Motorola Droid X vs. Apple iPhone 4 – Review

by Jerry D on June 30, 2010

Apple’s flagship smartphone (gorgeous Retina display meets embarrassing antenna niggles) versus the ultimate in Droid engineering from Motorola. This should be good…

droid x vs iphone 4 Motorola Droid X vs. Apple iPhone 4   Review


The guts of the Droid X come packed with CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity. The iPhone 4 has 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. Both phones land good punches. (0-0)

Size & Weight:

Run the numbers on these two phones and the Droid X has dimensions of 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm; the iPhone 4 is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm. The Droid X is the bulkier handset of the two – hardly surprising considering the screen size. And in terms of weight, the Motorola Droid X weighs a hefty 155g. The iPhone 4 is 137g, a couple of grams heavier than the older iPhone 3GS. (0-1)



Motorola has built a 8.0 Megapixel lens into the Droid X together with features such as autofocus, dual LED flash, a mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization, 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording. Despite its improved ‘tap to focus’ functionality, LED flash, geo-tagging, plus VGA and HD video recording (720p), the iPhone 4′s 5.0 Megapixel package loses out. (1-1)


Motorola has built the Droid X with a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive display. The LCD screen with a good resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The iPhone 4′s touch-sensitive LCD display only measures 3.5 inches, but it thumps the Droid X’s screen with 640 x 960 pixel resolution. We make this a draw. (1-1)


As far as performance goes, the iPhone 4 uses a Apple A4 CPU, rated at 1GHz. The Droid X’s engine is a 1GHz OMAP processor. Motorola’s phone uses Android 2.1 (Eclair – upgradeable to Froyo 2.2) with bolted-on MotoBlur, while Apple launched iOS4 with this iPhone. (1-1)


The 32GB of memory in the top-of-the-range iPhone 4 beats the 16GB capacity of the Droid X. But the Droid X also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 40GB. The 32GB on the iPhone 4 can’t be extended as the handset lacks a memory card slot. So the Droid X edges ahead… (2-1)

Battery life:

With a maximum charge, Motorola says that its Droid X can deliver 8.0 hours of talktime, while the iPhone 4 is rated at 7.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 220 hours and 300 hours respectively. (2-1)



The Droid X also includes GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, an HDMI microconnector for HD video out and an LED spotlight. The iPhone 4 features GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a 3-axis gyroscope to enhance its built-in accelerometer. (2-1)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Motorola Droid X vs. Apple iPhone 4   ReviewThe Motorola Droid X lands a couple of good shots to knock the 4th-generation Jesus phone on its glassy ass. (2-1). True, the 32GB iPhone 4 might has most standard memory and a higher-resolution display. It’s also the thinnest and lightest of the two phones.

But… the Droid X has a massive display with a decent resolution, a stunning camera, HD video recording and the potential for lots of storage. The Android OS is also catching up with Apple’s OS and version 2.2 closes the gap still further.

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

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