Comparing the iPhone Alternatives

Does the iPhone frenzy have you yearning for a new phone? Before you take that expensive leap, take a look at these five new and buzzworthy phones, and check out our chart comparing their specs with the iPhone's. Maybe the iPhone really is your dream handset, or maybe you want GPS, or a full keyboard, or a faster data connection. Or maybe you just don't want to plunk down a whopping $500. Here are a few intriguing options.

The HTC Touch has a large touch screen like the iPhone, but uses Windows Mobile instead of Mac OS X. Helio's Ocean has both a keyboard and a phone keypad, and also adds in some GPS services, but doesn't have Wi-Fi capabilities. For its part, Nokia's N95 mini-computer has full GPS, a capable 5-megapixel camera, and a host of other features, but it will cost you plenty. The BlackBerry Curve, a business favorite, adds a camera and multimedia playback to its popular e-mail handling. Last, and least in price, the Samsung Upstage is a relative bargain with video recording and full GPS.

Of course, there are other interesting phones beyond what we could fit in our comparison. The LG Prada, for example, is making waves with its iPhone-like minimalist design, and the capable Treo 750 is a new model in the line of the original smart phones.

Chart: The iPhone vs. Its Competition

Click either the link below or the icon underneath to see our chart detailing the features of all the phones mentioned.
The iPhone vs. Its Competition
Feature Apple iPhone HTC Touch Helio Ocean Nokia N95 BlackBerry Curve Samsung Upstage
Cost $500 (4GB) or $600 (8GB) with a two-year contract $600 for an unlocked phone from Dynamism $295 from Helio $750 for an unlocked phone from Nokia $300 with a two-year contract; $200 after mail-in rebate $80 with a two-year contract
Service provider AT&T Unlocked Helio (Sprint network) Unlocked AT&T Sprint
Cell voice networks GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900) GSM (900, 1800, 1900) CDMA GSM (850,1800,1900) GSM (800,850,1800,1900) CDMA
Data networks EDGE EDGE, GPRS EvDO EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, UMTS EDGE, GPRS EvDO
Display 3.5 inches, 320 by 480 pixels; landscape or portrait layout 2.8 inches, 240 by 320 pixels; portrait or landscape layout 2.4 inches, 240 by 320 pixels; landscape or portrait layout 2.6 inches, 240 by 320 pixels; portrait or landscape layout 2.5 inches, 240 by 320 pixels Phone display: 1.4 inches, 176 by 65 pixels
Media display: 2.1 inches, 176 by 220 pixels
Dimensions (inches) 4.5 by 2.4 by 0.46 3.9 by 2.3 by 0.55 4.33 by 2.2 by 0.86 3.9 by 2.1 by 0.83 4.2 by 2.4 by 0.6 4.1 by 1.7 by 0.4
Weight (ounces) 4.8 4 5.61 4.23 3.9 2.6
Camera 2 megapixels 2 megapixels 2 megapixels with flash 5 megapixels with flash 2 megapixels with flash 1.3 megapixels
Controls Touch screen, software keyboard Touch screen, software keyboard Navigation pad, slide-out keyboard, slide-out phone keypad Navigation pad, slide-out phone keypad, slide-out multimedia controls; no keyboard Keyboard, navigation pad, trackball Phone side: phone keypad
Media side: navigational pad; no keyboard
Built-in memory 4GB or 8GB 64MB 200MB 160MB 64MB 70MB
Memory expansion None microSD microSD microSD microSD microSD
Operating system OS X Windows Mobile Custom Symbian BlackBerry OS Custom
Third-party applications No Yes No Yes Yes No
Battery life (manufacturer's talk-time rating) 8 hours 5 hours 5.1 hours 4 hours 4 hours 2.5 hours (6.3 with extended battery)
Video capabilities Playback Playback, recording Playback, recording Playback, recording Playback Playback, recording
Music formats MP3, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, .wav AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WMA, .wav MP3, AAC, WMA MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA AAC, AAC+, WMA, MP3 AAC, MP3
E-mail connections POP3, IMAP POP3, IMAP, push POP3, IMAP, push from AOL, Hotmail, and Yahoo POP3, IMAP, push POP3, IMAP, push POP3, IMAP
Web browsing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS No No For Google Maps tie-in and friend locator Yes No Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g 802.11b/g None 802.11b/g None None
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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