4G: The HTC Evo 4G is the first phone on a U.S. network to boast 4G connectivity, making it capable of connecting to Sprint's WiMax network (where available) and enabling the device to reach peak download speeds of over 10 Mbps and peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps. In areas without 4G connectivity, the EVO will still operate on Sprint's 3G network. The iPhone 4 is limited to AT&T's 3G network.
Unlimited data: The HTC EVO 4G offers unlimited data usage over the 3G and 4G network. New AT&T iPhone users and users who have opted to change their plans will be limited to the selected tiered data plan with no available unlimited data use option. The distinction should only be a consideration for heavy data users without frequent proximity to a WiFi network.
Operating system: The HTC EVO 4G is an Android-powered device featuring HTC's chic custom user interface called HTC Sense. The Android platform and HTC Sense include a number of differences, and depending on personal opinion, enhancements when compared to the iPhone OS -- perhaps most notably superior customization options and the ability to add widgets. Many users, however, prefer the simplicity and minimalism of the iPhone OS. The latest version of the iPhone OS also offers multitasking, although the multitasking capabilities as compared to Android (a seasoned multitasker) are still somewhat limited. Android users will also be quick to remind you of other Android advantages such a free turn-by-turn GPS directions, voice-to-text, the ability to install any application you wish without being limited to only approved apps, and more. Certainly, the differences are many (and beyond the scope of this comparison), and the choice between the two popular operating systems is one of personal preference.
Power: In the mobile phone food chain, both the HTC EVO 4G and iPhone 4 are tops dogs. The EVO is equipped with a fast 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. The Apple iPhone 4 has Apple's own A4 processor, which hovers around the 1 GHz mark as well, although Apple hasn't disclosed specifics on the processor.
HDMI out: With an HDMI cable (sold separately), the HTC EVO 4G is capable of outputting video to a TV or projector. The EVO can display anything on the phone's display, including video, when connected to a compatible TV or projector. The iPhone 4 does not have an HD-out port.
Mobile hotspot: The HTC EVO 4G can function as a 3G/4G mobile hotspot, providing the ability for up to 8 WiFi enabled devices to use the smartphone's internet connection simultaneously. The Apple iPhone 4 lacks native WiFi hotspot capabilities.
Display: The EVO 4G has a huge and gorgeous 4.3-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels. Because f its large display, the EVO is an ideal mobile device for movie-watching and web browsing. The iPhone 4 has a relatively moderately sized display (as smartphones go), but offers an impressive and industry best 960 x 640 pixels. As such, the iPhone 4 has many more pixels-per-square-inch than the EVO, making it a significantly higher resolution device.
Camera: The HTC EVO 4G has an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and a bright dual LED flash. The iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and a single LED flash. Certainly, megapixels are not the measure of a camera's quality, although the EVO is capable of capturing higher resolution photos. Both devices are capable of recording HD-quality video, and both also sport front-facing cameras for video chat (although the video chat on the iPhone is limited to WiFi networks).
HTC EVO 4G
Apple iPhone 4
Wirefly's Price (as of publish date)
Not available at Wirefly
4.3", 480 x 800 Pixels
3.5", 960 x 640 Pixels
8-megapixel, dual LED flash & autofocus
5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
HD; Up to 720p
HD; Up to 720p
Apple App Store
Adobe Flash Support
Adobe Flash Lite
1GB on-board; 8GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB microSD)
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