Why The iPhone 4 Plays Catch-Up to Android Phones (TheBVX 6/11/2010)

When the iPhone debuted, it was a game-changer with its features, app store and multimedia capabilities. And while the iPhone 4 is still upper-echelon, flaunting innovations like Retina Display, it’s not as technologically advanced as Apple wants us to think. Peep TheBVX’s breakdown of the iPhone 4 features already available elsewhere.

1. Video Calling

iphone 4 flaunts the ability to enable users to video call each other over WiFi with front-facing cameras and video software. But the HTC Evo, released by Springn a few weeks ago, lets users do the same thing. There are a couple of major differences though. The Evo can use the carrier’s 3G or 4G network instead of WiFi, and the device can video chat with PCs as well as compatible phones.

2. Multitasking

The “Folders” and “Home Screen” features on iPhone 4 let users group similar apps together on one screen, and other software enables them to switch back and forth between applications without missing a beat. This is a great idea – only Android had it first. Android’s home screen panels ┬álets users create up to seven custom screens of apps. The main difference here is that the iPhone enables 11 of them, while the Android system only enables seven. And the HTC Sense UI, available on devices like the Incredible on Verizon, utilizes the “Leap screen” feature, which allows users to switch between those panels at the touch of a button.

3. HD Video Recording

The iPhone 4 enables users to record and edit HD video, but so do the Evo and the Incredible. The other two phones actually have higher-megapixel cameras; the Evo and the Incredible boast eight megapixels, while the iPhone 4 has five. Still, one advantage to the iPhone is that the device enables sharing of those videos via MMS, email and YouTube.

Ultimately, the iPhone 4 is still a high-quality device that should make its users happy. And its implementation of certain features will make those options the new standard solely because of Apple’s visibility. We’re not hating, just reminding you that despite Steve Jobs’ rockstar status, the iPhone isn’t always first.