Being stuck at home for the past couple of days has afforded me extra time to get things done. One thing I’ve wanted during the past week is a side-by-side comparison of the technical specs of Verizon’s new Android Phones.
Being a strong supporter of Free Software, I’d like to be able to replace the stock Android build with an entirely Free Software build such as Replicant. Of course, it’s entirely possible that Verizon has locked down the handsets to such an extent that it is impossible for us to replace the OS running on the device. That’s why I’m going to wait a couple of weeks and see how far people have gotten in rooting the device before I make any decision.
If both look like strong prospects for OS replacement, then it’ll come down to the specs. So without further ado, here’s a side-by-side comparison. (specs that are clear winners are bolded)
|Battery||1400 mAh Internal rechargeable removable lithium-ion polymer battery||1300 mAh Li-on|
|OS||Android 2.0||Android 1.5|
|CPU||550MHz TI OMAP 3430 Arm Cortex A8,
PowerVR SGX 530 GPU,
430MHz TMS320 C64x DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor)
|Qualcomm® MSM7600™, 528MHz|
|Removable Flash||Up to 32GB (16GB included)||Up to 16GB (8GB included)|
|Screen||854 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), WVGA, 265 pixels per inch (ppi)||320 x 480 px, 3.2-inch HVGA|
|Touchscreen?||Multi-touch capacitive (MT disabled as shipped)||Multi-touch capacitive (MT enabled as shipped)|
|Camera||5.0MP; auto focus, dual LED flash||5.0MP; auto focus|
|Video Capture?||DVD-quality 720×480 @ 24fps||Yes|
|USB||Micro-B (USB 2.0)|
|Bluetooth||2.1+EDR, A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, OPP, PBAP||2.0+EDR, A2DP|
|Cellular Bands||Dual band CDMA2000/EV-DO Rev. A 800/1900MHz||Dual-band CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO rev. A 800/1900MHz|
|Dimensions (h x w x d)||115.8 mm (4.56 in) x 60 mm (2.4 in) x 13.7 mm (0.54 in)||4.45” x 2.19” x .51”|
|Weight||169 g (6.0 oz)||4.23 oz|
|Standby Time||270 hours||420 hours|
|Talk Time||385 minutes||300 minutes|
|Codecs||AAC, AAC+, AMR WB, AMR NB, eAAC+, H.263, H.264, MIDI, MP3, MPEG-4, OGG, WAV, WMA||AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, EVRC-B, H.263, H.264, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MPEG4, QCP, WAV, WMA, WMV|
|Charge over USB?|
|Ringtone Codecs||AAC, AAC+, eAAC, eAAC+, MP3, OGG|
|Sensors||Proximity, ambient light, eCompass, accelerometer||Proximity|
|Price (with 2-year contract)||$199||$99|
|Price (no contract)||$599||$499|
These are all the specs I’ve been able to dig up so far. Once the phones are released today there will probably be a flurry of information and I’ll be able to fill in some of the missing pieces.
Ogg support, camera flash, higher-res display, higher-depth video recording, and double the max storage of the Eris (32GB vs. 16GB) make the Moto Droid very appealing, but I’m still waiting to see which piece of hardware is easier to hack. Once flashed with a new OS, I’m sure that the Eris would be able to playback Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora, and the 16GB storage ceiling might just be a limit of Cupcake (Android 1.5). In the end, the lighter and cheaper Eris might turn out to be the sweeter deal.
Information gathered from:
Nov 10, 2009 – I’m going to remove that note about the Droid having 2 sim slots. I haven’t heard any follow-up on it or confirmation from the manufacturer, so I think it’s probably a load of bunk.
Nov 23, 2009 – More info: Droid and Eris both have multitouch; Eris has it enabled in stock OS that shipped w/it. (from @deejoe)