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Cell Phone Comparisons
HTC EVO 4G vs. Motorola DROID

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May 4th, 2010

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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. Of course, the Motorola DROID connects to Verizon’s speedy 3G network.
  • Power: The Motorola DROID is a powerful device in its own right, but succeeding the DROID by a number of months, the EVO 4G is at the top of its class, armed with the latest processor and more RAM. The EVO 4G has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM, while the DROID has a 550MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. While the difference may not be significantly noticeable in most day-to-day operations (e.g. checking email), the EVO 4Gwill outperform the DROID, particularly when many applications are running simultaneously.
  • Display: Like the HTC HD2 (T-Mobile), the HTC EVO 4G is equipped with a huge and gorgeous 4.3-inch touch sensitive 480×800 pixel display. The screen real estate makes the EVO 4G an ideal entertainment device — perfect for watching movies, browsing the web and even reading eBooks. The Motorola DROID also has an impressive and sizable 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display, and with 480×854 pixels, is slightly higher resolution and has significantly more pixels per square inch due to the display’s size differential.
  • Keyboard: The Motorola DROID has a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides from the side of the device in addition to the standard Android virtual on-screen QWERTY keyboard. The EVO 4G lacks a physical QWERTY keyboard, but of course also has an effective virtual QWERTY keyboard.
  • 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 Motorola DROID does not support video out.
  • 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 Motorola DROID does not have native mobile hotspot capabilities.
  • Design: Naturally, because of its significantly larger display, the HTC EVO 4G is a taller and wider device than the Motorola DROID.   Both devices share the same thickness.  The HTC EVO 4G features a “kickstand” that allows it to easily stand on a tabletop, proving a handy method of hands-free viewing.
  • HD-quality video: While the Motorola DROID offer impressive DVD-quality video recording, the HTC EVO 4G is capable of recording HD-quality (720P) video.
  • Camera: The Motorola DROID has a powerful 5-megapixel camera with a bright dual LED flash and auto-focus.   The HTC EVO 4G one ups the DROID with a high-powered 8-megapixel camera, also with dual LED flash and auto-focus.  The 3-megapixel difference, however, will only be a factor for avid mobile photographers planning on printing large versions of their photos.  The EVO 4G also boasts a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera that is expected to make the device capable of mobile video chat.

Side-By-Side Comparison

HTC HD2 HTC Incredible
HTC EVO 4G Motorola DROID
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Highlights
Interface HTC Sense Standard Google Experience
Operating System Android Android
Screen Size 4.3″, 480 x 800 Pixels 3.7″, 480 x 854 Pixels
Video Overview Watch
Wireless Capabilities
3G Capable 3G/4G Yes
Global Roaming No No
WiFi Yes Yes
Mobile Hotspot Yes No
Mobility
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Voice-dialing Yes Yes
Messaging Capabilities
IM Yes Yes
Text Yes Yes
Video Yes Yes
Productivity
Mobile Email Yes Yes
Outlook Support Yes Yes
View MS Office Attachments Yes Yes
Web Browser Yes Yes
Entertainment
Camera Megapixels 8.0 5.0
Front-facing Camera Yes; 1.3-megapixels No
Apps Android Market Android Market
Video Yes Yes
Music Options Yes Yes
Features
Memory Capacity 1GB on-board; 8GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB microSD) Up to 32GB microSD card (16GB microSD card pre-installed)
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual & Physical QWERTY
Removable Battery Yes Yes
Weight 6 oz 6 oz
Dimensions 2.6″ x 4.8″ x 0.5″ 2.4″ x 4.6″ x 0.5″
Processor Speed 1GHz Snapdragon 550MHz
RAM 512 MB 256 MB
Cost
Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) Not yet available $19.99

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One Response to “HTC EVO 4G vs. Motorola DROID”

  • HelloDroid
    May 6, 2010

    Evolution ups the Droid, but I added wireless tethering, overclocked the CPU and added apps2sd, the Droid still ups most newer phones when it comes to ultimate customization, which is just too damn cool

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