Marvel vs. Capcom (マーヴルVSカプコン Māvuru tai Kapukon?) is a series of fighting games created by Capcom in which characters created by Marvel Comics and Capcom’s own characters appear together. While it was the first vs. series involving Capcom, the name Marvel exists to distinguish it from Capcom’s other vs. series with SNK (Capcom vs. SNK),Tatsunoko Production (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars) and Namco’s crossover RPG with Capcom (Namco × Capcom).

The Marvel characters depicted in these games were often based on their incarnations in various early 1990s animated series (particularly X-Men), and were often voiced by the same voice actors.

Many of the characters and fighting mechanics used in these games were first developed and refined in two other fighting games Capcom had developed earlier, serving as precursors to the series: X-Men: Children of the Atom, which featured characters strictly from the X-Men universe, and Marvel Super Heroes, which gleaned characters from Marvel’s entire roster (X-Men included).

Although the tag-team fighting concept was not new, it was refined with this series (although fans would argue whether this was for better or for worse). New fighting game terminology, such as “Aerial Rave” (the act of performing a combo on an opponent while the opponent remains airborne) and “Variable Combination” (the act of having two or more characters on the same team to perform their hyper combos at the same time) were added to the fighting game vernacular with this series.

Marvel Publishing, Inc., commonly referred to as Marvel Comics, is an American company that publishes specializing comic books and related media. Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, owns Marvel Publishing.[2]

Marvel counts among its characters such well-known properties as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Wolverine, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Daredevil, the Punisher, Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange and others. Most of Marvel’s fictional characters operate in a single reality known as the Marvel Universe, with locales set in real-life cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.[3]

The comic-book arm of the company started in 1939 as Timely Publications, and by the 1950s had generally become known as Atlas Comics. Marvel’s modern incarnation dates from 1961, with the launching of Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others. Marvel has since become the largest American comic-book publisher, surpassing its longtime competitor DC Comics.[4]

According to Capcom, “the name CAPCOM is an abbreviation of CAPsule COMputer. This was a phrase symbolic of an internal company objective to create a new gaming experience that would exceed that of rival personal computers which had also been increasing in popularity during the same period”.[3] Over the years, Capcom has created some of the biggest and longest running franchises in video gaming history. The company released their first arcade game in 1984, Vulgus. Their early games were mostly arcade games such as the scrolling shooter1942.

In the late 1980s, Yoshiki Okamoto joined the company from Konami. In 1987, Capcom released the game Street Fighter. Also in 1987, the company released the platformer Mega Man (Rockman in Japan) for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Final Fight, a beat ‘em up, was released in 1989. In 1991, Okamoto’s Street Fighter II was released in the arcades.

Breath of Fire, Capcom’s first major foray into the RPG genre, was released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan), a successful survival horror, was released on the PlayStation in 1996.

Two Capcom development houses, Clover Studio and Flagship have created successful titles in recent years, including the Viewtiful Joe series and Ōkami.

In 2002, a movie based on the series entitled Resident Evil was released, which did well enough financially to warrant a sequel (Resident Evil: Apocalypse) in 2004. A third movie, Resident Evil: Extinction was released on September 21, 2007, and led the box office in first place. The fourth movie in the franchise is titled Resident Evil: Afterlife and is currently in production. It is scheduled for a 2010 theatrical release.

Capcom also teamed up with Microsoft to make the successful Dead Rising in 2006, which was a popular zombie survival and adventure game and timed exclusive for the Xbox 360. In 2009, the Wii version Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop hit the market, and Dead Rising 2 is announced for the 360, PS3 and PC.

Beside developing games under its own brand, Capcom also developed the arcade, Dreamcast and PS2 versions of its Mobile Suit Gundamthird person shoot’em ups for Bandai and also distribute many games including the Grand Theft Auto series for the Japanese market.

As of mid-2007, Capcom teamed up with Valve Corporation to release games through Valve’s Steam content delivery system, being the first Japanese company to do so.[6] At present, 10 games are available, among those being Onimusha 3Devil May Cry 3 Special EditionStreet Fighter 4Resident Evil 5, and Lost Planet.

Capcom develops products for all age groups and supports the programs and guidelines established by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Capcom’s “E” rated games for Everyone (content suitable for persons 6 and older) include the Mega Man franchise of games. Capcom’s “T” rated games for Teens (content suitable for persons 13 and older) include theStreet Fighter’ (now ew’, Breath of Fire and DarkStalkers franchise of products. Capcom’s “M” rated games for mature audiences (content suitable for persons 17 and older) include theResident Evil, Devil May Cry and Onimusha (with the exception of Onimusha: Blade Warriors, which received a “T” rating) series of products.


Mac vs PC

Posted: 24th November 2010 by greatestvs in computers, electronics, tech
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In mid-2000 our local North Carolina K-12 school district decided to “standardize on the Windows/PC platform.” At that time 90%+ of their computers were Macs. A group of local taxpayers (including teachers) felt that this was inappropriate from several perspectives, and started working on reviewing the merits of this decision.

I, John Droz, was asked to be their spokesperson and to create this website. Over the last few years this site has taken on a life much bigger (and more important) than what happens in one small school district, so our emphasis now is on debunking PC myths. [For the curious, go here for more details about our local situation.]

This 2005 edition has been my second major redesign of the site since its inception in mid 2001… In honor of the Macintosh 20th year anniversary (2004), you’ll note that I have included a few screen shots from the 1984 Superbowl advertisement (one of the most acclaimed advertisement in history), as its message still resonates today. (Go here to see the whole extraordinary thing.) As I’ve said all along, even though I am not a professional web designer, hopefully you will find the site reasonably easy to navigate and attractively laid out.

Also, I look at my role here as more of an editor than an author. My challenge has been to find (i.e. research) and read well over four thousand studies, reports, and articles that have been published on the Mac vs PC topic. No small matter. The majority of these were discarded for a variety of reasons (too obtuse, outdated, repetitious, etc.).

The bulk of my time was then spent with the remaining 1200±, trying to digest them in more detail, then synopsizing the material, and organizing each one into the site. My main objective was to be able to transcribe all this technical mumbo-jumbo into an educational, interesting, readable — and occasionally even entertaining — report. Hope you find it so.

he Macintosh (pronounced /ˈmæk.ɪn.tɒʃ/ MAK-in-tosh),[1] or Mac, is a series of several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. The first Macintosh was introduced on January 24, 1984; it was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command-line interface.[2]

Through the second half of the 1980s, the company built market share only to see it dissipate in the 1990s as the personal computer market shifted towards IBM PC compatible machines running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows. Apple consolidated multiple consumer-level desktop models into the 1998 iMac all-in-one, which was a sales success and saw the Macintosh brand revitalized.[3] Current Mac systems are mainly targeted at the home, education, and creative professional markets. They are: the aforementioned (though upgraded) iMac and the entry-level Mac mini desktop models, the workstation-level Mac Pro tower, the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, and the Xserve server.

Production of the Mac is based on a vertical integration model in that Apple facilitates all aspects of its hardware and creates its own operating system that is pre-installed on all Mac computers. This is in contrast to most IBM PC compatibles, where multiple sellers create hardware intended to run another company’s operating software. Apple exclusively produces Mac hardware, choosing internal systems, designs, and prices. Apple does use third party components [citation needed], however. Current Mac CPUs use Intel’s x86 architecture; the earliest models (1984–1994) used Motorola’s 68k and models from 1994-2006 used the AIM alliance’s PowerPC. Apple also develops the operating system for the Mac, currently Mac OS X version 10.6 “Snow Leopard”. The modern Mac, like other personal computers, is capable of running alternative operating systems such as Linux, FreeBSD, and, in the case of Intel-based Macs, Microsoft Windows. However, Apple does not license Mac OS X for use on non-Apple computers.

personal computer (PC) is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end user, with no intervening computer operator. This is in contrast to the batch processing or time-sharing models which allowed large expensive mainframe systems to be used by many people, usually at the same time, or large data processing systems which required a full-time staff to operate efficiently.

A personal computer may be a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet PC, or a handheld PC (also called a palmtop). The most common microprocessors in personal computers are x86-compatible CPUs. Software applications for personal computers include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Web browsers and e-mail clients, games, and myriad personal productivity and special-purpose software. Modern personal computers often have high-speed or dial-up connections to the Internet, allowing access to the World Wide Web and a wide range of other resources.

A PC may be used at home, or may be found in an office. Personal computers can be connected to a local area network (LAN) either by a cable or a wireless connection.

While early PC owners usually had to write their own programs to do anything useful with the machines, today’s users have access to a wide range of commercial and non-commercial software which is provided in ready-to-run or ready-to-compile form. Since the 1980s,Microsoft and Intel have dominated much of the personal computer market with the Wintel platform.

Good vs Evil

Posted: 19th November 2010 by admin in evil, good, idea
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“Are there, infinitely varying with each individual, inbred forces of Good and Evil in all of us, deep down below the reach of mortal encouragement and mortal repression — hidden Good and hidden Evil, both alike at the mercy of the liberating opportunity and the sufficient temptation?” ~Wilkie Collins

Throughout human existence, questions have arisen concerning the nature of good and evil. Many scientist, philosophers, and theologians have been intrigued by these questions. Through Augustine’s Confessions and E. O. Wilson’s In Search of Nature, one is accessible to two distinct perspectives concerning the nature of good and evil.

Augustine sets up an argument in his Confession that attempts to define evil. God is the author of everything. Augustine says, “nothing that exists could exist without You [God]” (Book I, Chapter II). Nothing in this world exists apart from God.

For Augustine, God is good because everything He made is good. Everything about God is good. No aspect of Him is lacking, false, or not good. However, the question of evil and from where it came still remains.

Augustine then asks himself where it was that evil came. Evil could not have come from God; it must have come from another source other than God. Because we clearly see evil in this world, did God allow it to enter? This would seem that God is not omnipotent.

“She was beginning to understand that evil is not absolute, and that good is often an occasion more than a condition.” ~Gilbert Parker

LCD vs Plasma

Posted: 19th November 2010 by greatestvs in electronics, tv
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Looking to buy a flat-panel HDTV? Most people want big, of course–the bigger the better. But a 50-inch set could set you back a pretty penny. While a 40- or 42-inch display won’t give you the 50-inch home movie theater sensation, it will provide a good-size screen at a considerably lower price. About as high as standard-shape 34-inch sets, but considerably wider, TVs in this category don’t feel like much of a compromise.

We examined twelve of the latest 40- to 42-inch flat-panel TVs we could find to determine which ones give you the most for your money. Our test group consisted of five plasma sets (Hewlett-Packard’s PL4272N, Panasonic’s TH-42PZ700U, Pioneer’s PDP-4280HD, Samsung’s HP-T4264, and Vizio’s VP42) and seven LCD sets (HP’s LC4276N, LG’s 42LB5D, Philips’s 42PFL7432D/37, Samsung’s LN-T4061, Sony’s KDL-40V3000, Toshiba’s 42HL167, and Vizio’s GV42LF).

Our jury watched recorded television broadcasts as well as clips from DVD, Blu-ray, and HD DVD discs. We found that most of the the sets produced superb pictures most of the time. Because the sets’ image-quality scores didn’t vary much, the word “Good” appears frequently in our Top 10 chart for HDTVs.

But we also considered design, setup, on-screen menus, inputs, and extra features such as picture-in-picture and USB or memory card support. And of course, price is a significant variable: TVs have become an extremely competitive market. And since image quality wasn’t a major point of differentiation with the sets in our roundup, price and features were much bigger factors in determining the sets’ overall scores; those elements caused some low-priced sets to land high on the chart.

There were no standout winners, but Samsung’s sets–one an LCD and one a plasma–captured the top two spots on our chart. They didn’t give us the best pictures, but their sensible design, variety of options, and reasonable prices lifted them above the rest.

But if you’re looking for the best picture regardless of cost, Panasonic’s TH-42PV700U is the set to get; it’s the first 42-inch 1080p plasma set. Still, Vizio’s VP42 finished a very close second in image quality, and it costs just over half as much as the Panasonic.

It may well be that calibrating the sets using professional equipment connected to their RS232 or USB ports would have improved their output quality substantially. But who wants to pay $400 to calibrate a $1000 set? Most people won’t do it–and that’s why we adjusted the sets for our tests using only their on-screen controls.

Lakers vs Celtics

Posted: 19th November 2010 by greatestvs in basketball, sports
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The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers involves the two most storied basketball franchises in National Basketball Association history. The rivalry had been less intense since the retirements of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the early 1990s, but in 2008 it was renewed as the Celtics and Lakers met in the Finals for the first time since 1987. The two teams will face off once again in the 2010 NBA Finals. The Celtics currently lead in total championships with 17 to the Lakers’ 15; together, the two teams’ 32 championships account for more than half of the 63 championships in NBA history.

During the 1970s the NBA struggled financially, with low attendance and television ratings, and the image of “an all-black league with a bunch of guys who did drugs.” The Lakers-Celtics rivalry renewed in the 1980s, with the two teams, led by Boston’s Larry Bird and Los Angeles’ Magic Johnson, meeting in the Finals in 1984, 1985, and 1987.

The rivalry between Bird, Johnson, and their teams contributed greatly to the success of the league during the decade; according to  “Magic and Larry saved the NBA.” It took on many dimensions, such as East Coast versus West Coast, working class grit vs. Hollywood glitz, old tradition versus air-conditioned luxury, and white versus black (the Celtics teams of the 1980s had an unusually large number of Caucasian players, while those of Los Angeles were mostly African American). Coupled with the emergence of the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan in the following years, the NBA became a media juggernaut and one of the dominant sports leagues of the United States as well as the rest of the world.

The Lakers-Celtics rivalry temporarily died down following Johnson and Bird’s retirements and the rise of Jordan and the Bulls’ dynasty in the 1990s. Both teams suffered setbacks in the subsequent 15 years, with the Lakers finally returning to prominence with three championships in the 2000s. After failing to advance in the playoffs after trading Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers have returned as one of the top teams in the league. The Celtics also endured a lull, having suffered through some lean years during which the Sacramento Kings temporarily replaced Boston as the team Lakers fans loved to hate. The Celtics, like the Lakers, have once again improved to become one of the top teams in the NBA. The two teams met again in the 2008 NBA Finals, reviving the rivalry once again. In the 2010 NBA Finals, the two teams will meet again to renew their historical rivalry.

One of the lasting effects on the Lakers–Celtics rivalry was the usage of the famous “Beat L.A.!!!” chant, sung by fans in opposing arenas whenever a Los Angeles-based team plays in their home venue. Celtics fans sang the slogan in the 1960s at Boston Garden, and again in the 1980s in the Johnson-Bird rivalry. Perhaps its most famous usage was during Game 7 the 1982 Eastern Conference Championships when the Boston fans urged the victorious Sixers to “Beat L.A.”. It has kept on with every Los Angeles sports franchise since then.

Affect vs Effect

Posted: 19th November 2010 by greatestvs in english
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Do you have trouble deciding when to use affect and when to use effect? This is a common and grammar error in English, because the two words sound so similar (if not identical).

It’s easy to learn the difference between affect and effect, however using it in your writing is a different story. This article should help you avoid usage mistakes with these two alike words.

Affect is commonly used as a verb. Unless your topic is psychology, you will rarely need to use affect as a noun.
Typically, when people want to say that one thing has had an impact on another, they will use the verb affect.

For example:

  • It’s hard to say how the price of gasoline will affect the economy in the long run.
  • Growing up with three older sisters affected me greatly as a person.
  • When someone affects you strongly, you may develop affection for them. (Notice in this example that the root ofaffection is affect.)

Effect is almost always used as a noun. Typically, when people talk about causes, they also talk about effects. An effect is what is created by some cause. Here are some examples of effect being used as a noun that means “the result of a cause”:

  • It’s hard to say what effect the rising price of gasoline will have on the world economy.
  • One undesirable effect of not wearing shoes is getting really dirty feet.
  • The hurricane caused many tragedies, and the victims are still feeling its effects.
  • However, it can also be used as a verb, meaning to bring about, as in her actions effected a change in the situation.

The latest El Clasico certainly proved that even though the standings had Real Madrid as the number 1 team, Barca proved that they were deserving to take over the top spot. After goals from Xavi, Villa and Pedro, with Messi carving up the midfield, and Xavi making 110 passes, the most in a any game so far this year, the red and blue showed that they were heads and tails the better team when playing at home. Although the rest of the year still needs to be played out, and Madrid can still have the last laugh by garnering more points before the end of the season and taking home the true prize.

Much of the early Real Madrid – Barcelona stemmed from the rivalry between the two cities they represent. On the way hand you had Real who were the darlings of General Franco and the establishment. On the other hand you had the more lowly Barcelona. Barcelona were proud of their Catalan roots and felt that the Franco establishment was out to get them. They were right. Franco and his men were trying to stamp out any cultural independence from Barcelona and to try and make them dissociate themselves from their Catalan roots and history. When Castilian Spanish became the only officially-recognised language, the Barcelona football club became one of the very few places where Catalan could be spoken. Thus in trying to stamp out their identity they only made it even stronger.

In 1941, Barcelona were told to lose on purpose to Madrid. They couldn’t think of anything worse to do and so lost 11-1. As a result of this, Barcelona players were fined and suspended.

When Real Madrid won the first five European Cups they were taken to a new level. They were now the most well known sporting team on the planet. So who were the first team to knock Real Madrid out of the European Cup? Barcelona in 1961 and the Barcelona fans have let Real Madrid know this ever since. This victory took the Barcelona – Real Madrid rivalry onto a completely different level. As did the 2002 Champions League semi final which was played out between the two teams. The first leg was played at the Camp Nou and Real won 2-0. Following this the tie was as good as over. The second leg was 1-1 but it wasn’t enough for Barca.

Another thing which has added to the rivalry has been the player movements between the teams. When Ronaldo did it people weren’t happy but the most controversial in recent times was Luis Figo. In 2000, he left Barcelona for Real Madrid in what was a world record fee. The Barcelona fans were furious with Figo and let him know it. One fan threw a pig’s head at him. The same thing happened earlier with Michael Laudrup on his transfer to Real. Laudup would end up winning La Liga five years in a row with two different teams.

When Barcelona signed Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, in the 1970s, Real Madrid didn’t like it. When Barcelona defeated them 5-0, they liked it even less.

Similarly Barcelona didn’t like it when they felt Real Madrid pinched Alfredo di Stefano from under their noses. They wanted to sign him but somehow he ended up at Real Madrid. History would later repeat itself with David Beckham. Whether Real wanted him or not wasn’t important, what was important was that Barcelona wanted him and they wanted to prevent that from happening.

The Barcelona – Real Madrid rivalry has a number of other factors which make it so big. Barcelona think of themselves as more than a sporting club. They refuse commercial sponsorship on their football jersey and fan the money grabbing and crass commercial style of Real as an anathema to the game.

Cruyff would become a key figure in Barcelona’s history. His return to the club as manager saw them claim their first every European Cup. Under his watch, Barcelona won everything there was to win. Notwithstanding all of his success, a few lean years were enough for him to be shown the door.

With Barcelona in disarray, Real Madrid felt the time was right for a counter-attack. They bought Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham. It was a star studded team and they played some good football but something didn’t click. They won La Liga, but for a team that prides itself on how it performs in Europe, its lack of success in the Champions League was galling. They haven’t been to the Champions League final since 2002.

Meanwhile, Barcelona with Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho had a good team. They won the Champions League in 2006 and then did it again in 2009. This drove Real Madrid mad and they replaced managers at a rapid rate.

A pivotal point in the Real Madrid – Barcelona rivalry happened in November 2005 in a match that won’t be forgotten. Playing at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid had no answer for Barcelona and Ronaldinho who were both simply magnificent. The visitors won 3-0 on the back of two incredible individual goals from the Brazilian star. Then the unimaginable happened – the Real Madrid fans gave him a standing ovation.

The Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry twists and turns as it did in 2007. Player Bernd Schuster returned to the club as coach. He took his side to the Camp Nou and they won there. This victory was the catalyst for Real Madrid taking out La Liga. When Barcelona gave to Madrid for the return match, Real were already champions and as tradition dictates, Barcelona players had to form a guard of honor for the Real players. This gesture always adds another edge to the rivalry when it has to be performed.

Like with many of the other football rivalries, the Barcelona- Real Madrid has been somewhat softened by the fact that they realize they need each other. They can achieve far more with some sort of co-operation than they can against. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were members of the G14 group – a group consisting of the 14 most powerful football clubs in the world. They were acting together on behalf of each other’s collective interests. The Real Madrid – Barcelona rivalry can only exist due to the presence of the other and because of that, as much as they wouldn’t like to admit it, there is some mutual respect and admiration. Over the years, many things have changed in football but the Real Madrid – Barcelona rivalry is as strong as ever.

iPhone vs. Blackberry

Posted: 18th November 2010 by admin in blackberry, iphone, smart phones, tech
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So far the Blackberry Torch is getting winning reviews, but will Research in Motion’s newest smart phone get the job done and knock iPhone off the block?

Who cares? What most consumers really want to know is which smart phone is best for them? The choice between iPhone and Torch become clearer when you go in knowing what you want and what you get with each smart phone. And consider this, both smart phones cost the same, about $200 with a two-year AT&T contract for qualifying customers. So your wallet has no real say in this fight.

Blackberry wins: If you want a smart phone that means business, this is a strong choice. If you loved your Blackberry in the past, there is no reason your fondness won’t grow with the new Blackberry Torch, one of the few made by RIM that has a touch screen. That means you can navigate the menus and features with screen pinches, flicks, swipes, etc. just like with the iPhone and Android smart phones. But Blackberry users love their physical keyboard, and the Torch kept it. And you will still access one of the best business messaging and management devices on the planet, but now it has an improved operating system in the Blackberry 6. It’s too soon to say how well it will perform, but many expect the Torch’s Web browser to be faster than the iPhone 4 with its new iOS4 operating system. But among the most exciting features of the Torch is it’s fun side: It is designed to play nice with social media sites and boasts a new media entertainment system reminiscent of the iPhone, including its integration of cover art and media search functions.

iPhone wins: Despite its well-publicized antenna reception issues (which are resolved with the addition of a free case provided by Apple), the iPhone 4 continues to clock rave reviews from owners and analysts alike. So again, if you liked your old iPhone, you will love this one, starting with an internal 4 A4 processor that leaves the Torch’s older processor technology behind. Like the Torch, the iPhone 4 comes with WiFi and GPS capabilities and operates on the AT&T network solely, but the iPhone 4 leaves Torch in the dust when it comes to media features, starting with longer battery life (7 hours talk time, 10 hours video playback vs. 5.5 hours talk time, 6 hours video playback) and access to a much larger library of apps via iTunes. And if you love watching videos, movies, TV shows, music videos, there is no competition here given the iPhone’s vaunted Retina Display technology, the best of any smart phone on the market. The iPhone 4 resolution weighs-in at 960 x 640, vs. the Torch’s 480 x 360.

So, if you have come to rely on Blackberry and its physical keyboard and stand-out business messaging system, the Torch will take you to new heights. But if you want the most access to the latest smart phone apps and love to show off your homemade smart phone movies or the latest Beyonce music video, you may want to lean toward the iPhone 4.

Bottom-line: Both of these phones are very smart and represent the latest mobile technologies available, so you shouldn’t be disappointed. Just pay attention to your business side vs. your fun side going in.

iPhone vs Droid

Posted: 18th November 2010 by admin in droid, iphone, smart phones, tech
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1. There Can Be Only One…

The 4th generation iPhone is finally here, so how do Verizon’s next two Moto-Android smartphones stack up against this latest Cupertino heavyweight?

The fourth generation iPhone, or iPhone 4, became available to the first pre-order customers last week amid much fanfare and applause. Many consider the device to be the latest smartphone to beat, thanks to a brilliant display, multitasking capabilities and overall improvement over the iPhone 3GS.

Whether or not the iPhone is the supreme specimen in the smartphone kingdom remains to be seen (and debated by our readers, no doubt), but Verizon will soon launch two new devices that should give smartphone aficionados some pause when looking for a new device. The Droid 2 and Droid X will both launch on Verizon within the next few weeks, and both phones bring a lot to the table.

The Droid 2 and the Droid both represent the best of what Android has to offer (as does the EVO 4G, but that’s a different story). That said, both phones offer different enough experiences to warrant their simultaneous release on the same carrier. Let’s take a closer look at each, followed by a spec-by-spec comparison to the iPhone 4.