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Cell Phone Comparisons
HTC EVO 4G vs. iPhone 4 (with video)

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June 24th, 2010


Key Differences

  • 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).

Side-By-Side Comparison

LG Ally Apple iPhone 4
HTC EVO 4G Apple iPhone 4
Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) $189.99 Not available at Wirefly
Carrier Sprint AT&T
Operating System Android iOS 4
Interface HTC Sense
Display 4.3″, 480 x 800 Pixels 3.5″, 960 x 640 Pixels
Data Speed 3G/4G (WiMax) 3G
Global Roaming No Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
Mobile Hotspot Yes No
Camera 8-megapixel, dual LED flash & autofocus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera 1.3-megapixel VGA
Video Capture HD; Up to 720p HD; Up to 720p
HD Output micro HDMI None
Apps Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash Lite No
Storage Space 1GB on-board; 8GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB microSD) 16GB or 32GB (depending on model purchased)
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery Up to 5 hours talk time; up to 146 hours standby Up to 6 hours talk time; up to 300 hours standby
Processor 1 GHz Snapdragon Apple A4
Memory RAM: 512MB; ROM: 1024MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 6 oz 4.8 oz
Dimensions 2.6″ x 4.8″ x 0.5″ 2.31″ x 4.5″ x 0.4″

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10 Responses to “HTC EVO 4G vs. iPhone 4 (with video)”

  • catalino
    June 17, 2011

    Well I do everything on my evo, Apple couldn’t do what I needed. For my projects.. so to me apple iPhone ok but evil just great

  • Don’t get me wrong, I love my EVO, but . . . I don’t know what AT&T smart phone technical support is like, but at Sprint the technical support people won’t take responsibility for any application — even those that have the Sprint name on them. Their answer for issues is to do a factory reset. When the problem STILL EXISTS after the factory data reset is to say, well, can’t help you.

    I found a bug / problem / something with Sprint TV. The problem deals with multi-part episodes and your phone rings. After the phone call the parts are no longer in the available episode list. This means you’ll never be able to watch the episode completely. The problem remained even after doing a factory data reset. By this I mean I was able to reproduce the problem from start to finish on a clean phone.

  • HTC EVO 4G: Battery Up to 5 hours talk time; up to 146 hours standby

    I’ve never been able to even come close to 146 hours in standby mode. The longest my battery lasted without any use has been 23-25 hours and what value is an EVO when you don’t use any aspect of it? When I actively use the phone for non-talking, the battery lasts maybe 4 to 6 hours (it has been as short as 3 hours, too).

  • Furrukh
    June 29, 2010

    Apple is the fraud of this decade…they use marketing to deceive people to buy crappy products…

  • Rusty Wright
    June 29, 2010

    One thing not mentioned is that with Android you get seamless and tight integration with Google Mail and Google Calendar. Perhaps not so special if you don’t use those, but if you do, it’s outstanding.

  • Miller
    June 24, 2010

    Why are you going to post things like this when you have been without the EVO for so long and there is no end in sight. You should use the posts to give us updates on when we might possibly be able to get on of these.

  • n the winner is the HTC EVO !!!!!!!!!

  • wrong set made by motorola

  • You can never go wrong with Android…

  • chris hason
    June 7, 2010

    tough call, but i’m going to go with the EVO. i like the customization of android and am also going to get the hotspot feature and use it over 4G.

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