iPhone 4 vs. Android, Plus Early Review Round Up

Even though preorderers have had it for a day or two already, it's the official launch day of the iPhone 4 in the U.S.

The smartphone market is now a lot bigger than it was during any of the previous iPhone launches, thanks to the awesome effort from Google and its Android partners. Perhaps now it is even more important to do more research into a smartphone before committing hundreds of dollars and a couple years of your mobile contract life.

Below are links to some of the early reviews of Apple-supplied units:

The reviews all say pretty much the same thing. At its foundation, it's the same iPhone as previous generations, but everything has been improved just enough for some to justify upgrading. It's by far the best iPhone yet, so the only real decider is if Apple's walled garden is right for you – especially now that Android is in the market full force.

To better help you in your decision, check out BillShrink's comparison:

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  • sliemCan't believe someone could spend $2k a year on a smartphone.Yes it's nice to have everything in your pocket... but guess what, I spend $100 a year on a oldie phone (razr with pay-as-you-go).What am I going to do with $1,900 a year? I'm all confused. Help.


    Thats for a 24 month period.
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  • What pisses me off is that you HAVE to get a data plan. What if I just want the phone and all it's features, but will use it 98% of the time when I have wifi? I have wifi at work and at home. The rest of the time I'm driving to or from work.
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  • I don't need a smartphone and I would not spend this much on one but I can see the excitement as manny people just depend on one device for almost all they do every day.

    The chart is just a general reference and is useful too to compare "similar" products but obviously a deep set of test and analysis would be required for more accurate comparison. In the end every user will choose based on price and personal preferences and needs, as usual.
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  • This chart was posted on a lot of sites, and as it was pointed out at other places there are lots of problems with the chart. Multi-tasking being just one, as it is a totally different animal and different capabilities between the OS's. That and there are different cost structures depending on what you want to do with the phone as well, so even those numbers aren't apples to apples.
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  • Can't believe someone could spend $2k a year on a smartphone.
    Yes it's nice to have everything in your pocket... but guess what, I spend $100 a year on a oldie phone (razr with pay-as-you-go).
    What am I going to do with $1,900 a year? I'm all confused. Help.
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  • iphone only 200 mb data on minimum...
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