Deathmatch: Motorola Droid versus iPhone

The iPhone has triumphed over all previous 'iPhone killers.' Does the Droid finally knock the iPhone off its pedestal?

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Where the Droid wins
The Droid beats the iPhone in only two areas: location support, thanks to its built-in turn-by-turn navigation app, and phone voice quality. It does have some small innovations that Apple and others might consider adopting. For example, its gesture pattern "password" is an interesting approach that could thwart some device thieves, and its large screen is a welcome bucking of the trend toward smaller displays that are harder for us middle-agers to read.

The Droid also supports multiple simultaneous apps, but it provides no real way to take advantage of that fact, other than the ability to switch among them. The Pre is a better model for taking advantage of multitasking than the Droid.

Where the iPhone wins
There's no question that the iPhone is a better device for both business and consumer users. Its business capabilities are stronger, and it's a better fit for corporate security needs. Its wealth of apps is unmatched, its ability to take full advantage of the Web is much stronger, and it simply is much easier to use than the Droid.

The overall winner is ...
There's no surprise here. The iPhone significantly outclasses the Droid. After all the hype about "the Droid does" and how it could match or even beat the iPhone, the Droid has turned out to be much more like the BlackBerry Storm, a device with interesting ideas hobbled by stupid design choices. There are too many competitors for a Storm wannabe to survive.

The Droid isn't a serious contender. If you want an Android device, consider the HTC Droid Eris instead. Although not business-capable (it has the same limitations there as the Droid), it has a much more iPhone-like UI.

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