iPhone 4's Real Cost Versus Other Top SmartphonesS

iPhone 4, Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, and Nexus One hardware all cost about the same. But this chart shows exactly how much each will put you out of pocket—data/voice included—over the course of a two year contract.

The iPhone 4 fares well here, particularly in the Minimum Plan Total Cost category, but it's important to remember that AT&T is the only carrier currently offering tiered data. So that $2,000 is maxing you out at 200MB per month—not exactly a fair comparison to the unlimited plans found elsewhere. Even the "unlimited" plan caps you at 2GB, which is probably enough. But if it's not, you'll have to shell out $10 per 1GB per month extra.

Fine print aside, it's also impressive how closely all the phones spec out. And for those of you who have to wait a bit for iPhone 4 availability, it's a good chance to do some cost-benefit analysis in the interim. [BillShrink via The Next Web]