Product test: Google phone vs. iPhone

February 17, 2009 7:50:24 AM PST
Two giants of Silicon Valley are going head to head for the first time for the lucrative smart phone market.

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The iPhone may be king, but Google clearly has its eye on the smart phone crown.

"For those tech-savvy people, there's a new smart phone on the market: The T-Mobile G!. The operating system it runs on is the android market, which was created by Google, which is why it is referred to as a Google phone," said Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute.

Good Housekeeping ran tests on both phones to see how they sized up against each other. Testers said the iPhone has a larger screen, larger internal memory and consumers found it easier to use.

"Overall the iPhone outperformed the Google phone," said Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute.

"It's so easy to locate all of the different programs - there's an icon and the word underneath," said Amy Roberts, phone tester.

Testers did give credit to the G1 for having a better keyboard and for being less expensive.

"Even though it was a little difficult for me to find the text messaging icon, it was much easier for me to type," said Christina Peterson, phone tester.

"It has a full physical keypad, which people found much easier to type on," said Rothman.

A few more notes from the testers. The Google phone is much thicker and heavier than the iPhone, but its camera has 3 megapixels versus 2 for the iPhone.

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