Nexus One vs Motorola Droid vs iPhone 3GS Detailed Comparison

Recently, Nexus One was launched at the Android Press Conference. So we decided to do a detailed comparison of Nexus One, Motorola Droid and iPhone 3GS. The following comparison will help you to find out the best phone according to your needs.

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Nexus OneMotorola DroidApple iPhone 3GS
Operating SystemAndroid 2.1Android 2.1iPhone OS
Processor 1 GHz SnapdragonARM Cortex A8  550MHzARM Cortex A8 600MHz
Memory512MB onboard,  4GB Micro SD card included,  32GB expandable,  512MB RAM133MB onboard,  16GB Micro SD card included,  32GB expandable,  256MB RAM16 GB/32 GB onboard,  256MB RAM
Battery1400 mAh1400 mAh (BP6X)Standard Battery
Dimensions119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm, 130 g115.8 x 60 x 13.7 mm, 165 g115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm, 135 g
Screen Size3.7″ widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 800×480 pixels3.2″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixels3.5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels
BandsGSM 850/900/1800/1900, UTMS 2100/AWS/900GSM 850/900/1800/ 1900, HSDPA 850/1900/2100GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/1900/2100
Camera5 megapixel, Carl Zeiss, 30 VGA fps video, dual LED flash5 megapixel, Carl Zeiss, 30 VGA fps video, dual LED flash3.15 megapixel, Carl Zeiss, WVGA 25 fps video, dual LED flash
Bluetooth2.1, with EDR2.1, with A2DP2.1, with A2DP
PriceEUR 370, $530 USDEUR 480, $690 USDEUR 620, $890 USD
Release DateQ1 2010Q4 2009Q2 2009
X-FactorThe Google Phone, manufactured by HTC CorporationThe best Android phone yet.The most popular device in US
WeaknessNo multi-touchBuggyPrice, Camera

So, which phone is superior among the three compared above? Do you think Nexus One is the ultimate iPhone killer?

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Omkar Dutta

Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr

  • Matthew Lavin

    Having left my Iphone 3g behind I purchased a droid last week. I am nervous I jumped the gun to soon. I appreciate these comparisons however from my research there are a few mistakes in your chart (cited below).

    1. Display on the Droid and Nexis are both 3.7

    2 The Iphone 3gs camera is 3 megapixels, not 5

    3. The droid video is less than 30FPS… i think 26 for some reason but not positive on exacts for this one

    On a separate note, I like your description of weeknesses. I loved my iphone for its simplicity and reliability but hated the lack of camera flash, true turn by turn navigation, tethering capabilities, multitasking… etc. I also hated ATT. I love my droid because it does have much of what the iphone lacks but definitely miss the simplicity of the iphone. You are correct about it being buggy too. For an average user I dont think the bugs really show but if you are a tech fanatic like me and push it, it often pushes back (freezing up or rebooting on me).

    Heres my question- Do you think the bugs are android or hardware related? If android, do you think the next update will resolve the issues?

    • svt04cobra

      I to have the same buggy issues with lockups and freezes. Not sure the Nexus one is the iphone killer. I think the bugs are related to the software not the hardware but I could be wrong and hopfully the next update will fix that.

  • Very informative. Nice comparison.

    One small correction. Camera specification for iPhone 3GS should be corrected.

    iPhone has just 3MP camera. I think it is a typo error. Please update.

    • Yeah! iPhone 3GS comes with 3.15 megapixel camera. Error rectified. Thanks :)

  • Bozo

    Nice summary … thanks!

  • Trevor Lohrbeer

    This chart seems fairly unreliable. A couple of other spec changes for the Droid: It currently ships with Android 2.0, not 2.1; it comes with a 16GB microSD card, not a 8GB card; it doesn't support GSM (at least not the model sold by Verizon). Also I can't find a source that says the iPhone has the ARM Cortex processor. Use this chart as a comparison with caution.

    • @Trevor
      iPhone and iPhone 3G doesn't come with ARM Cortex processor. If you can see above, we have compared iPhone 3GS, which comes with ARM Cortex processor. Check out GSM Arena to confirm. Thanks for the latest information regarding Motorola Droid. Updated!

    • For your kind information, Motorola Droid got Android 2.1 update :)

      • Paul Elledge

        No it didn't, it got 2.0.1.

  • willi welby

    Thanks for this, it is very helpful. I wonder has anyone considered what might be coming soon? The iPhone 4G rumors or more kindle type readers or more combinations of phones, touchscreens, cameras, browsers?? I'm trying to decide about buying something now or waiting 6 months. But of course, the "expected release dates" are even less reliable thatn weather or stock forecasts!!

  • Nick

    This is awful… The Droid has a 3.7" screen. So many errors.