Two of the most popular smart phones on the market are the HTC Evo 4G and the iPhone. Not surprisingly the two have several similarities as far as performance goes, but looking a little deeper into the (thus far one sided) rivalry shows some fairly interesting differences. From a technical specification stand point the Evo 4G and iPhone have a lot in common. However, putting the two popular smart phones in a side by side analysis results in an interesting score card, here is a look:
Processor & Memory
The Evo sports a 1Ghz Snapdragon Processor and the iPhone comes powered with the Apple A4 processor. Both processors are speed demons and perform above the grade on reliability, and while the Evo RAM can be expanded with an SD card upgrade the iPhone is stuck with 16GB or 32GB. Still, the two iPhone options are more than adequate for any user. The best way to score this round is a tie.
Anyone thinking that one high-definition screen is identical to another high definition screen, that logic may hold some truth. Both these HD screens look great, but the clarity may actually be a touch or so better on the iPhone. Still, when size gets considered the Evo sports a 4.3″ screen and the iPhone has a 3.5″ screen. That being said the Evo wins based on a straight up size, but as far as quality and overall dominance go the iPhone may be superior. Hard to decide a winner, but the Evo 4G wins because it is just easier to watch a bigger screen.
Cameras & Gadgets
The main camera on the Evo is 8 mega pixels, while the main camera on the iPhone is 5 mega pixels. Both shoot in HD, and both phones have front facing cameras for video calling. This is a pretty straight up round that goes to the Evo, but taking pictures and video may be a little easier on the iPhone due to layout and ease of focusing. Of course, another major difference between these two is the operating systems. The Evo uses Android and the iPhone uses iOS4. While both systems have advantages and disadvantages, talk eventually comes to apps. While there may be more apps for the iPhone than for the Evo right now, eventually that gap will shrink, which leaves this category as a toss up.
The Evo 4G can be found on Sprint and AT&T has the iPhone (yes, Verizon will very soon have the iPhone as well). The Evo is capable of running the higher speed 4G network; however, coverage in the 4G world can be a little spotty. Therefore for the additional cost of having 4G service, the Evo does not always deliver. Plus, running at 4G speeds also puts a draw on the battery of the Evo resulting in less battery life than the iPhone. Taking those into consideration the iPhone may be the better deal, depending on the coverage in the location of the owner.
The HTC Evo 4G retails for $599.99 though discounts, specials, and service agreements can bring it down to $199.99 at Best Buy. The iPhone retails for $599.99 for the 16GB and $699.99 for the 32GB, again specials at Best Buy and other retailers bring these prices down to $199.99 and $299.99. While service for these phones will reflect the ever-changing terms of data packages, the Evo will likely be the more expensive device to operate. That being said, which phone is the best? The answer always lies with the beholder. Some folks enjoy the Evo and some folks love the iPhone.