October 28 2009|12.32 PM UTC

Erik Chang

Droid vs iPhone vs Palm Pre vs MyTouch 3G: Total Cost of Ownership

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After months and months of blogger buzz and a heavy veil of secrecy, the new Motorola Droid by Verizon Wireless is set to launch within days, just in time for the holiday season.

The Droid enters into a smartphone marketplace dominated by the Palm Pre with Sprint and the ever-popular iPhone 3GS with AT&T. But how are consumers supposed to compare the offerings?

BillShrink is here to help! While sticker prices are roughly comparable between smartphones, each offers its own particularly generous features. Below is an apples-to-apples comparison graphic that examines the true cost of ownership, select features, and cell phone plans of each phone.

Find the best cell phone plan for your Motorola Droid

Find the best cell phone plan for your Apple iPhone 4

And, without further ado, we bring you the Droid vs. iPhone vs. Palm Pre vs. MyTouch 3G… (now that’s a lot of smartphones)

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Luis "waiting for Droid 2" Ortiz June 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

I love the breakdown of the different phones here it really does give a prospective buyer an idea of what he/she should lean towards. Personally i have a blackberry and its treated me right for some time, but am ready to make the return to the newer models, and Droid here i come. I’m actually waiting until July as the rumor going around that Verizon is unveiling two new Droid phones and one of them will be the Droid 2, with improved keyboard, faster processor and Android 2.2 OS (FROYO). I cant wait and really the I phone has done very well but and its a good phone but its Android time plus the service on Verizon is the bomb.


Anonymous November 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Droid phones are packed with way too much bloatware forever you run out of memmory .can”t remove bloatware they just reinstall when you restart the phone!!!!!


Yo June 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I have a question, do droid phones require that you hav einternet service? I just would like to know because I would like to get a droid but I don’t want to be obligated to have internet service if the phone can function without internet. Yes I know that capabilities will be limited but that would be ok if that is what I chose.


BillShrink Guy June 22, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Yo: Droid phones are required to have data plan, so yes, unfortunately you’re stuck with that if you opt for a Motorola Droid.

(P.S., sorry for late reply, your comment got eaten by the spam filter somehow.)


me June 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm

If you’re voting for the “Droid”, learn how to spell please. (not DRIOD) Anyway, it’s personal preference. I have and LOVE my iPhone, but I get very good service where I’m at with AT&T. I understand bad service makes it a bad experience, so use what’s good for you. Prices are all very comparable if you’re comparing the same perks. iPhone 4 will have everything people complain about except the keyboard, but you get use to what you have. As for Mac’s, FKN amazing. Keep your viruses and stick them in your DRIOD.


Anonymous July 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Too bad Droids and iPhones have the same probability of getting a virus, which is probably somewhere around .1% . . And besides, the only reason Mac computers don’t get viruses is because nobody writes viruses for macs, mainly do to the fact that most people prefer PCs over Macs.


anonymous May 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Prefer PC’s if people tested their preferences. As in actually used a Mac, they would prefer it over PC, pc’s blow dude


Captain Obvious August 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Unfortunately for those who use Windows, computers break.
And yet it’s more unfortunate that all Mac computers become truly obsolete not more than 6 months after buying them, despite being unbelievably expensive. Add this to a bad kernel architecture (Macs don’t bluescreen, they kernel panic. Windows recovers from its errors – Mac doesn’t.), proprietary software, major lack of gaming output (and even when it’s there, OGL sucks.), inability to upgrade/build computers yourself… So what if we can get viruses? If you have common sense, you won’t get them, and even if you do they’re not hard to remove if you’ve got a brain and install an antivirus like AVG. I’ll keep my still practically top-of-the-line homebuilt computer and raise you 15 games. Check and mate.


Anonymous August 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

The Droid uses open source software, not windows…. so it really is not anymore likely to get a virus than a mac. Plus open source software rocks.


CJ June 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

Why does it say that for unlimited its $150 if Verizon’s site says its $30 on the purchase page for the Motorola Droid, as well as every single one of their smartphones?


shadow June 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Well why is are the iphones different the sprint iphones are different then the other one whitch one is better I like the other one but I’ve never used the sprint iphone I would like to know because I’m getting one but whitch one so please reply and let me know thanks for reading.


clipperwiz June 28, 2010 at 7:26 am

I think there is one thing about the iphone apps that is not true of the Verizon apps. Iphone apps once you buy them, they are yours. If something goes wrong with the phone, you can just re-download the apps at NO CHARGE. The apps for Verizon phones–if something happens to your phone or you change phones, guess what. You have to repay for all the apps. I lost $300 once before I found this out. My phone got stolen and Verizon said so sorry, you will have to repay for all the apps you downloaded. The result is I only download ONE app on my Verizon phone and so I only lose about $8 everytime something happens to my phone. I happen to have an itouch also and its so nice and I know I will never lose my apps. I love my apps. Why am I not on AT&T? Because I also have my g-daughter on my account and until she fulfills her contract to Verizon, I am sort of stuck with Verizon. But I would have been one of the first down there to get the 4G if I could have been. My sister has one and says its GREAT!


Anonymous August 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

A ton of the android apps are free, plus you can use google voice with your droid, and then you can have free unlimited texting and not use your minutes. It is awsome! I have the droid 2 and LOVE it.


Lola June 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

well i have an htc droid eris and i love my phone the only one i would trade it in for is an htc incredible they are awesome!!!!


Ashley August 25, 2010 at 10:29 am

Interesting table; I was inspired to run my numbers and see what I come up with. I recently bought a Samsung Vibrant (Android phone) from T-mobile. I went with the no contract, no subsidized phone plan, but I calculated for 24 months anyways. As it turns out, I’m paying considerably less than any of these numbers! Always nice to know.

I get 500 minutes (since I don’t use many anyways), unlimited texting, and unlimited data for 59.99 per month. I bought the phone for full price (499.99). So:

(59.99 * 24) + 499.99 = $1939.75

BTW, I’ve had my Vibrant for about 3 weeks now, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I highly recommend it for anyone approaching the end of a contract. :-D


Trish September 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I know nothing about smart phones. I’m currently using my old phone – Verizon Samsung because I dropped my Verizon LG En-V in water. Someone suggested I buy a smart phone for the work that I do; scheduling guides and groups for a tour business. Can anyone give me information on which smart phone would work best for the work I do?


Ben@BankAim November 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

Very cool breakdown. I have the new iphone 4 on a family plan and will pay just over $4300 for having 2 phones. Its cheaper if you go with a family plan, at least with AT&T, so keep that in mind.


AustinNRG November 9, 2010 at 8:23 am

Effective Oct 28th, Verizon now offers less expensive monthly data packages for their smartphones. Granted, the less expensive includes less data, but if you aren’t going to be a video streaming and internet surfing junkie, $15/mo instead of the min $29.99 is thankfully an option….there’s also a per megabyte usage package. If you choose the lesser expensive data package, BE WARNED! you should monitor your usage daily or every few days, to gain insight into how much or little data you will use in a month. Then, you can make the choice to upgrade to $29.99 or higher…or stay on a data diet…


Confused November 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

I’m 15 fifteen years old and looking into getting a Droid as my first phone; the problem being that I haven’t been able to nail down an exact price. I’m already looking into a job to pay for the phone, but how much would I need to pay upfront? I’ll be buying after Christmas so assuming everyone gives me money I should have the general price covered (in addition to the wages that will be accumulated by that point). As far as monthly costs go I don’t want to be paying any more than I have to (taking into consideration that calls would be absolutely minimal but texts would have to range from many to unlimited).


Samantha Eckles November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Hi Confused,

You’re right that you have to pay for a phone and a monthly service plan. We can help you choose both on our website. You can browse phones and narrow down the results based on specifications you want your phone to have, like an Android phone with at least 8 GB of memory. Then tell us a little bit about what you want your service to cover, like lots of texts, and we’ll run a cell phone plan comparison to recommend what we think is best for you. As you probably know, our website is free to use. We’re not affiliated with any cell phone companies. We just want to help you shrink your bills. :)

Let us know how your search turns out, and feel free to leave feedback about your experience with the site. Drop us a Tweet at @billshrink or write on our Facebook wall.

Good luck!


melissa November 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm

so I think the droid I’d cool if all you want to do is use the phone but the palm pre rocks you need a data plan but comes with 5 gb of free broadband so you can use it with ur laptop at no additional cost as for the droid on verizon you have to pay an extra 20 on top of ur data plan and only get 2gb of use


Corey November 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

Just sayin mytouch for the win you can simply redownload all your apps if you mess it up you get keyboard and touch screen to me the most user friendly and the best homescreen layout/customability


Anonymous January 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

driod rocks and i phone sucks


melissa May 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Does any have suggestions for a Verizon nontouch screen phone that has the same data plan


tayyab June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I currently have the Droid but I no longer want to pay the data plan fee so I am looking for a simple phone so that my monthly bill is cheaper. The problem is I don’t like any of the phones that Verizon offers. I don’t want a touch screen, any suggestions?


Dan - BankVibe August 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

If you travel abroad a lot check out the new unlocked iphone 4. I just got one and AT&T now does monthly plans to accommodate the unlocked option. So you dont have to lock into any contract anymore with the unlocked version.

I pay just 110/mo for unlimited wireless calls and texts and a decent amount of data. If you go to another country just get a local sim and a local number. Plus Att will hold your number for up to a year when you want to return.

The phone is a tad expensive (about $650) but that’s just because it just came out…the price should drop in the coming months imo


Quackers April 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I guess I’m a weirdo but I absolutely abhor my iPhone 4. About 25% of the time I try to place a call it takes me the text platform and I don’t text., tweet. twotter. facebook or my space and, ergo, I have to punch in the telephone number and the keypad is too small for my fingers and i (or it) it always striking the wrong letter. I have the same problem when adding contacts as I’m always pressing the wrong button. I miss my Treo 650 with a passion because I never had any of these problems with it. Any suggestions?




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