The HTC Evo 4G is among the many smart phones vying for the iPhone’s king of the hill position in the cell phone world. The difference is that it’s really got a shot – the Evo 4G is fast, smart and most importantly, it’s really cool. But does it stack up to the iPhone 4?
Well, yes. Sort of. Here’s a look at some of the major differences between the HTC Evo 4G and the Apple iPhone 4.
Data Speeds – Let’s start with the big one. There’s a “4G” after the Evo for a good reason: it gets 4G speeds through Sprint’s network and 4G is much faster than 3G.
But you’re wondering how much faster is 4G than 3G, right? About 10 times faster. Ten! That means that you can easily, I don’t know, watch a video or something.
Yeah, if you’re not tethering or streaming video, I don’t really see the point of blazing fast Internet speeds in a cell phone. Then again, I’m not a big time business-person, and I use my phone for phone-stuff and music listening. If want speed, though, the Evo 4G beats the iPhone hands down. The only downside is the mandatory $10 extra a month that the Evo charges you for 4G, which really sucks if you’re not in its coverage zone.
Camera and Feel – Both the Evo 4G and the iPhone 4 have a forward facing camera, which is nice, and both offer high definition video recording and picture taking. I have to give a slight edge to the Evo 4G here, as I found its pictures to be clearer and better looking. 8 Megapixels is pretty nice, whille the iPhone 4 only has 5 megapixels.
The Evo 4G is a bit less sleek than the iPhone 4, and doesn’t look as cool sitting on your car seat. Think of that what you will, I guess; I’d pretend not to care, but I like the iPhone 4’s awesome steel-y feel. I’m just guessing here, but the Evo 4G feels like it would take a hard fall better than the iPhone–it’s just got a more durable feel to it.
Operating System – With the iPhone 4, you get the iPhone OS. Nothing that you haven’t seen before, really. The Evo 4G has Android, which means it’s technically more “free” than the iPhone. You could download all sorts of third party apps and have the thing cooking bacon for you the next morning. The simple fact is that there aren’t nearly the number of programmers working on Android as there are working on apps for the iPhone app store, so the iPhone’s still your home for games and gizmos and gadgets. However, if you dislike Apple’s tight control over their app store, Evo 4G is the best example of Android’s flexibility and smooth operation that we’ve seen yet.
Which To Buy – If you’re just getting into the smartphone market and you want something simple with a lot of toys and gadgets, the iPhone 4 is still a whole lot of fun and and undeniably powerful instrument. However, I really like the HTC Evo 4G for the so-called “power user” demographic or anyone who wants a non-Apple or non-AT&T phone. It’s fast, it’s pretty, it takes good pictures, and it’s one of the best Android phones in the world.
The bottom line is that if you knew what Google Android was before you clicked on this article and you’re seriously considering the Evo 4G already, go play around with one. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the strong set of features that this phone has to offer.
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