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Motorola yesterday unveiled their much hyped Droid phone which will be the first phone to be powered by Android 2.0 platform and is set to release on November 6th on Verizon Wireless. The timing of Droid phone release is interesting as it collides with the first multitouch-capable Windows phone (HD2) by HTC which is also set to release next month and will be powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC Sense running on top it.

The following comparison may help you decide which phone to get between these two, come this fall.

Motorola DroidMotorola Droid

HTC HD2

HTC HD2 

Operating System

Android 2.0

Windows Mobile 6.5
(with HTC Sense)

Size and Weight

Height: 115.80 mm

Width: 60.0 mm

Depth: 13.7 mm

Weight: 6 ounces (169 grams)

Height: 121mm

Width: 67mm 

Depth: 11mm

Weight: 5.5 ounces (157 grams)

Processing Speed and Capacity

550MHz CPU

16 GB Removable memory card

Supports up to 32 GB microSD.

Snapdragon MSM 8250 1GHz processor

16GB or 32GB flash drive

320MB RAM

512MB of flash

MicroSD card slot

Cellular and wireless

CDMA 1x 800/1900, EVDO rev. A

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

WCDMA/HSPA (900,1200 Mhz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi connectivity

Bluetooth 2.1 support

Power and Battery

lithium-ion battery

Talk time: Up to 8 hours

1230 mAh rechargeable battery

Talk time: Up to 7 hours

Changeable Battery

Yes

Yes

Display

3.7-inch (diagonal) capacitive widescreen touch display with 854 x 480 pixels.

4.3-inch capacitive widescreen multitouch display with 800 x 480 pixels.

Multitouch

No

Yes

Keyboard

Slide-out QWERTY keyboard + Onscreen virtual keyboard

Onscreen virtual keyboard

Camera, Photos, and Video

5 megapixels

Autofocus

Dual-LED flash

DVD quality video recording of up to 24 fps (720×480) resolution

5-Megapixel

Autofocus

Dual LED Flash

Sensors

Accelerometer

Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer

Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor

Location

Assisted + Standalone GPS

Digital Compass

WiFi

Assisted GPS

Digital Compass

WiFi

Multitasking

Yes

Yes

OS Updates

Yes

Not Confirmed
(May get an option for Windows Mobile 7 upgrade)

Proprietary 
Cloud-Sync Service

Google Apps

Microsoft MyPhone

Applications Available

10,000 +

20,000 +

On paper, HTC HD2 surely has more firepower (thanks to its 1Ghz Snapdragon processor), multitouch support and larger screen than Droid. Droid on the other hand has an edge due to Android which is faster, more stable and consistent than the rather anemic Windows Mobile OS. For the end-user in the end, it may actually comes down to the preferred choice of platform, and whether or not they will prefer the slide-out QWERTY keyboard on Droid over the onscreen one with support for multitouch on HD2.

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Let us know which one will you go for!

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