You’ve got to love the spat between Apple and Google. Especially if you’re shopping for a new phone.
Today, the day before Apple launches its iPhone 4, Google, Verizon and Motorola announced their cutting edge smartphone — the Droid X — with a noisy press event in New York.
Apple’s phone is more svelte, has a new high resolution display, dual cameras and more available apps. (The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg loved his early review unit – “It has some downsides and limitations … But, overall, Apple has delivered a big, well-designed update that, in my view, keeps it in the lead in the smartphone wars” – and the New York Times’ David Pogue thinks his is “beautiful, and since there’s no more plastic, it feels solid and Lexus-like.”)
But the Droid X has a better camera, a bigger screen and supports Adobe’s Flash platform.
Both of them add tethering — so you can use the phones as wireless modems for your computer — but it costs an extra $20 per month.
They both have 1 gigahertz processors, start at $199 and require data plans.
Most people won’t be able to get either one for a month or so.
Apple doesn’t have a lot of iPhone 4’s ready to sell yet. It will have a limited supply at its stores starting Thursday, and AT&T stores will have some on June 29. Both companies are pointing customers to the Web where they can order iPhone 4s to be shipped by July 14
Verizon is going to start selling the Droid X on July 15.
Meanwhile, smartphone shoppers can decide whether they want a Chevy or a Ford, a Whopper or a Big Mac.
Or they may consider something more cutting edge, like the HTC Evo from Sprint, which is still the only phone available with 4G mobile broadband service.
If they spend enough time shopping, instead of leaping at the launch, more options will become available.
Rumors are circulating about a coming version of the iPhone for Verizon’s network, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 phones are coming this fall, and more 4G phones beyond the Evo are just around the corner.
Here are some specs of the Droid X:
Talk time: Up to 480 minutes
Standby time: Up to 220 hours
Band/Modes: CDMA 800/1900, EV-DO Rev. A
OS: Android 2.1, update to Android 2.2 late summer
Weight: 155 g / 5.47 oz
Dimensions: 2.6 x 5.0 x 0.4 (z) inches
Browser: Webkit HTML5 based browser; Adobe Flash 10.1 after update, pinch-to-zoom
E-mail Support: Gmail, Push E-mail, Corporate Sync, IMAP/ POP3
Connectivity: Stereo Bluetooth2 Class 1.5, Version 2.1+EDR, 3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, OTA, HDMI, Over the Air Sync, PC Sync, DLNA
Display: 4.3″ WVGA (854 x 480)
Display Resolution: WVGA display houses 400,000 pixels
Video: 720p HD Capture, HD Playback via HDMI or DLNA, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMA v10
Camera: 8.0 megapixel, Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, Dual LED Flash and image editing tools
Memory: 8 GB onboard, 16 GB microSD pre-installed, supports up to 32 GB micro SD – total memory expandable up to 40 GB
Location Services: aGPS (assisted), sGPS (stand alone), Google Maps, Google Maps Navigation, Google Maps with Google Latitude, Street View, and eCompass