Total Cost of Ownership: iPhone, Nexus One, Palm Pre, Droid and others

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February 9, 2010

The folks over at BillShrink started a thread a little while back which they revisited when the Google Nexus One was released in early January 2010, and wrote up a nice comparison chart of the different phones’ capabilities, and costs. While they have tried to keep it up to date, lots of users have left comments on their site about price plans, requesting extra features on the chart, etc.

In a quest last night to find a cheaper alternative to giving AT&T $180 of my hard-earned cash every month for our two cell phones, I decided to take a page from BillShrink, and include some of the other phones that their users were requesting, along with additional phone features.

I’ll add more to the list as I have time, but this was my evening project last night. It’s ugly, it’s not written well, but it gets the point across. I’ll work on the overall look of it if enough people find it useful. Specs were gathered from several sites including the carriers, the phone manufacturers, a site called “pdadb” and a few items from the BillShrink chart.


My chart would let you view specs from a single phone in the list, or multiple phones side-by-side so you can see their capabilities. I thought it would be interesting to list screen resolutions and DPI (calculated from the diagonal size), internal vs external storage, USB connector types, and more details about what the minimum/maximum carrier plans would include for the money you’ll pay for the phone over two years of ownership.