The 4G Wars

The Motorola “Astrix 4G” vs. the “iPhone 4”.

Key Differences

  • Operating system:  The Motorola Atrix 4G will run Android 2.2, a fast and stable operating system. Motorola promises an upgrade to Android 2.3 for the Atrix 4G by the end of 2011. The Apple iPhone 4 runs Apple’s iOS4.2, and continues to update the operating system on a regular basis.
  • Display:  The Motorola Atrix 4G has a 4.0-inch LCD display, but the big news is that it docks with an expansion module that has a keyboard and 11.3-inch monitor. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch screen with the highest resolution of any cell phone: 640 x 960 pixels, which Apple calls a “retina” display.
  • Keyboard:  Both the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Apple iPhone 4 have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. However, the Atrix 4G will have a docking keyboard with full-size physical keys.
  • Battery:  The Motorola Atrix 4G will have a 1,930-mAh lithium-ion battery that is replaceable by the user. The Apple iPhone 4 has an internal battery that is not replaceable by the user.
  • Camera:  The Motorola Atrix and Apple iPhone 4 have 5-megapixel still-image cameras that can also record HD video at 720p resolution. Both have front-facing cameras for video chat, both at VGA-quality (640 x 480).

 Sprint Technology vs. T-Mobile Technology

Sprint is the only company in the U.S. using something called a WiMAX Network They are, however feeling very threatened by T-Mobile and their new HSPA+ network, which can reach up to “4G speeds.” But, just how similarly do these to networks function when compared to one another in speed tests?? Phone Scoop, an independent research company has been conducting such speed test (for the time being) out of Philadelphia, PA. The tested the two new networks against one another and they came across some (what many would call) extremely interesting results. Sprint’s WiMAX topped out at around 4,066 kbps download and 978kbps upload speeds. That’s a pretty amazing.

Next, it was T-Mobile’s HSPA+’s turn to shine. In the best of tests, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ hit speeds up to 5,442 kbps down, and 1,888 kbps up. These speeds are both clearly excellent, and clearly considerably higher than those that WiMAX scored!

Both carriers are spending fortunes to get there new systems out and around the country/world as quickly as they can. Sprint is building an entirely new infrastructure for WiMAX, and T-Mobile is just upgrading their existing 3G Network. At this point, T-Mobile is hitting higher maximum data speeds with their HSPA+ network. But, don’t count Sprint out. Many experts are expecting Sprint, and their 4G Network partner, Clear Wire, to make a move to LTE technology in the very near future, that is exactly the type of bold move, that could reshuffle the deck completely!

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