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iPhone 4 vs. Android, Plus Early Review Round Up

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iPhone vs. Android heavy hitters.

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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    squiggs77 , June 24, 2010 6:36 PM
    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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    dimcorner , June 24, 2010 7:14 PM
    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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    jecastej , June 24, 2010 6:46 PM
    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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    arcainumbro , June 24, 2010 6:31 PM
    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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    sliem , June 24, 2010 6:32 PM
    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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    ColliSions , June 24, 2010 6:34 PM
    iphone only 200 mb data on minimum...
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    thrust2night , June 24, 2010 6:35 PM
    The HTC HD2 should have been used for this comparison since it is now down to $99 with new activation.
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    squiggs77 , June 24, 2010 6:36 PM
    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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    djtronika , June 24, 2010 6:37 PM
    just had my first Facetime with my iPhone 4. brought a smile to my face seeing my little guy at work. yes, yes, videochat has been out for ages. but apple has made it so easy to do. even if you're an iPhone hater you have to realize and see they have something very special here. hate me if you will, but it felt like a totally different experience than the usual, "hi honey hows it going? hows the baby?"

    i have an iPhone. i love it. couldnt be happier. just my 2.
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    squiggs77 , June 24, 2010 6:41 PM
    applerocksThere is obviously something wrong with this information.... Apple must be 3-4 times more expensive than everyone else... I know from reading the posts on Tom's that Apple is always at least twice as expensive and has half the features. This seems to indicate they might actually be the lowest cost in total ownership, and with features that are superior in many areas! It shows longer talk time, more apps, longer standby time, and lower price?!? What is the world coming to!

    applerocksThere is obviously something wrong with this information.... Apple must be 3-4 times more expensive than everyone else... I know from reading the posts on Tom's that Apple is always at least twice as expensive and has half the features. This seems to indicate they might actually be the lowest cost in total ownership, and with features that are superior in many areas! It shows longer talk time, more apps, longer standby time, and lower price?!? What is the world coming to!


    Look at the data limits.
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    TunaSoda , June 24, 2010 6:46 PM
    Droid X?
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    jecastej , June 24, 2010 6:46 PM
    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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    nsmetana , June 24, 2010 6:50 PM
    Too bad AT&T sucks where I live or I might consider switching. Wait... no I wouldn't, Apple sucks :) 
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    applerocks , June 24, 2010 6:50 PM
    TunaSodaDroid X?


    Ive never used more than 2gb on my smartphone anyway.... I may be able to save more by going down to the 200mb plan.
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    rooseveltdon , June 24, 2010 6:51 PM
    djtronikajust had my first Facetime with my iPhone 4. brought a smile to my face seeing my little guy at work. yes, yes, videochat has been out for ages. but apple has made it so easy to do. even if you're an iPhone hater you have to realize and see they have something very special here. hate me if you will, but it felt like a totally different experience than the usual, "hi honey hows it going? hows the baby?"i have an iPhone. i love it. couldnt be happier. just my 2.



    ummm...you could do the same with any nokia or android phone with a front facing camera and you will be able to do it on 3g/4g networks not just wi fi...and you can chat even with people on PC's or macs.,...not just other iphones...yeah...apple did not really do anything for you, you are just unaware of the options available to you.
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    drutort , June 24, 2010 6:54 PM
    i dont understand people at all, if you dont have a business or a job that requires you to connect to the internet and check things, there is no reason for you to have internet access on a phone, esp when you have txt and pix unlimited. Now if you have money to burn I could see video being fun but that would require both individuals with same device

    I think there should be a class action lawsuit against many of the cell phone carriers who are not 90% requiring you to sign up with a data plan when u want a nice phone that is just fast and u want a smart phone to use some of its features, wifi gets by a lot of times IMO

    it used to be that you could cancel the data plan after purchasing a phone and you would be fine now its part of the contract... this is a bunch of BS

    imagine going to the dealership and when your about to purchase a new car they make you sign up for all the repairs/maintenance to be done only at the dealership for say 5 years or something like what while the warranty was on the car... would you be too thrilled with that kind of service?
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    WyomingKnott , June 24, 2010 6:56 PM
    Sigh. The fact that two of the criteria most important to me don't show up on the comparison chart probably says a lot about me.
    These are weight and dimensions. Thin and light = good. Heavy and thick = bad. If I'm going to carry it around every waking hour, it should be convenient.
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    Anonymous , June 24, 2010 6:56 PM
    The iPhone 4 isn't 4g. That fact should have been stated in the comparison chart.
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    WyomingKnott , June 24, 2010 7:00 PM
    I posted that previous one too soon. How is the call quality? Some people don't seem to care about this feature of a, umm, phone.
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    drksilenc , June 24, 2010 7:07 PM
    applerocksThere is obviously something wrong with this information.... Apple must be 3-4 times more expensive than everyone else... I know from reading the posts on Tom's that Apple is always at least twice as expensive and has half the features. This seems to indicate they might actually be the lowest cost in total ownership, and with features that are superior in many areas! It shows longer talk time, more apps, longer standby time, and lower price?!? What is the world coming to!

    ok yea you can have your cheep plan at 200mb of data that i go through in a day ill keep my unlimited on sprint and use up the bandwith that they actually have
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    cj_online , June 24, 2010 7:10 PM
    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.

    If you got the money... you spend it..
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    cj_online , June 24, 2010 7:11 PM
    drutorti dont understand people at all, if you dont have a business or a job that requires you to connect to the internet and check things, there is no reason for you to have internet access on a phone, esp when you have txt and pix unlimited. Now if you have money to burn I could see video being fun but that would require both individuals with same deviceI think there should be a class action lawsuit against many of the cell phone carriers who are not 90% requiring you to sign up with a data plan when u want a nice phone that is just fast and u want a smart phone to use some of its features, wifi gets by a lot of times IMOit used to be that you could cancel the data plan after purchasing a phone and you would be fine now its part of the contract... this is a bunch of BSimagine going to the dealership and when your about to purchase a new car they make you sign up for all the repairs/maintenance to be done only at the dealership for say 5 years or something like what while the warranty was on the car... would you be too thrilled with that kind of service?

    That's their choice...what's ur problem?
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