iPhone 4 versus HTC EVO

June 8, 2010

Nicole Lee does the hard work so I don't have to: feature by feature comparison of the iPhone 4 and the 4G HTC EVO. As far as I'm concerned, the EVO's the better deal: bigger screen, more customizable OS, Google Maps navigation, Google Voice native app, tethering/portable hotspot, kickstand, Sprint 4G network support, expandable MicroSD up to 32GB, and removable battery. No-brainer.

I’m obviously in the tank for Apple, but I’m not sold on some of those being necessarily better. A bigger screen means a bigger phone, and the Evo is pushing, if not past, that tiny phone-sized pocket on the front of my jeans. A 4G network sounds nice, but what’s the cost of that to battery life? Don’t get me wrong, the Evo looks pretty badass, but I think it’s targeting an entirely different type of user.

darklighter [+6]
Jun 8 10 at 2:43 pm

I would agree with you if I never had to leave the 3 North American countries… but since I do often travel to GSM-only countries, I need a quad-band GSM phone, be it an unlocked iPhone, an unlocked Android, or a born-free Nexus One :)

Since I can only consider GSM phones, I am anxious to see a comparison between the Nexus One and the upcoming Galaxy S from Samsung.

Keep up the great work Gina!

Allan T├ępper [+1]
Jun 8 10 at 2:45 pm

…and FREEDOM from iTunes! Do you realize that in order for me to put TWIG on my iPhone, it often takes >20 minutes? When I connect my phone, many times it does a complete backup of the phone. Podcast catching is one of the ways the Treo650 still blows away the iPhone.

dmccall [+6]
Jun 8 10 at 3:45 pm

@dmccall agreed. Apple really didn’t show anything to push the iPhone experience forward. A nicer screen and kinda-voice conferencing still doesn’t make up for the clunkiness of syncing data in the iPhone ecosystem.

To contrast, at I/O we saw iTunes cloud synchronization with Froyo, syncing maps from browser to phone, improving the JIT for better performance, etc. No offense, but it looks like Google is the one pushing the mobile envelope now, not Apple.

Yes, I am an unabashed Google fanboy, and I want Android to be successful. However, I wanted to see Apple release a much better iPhone. Why? It will lead to a much better Android. Competition is good :)

Mark [+8]
Jun 8 10 at 4:25 pm

I’m very interested to see how things play out over the next little while. To be fair I currently own an iPhone 3G and have been waiting to see what the iPhone 4 would bring to the table. Over all I’d agree with @dmcall, Apple brought some nice hardware but hasn’t pushed the software side like Google has with Android.

The biggest issues I see with Android today is the software just isn’t as polished as what Apple offers. The over all experience today on an iPhone is better, certainly no where near perfect however.

Android lures me because of the open nature of the system, that is a big plus. Once thing that should be noted though is you don’t have to use iTunes for podcast sync, there are other options (on Windows anyway).

Today it is a hard call, I’m going to check out the iPhone 4 when I can see it and touch it in Canada.

It is certainly an exciting time to be using smartphones. :-)

Chris Large
Jun 8 10 at 9:45 pm

I like that she credits the Evo with Flash support in Android 2.1. :-)

But seriously: comparing an Apple product to anything else on the basis of specs is silly – how much longer will the tech industry be driven by this kind of lazy check-box journalism?

Jemaleddin Cole [+6]
Jun 9 10 at 5:03 am

I’ve been using my EVO for a couple of days and I have to admit that I’m in hog heaven. LOL! I’m one of those who decided to wait until something different came out that wasn’t an iPhone because I like the fact that I don’t have to face a lot of dropped call or other such issues.

I’m still learning the EVO and I’m enjoying the experience. My previous phone was an HTC Touch Pro 2 which was great by EVO is soooo much more advanced. One of my favorite things is that it has built-in FLASH support. Yeah!!! Being a web designer, I use flash from time to time and needed a cell phone that would support it. Thanks Google Android for thinking of the masses and providing us with what we need!

I do experience error messages from time to time but my overall experience has been the best and I would highly recommend EVO!

Kim Beasley
Jun 9 10 at 5:42 am

Not sure. I think Apple still has an edge on OS usability (iOS or whatever is called now is admittedly still easier to use for non-geeks) and confort/portability.
I mean, hey the EVO is HUGE!
I’ll make the jump to Android this year, but I’ll most likely take a smaller phone (maybe the HTC Incredible?) over the EVO.

Simone Rizzo
Jun 9 10 at 7:40 am

What about the resolution of the display? I’m a huge Android fan, but the screen sounds beautiful.

snyderxc [+8]
Jun 9 10 at 10:08 am

All valid points, Gina, but I still think the iPhone has the edge with their music player and the App Store.

As always, it comes down to personal preference, but I think I’m still “stuck” with Apple for now =)

Travis Nauman
Jun 9 10 at 10:37 am

The EVO is a great phone when it isn’t on the charger.

Ali [+1]
Jun 10 10 at 3:04 pm

It might be a no-brainer if Android wasn’t so screwed up. I have one and the last upgrade broke several significant features that worked previously and killed the battery life which was not great to begin with. I have to ask: Does Google do any debugging at all? This upgrade is a mess.
Read Pogue in the Times today on the Evo: Unusable because of battery life issues. Period.
iPhone 4: 12 hours of talk time.

Martin Edic [+1]
Jun 17 10 at 7:26 am

I sent a brief note to Ms. Trapani re: a solution to a basic problem: by carrying a second battery for EVO (and using it most afternoons) I get the following benefts:

(1)get to use the phone I want (iPhone excluded for this reason)
(2)don’t have to “nurse” phone through the day – my previous phone, an iPhone 3GS, took constant attention to keep it away from the charger; it’s a myth that you can use *any* smart phone substantially and have no concern for battery life

I think the near-obsession about battery life, which falsely assumes an Apple-enforced model of only one battery, is off the mark. The battery technology is simply behind the software technology: at this time, if you want your smartphone to work full bore for 18 hours (many of my work days), you are going to sacrifice something substantial in its functionality.

I’d rather have the second battery in a sidepocket of my back-pack and get on with my life. After all, when you consider the monthly charges, we all pay a great deal for the use of these devices.

Jun 19 10 at 10:56 am

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