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Comparing the iPhone 4 and the Motorola Droid Bionic

written by: Bobby Mathew•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/18/2011

The Motorola Droid Bionic vs iPhone 4 - which is better? Here we break down the details of both devices in a quest to find the answer. You might be surprised at what you learn.

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    In a competition of cell phones, where the Motorola Droid Bionic faces off against the iPhone 4, it's hard to say which is better. This is because it really depends on your needs. I've rendered my own verdict, and you can see it at the end of this article. Regardless, most would agree that that iPhone 4 has been the market leader for a reason. Nonetheless, it's too soon to tell which phone is better in terms of sales. Here we'll take a close look at where both phones are similar, as well as where they excel or fall short of one another.

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    Comparison

    Carrier, Processor, Memory, OS and Interface

    iPhone 4 In regard to carriers, both phones operate through Verizon Wireless. The Motorola Droid Bionic has a dual-core 1 GHz processor, while the Apple iPhone 4 has a 1 GHz A8 processor. The phones both have 512 MB of RAM. The Motorola Droid Bionic comes with 16 GB of onboard memory, while the iPhone 4 can have from 16-32 gigabytes of memory. The Droid Bionic can extend its memory with a microSD card by another 32 GB, the iPhone 4's memory can't be extended. The Motorola Droid Bionic uses the Andriod 2.2 operating system, while the iPhone 4 uses the Apple iOS4. The Motorola Droid Bionic has a modified MotoBlur interface, while the iPhone has an iOS4 interface.

    Display, Camera, Network and Wi-Fi

    The Motorola Droid Bionic features a 4.3" color display (at 540x960 pixels), while the iPhone 4 has a 3.5" color display (at 640x960). The Motorola Droid Bionic has an 8 megapixel camera, while the iPhone 4 has a 5 megapixel camera. Both mobile devices have a front facing camera of the same optical resolution (640x480 pixels). The Motorola Droid Bionic operates on a 4G network, while the Apple iPhone 4 operates on a 3G network. As far as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are concerned, both devices have the same type of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.

    Other Features

    With the Motorola Droid Bionic, you can get apps from the Andriod Market, while the Apple iPhone 4 utilizes Apple iTunes. BothMotorola Droid Bionic  phones feature music players. Of the two phones, only the Motorola Droid Bionic supports Adobe Flash (version 10.1). Both phones feature a virtual QWERTY keyboard. Both phones support Microsoft Outlook and allow you to view Word documents.

    Dimensions

    The Motorola Droid Bionic weighs 5.6 oz, while the Apple iPhone 4 weighs 4.8 oz. The Motorola Droid Bionic's measurements are 5″x2.6”x0.5″, while the Apple iPhone 4's measurements are 4.5″x2.3″x0.4″.

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    It All Depends on You

    In this Motorola Bionic vs iPhone 4 battle, there is no clear winner - it really depends on the person. The iPhone has been a leader, time after time, for a few reasons. Apple's interface and operating system appeal to more people. The iPhone has a better resolution because it offers more pixels per inch. However, the fact that it has a smaller viewing area than the Bionic is not always a good thing. For prolonged use, such as in the case of movie viewing, the Bionic's slightly larger display may be easier on your eyes. When it comes to data, I still don't understand why the iPhone isn't up to date. If 4G network connectivity is important to you then don't shy away from the Bionic. While the Bionic does have a camera that has considerably more megapixels than its counterpart, you should also consider that both devices can record HD video at 720p. When it comes to playback, both devices can also playback HD content. The difference in the size and weight of these phones is not really an issue.

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    My Selection

    In a toss up between the Motorola Droid Bionic and iPhone 4, I select the iPhone 4. Why? Sure, the battery on the iPhone 4 isn't removable, but not too many people have had issues with it to date. Sure, you can't expand the memory to 48 Gigabytes with microSD cards. And no, Skype isn't pre-installed in the phone either. The iPhone 4 may not run on the fastest data network and have the biggest screen, but it comes from a dedicated manufacturer. That's why you get continuous software updates. The Motorola Droid Bionic is still working on this. Another reason as to why it's better to buy an Apple iPhone series product is that the company allows you to have 200,000 more apps than you would in the Droid market. Apps are really the cornerstone of iPhone products. The abundance of apps available to iPhone users is the main reason that I feel the iPhone 4 blows Droid devices to the dust. Plus, one of the classic features of the iPhone series is the gyroscope. Again, you won't find this in the Motorola Droid Bionic. I like the fact that my iPhone responds to how I hold my phone by repositioning the video. Let's also not forget how important the gyroscope is in gaming. That is just a feature I can't do without.

    What are your thoughts? Post a comment.

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    References

    • Wirefly, http://www.wirefly.com/learn/resources/cell-phone-comparison/motorola-droid-bionic-vs-apple-iphone-4-comparison/
    • Apple, http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html