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5 Verizon iPhone Alternatives

Stocks in this article: T JPM MOT GOOG RIMM SCOR PALM HP

Motorola's Droid 2 and Droid X
OS: Google Android
Price: $299 with two-year contract, $199 after mail-in rebate

Finally, a real matchup. The Droid 2 is a bit underpowered -- it has only 8 gigabytes of built-in storage, lacks HD video capture and features a mediocre 5-megapixel camera -- but has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for the old folks and touchscreen with Motorola BLUR for the savvier smartphone user. A MicroSD can expand its storage to 32 gigabytes and Android 2.2 helps make it a beast, but it's similarly priced, stronger sibling the Droid X is a much better matchup for the iPhone. There's no front camera, but the 8-megapixel rear camera shoots video on 720p HD. The 4.3-inch screen isn't as clear as the iPhone's but sure is a lot bigger, and it connects to TV via an HDMI cable rather than the AV cables employed by the iPhone. A built-in FM radio, third microphone for shooting video, dual LED flash to iPhone's single LED, Swype keyboard functionality for faster typing, a possible 32 gigabytes of expandable memory, that little matter of Flash compatibility and being able to serve as a portable hotspot already gives the iPhone a run for its money. If the two are suddenly next to each other on the same wall in a Verizon store, customers' heads may explode.

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