iPhone 4S vs Motorola Droid Bionic | Motorola Droid Bionic vs Apple iPhone 4S Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
Apple finally released iPhone 4S on 4 October 2011, and it will be available from 14 October 2011. The external appearance of 4S seems identical to iPhone 4. The much anticipated iPhone 5 has been delayed for 2012 release. iPhone 4S is the first dual core smartphone from Apple. iPhone 4S will be compatible with wide range of networks. It will be available in US for all major carriers except for T-Mobile. iPhone 4S carry a price tag similar to that of iPhone 4 at release; 16 GB model is priced at $199, and 32GB and 64GB are price $299 and $399 respectively, on contract. Apple has brought down the prices of iPhone 4 now. Droid Bionic for Verizon’s Droid red series is an Android smart phone officially announced by Motorola at the CES 2011 in January 2011. The device was officially added to Verizon’s Droid shelf in September 2011 with a price tag of $300 on a two-year contract. It has all the features expected in today’s smart phone.
The much speculated iphone 4S was released on October 4th 2011. The iPhone which has bench-marked standards in the smart phone hemisphere has raised the expectations more. Will iPhone 4 deliver to the expectations? Having one look at the device one can understand that the appearance of iPhone 4S remains similar to iPhone 4; the much raved predecessor. The device is available in both black and white. The glass and stainless steel built that most find appealing remains intact.
The newly released iPhone 4S remains 4.5” of height and 2.31” of width the dimensions of iPhone 4S remains similar to its predecessor iPhone 4. The thickness of the device is 0.37” as well regardless of the improvement done to the camera. There for, iPhone 4S remains the same portable slim device everyone love. iPhone 4S weighs 140g. The slight increase of device is maybe due to the many new improvements that we will discuss later. iPhone 4S includes a 3.5” touch screen with 960 x 640 resolution. The screen also includes the usual fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. The display marketed by Apple as ‘retina display’ has a contrast ratio of 800:1. The device comes with sensors such as an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off and an ambient light sensor.
The processing power is one of the many improved features on iPhone 4S than its predecessor. The iPhone 4S is powered by a Dual core A5 processor. According to Apple, the processing power is increased by 2 X and enables graphics that are 7 times faster and the energy efficient processor will improve battery life as well. While the RAM on the device is still not officially listed the device is available in 3 versions of storage; 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Apple has not allowed a micro SD slot to expand the storage. In terms of connectivity, iPhone 4S has HSPA+14.4Mbps, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. At the moment, iPhone 4S is the only smart phone which can switch between two antennas to transmit and receive. Location based services are available through Assisted GPS, digital compass, Wi-Fi and GSM.
iPhone 4S is loaded with iOS 5 and usual applications one can find on an iPhone, such as FaceTime. The newest addition to the uniquely designed applications on iPhone is ‘Siri’; a voice assistant which can understand certain keywords we speak and virtually do everything on the device. ‘Siri’ is capable of scheduling meetings, checking weather, setting timer, sending & reading messages and etc. While voice search and voice command assisted applications were available in the market ‘Siri’ is quite a unique approach and sounds more user-friendly. iPhone 4S comes with iCloud as well, enabling users to manage content across multiple devices. iCloud wirelessly pushes files across multiple devices managed together. Applications for iPhone 4 S will be available on Apple App Store; however it will take some time for the number of applications supporting iOS 5 to increase.
The rear facing camera is another area improved on iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S is equipped with an improved camera with 8 mega pixels. The mega pixel value itself has taken a huge leave from its predecessor. The camera is coupled with LED flash as well. The camera comes with useful features such as autofocus, tap to focus, face detection on still images and geo tagging. The camera is capable of HD video capture at 1080P at about 30 frames per second. In cameras it is important to have a larger aperture since it allows the lens to collect more light. The aperture in the lens of camera in iPhone 4S has been increased allowing more light to come in however, harmful IR rays is filtered away. The enhanced camera is capable of capturing quality images in low light as well as bright light. The front facing camera is a VGA camera and it’s tightly coupled with FaceTime; the video conferencing application on iPhone.
iPhones are generally good on their battery life. Naturally, users will have higher expectations for this latest addition to the family. According to Apple, iPhone 4S will have up to 8 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on while on GSM only it will score a massive 14 hours. The device is rechargeable via USB as well. The standby time on iPhone 4S is up to 200 hours. In conclusion, the battery life is satisfactory on iPhone 4S.
The preorder of iPhone 4S starts from 7 October 2011, and will be available in US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Japan from 14 October 2011. Worldwide availability starts from 28 October 2011. iPhone 4S is available for purchase in different variants. One will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 4S device starting from $199 to $399 on contract. The price without contract (unlocked) is Canadian $649/ Pounds 499/ A$799/ Euro 629.
Motorola Droid Bionic
Droid Bionic for Verizon’s Droid red series is an Android smart phone officially announced by Motorola at the CES 2011 in January 2011. The device was officially added to Verizon’s Droid shelf in September 2011 with a price tag of $300 on a two-year contract. It is worth the long wait, as it has all the features expected in today’s smart phone. The key features of this smart phone are the 4.3” qHD display, 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB DDR2, 8MP rear camera with full HD video capture, and playback on HDTV with HDMI on mirror mode, 4G LTE connectivity, and 4G Mobile hotspot . In addition, you can turn the device into a mobile notebook with the webtop app and Motorola Lapdock, which is an optional accessory. Let us look at the design, features, and performance in detail.
Motorola Droid Bionic is 5” tall and 2.6” wide. It is quite slim compared to Verizon’s other 4G phones , the phone is impressive at a thickness of 0.43”; still it is not uniform, at the thickest end it is close to 0.45”. The phone weighs 5.6 oz; acceptable for a 4G phone with a huge 4.3” display. With the above dimensions, Droid Bionic has a robust design and feels solid in the hand. Talking about the screen, it has a 4.3” pen-tile capacitive multi touch screen with qHD (540 x 960 pixel) resolution; that is 234 ppi. Though it is not the best display in the market the pixel density remains quite impressive and will compensate for any drawback the display will create; the responsiveness is good too. Also, Motorola has used the Gorilla Glass for the first time over the display. Looking at the ports, it has micro USB, micro HDMI ports and 3.5mm jack for headset. The device also has Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and a Gyro sensor.
Motorola has favored TI OMAP for processor instead of Nvidia Tegra. A 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP processor with hardware accelerated graphics facilitated by PowerVR SGX 540 GPU powers Droid Bionic. Droid Bionic is complete with 1 GB LP DDR2 RAM and 16 GB worth internal storage for user need. A pre-installed 16GB microSD card also comes with the phone. The storage can be extended using a micro-SD card up to 32 GB.
The camera is another important feature in a multimedia phone. It is no different with regard to Droid Bionic, as well. Droid Bionic is complete with a fabulous 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash and auto-focus. The camera also allows HD video recording at 1080P. The front facing 1.3 MP VGA camera is sufficient for video conferencing. The front facing camera is a colour VGA camera. Pictures taken from the rear facing 8 mega pixel camera is quite appealing and the same goes for the videos.
Motorola Droid Bionic is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but the UI is customized with the new Motorola Application platform (Motorola dropped the name Motoblur). Since Motorola Droid Bionic is an Android device, more applications can be downloaded from the Android market and many 3rd party Android markets. In addition, Motorola Droid Bionic is loaded with Google Mobile Apps full suite. Webtop technology is an additional feature in Motorola Droid Bionic. You can turn your mobile into a large screen notebook with the optional LapDock, which is sold separately
Talking about the performance, call quality is quite impressive. For internet gazers, the browsing experience on Motorola Droid Bionic is excellent with multi window browsing. The pages also load fast. The browser comes with support for flash. In terms of connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G CDMA as well as 4G LTE. It is a world phone capable of international roaming with dual-band CDMA and UMTS support.
Motorola Droid Bionic comes with a 1735 mAh re-chargeable battery. The device reportedly stands for over 10 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on. With the reportedly good performance of the battery Motorola Droid Bionic will give a good competition to many other high end smart phones in the market.
Apple introducing iPhone 4S
Verizon introducing Droid Bionic by Motorola
|Comparison of Specifications
iPhone 4S vs Motorola Droid Bionic
|Design||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Form Factor||Candy bar||Candy Bar|
|Keyboard||Virtual Full QWERTY||Virtual full QWERTY|
|Dimension||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm (4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37 in)||2.6 x 5.0 x 0.4 in|
|Weight||140 g||5.6 oz|
|Body Color||White, Black||Black|
|Display||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Size||3.5 inches||4.3 in|
|Resolution||960 x 640||QHD 960 x 540 pixels|
|Features||16M color, Oleophobic coated, scratch resistance||Corning Gorilla Glass, Light responsive|
|Sensors||Three axis gyro, Accelerometor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor||Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|Operating System||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Platform||Apple iOS 5||Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|UI||Apple||Motorola Application Platform|
|Browser||Safari||Android WebKit, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 (Webtop mode)|
|Processor||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Model||Apple A5 Dual core, PowerVR SGX540 GPU||TI OMAP|
|Speed||1 GHz Dual core||1 GHz Dual Core|
|Memory||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|RAM||512 MB||1 GB LP DDR2|
|Included||16 GB/32 GB/64GB||16 GB NAND + 16GB microSD pre-installed|
|Expansion||No card Slot||Up to 32 GB with microSD card|
|Camera||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Resolution||8.0 mega pixels||8.0 megapixel|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto, Digital, tap focus||Auto focus, digital zoom|
|Video Capture||fullHD 1080p||FullHD 1080p|
|Features||Double microphones, Geo tagging, Image stabilization||Double microphones|
|Secondary camera||VGA||Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|Entertainment||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Audio||AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV||Motorola music player; AAC, MP3, WMA9, eAAC+, AMR NB, AAC+|
|Video||H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG||H.264, MPEG-4,|
|FM Radio||No, Tunein Internet Radio App available|
|Battery||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Type Capacity||Li-ion non-removable battery||Li-ion Polymer, 1735 mAh|
|Talktime||up to 14 hrs (2G), up to 8 hrs (3G)||10.8 hours|
|Standby||200 hrs||8.3 days|
|Mail and Messaging||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Gmail, Email||POP3/IMAP, Push Email, Gmail, AOL, Yahoo Mail, MSN, Hotmail|
|Messaging||MMS, SMS, IM (GoogleTalk)||Corporate Mail Sync,|
|Connectivity||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n. n at 2.4 kHz only||802.11b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Hotspot||Yes||Yes, connect up to 5 devices|
|Bluetooth||v4.0||v2.1+EDR supports A2DP stereo, OPP for file transfer, PBAP|
|USB||Yes, connect via 30 pin dock adapter||2.0 High Speed|
|Location Service||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Maps||Google Maps||Google Map, eCompass|
|Lost-Theft Protection||Find my Phone||Yes with 3rd party application like Lookout|
|Network Support||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|2G/3G||World phone, GSM/UMTS, CDMA, HSPA+14.4Mbps||World Phone, CDMA EvDO Rev.A dual band|
|Applications||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Apps||Apple Apps Store, iTunes||Android Market, Google Mobile Apps full suite,|
|Social Networks||Facebook, Twitter, SNS||Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, PhotoBucket, Picasa|
|Voice Calling||Skype, Viber||Skype, Viber, Vonage|
|Video Calling||Skype, Tango, QiK||Skype, Qik , Tango|
|Featured||Siri, Face Time, iCloud, AirPrint, AirPlay, Find my iPhone||MobiPrint, Verizon Services (VCAST, Visual Voice Mail, My Verizon Mobile, Backup Assistant))|
|Business Mobility||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Remote VPN||Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse||Yes|
|Corporate Mail||Yes, Active Sync||Yes , Active Sync|
|Corporate Directory||Yes||Yes with CISCO Jabber|
|Video Conferencing||Yes with CISCO WebEx||Yes with CISCO WebEx|
|Other Features||Join.Me, Goto Meeting||Citrix Receiver|
|Security||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|MobileMe, Password Protected home screen||Device and SD card encryption|
|Additional Features||iPhone 4S||Motorola Droid Bionic|
|Siri, iCloud, iBook, iMovie, FaceTime, Multiple language support, Personal hotspot||7 Home screens, Zumocast for remotely access/ streaming, Advanced Speech Recognition, SAR: Head 0.88 W/kg; Body–worn 0.94 W/kg|