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A Comparison Table of 4 Android Phones

I’ve been an iPhone user for about 1.5 years now. I’m mostly happy with it, but I’d kinda like to write applications for it. The problem, though, is that the iPhone uses Objective-C (and I don’t consider writing web apps the same thing as writing an iPhone app ; ). Enter Google’s Android. I can use my existing Java knowledge to write applications for an Android device, giving me a much smaller learning curve. The question, then, is which device should I get? There are several available, unlike the iPhone, so the choice can be difficult.

Recently, I ran across 6 of the Best Android Mobile Devices, which has a pretty nice run down of six different devices, not all of which are phones. The problem with this particular comparison, was that each phone was on a different page, making comparison more difficult as I had to switch tabs a lot. My solution, then, is the table below. Inspired by the link above, though taking most of the data from the devices' product pages, I’ve compiled the following table. Obviously, this isn’t every Android phone on the market. I took the three listed in the article above, and added one other phone that I’ve been considering. Hopefully this table will be helpful in those looking at these devices.

Feature/Device

Nexus One

Droid

Eris

Hero

Processor

Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz

ARM Cortex A8 600MHz (underclocked to 550MHz)

Qualcomm® MSM7600™, 528MHz

Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz

Screen

3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED 800 x 480

TFT 3.7-in. ; WVGA (480 x 854 pixels)

3.2-inch 320 x 480 HVGA

3.2-inch TFT-LCD 320x480 HVGA

Memory

512MB Flash ; 512MB RAM ; 4GB microSD (expandable to 32GB)

16 GB microSD pre-installed

512MB ROM / 288MB RAM

ROM: 512MB RAM 288MB

Network

UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900) ; HSDPA 7.2Mbps ; HSUPA 2Mbps ; GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

2G Network : GSM 850/900/1800/1900 ; 3G Network : HSDPA 900/2100, HSDPA 850/1900/2100

CDMA: Dual-band 800/1900MHz ; CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO rev. A

HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz ; Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Hardware Keyboard?

No

Yes

No

No

GPS?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Camera

5MP auto-focus ; 2x digital zoom ; LED flash ; geo-tagging ; Video captured at 720x480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher

5MP ; 4x digital zoom<br>dual LED flash ; automatic focus ; geo tagging ; DVD quality video capture (720x480 resolution) up to 24 fps capture ; up to 30 fps playback

5.0 MP w/ Auto Focus

5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus

Connectivity

WiFi (802.11 b,g) ; Bluetooth + EDR ; A2DP stereo Bluetooth

WiFi (802.11 b,g) ; Bluetooth + EDR

WiFi (802.11 b,g) ; Bluetooth + EDR

WiFi (802.11 b,g) ; Bluetooth + EDR

Support Audio Formats

AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AMR-NB, AMR-WB 9, MIDI SMF (Type 0 and 1), DLS Version 1 and 2, XMF/Mobile XMF, RTTTL/RTX, OTA, iMelody, Ogg Vorbis, WAVE (8-bit and 16-bit PCM)

AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, eAAC+, AMR WB, AMR NB, AAC+, MIDI

MIDI, M4A, QCP, AMR, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, WMA, MP3, EVRC-B

MP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media® Audio 9

Support Video Formats

H.263, MPEG-4 SP, H.264 AVC

H.263, H.264, MPEG-4

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV

MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9

Expansion Slots

SIM card slot ; microSD slot

microSD

microSD

microSD

Battery Life

Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G; Up to 250 hours on 3G Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G; Up to 7 hours on 3G Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G; Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi Video playback: Up to 7 hours *Audio playback Up to 20 hours

Standby – up to 270hrs ; Talk – up to 6:25

Standby: 373 hrs ; Talk time: 214 min

Standby time: Up to 750 hours for WCDMA; Up to 440 hours for GSM Talk time: Up to 420 minutes for WCDMA; Up to 470 minutes for GSM

Weight

4.56 oz/130g

5.96 oz/169g

4.23 oz/120g

4.76 oz/135ga

Size

4.64 x 2.35 x .45 in ; 118 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm

2.4 x 4.6 x .5 in ; 60 x 115.8 x 13.7 mm

4.45 x 2.19 x .51 in ; 113 x 55.6 x 13 mm

4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 in ; 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm

Other features

Haptic feedback ; Second microphone for active noise cancellation ; Proximity sensor ; Light sensor ; Digital compass

Flash-enabled

G-sensor ; Digital compass

I am in no way a cell phone expert. I merely combined the data that seemed important to me in this table to help in my decision making. This table may be completely useless to anyone but me. Since I had it, though, I thought I’d share it. If you don’t like it, well, it was free. :)

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