How to Kill an iPhone: the HTC Edge
If you were already wondering when, exactly, high-end phones started to get almost as powerful as mid-range computers, prepare to be a little shocked at the HTC Edge, whose quad-core processor and 1.5GHz Tegra 3 chip would put a lot of desktop computers to shame. Yes, that's four separate cores, each running at 1.5GHz – faster for most purposes than a dual-core machine at 2.5GHz, as long as the phone's apps, operating system, and other software have all been designed to make full use of the four cores.
The HTC Edge will also ship with a full 1 GB of RAM, twice as much as the iPhone 4S. RAM can make a huge difference to any device's overall speed in practice, particularly during multi-tasking, and it's always better to have too much than too little. So, this is another area where in terms of sheer power, the Edge has the... edge on the latest iPhone. A phone that runs smoothly and seamlessly, whatever you ask of it, has always been one of the iPhone promises, but it really looks like the HTC Edge will have the raw processing speed and RAM not only to run at least as smoothly and seamless as the iPhone, but to do more, too.
It's expected to ship with a 16GB microSD memory card, but support up to 32GB. This does not compare so well with the most high-end iPhone 4S, which can have 64GB of storage, but should be more than enough for almost all practical purposes. Only a very demanding user is likely to even come close to filling 32GB of phone memory, which is equivalent to more than 7,500 music tracks or several feature-length films.
The screen is bigger than the 4.3 inch smartphone standard, at 4.7 inches across, almost 10% bigger than its rivals. It'll display 720 x 1280 pixels, good enough for movies and 720p HDTV. Of course, this is a capacitive touchscreen, with all the features you'd demand from a top-of-the-range smartphone, like an accelerometer sensor, a proximity sensor, a gyroscopic sensor, and 16 million colors. The camera will have an iPhone-rivaling 8 megapixels, with a built-in LED flash.Continued on the next page