality. Microsoft has also squeezed in Zune-based audio and video (hoping to rival iTunes) and Xbox Live integration. Apple’s phone uses the finely polished iOS4, which really needs no introduction and can KO Windows Phone 7 with a single punch. (1-4)

Downloadable apps

Storage:

The top of the range iPhone 4 boasts 32GB compared to the default 8GB capacity of the Mozart. There’s no expansion slot on the Mozart, so the base memory can’t be extended. Apple didn’t build an expansion slot into the iPhone 4 either, so 32GB is the maximum capacity. (1-5)

Battery life:

Actual talktime and standby performance will vary. But the Mozart weighs in with 6.5 hours of talktime; the iPhone 4 in comparison boasts 7.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, HTC’s phone can last 360 hours, while Apple’s model boasts 300 hours. There’s practically nothing in it. Tie. (1-5)

Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

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Extras:

The Mozart also includes GPS/A-GPS (with Bing Maps), G-Sensor, digital compass, Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound. The iPhone 4 features GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, 3-axis gyroscope. (1-5)

The Apple iPhone 4 wins!

iphone4 2up front side HTC Mozart vs. Apple iPhone 4   Review The iPhone 4 unsurprisingly emerges as the winner of this fight (1-5). It picks up points thanks to its well-tuned, versatile OS (with a cavernous App Store), slim build, most memory and a display that is (as yet) unparalleled.

As I’ve said elsewhere, Windows Phone 7 has yet to settle into the market and it’s early days for Microsoft’s revamped mobile OS. Business users might be tempted by the Office Mobile and SharePoint friendliness of the HTC Mozart. But mainstream consumers might be a little disappointed.

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