Of course, the iPhone 3GS' processor is no slouch either, as its Samsung S5PC100 processor also runs at 600MHz and includes a central processing unit, a graphics processing and a memory controller all on one chip. The iPhone's processor has the ability to support multiple applications at once just as the TI OMAP 3430 processor does, although Apple has not chosen to utilize this capability yet. Even so, the Samsung S5PC100 compares very favorably with its rival at Texas Instruments.
Edge: It's a draw. Both processors have similar capabilities and ensure that each device's users will have top-notch processing power in their hands.
Round 2: Keyboards and screens
One of the few complaints users have about the iPhone is that it doesn't have a physical QWERTY keyboard users can access for easy typing. The Droid plans to one-up its rival by offering users a full horizontal slide-out keyboard that features broader keys than devices such as the BlackBerry Tour.
As far as screen displays go, Computer World's Seth Weintraub has noted that according to Federal Communications Commission filings, the Droid's screen displays video at 854x480 pixels, which is higher than the 640x480-pixel display that is used by the iPhone 3GS.
Edge: On paper, the Droid seems to have an edge here. Of course, we won't know for certain until we see how it works out in real life -- after all, remember how cool we all thought the BlackBerry Storm's clickable keyboard sounded when it was first released?
Round 3: The operating systems
J.D. Power's surveys of smartphone users have consistently given the iPhone operating system the highest scores for reliability and ease of use. The Android operating system, on the other hand, is still a relative unknown even though devices that employ it have been on the market for more than a year.
One reason Android is a wild card is that its performance so far has largely depended on the quality of the device on which it runs. If the Droid really does live up to the hype as the fastest Android smartphone yet to hit the market, we could see Android live up to its potential for the first time.
Edge: Until proven otherwise the iPhone operating system is still the top mobile operating system around. The release of the Droid, however, will give Android its first real showcase device along the lines of the iPhone, the BlackBerry Tour or the Palm Pre.
Round 4: Applications