As Apple and AT&T juggle system crashes, redundant charges and mixed-up shipments for the iPhone 4, rivals in the Android camp are girding for another widely-anticipated launch.
In taking an unprecedented 600,000 preorders, the iPhone 4 has been delayed for those who pre-ordered it until July 14, which is closer to the time Verizon is expected to launch its Droid X device.
Verizon is touting the Droid X on its Website, promising the 4.3-inch display device will shoot 720p and offer HDMI output for high-definition video play. This will counter the iPhone 4's HD video and 720p capabilities.
Engadget said the smartphone will run Google's Android 2.1 operating system (even as the much-improved Android 2.2 preps to launch with tethering, WiFi hotspot and cloud API) and feature a FWVGA 854 x 480-resolution screen to accompany the large display.
About that large display: the Droid X would seem to follow in the footsteps of the HTC Evo 4Gand HTC HD2, which also sport 4.3-inch screens. Is the industry trending to larger screen smartphones? Not necessarily when you consider the new iPhone 4 will have the standard 3.5-inch display.
Forrester Research analyst Charles Golvin said the trend is simply toward "greater diversity in smartphone form factors, some with big screens, some with keyboards, some at the low end to lure in those with messaging phones."
Gartner Research's Ken Dulaney agreed: "I suspect the vendors will move along these two vectors going forward with minimum screen size at the low end at 3.5 inches. Anything outside these boundaries won't do well."
Sounds like the iPhone 4 and the Evo 4G/Droid X display sizes represent the South and North Pole of the smartphone industry.