The Motorola Droid
Some still cling onto the Droid as their messiah, a holy messenger from Verizon to deliver onto that network an iPhone-like experience. When you break it down into hardware vs software, there is no real battle, the Droid is a better piece of hardware, even if it is wrapped in a less minimalistic-utopian design strategy than the iPhone. The hardware definitely stacks up admirably, delivering processor speeds that the iPhone 3G cannot compete with and the iPhone 3GS has a hard time keeping up with (and that’s without even resorting to Snapdragon speeds). The camera on the device is several orders of magnitude better than the one on the iPhone, the screen has a better resolution, the GPS app comes with turn-by-turn directions, and so on and so forth.
So the real question is why is the iPhone ubiquitous while the Droid skids around on the periphery of the smartphone war? The answer is simple – it’s all about the OS. iPhone’s Springboard OS is a fantastically designed piece of software; it’s easy to use, simple, and aesthetically pleasing. The Droid still runs the Android OS, which is open source and far more interesting than the iPhone’s OS by default, but less mainstream, it’s more of a “tech nerd" fantasy to want an open-source platform than the public’s idea of what a “cool" cell phone should be. For that reason, the Droid has failed as an iPhone killer.
The Google Nexus One was hailed as an iPhone killer but didn't live up to the hype. Fans of the Android OS would be better served by looking at the HTC Desire or waiting for the HTC EVO 4G, a phone already being named as the Best HTC Cell Phone.