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Apollo 11 guidance computer compared with a modern day mobile phone.
(Which has most processing power?)

I thought it would be fun to compare a modern day electronic device with a past once pioneering electronic device. I have chosen to compare the latest mobile phone with the Apollo guidance computer that landed man on the moon.

I once came across a blog that suggested that most modern washing machines had more processing power than the Apollo space craft. Mobile phones are now becoming so advanced some almost make our home computers look inferior but are they really any more intelligent?

Despite the advances in computers and electronics and despite the vast difference in processing power the Apollo guidance computer could still land you on the moon however the HTC Desire could only get you home, and consider the Apollo guidance computer did that too, although it didn’t Tweet, “Hi honey, I’m home” or need to be backed up by an array of virtual friends although I believe the whole world did watch it.

Having just compared all of the specifications of both devices I am now finding it hard to choose between the two. Should I opt for the HTC Desire that plugs me directly into every social networking application there is or go for the Apollo guidance computer?  I am intrigued by which one would be most talked about if it was extracted from my pocket down my local although I am very sure which one would get the most bids on ebay.

That aside Apple has proved it’s not always about power or features sometimes it’s just cool to own something new.
I can’t tell you where to get an Apollo 11 Guidance computer but you can get a HTC Desire from Three for free.



Well for those who want to see the results the comparison table is below.



HTC Desire  

Apollo 11 guidance computer






ARM based Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz


MIT Discrete IC RTL based running at 2.048 MHz


512 MB flash


36864 Words (16 bit length)


576 MB


2048 Words (16 bit length)

Operating system

Android 2.1


Apollo Guidance Computer AGC


3.7 inch 480x800 AMOLED touch screen


21, 7 Segment Electroluminescence and 13 indicators


Multi-touch with HTC Sense interface.


19 Push buttons


135 g (4.8 oz)


70 lb (32 Kg)


119 x 60 x 11.9 mm


610 x 320 x 170 mm

Power consumption

Up to 360 Hours from a 1400mAh Lithium-ion battery




HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 Mhz
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR


DSKY, IMU, Hand Controller, Rendezvous Radar (CM), Landing Radar (LM), Telemetry Receiver, Engine Command, Reaction Control System


5 Megapixel Colour
LED Auto flash
Face detection

  (optional extra)
Various Hasselbald film cameras


Proximity sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS and Ambient light sensor. It can get you home.


First ever IC based computer
It can land you on the moon

Cost Free on Three   $24 Billion

Idea (Android moon Lander)

Looks like it has already been done.


HTC Desire Help

The help pages have now moved to HTC Desire help

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Apollo 11 and HTC Desire Which one is best? June 2010
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