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Droid Does, but the iPhone does better

At this point, I feel that it is my duty to say that I am no tech geek. I will never understand how my dad speaks computer and is able to write in binomial. Recently, though, I received a new Droid X. My family has Verizon, and I was secretly hoping for an iPhone 4 when it comes to this carrier early 2011, but I can’t exactly complain now. Nevertheless, I cannot help myself from comparing these two super smart-phones, so here you go: my honest and jargon-limited review of my new Droid X vs. the iPhone 4.

Starting off with the Droid, the most noticeable aspect of it is that the screen is an eye-catching 4.3 inches. This makes for great video watching experience with minimal dizziness when checking Aeries in the car.

The camera, too, is impressive, with crystal clear picture quality and minimum fuzz and grainy pixalization, not to mention many picture modes such as panorama, multi-shot and zooming. Additional features include a satellite GPS, documents such as Word and Spreadsheet, a self-checking anti-virus system and organization in the form of folders that makes the phone similar to a desktop computer.

Underneath all these amazing new features, however, the Droid X is basically trying to do better what Apple has mastered. The Droid’s touchscreen technology is primitive, with plenty of lag, especially while toggling between apps. Since the Droid X is a melting pot of different technologies from companies such as Motorola and Google, having all the components work together smoothly has been a common problem. The phone frequently crashes and freezes because of these system bugs.

I know that I’m going to get some scolding from my parents if I say this, but the truth is that the iPhone 4 is still my favorite. With only one button and each feature compressed in individual little squares on the screen, the user interface can’t get any simpler. The efficiency of it is unrivaled, with everything from smooth transitions to speedy downloading.

Here are my final thoughts to prospective phone buyers: If you value connectivity to different outlets and a Google-based system, the Droid X is for you. But if you want the Apple monopoly doing all the work for you in one nice, clean package, hope for some fruit under that Christmas tree, because I know that I’m not getting any.

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