iPhone 4 vs Amazon Blaze
iPhone 4 and Amazon Blaze comparison is in a way weird. iPhone 4 is a 2010 benchmark smartphone with a superb capacitive multi touch screen, single core processor and having all the features required for a smartphone and runs one of the best operating system iOS 4.3. iPhone 4 is still among the top selling 3G phones. However the smart phone manufacturers race for supremacy has led to many innovative ideas being imbibed in to the handheld device. Today the phones are coming up with dual core processors and higher resolution displays in a move to offer full mobile computing experience to users. Amazon has joined in this race with its new Android based smartphone, named ‘Blaze’. Blaze features a 4.3 inch Mirasol display and 1.2 GHz dual core processor, both are manufactured by Qualcomm. The Mirasol display is a challenge to Apple’s Retina display. The Mirasol display uses IMOD technology which mimic the color producing phenomena found in nature and visible even in bright sunlight. Also as there is no back lighting to display it consumes less power, thus increasing the battery life. Amazon Blaze is a next generation phone that will compete mainly with Samsung Galaxy S2, LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus 3D and HTC Evo 3D.
Amazon, the number 1 mobile phone retailer, in recent times was eying for a place in the mobile industry and made some impact with two new products, the Amazon App Store and the Amazon Cloud Player. The Blaze is their next step in that direction. The Amazon Blaze features 4.3-inch Mirasol display, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor that consists Adreno 220 GPU, 512MB of RAM and 32 GB internal memory plus 8GB microSD card. It may also hold a NFC chip.
Blaze sports a 5MP rear camera with 1080p video capturing capability, 1.3MP front-facing camera, MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) port for both microUSB and microHDMI and has DLNA connectivity for media sharing. For high speed connectivity it supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.
The Amazon Blaze is having a unique architecture and it’s 0.05 mm thinner than iPhone 4 and lighter also, weighing 120 grams.
Blaze is powered by 1700 mAh Lithium Ion battery which is claimed to last for 3 days on average. There is also a solar panel on the back side, the battery cover is holding the solar panel.
Amazon Blaze is to run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with its own UI, which will be of concern since the UI is not tested.
The very fact that new smartphones are being compared with Apple iPhone 4 that was launched in the middle of 2010 speaks volumes of the abilities of this amazing smartphone by Apple. It is a tribute to the innovative designing and outstanding features of iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 is one of the slimmest smartphone, though it has now been pushed to the third place by Galaxy S II and Amazon Blaze. iPhone 4 boasts about its 3.5 inches LED backlit Retina display. The 3.5 inches is not huge like the latest releases, but comfortable enough to read everything because it is extremely bright with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels. The touchscreen is highly sensitive and scratch resistant.
The phone works very smoothly with a fast processor that is 1GHz Apple A4. The operating system is iOS 4.2.1 that is considered to be the best in the business. It is now upgradeable to iOS 4.3.1 that has included many new features, one such is the hotspot capability. Web browsing on Safari is a pleasant experience and the user has the liberty to download thousands of apps from Apple’s app store. The Safari speed is now enhanced with the upgrade to new iOS. The new iOS will be a big boost to iPhones.
The other features include 512 MB eDRAM, internal memory options of 16 or 32 GB and dual camera, 5 megapixel 5x digital zoom rear camera with LED flash and 0.3 megapixel camera for video calling. The on screen keyboard is one of the best, emailing is fun with the full QWERTY virtual keyboard. iPhone 4 is also Facebook compatible to stay connected with friends with a single touch.
The smartphone is available in black and white colors in candy bar form. It has dimensions of 15.2 x 48.6 x 9.3 mm and weighs just 137g. For connectivity, there is Bluetooth v2.1+EDR and the phone has Wi-Fi 802.1b/g/n at 2.4 GHz. iPhone 4s front and back glass design though acclaimed for its beauty had criticism of cracking when dropped. To overcome the criticism of display fragility, Apple has given a solution with vibrant color bumpers. It comes in six colors: white, black, blue, green, orange or pink.
The additional feature in the CDMA iPhone 4 compared to GSM iPhone 4 is the mobile hotspot capability, where you can connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices. This feature is now available in GSM model too with the upgrade to iOS 4.3. iPhone 4 CDMA model is available in US with Verizon for $200 (16 GB) and $ 300 (32 GB) on new 2 year contract. And a data plan is also required for web based applications. The data plan starts at $20 monthly access (2GB allowance).