Smartphones

Photos: Comparing smartphones to cars, from Prius to Lexus

1. Apple iPhone 4 = Jaguar

(Click image to enlarge)

The Jaguar is a luxury vehicle that’s a mix between a sedan and a sports car, and it comes in a package with the greatest attention to detail and style. Easy to see the similarities here.

To read more and to view the entire list at once, see my companion blog post in Tech Sanity Check.

About

Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).

49 comments
shelbymustang
shelbymustang

Better compared to a Ford Expedition Hybrid, better mileage, lots of buttons and totally functional with a virtual and QWERTY keyboard. Good load capacity too right from the factory. I have one, (A855), and I love it.

jwizardc
jwizardc

Blackberry anything: 1974 Pinto Station wagon. Ugly, utilitarian, not very fast. It will kinda do what you need to do, but not terribly well.

mcmliii
mcmliii

If you want to compare the Evo 4G to a big, boxy SUV, I think the Mercedes Benz G500 would be a better choice. The G500 has everything, is refined and expensive.

brian
brian

Here's a video of the new iPhone 4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiDjte8gR08

Zwort
Zwort

In the current welter of negative reports I spotted this, a few days ago, and I found myself wondering: http://www.reghardware.com/2010/07/09/iphone_4_burns/ So when I saw your link it was accompanied almost by a sense of Deja vu.

f.diaferio
f.diaferio

How can anyone agree??????????????????????????????? How many phones do you think the public individual has??!!??

jt.elliott2
jt.elliott2

Well I can't comment on the i4 but I certainly have experienced problems with my i3. Everything from locking up to locking me out several times a day I am getting a little tired of seeing the Apple logo

n2iph
n2iph

What kind of crazy comparison is this? You marry up the latest 4G Android phone witht eh defunct Hummer H3, which is not a Hummer at all but a SUV with a H3 badge. If you are going to associate the HTC EVO 4G with a Hummer, at least make it the original AM General H1 Hummer which ahd no equal, not some wanna be "me-too" POC from GM.

haakon
haakon

You missed the most glaring similarity between these two; that each is trying to re-connect to a market that its predecessor created, and not having much luck for obvious reasons.

mike.woss
mike.woss

somebody gets a paycheck to do this?? wow

DadsPad
DadsPad

Good comparison, iPhone and Jaguar, both expensive and have problems using. Does jaguar still use Lucas? Need I say more? :D My friends and I had british sports cars years ago, Lucas (Electronics) was a curse word.

neilb
neilb

Lots and lots of Lucas jokes were doing the rounds back when I got my first car. The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark." Lucas - inventor of the self-dimming headlamp. The three-position Lucas light switch - DIM, FLICKER and OFF. Other switch settings - SMOKE, SMOULDER and IGNITE. Back in the '70s Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which didn't suck. Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone. Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulb. Joseph Lucas invented the Short Circuit. You leave Lucas alone! I've had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never experienced any prob...aaaaagh!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

Way before that time it was much worse. :0 I remember a Lucas MagDyno for a 1933 BSA that worked perfectly after being rebuilt but the moment that it was fitted tot he Bike no sparks. Quite annoying considering what it was. Col

Zwort
Zwort

Wow, there's a name from the past, and I've just finished watching the entire Life on Mars on DVD! Very evocative. Thank you for reminding me of dish shaped headlight spares/sealed units, rotor arms, distributor caps, coils and stuff. Perhaps if Apple paid attention to the components...

slobodan.hajdin
slobodan.hajdin

Hmmm... * Sometimes you can use it, sometimes just partially (Hardware design is prone to reception issues) * Only midgets or kids can drive it (MicroSIM card support only) * Missing some of advanced technologies (No Flash support in the web browser) * You can't really use wipers and lights at the same time (No true multitasking for all applications) * You can see only other cars of the same type (FaceTime video calls work only over Wi-Fi) * No possibility of attaching trailer (No USB Mass Storage mode) * Can't receive traffic announcements on car stereo or listen to radio stations (No FM radio) * No roof luggage container (No microSD card slot) * You can tank it only on certain gas stations (Too dependent on iTunes for loading multimedia content) So, know any car which fits my comments? Jag is definitively not one... Comments in parthenses are from GSMArena site, which I quite trust... and I apologize to midgets or anyone else I might have offended... No hard feelings, eh? ;)

eddiej.cooper
eddiej.cooper

... & have actually used an HD2, then try again. The HD2 is an awesome piece of kit, only let down by M$ refusing to support WM6.5 fully. It has been stabbed in the back by M$ yet still receives strong support from the ROM cooking community. It will live on as a high performance Android-flashed device long after WP7 comes out. If you had used it for any decent amount of time you would know that the things that made WM unpopular have been fixed or covered by HTC's Sense It is a slick performing & truly customisable device that is still ahead of the rest of the pack in all but formal development support.

nabeelmoeen
nabeelmoeen

yep, i think the hd2 is amazing....one of the reason i opted for it was that i've been a winmo user for years, and although i believe android is a much better os (iPhone is just too restrictive for me) i wasnt sure i wanted to make the switch without.having.used.it extensively. given the strong.community support i was sure there'd be an option to run android on the device shortly.....and based on the latest progress tahts very much the case. so now i'm happy to own a device where i can use either windows, android and win7 when that comes out :)

yobtaf
yobtaf

This article is so childish. I'm ashamed to be here. Don't tell anyone you saw me.

rgoodrich
rgoodrich

Interesting. I always think of Jaguars as finicky, problem-riddled machines, and the iPhone as the exact opposite!

rgoodrich
rgoodrich

Well, you Jag enthusiasts out there almost have me convinced to buy one! I work in a high-tech environment, and I will say that the last two Directors have owned a Jag (equated with an iPhone 4) and a BMW (iPhone 3). Myself...I own an Audi A4, equated to a Blackberry Storm. Hmmmm...I used to have a Blackberry Pearl, and I thought seriously about a Storm when I changed phones. Maybe Jason is on to something here! Anyone interested in setting up a site where you can mark which car you use and which phone? All in fun, of course!

webbysk
webbysk

Jags are pretty cars and are not know for their reliablity. I just have to look on the roads and see that a Jag is a dying breed (don't see many of them). iPhones are the opposite!

NexS
NexS

can't say the same for an iPhone

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

Once you get over the problem of having to hold it a certain way and when the Software gets redesigned it may even work well. But by then the iPhone like Vista will have had so much [b]Bad Press[/b] that I don't think too many people will believe Apple for a while. Jags on the other hand just work and according to Top Gear are the only way to cover large distances in style and comfort. ;) Col

yobtaf
yobtaf

The only bad press is in places this where the consumer never goes. And the bad press is from people who want Apple to fail. Like Vista, it wouldn't work.

eddiej.cooper
eddiej.cooper

Always a great way to convince others of your point of view resorting to childish name-calling. Congratulations Robertmro!

yobtaf
yobtaf

Just drop the Z and the name fits. Why would anyone take a name like that? We have "Compound W" here, but I think you need "Preparation H".

eddiej.cooper
eddiej.cooper

The problem with the antenna issue for the iPhone4 is that, with Apple's good reputation, they should never have made such a fundamental flaw. Apple DESIGN which means they should know how people hold phones & design accordingly. Having come up with a very attractive design they want to show it off, not have a piece of electrical tape attached, or a bumper fitted to make it work. I would like Apple to succeed in making a product that attracts me. Why wouldn't I like another product that I approve of, whoever makes it? If they screw up like that then it prevents their reputation from staying high above HTC & all the others.

Zwort
Zwort

It's always best to be a short bus ride away from work.

Zwort
Zwort

Envy? Don't be so childish. As to the 'tape trick', do you honestly think that I could experience even one action potential's worth of envy over a designer device that only 'works' if it has masking tape over it? To put it another way, would I drive a Jaguar using tyres designed in the 50s? Definitely not. This is a serious design flaw, and the product is not recommended by someone who otherwise likes the product. Moreover, the tests show that the product is malfunctional. This is not bad PR, though Apple have been shooting themselves in the foot about this, especially with their claim that it is a software fault! No, this is a hardware problem. Envy? Why would I be envious of a faulty product?

santeewelding
santeewelding

You fell for one of those work-at-home schemes, didn't you?

yobtaf
yobtaf

There are people, like your self who just can't stand to see Apple succeed at anything. I don't know what the deal is. Envy perhaps? By the way, a five year old could have figured out the tape trick, or just not put their finger there.

Zwort
Zwort

Speaking as an owner of a classic Brit sports car, I'll buy that for a dollar. The iPhone is all talk and no action, the Jag is torque, action and comes on cam as well. Oh yes.

deb
deb

So you left out my phone (Samsung Omnia II) and my car (Saturn Ion). Both have been more or less abandoned by their makers (WinMo by Microsoft, Saturn by GM) but those of us who have them really, really love them for their uncommon but wonderful features (center dash panel on the Saturn, Swype on the Omnia II).

ChiaPetRescue
ChiaPetRescue

Comparing the iPhone 4 to a Jaguar? Hmmm... I don't think I remember ever seeing a Jaguar with duct tape on it.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

Which phones would you add to the list? Which comparisons would you change?

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

...driving while operating one of these phones. You might as well have had about 4 drinks in you! Based on the speed, battery life (fuel economy), and features, they are ALL wrong! Most of these phones might as well be a Dodge Superbee truck with the huge hemi engine. They pass everything but gas stations! All of these phones are quite impressive, but where's the battery life. I haven't seen a phone in the last 5-6 years that hold a charge for an entire day!

dwerhart
dwerhart

Could we have a model of cell phone that is the "Jeep Wrangler" of the bunch - in that it is able to go "further away from civilization" than the rest of the models? Battery life, features, etc. are worthless if you are in an area that requires a better antenna to receive a more distant signal.

DrToddK
DrToddK

Easy when apple lost the ability to have flash for quite some time, I went to the motorola droid I'll have 2.2 and flash, beta of course but I got it Mac head's rejoyce you will have it when your waranty period is up Factor in this the iphone's screen has no ability to be replaced except under car or homeowners insurance and for 7 bucks a month costs me 90 bucks for a NEW moto droid phone thru vzw's assurion insurance, for the life of my contract...gotta love it

webbysk
webbysk

Anything made by Hyundai. The MS KIN's styling may look like the competition but it sucks and low quality. Could be interechanged with KIA (same company) same junk...

kirovs
kirovs

Yugo is not bad, but if you have lived in the eastern block you would know that Trabant and perhaps Moskvitch are better match.

webbysk
webbysk

How can you NOT include on you list....Mercedes Benz! Benzes are well made, well appointed, etc. I'd compare it to a Blackberry Bold. Both don't have useless frills of American cars and are made to last.

AMAPSR
AMAPSR

If the Droid X is the Escalade of smart phones, then the HTC Evo should be the GMC Yukon Denali. Just like with the two trucks mentioned above, you have a brand with a bunch of options you can choose from. With the Escalade being the more expensive of the two, it has at least one thing that separates it from the Yukon Denali, but it's not a major option. Same with the Droid X and HTC Evo, basically two brands with very similar options and the one thing the Droid X has over the Evo is the slightly bigger screen! Otherwise, I don't see a huge difference in the two!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

That would have to be the iPhone and Jag. Jags are a great way of covering long distances comfortably and in style. The G4 iPhone is just quirky and while it may eventually get ironed out the damage has already been done. ;) Col

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

is a bit over-exaggerated by most of the tech press (which is funny, since most of the tech press is normally slobbering all over itself in regards to Apple products). We've tried to replicate the antenna issue at TechRepublic and it's one of those things that you have to really try to make it happen. It does not effect normal usage very much, in our experience. It's also balanced out by the fact that the antenna improves reception in many cases and the HSUPA/HSDPA upgrades can significantly improve data performance: iPhone 4 upgrades to HSDPA/HSUPA can double 3G bandwidth speeds http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=5202 That said, it's still a PR nightmare for Apple, which has handled the situation very poorly.