Droid evil eye

Did Verizon and Motorola forget to include a few things in their iDon't attack ads, like iDon't render web pages as slowly or badly, iDon't arbitrarily restrict the amount of apps users can install to 256MB, iDon't fail to implement multi-touch, and iDon't have a worse user experience.

We can't blame them, of course. They were focusing on the iPhone's weaknesses, as the geekier among us (nitpickers included!) would have to admit, and not the Droid's. It was their ad, and fair enough.

However, for those considering the Droid vs. an iPhone, we should lay all the cards on the table. Sure the iPhone lacks a physical keyboard (that irks some users, pleases others), doesn't have Google Maps Navigation (yet), doesn't match all the specs, and has issues with App Store approvals (though that doesn't effect most users). But what about the Droid?

(And no, we don't mean that horrible devil-red eye graphic that's kind of the opposite of "not evil" and makes that incessant "DRRROOOOOOIIDDD" chime pretty much indistinguishable from "REDRUM!")

First, in the perfunctory Browser Battles, it turns out the almost two month old iPhone 3.1 Safari is still king of the mobile mountain, according to MobileCrunch:

On the popular web-standards test known as Acid3, the iPhone scores a 100/100 while the Droid caps out at 93/100. [...] Once you’ve grown accustomed to pinch-zooming, the level of accuracy provided by tap-zooming alone simply doesn’t cut it. [...] The iPhone browser is also considerably faster, with page loads completing anywhere from 15-30% more quickly with both handsets on WiFi.

Second, we all know the Android Market doesn't have as many apps as the App Store, but maybe that's a good thing since Android 2.0 still doesn't fix its app space limitation, leaving Droid with a paltry 256MB for apps according to AndroidandMe.com:

Google does not support installing apps to the SD card (and likely never will), so developers are limited in what they can create. [...] For most applications, we want a small file size to limit the download times. When it comes to 3D games though, we need a ton of space for all the high-res textures, audio, and video. [...] Have you seen all the awesome iPhone and iPod Touch games? Hardly any of them would fit on an Android phone.

This problem, of course, also plagues the Palm webOS and BlackBerry platforms. NokiaExpert and ZDNet's Matt Miller's been told it's a security issue, but does that matter to end users when iPhone's can go up to (almost) 32GB?

Third, if you're a fan of the iPhone and iPod touch's (and Magic Mouse's!) multi-touch, don't think the Droid will have your fingers covered. According to Engadget:

As you have probably heard (or guessed), there's no multitouch on this device. That's clearly an issue with Android 2.0 and choices that Google is making about user interface

Fourth, the user interface, while definitely an improvement -- and maybe even a refreshing change for some -- still doesn't rise to level of usability as the iPhone. Like MobileCrunch (and every other review we've seen), we've given our iPhones to toddlers and they've been able to use them well.

That's still Apple's killer app. And that's likely why, even after going all in on Droid and throwing BlackBerry under the bus (even canceling their BOGO!), Verizon still wants the iPhone...

[Thanks to Tom for the app limit tip!]