The Motorola Droid 3 for Verizon is finally available online and the device will hit stores on July 14. However, Droid 3's formidable competitor T-Mobile myTouch Slide 4G is expected to arrive in July as well.
Another smartphone from Motorola known as Motorola Photon 4G going to Sprint may make its appearance in July.
Here is a look at how these smartphone fare against each other.
Motorola Droid 3 has 124 x 64 x 13 mm dimension and weighs 167 g whereas myTouch Slide 4G with smaller display compared to Droid 3 will be lesser in dimension but most probably will weigh the same. However, Motorola Photon 4G measuring 126.9 x 66.9 x 12.2 mm weighs 158 g.
HTC myTouch Slide 4G with a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 pixels S-LCD capacitive touchscreen display is smaller compared to Droid 3’s 4-inch 540 x 960 pixels qHD TFT capacitive touchscreen display screen. But Photon 4G outshines both with a 4.3-inch 540 x 960 pixels qHD TFT capacitive touchscreen display.
The common features in all the smartphones include multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate and proximity sensor for auto turn-off. Both Droid 3 and myTouch Slide 4G has QWERTY keyboard while Photon 4G and Droid 3 have touch-sensitive controls.
Droid 3 has 512 MB RAM memory along with 16 GB internal storage whereas myTouch Slide is expected to come with 768MB of RAM along with pre-installed 8GB internal storage. The Photon 4G, on the other hand, has 16 GB internal storage, 2 GB ROM and 1 GB RAM. All these smarpthones will have microSD support of up to 32 GB.
Droid 3 has Rev.A up to 3.1 Mbps support similar to Motorola Photon 4G while myTouch Slide will have HSDPA 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support.
T-mobile’s myTouch will come with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP EDR and microbus version 3.0 whereas Droid 3 has similar features with added DLNA support. Motorola Photon 4G has all the above mentioned features but as it is going to Sprint, the phone will have WiMAX 802.16 e support as well.
All the three smartphones feature an 8-megapixel 3264x2448 pixels with autofocus, geo-tagging, face detection. But Photon 4G along with myTouch Slide has dual-LED flash as against Droid 3’s LED-flash feature. Both Droid 3 and T-Mobile’s smartphone can capture video at 1080p while Photon 4G captures video at 720p. Since myTouch Slide is specifically a camera-focused phone, there is HDR support.
The Android OS version 2.3 (Gingerbread) will be found in all the smartphones.
The Droid 3 sports dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4 processor and Motorola Photon will come with 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H dual core processor. But myTouch Slide has a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.
The myTouch 4G Slide originally known as the HTC Doubleshot will come with 1520 mAh battery very similar to HTC Sensation. However, Droid 3 features Li-Ion 1540 mAh battery and Photon 4G has Li-Po 1700 mAh battery.
Meanwhile, the latest news shows that Motorola’s Photon 4G has propbably gone through FCC known as the IHDP56MD1. And leaked image from Android Central gives an indication of it releasing in July but no specific date was mentioned.
According to T-Mobile, “The myTouch 4G Slide is the only cameraphone on the market with Zero Shutter lag technology. When a customer opens the camera application, the camera begins recording in the background in a memory buffer. When you snap the camera button, rather than waiting for a mechanical shutter, it looks at the timestamp of when you pressed the button and pulls the photo from the cache. Thus, there is no delay between pressing that button and grabbing that perfect shot.” The smartphone will be priced at $199.99 on a two-year contract. Also a recent leaked shot of the phone shows its release date as July 27.
Motorola Droid 3 is priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract and $459.99 off contract. And the phone will be cut off from the unlimited data plan of Verizon.
On the other hand, Motorola Droid Bionic the much-talked-about smartphone after CES of 2011 will finally be arriving in August. The latest leaked ad of BestBuy shows the new looks of Motorola Droid Bionic 4G, the first dual core LTE smartphone going to Verizon. The ad describes Droid Bionic to be ferocious force and an all powerful unstoppable device.
Most notable features mentioned in the ad include superfast dual-core processor, ability to take over your TV with HDMI mirror mode, pull files from your computer wirelessly and video chat with dual cameras. The phone appears with coming soon tag in the BestBuy ad. Moreover, the tech rumors site Android Central is pointing to an August 4 release date, which lines up with the early Verizon statement.