iPhone 4 vs Droid X

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gabrielmata, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. gabrielmata macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2010
    i would like to hear your guys thoughts and opinions on which do you think is best

    i like the iPhone because of its build quality and when compared to the droid x it blows it out of the water. overall its just a better phone.

    i like the droid x because it was a big screen. it has a bigger camera(but not better pics than iphone) and you can do a lot of customizing. but the phone in general looks cheap.

    i would like to here from you guys

  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    You are posting this on an iPhone forum, with most users here using iPhones. Not really sure what you expect to hear.
    I think its a great phone, and I'd love to give it a try (Android in general) but I feel Android might be a step down from what I have. I think my iPhone is good at what it does.
  3. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    Why do you like that it has a "bigger camera" more megapixel but it doesn't take better pictures.

    The only thing I like about the Droid X is the bigger screen yet I wouldn't want that big phone.
  4. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    Right. If you have the hands for it (and think the iP4 is too small), then I'd say go for it!
  5. sectime macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2007
    Pros Droid X:
    soft covering on phone very tough, no scratching
    Speaker very loud.
    removable battery
    Android software.
    Verizon coverage

    Cons, Why I switched to Iphone 4:
    Terrible WiFi connection issues
    Android software
    Verizon Bloatware
    Mobile Hot Spot disconnects
    Syncing music/movies hassle vs Iphone
    Voice quality poor vs GSM
    Data/ voice at same time.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    There's a number of large android threads here, so search here.

    Being a droidx phone and owned an iPhone here's my opinion of both. One clarification, some of droidx points are android points and not droidx specifically.

    Things I like on the droidx
    Great screen,
    Good battery life
    removable battery (don't discount the this advantage)
    Highly customizable, nearly every facet of android can be customized
    Non-motorola phones can be rooted and custom roms be installed (motorola encrypted the boot loader)
    decent keyboard
    full multitasking
    better notification system then iOS

    Things I don't like on the droidx
    email app (non-gmail) is horrid
    searching is supbar - yeah a google OS and its searching is poor
    marketplace - it just got a face lift but the older version had poor searching, poor organization
    Droidx's camera - quality is poor (grainy) and the app is not intuitive
    Google's web browser

    Things I like on iPhone
    email app (I live and die on email)
    UI, apple's UI while locked down is much more polished
    Marketplace volume, and quality
    camera - great camera and app
    Safari - I like apple's web browser then googles
    iPod app - music player
    Integration with iTunes and other apple products

    Things I don't like on the iPhone
    Walled garden for the marketplace
    locked down OS
    Notification system

    One thing about some of the negatives on the Droidx, unlike apple, you can find a different app if you don't like the stock apps. For instance, I use a different music player, camera app, web browser and email client. This can be good or bad depending on your perspective. I had to search out and find a replacement because I didn't like what was being offered. The upside is that they were available.

    Overall, I'll be switching back to the iPhone in 2011, because of my companies directive in locking out devices that cannot support encryption with their email exchange policies. So that means they're shutting off email access to all android phones.

    I guess, my issue is can I wait long enough for an IP5 or will I need to get one soon.

    The bottom line is check both phones out and get one that best suits your needs and priorities. There is no "better" phone, only one that works best for you
  7. thebubbatex macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2010
    IMO, what matters most in this decision is the network. Which is better for you right now. Now if the iPhone hits VZW next year, then I think you need to consider what maflynn said above. I have an EVO because my phone service was not good on my 3GS. Phone service was the only reason I gave up the iPhone. Now that I have had the EVO for 6 months, it is going to be hard for me to go back to the smaller iPhone screen (again, considering the iPhone lands on VZW) - even though it may be a better screen, I like the bigger size of the EVO. Other than that, there are pros and cons for each but I found that I can adapt very quickly to either platform.

    One thing for sure, iOS is more polished and fluid (but I would like more control over notifications).
  8. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    I know exactly what you mean. I have had Droid X and iPhone4 and the Retina display is gorgeous, but I would take the bigger screen over the smaller higher def one.

    If I was to pick one now on an equal network I would probably go for the Droid X, but you can't go wrong either way.
  9. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    Droid X
    cheaply made
    primitive OS
    too big
    crappy camera
    no front facing camera

    iPhone 4
    excellent build quality
    advanced, super easy to use OS
    just the right size
    good quality camera
    front facing camera
    retina display
    App Store in general is a big win

    All in all, the iPhone 4 wins :)
  10. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    Personally, I think the Droid X is only for a certain crowd. People with large hands. I've seen Verizon reps who own them, and it doesn't look cool. A big black object sticking out of their pants... :D
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Wow, it took only 9 posts for a fanboy to show up and post this drivel.

    The DX is not cheaply made, its build quality is top notch, and the primitive OS, is actually Linux, which is not primitive by any stretch of the imagination. :rolleyes:
  12. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    Don't worry iphone3gs16gb! He owns one, and is therefore biased! :D

    Nah, joking aside, I think most of this is based on personal preference. I think the material made to make the phone isn't cheap, nor is it high-quality. Hey, it protects the phone!
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    agreed, there's not device that's perfect. Android suits some iOS others
  14. aohus, Dec 31, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010

    aohus macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2010
    I currently have the DroidX on my left hand, iP4 on the right hand.

    Sorry, but the build quality (i mean durability) of the DroidX is far superior than the iP4. The rubberized exterior makes it much less prone to scratches and God forbid if it drops, it won't shatter.

    The iP4 is made of all glass, so of course, the phone is more prone to scratching, and if, God forbid, it drops, more than likely the glass will shatter.

    Pros of DroidX
    - Its on Verizon Wireless
    - LED light, for notification purposes (a la blackberry style)
    - Superior Notification integration
    - Phenomenal battery life for a 4.3 inch screen.
    - Highly customizable OS, with scrollable widget support on the home screen
    - Replaceable battery (ability to put in a bigger battery with no hassle)
    - Replaceable SD card. Essentially, the disk space is limitless.
    - Does not require 3rd party software to put music onto the phone (ahem iTunes, aka bloatware imo). DroidX is as simple as drag and drop. You just create a folder in your SD card, and put mp3/flac/lossless files in there, and boom, you're done.
    - 4.3 inch screen. Real estate screen is essential for me.
    - HDMI out, allowing you to stream 720p videos onto the big screen with no hassle.
    - Upload to Youtube instantaneously in 720p format
    - Superior Google Maps, Navigation, Street View, with Vector Map Support.
    - Voice search functionality. I can voice search while driving, with no problems, and send texts using voice. Sample here
    - Ability to undervolt if you root (jailbreak), giving even better battery life.


    Pros of iP4
    - Applications are more mature on iP4, although the gap is closing between iOS and Android in terms of maturity
    - Learning curve is lower. More intuitive to use.
    - It looks nice.
    - Superior camera than the DroidX, particularly in low light settings
  15. nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Had a Evo 4g and got rid of it after 4 months and came back to a iPhone 4. The Evo was a okay phone but it had terrible battery life even with the hacks and everything turned off. Also after using it a while it was just a bit big to had as a phone. It was heavy and didn't fit into pockets well. The iPhone is the perfect size. Could use a little larger screen on the same size phone. The iPhone is the better phone bs android still IMHO. Anyone who says otherwise are just android fanboys. Every test says so too.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. aohus macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2010
    Thread title is DroidX vs iPhone4. Please read title first. Additionally, the 'bad battery life' is due to the fact that you probably had 4G radio enabled which destroys battery life. I'm no expert in the EVO, but yes, i've heard that the battery life isn't good on it. However, the DroidX has phenomenal battery life. I take your thoughts with a grain of salt.

    FYI, in this thread, we are comparing the DroidX to the iPhone4. DroidX is a completely different phone from the EVO.
  17. tibere86 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    Couldn't agree more with you statements. What theme/ROM are you running? I love it!
  18. nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    And your point? The EVO and Droid X are identical almost as I have used both. Owned the EVO and other Android based phones while a few at work had the X. They are not completely different and are very much like each other.

    I never used 4G because of that. Always used 3G. Like I said, everything was turned off.

    I also heard on the X the battery life sucks. You can read it on the Android forums.
  19. aohus, Dec 31, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010

    aohus macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2010
    uh, the EVO and DX are identical phones? They're made by two completely different companies, EVO by HTC, and DX by Motorola, with each using its own unique radio kernels, as well as hardware. They are two completely different phones, on two different carriers. I'm assuming that because they're both Android and are both 4.3 inch screens theyre the same to you? I beg to differ. The HTC EVO uses a snapdragon processor, while the DX uses the TI OMAP 3630. That in and of itself, is a completely different phone. The resolution also varies, with the EVO at 480x800 and the DX at 480x854. The EVO stock battery is at 1500 mAh, whereas the DX is a little higher at 1540mAh. That is a difference. The DX does not have a front facing camera, whereas the EVO does. Sorry, but the phones are completely different.

    I am quite active on the Android Forums, and the DX has great battery life if you leave it ALONE. Those that have terrible battery life are installing unnecessary 3rd party applications such as task killers, which is detrimental to battery performance. Hope this helps.

    Thanks. The theme is actually the new Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread). I'm running the GummyJAR ROM located here. This ROM will hold me off until Gingerbread OS comes to the DX, hopefully within the next couple months.
  20. notblackmac macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2010
    If I wasn't on AT&T I'd buy the Droid X in a heart beat.

    I love everything about the phone except that there isn't a GSM version. Right now I'm considering selling my iPhone 4 for a Desire HD just to try out Android and to get away from the 3.5" screen size.

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