Use This Chart To Pick The Best Smartphone

Lifehacker reader Apollo Clark has put together a matrix that compares seven of the most popular and/or feature-packed smartphones on the market, as well as the iPad for some reason. If you’re planning on trading up to a fancy new phone/multimedia device in the next couple of months, it’s worth checking out to see which phones best align with your wish list.

“Smartphone Comparison Chart Compares Extensive Smartphone Specs” [Lifehacker]


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  1. justdragit says:

    Well.. you need to have a 50″ monitor apparently to read the specs.

  2. GyroMight says:

    Is there really any one answer to this whole smart phone debate? This is a great chart for people to compare but all it seems to do is create forum wars about which is the best. Can there even be a “best”? Or should this info be considered so it ensures a best possible answer for each particular person?

    • Michaela says:

      I agree. We are all different, so we look for different things in phones. The Palm Pre Plus works great for me, but that doesn’t mean it would work for my neighbor or best friend. There is no “best phone.”

    • JennQPublic says:

      The best phone for EVERY consumer is the one *I* like! If you disagree, you are a moron/hipster/commie.

  3. Cyniconvention says:

    Was I alone in reading ‘Chart’ as ‘Chant’?

    I’m slightly disappointed now, but let me check this out.

  4. Grasshopper says:

    Umm, Lifehacker didn;t put the chart together; they only published it. It was created by Lifehacker reader Apollo Clark. Give credit where credit is due.

  5. zombiedictator says:

    These types of charts are absolutely retarded and are one of the reasons the cell phone market is so far behind the curve. Take for example, the iPhone 4 vs the Sprint Evo camera. The Evo camera is better on paper: 8MP vs 5MP for the main camera, and 1.3MP vs VGA for the front-facing camera. The Evo should be the clear winner, right? The Evo camera is at best decent in ideal lighting and mediocre at night. The video capabilities are downright Goddamn terrible: dark as Hell and compressed like crazy.

    But looking at this chart, if you’re a camera guy, you better buy the Evo!

    The same can be said about the CPU in relation to the OS. “Wow, you’ve got twice as much RAM as I do, but you lag like a bitch!” Phone manufacturers need to stop working in a numerical bubble and start putting out the best product they can.

    • chrisexv6 says:

      While I agree there are some things that they just cant list on paper, why is anyone buying a phone based on its camera capabilities? Its just a phone!

      BTW, 24″ widescreen monitor STILL had to scroll left/right to see the whole image. Having the iPad “just for curiosity” doesnt help the image size either.

    • Brontide says:

      “Phone manufacturers need to stop working in a numerical bubble and start putting out the best product they can.”

      This is why Apple took over the DAP market with the iPod and is wiping the floor of many other smartphone manufacturers. Customers say the want features… the reality is that customers want features they can use… there is a huge difference.

  6. obits3 says:
    • YarpVark says:


      Crappy updates = possible brick, any phone, any provider.

      Sprint f’d up.

      • obits3 says:

        I guess what really makes me sad is that Sprint charges $10 a month more for the EVO and they can’t even deliver an OTA right. I guess the “Premium Data” charge does not count the data in the OTA.

    • wild homes loves you but chooses darkness! says:

      The update didn’t actually break anything, it was users attempting to multitask while the update was running that did it.

      Granted, there could have been a message saying DON’T TOUCH, but isn’t it common sense that when your phone’s firmware is rewriting itself, to leave it alone?

  7. savvy9999 says:

    Personally I would like to also have known/seen the connector used to charge the device. Standard (mini/micro-USB) = BIG THUMBS UP!. Proprietary connector (um, Apple?), thumbs down.

    Right now I have a Motorola old-school phone that I can charge with any mini-USB cable, that I keep permanently attached to my laptop dock. That same cable can be used with my external hard drive, dumping photos my digital camera, charging my phone, etc. If getting a smart phone also includes carrying around an extra bullshit cable (or buying 5, one for home; one for office; one for each car; one for travel), forget about it.

    Thanks though for the spreadsheet. We’re in the market and this helps.

  8. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    They left out an incredibly crucial feature, unless I missed it:

    Whether or not the phone has an actual keyboard.

    Without an actual keyboard, such a device is primarily a technological novelty. If you want to be efficient and effective at typing texts or emails, a real keyboard is a requirement.

    …and the keyboard on the Droid is the worst physical keyboard I’ve ever seen. Ugh. Waiting for someone to make something like the Galaxy S with a keyboard like what is seen on LG phones.

    • alaron says:

      Have you tried the keyboard on the Moment? How about on the Hero? I’m gung-ho for hardware keyboards, but that on the Moment sorely disappointed, both in feel and in functionality, while the virtual keyboard on the Hero is actually quite nice.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        I can’t use any on-screen keyboard effectively – my fingers/thumbs need raised, seperated buttons.

        As does my wife, and frankly, everyone else I know. I only know of one person who has an iPhone…and that includes every person who worked for the last company I was at, which built mobile applications for cell phones.

    • wild homes loves you but chooses darkness! says:

      There is a variant of the Galaxy S with a keyboard: the Galaxy S Pro, which has been confirmed to be coming to the United States via Sprint in mid to late August… and will pack a WiMax radio in addition to the regular EVDO-RevA one. Sprint’s calling it the Epic 4G. Check it out.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        Sounds interesting.

        I think it would be sweet to have a Android 2.2 phone, with the Google Maps/directions thing, and a keyboard similar to, say, an LG Envy Touch or Voyager.

        That would be the killer phone.

      • teke367 says:

        Just announced the other day, the Sprint version will be called the Samsung Epic 4G. All carriers are getting a Galaxy S phone, but I think only the Sprint one has a physical keyboard.

        Personally, I’m hit or miss on keyboards, didn’t like the physical keyboard on my Blackberry Curve, but I did like it on my MotoQ (it was actually the only thing I liked on my MotoQ)

        Download Swype if its available on your phone. Takes a little bit to get used to whole “tracing the word out” but once you get over that, its real nice.

    • CreekDog says:

      Disagree on the physical keyboard.

      I gave up the physical keyboard in order to have a more portable/slim/lightweight phone. However, before I did that, I began *only* using my G1’s virtual keyboard and in a couple weeks had become more efficient on that one than on the physical keyboard.

      While I’m slightly more accurate on a physical keyboard, I’m faster and more efficient on the virtual one…and that’s comparing a large physical keyboard phone vs. a large screen virtual one.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        I really can’t even fathom that. I’ve twaddled every onscreen keyboard in the Verizon store, as well as the iPhone owned by the one-and-only person I know who owns one, and the only thing I can say for them is they categorically are terrible.

        Sure, they function. You can get the job done. But compared to a real keyboard? Not a chance. Pure gimmickry.

    • dangermike says:

      disagreed. I was pretty fast on the nokia 770’s keyboard, even using fingers instead of the stylus. And the physical keyboards I’ve seen on phones are generally too small for me to use two handed. For single thumb use, I have found that the 12-key pad is easier and faster.

  9. YarpVark says:

    This chart was created by a lifehacker user; plus its inaccurate.

  10. wild homes loves you but chooses darkness! says:

    I’d be careful. Fellow readers at Gizmodo, when this chart made its way over yonder, ripped this thing a new one. It’s not wholly accurate, and is missing a lot of information.

    The smarter advice is: do your own research, wherever it might take you. It’s extremely unlikely you’ll get all the information you need in one convenient stop… but it’s a bit more likely that you’ll have accurate information from which to cull your choices.

  11. EarlNowak says:

    Should have included the new boost mobile i1. Touchscreen android phone, mil-spec for dust, shock and moisture, and although it’s $350 it’s only $50 a month for unlimited talk, text and data (no contract).

    The 2 year cost of ownership blows away any other android or iOS device.

    • wild homes loves you but chooses darkness! says:

      Oh, God no. Seriously? That thing is running Android 1.5, with no commitment from Motorola to update it, ever. It’s cheap, but it’s cheap for a reason. It’s on iDEN, so the data is beyond craptacular– in fact, it’s so slow that Boost has locked it into running Opera Mini, which uses server-side compression to basically feed you RAZR-quality web.

      Getting an actual Nexus One on T-Mobile would only set you back $530, and your voice plan with unlimited text and data would be $59.99 monthly, with no contract obligations. And the Nexus is a real phone, with monstrous specs relative to that Boost thing, that will always run the most up-to-date version of Android, and will receive updates before any other device. And if your credit is bad (which is why I assume you’d pick Boost) T-Mobile will let you do Flex-Pay and pay your bill in advance every month. Additionally, T-Mobile is rolling out HSPA+ nationwide by year-end, so your Nexus should pull in about 4Mb/s very shortly.

      • EarlNowak says:

        Coverage is superior to T-mobile, the T-mobile $59.99 plan only has 500 minutes, and you aren’t including taxes and fees (I’ve never had t-mobile, but on AT&T taxes and fees were an extra $12 a month).

        Boost is $50 flat, with no additional fees, for unlimited talk, text and web. Let’s repeat that- for half the cost of JUST UNLIMITED VOICE on other carriers, I get unlimited talk, text, and web. My credit is stellar. I use boost because it’s unbelievably, incredibly, outlandishly cheap compared to other carriers (and the voice quality is great).

        I see no reason to double or triple my phone bill for super-duper-mega-fast-high-speed internet, when 90% of my phone use is voice and text messaging, and the 10% of data use I use is facebook and email. It takes about ten seconds to update my gmail inbox over iDen. Is speeding that up to 1 second worth an extra $30 a month, plus the initial outlay of a new phone? Not to mention my iDen blackberry has wifi (as does the i1). How does HSPAX++ compare to your average cable modem? It’s just barely keeping up, you say? The single time I’ve wanted to see youtube on my phone, I was in a friend’s backyard- took me about ten seconds to get on his wireless router.

  12. lukesdad says:

    So, if I’m to base my decision on this chart, I can clearly see that the iPad is an oversized, underpowered smartphone that will not fit in my pocket or make phone calls. Awesome.

  13. jaroth says:

    This is quite possibly the dumbest chart for smartphones I’ve seen. A) The ipad isn’t a phone B) Touchscreens are not the only smartphones out there C) THE IPAD ISN’T EVEN A PHONE

  14. wild homes loves you but chooses darkness! says:

    Oh, and: the obvious winner on this chart is the Dell Streak. Just because seeing someone hold it to his face to make a call is hilarious. That thing is unbelievably large.

  15. TheGreySpectre says:

    The chart is missing some things that I consider important like flexibility with media manegment programs. I have an iphone right now, but I hate itunes, its interface is terrible. I want a phone where I can use a program of my choosing and have the ability to put what I want on my phone.