From the summer 2007 release of the first-generation iPhone until early 2011, AT&T was the only wireless provider to carry iPhones because they were manufactured to use Global System for Mobile communications technology. Although Verizon started carrying an iPhone 4 using code division multiple access technology in February 2011, the provider has offered devices from other manufacturers with similar touch-screen slab form factors that use 3G data technology.
The Android-powered Incredible, released in April 2010, offers a 3.7-inch glass touch-screen that uses the same capacitive technology as the 3.5-inch multitouch screen on the iPhone 3G. The devices are similar in size: The Incredible measures 4.63 inches high, 2.3 inches wide and 0.47 inches thick, compared to the iPhone 3G’s dimensions of 4.5 by 2.4 by 0.48 inches. An Incredible 2, also a 3G device, was released in April 2011.
Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Storm, released four months after the 3G, has 3.25-inch display with a resolution of 480 by 360 pixels, similar to the 3G’s 480 by 320 pixels. As with most touch-screen slab phones, both devices have accelerometers for viewing in portrait or landscape mode. The Storm sports a 3.15-megapixel camera vs. the 3G’s 2-megapixel shooter, and offers slightly longer talk time at 5.5 hours vs. 5 hours on the 3G.
The LG Vortex Android phone, released in late 2010, has a slightly smaller display at 3.2 inches diagonal and its lower-end specs make it comparable to the older iPhone 3G. Though the Vortex’s body is slightly shorter and narrower, it’s thicker than the 3G. Neither the Vortex’s nor the 3G’s camera have flash, but both devices include Wi-Fi, GPS and music players with 3.5mm headset jacks.
The Omnia is a full touch-screen Windows Mobile smart phone released in late 2008. At 3.2 inches and 400 by 240 pixels, its display is slightly smaller and lower-resolution than the 3G’s. The Omnia and 3G share smart phone features such as web browsers, email capabilities, media players and the ability to download third-party applications. The Omnia comes with 8GB of internal storage, while the 3G comes with either 8GB or 16GB.
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