February 1, 2010
The operating systems on both phones are the same (except the difference in version numbers, which is usually balanced out by an over-the-air (OTA) update from the mobile carrier), the majority of the comparison is therefore focused on the hardware.
When the G1 was first released in the fall of 2008, it was boxy, thick, and heavy. It had a noticeable “chin” area at the bottom of the unit, with all the home buttons and the trackball. Sliding the touch screen up reveals a full Qwerty keyboard, with each key, rounded and separate, making typing-by-touch possible.
The Motorola Droid targeted those that valued style and substance. The Droid is much slimmer than the G1, has a larger screen, and is encased in a sharp and sleek black finish. Unlike the G1, the Droid presents just four well-lit soft keys at the bottom of the screen. Sliding the large screen away reveals a hardware keyboard, which is cramped with a strange looking directional pad on the right. Both units weigh pretty much the same, the Motorola Droid feels better in the hands because of its slick and slimmer size. The biggest letdown is the hardware keyboard though. The only real advantage these Android phones have right now over other smart phones like the iPhone is the hardware keyboard, for the people that prefer the tactile feel of real keys. The Droid’s keys are right next to each other, small, and are barely raised. Typing-by-touch is nearly impossible, which makes entering addresses and phone numbers a pain.
· 3.2 inch screen is decent with 320 x 480 pixels of resolution. It functions well for most web browsing.
· The 528 Hz Qualcomm CPU is enough to handle most of the Android’s tasks, although the user interface doesn’t flow as smoothly as it does on Apple’s OS.
· The Motorola Droid’s 3.7 inch screen is better and brighter than the G1′s.
· At a sharp 854 x 480 resolution, it more than twice as many pixels as the G1. Photos look sharper, web pages are clearer, and maps are easier to read.
· It’s more enjoyable to use the Droid because it feels and looks nicer, is faster, due to its slightly faster CPU, and because of the 2.01 OS.
The missing feature for both phones is the lack of multi-touch in the Android’s browsing and user interface. The hardware of the Droid itself is capable of multi-touch, but Google has failed to program any kind of pinch-and-zoom feature as of yet.
While Google’s Android Nexus, have been mentioned as the “iPhone Killer“, it’s not quite so. Apple’s iPhone is a polished piece of work, while the Android phones are advances in smart phones. The iPhone is a ‘revolution’, whereas the Droid is much more of an ‘evolution’.