Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: the Specs
With the iPhone 4's arrival however, the landscape has changed again and now we want to stack it up against the HTC EVO 4G as one of the best Android ambassadors to date. The iPhone's Achilles heel, the camera, has been vastly improved now and even records HD video. In addition, Apple has also used a faster chipset and a higher resolution display for its new handset, making it way more competitive in terms of specs. For its part the EVO 4G sports a giant 4.3” screen and smokes everyone else with WiMAX speeds, of course, where available. Honestly, you can't go wrong with either of these phones, we just want to confirm if Apple has caught up to the latest and greatest Android phones in terms of hardware:
Well, even a quick glimpse of the comparison sheet makes it obvious that Apple has added enough of the current top hardware capabilities to keep the competition at bay at least until the Christmas shopping season. It's not easy to make the inhabitants of the Cupertino ecosystem with its 200k+ apps change ship - now the other players have to come up with something truly novel and distinctive rather than bumping up CPU speeds and megapixels.
On the other hand, the HTC EVO 4G offers one decidedly unique feature among its many other virtues – the fastest data speeds available on a phone in the US. The iPhone 4 certainly cannot compete with that, so it will be undoubtedly a huge selling point for one of the best Android handsets ever.
We would call it a draw here, in the specifications department, so what we're looking forward to now is getting our Apple iPhone 4 review unit so we can properly test it and compare it with the HTC EVO 4G, this time for real.
Apple iPhone 4 Specifications
HTC EVO 4G Specifications | Review
1. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)
Both are impressive Devices, aesthetically speaking the Iphone ranks great with the all glass casing,. but it all matters on what you want. since I am on Sprint, My Evo will be arriving today (Yay!) to the ordinary user, iPhone has the name and the apps, but Android is catching up at break neck speed! the winner is definitely the consumer! Freedom of choice of what you want!
2. dswatson83 (Posts: 56; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)
I love the Evo. There is nothing better, but it is thick and very very heavy. I don't care about the length and width cause I gain a massive display but the weight is becoming an issue for me. I don't think I could go back to a 3.5" screen after this though.
3. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
It just all depends on what you want - if you want to use your phone abroad then you would buy an IPHONE 4 vs EVO 4G, otherwise, buy an EVO
4. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)
one has nothing to do with the other...half apple with some prunes n oranges with some figs in the other...lmao!...Sprint wont be LTE so...no talk n text 2 sametime...Vzw is getting LTE to give you this ability and GSM can do this already...lame comparison
6. Vegas89 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)
You should read up before you talk, Wimax does voice and data at the same time, plus there won't be a proper comparison until the Iphone 4 is out, and even then you'll have to find a site that actually compares phones without the bias that phonearena has lol
12. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
@ jrcrow79 please get ur shit straight before u talk WIMAX can handle voice n data at the same time just like LTE N GSM. please do ur research first ....before u talk
15. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)
yes jrcrow 79 WIMAX can do voice n data at the same time why do u think the evo has a front facing camera? for video calls idiot . and u dnt need to be connected to wifi in order to make video calls on the evo like on the new iphone. because on the evo if u have a 4G connection u can make video calls .. no need for a wifi connection. why? because wimax provides voice n data at the same time just like GSM
26. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
You can talk and text at the same time on CDMA. You can't talk and surf the web but texting is different. Besides, I don't know ANYONE who actually talks and surfs at the same time. The only thing I could see a reason for simultanious voice and data is for video calls.
31. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)
for typing -1 instead of just clicking -1
5. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
I really want to see the displays compared. The retina display is amazing and even tho the size differs greatly the resolution is just as big of a difference and has a good chance of making the smaller screen look better. We'll have to wait to find out of course.
64. 3strikes (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Jun 2010)
See, that whole iPhone 4 thing with it's high resolution is just funny to me. WHY? Because the human eye can only depict up to 300 ppi anyway. Why waste the money to make the screen resolution a higher ppi than even the most discernable eye could distinguish?
71. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Well to make it clear and apple made a note of mentioning this, the human eye can detect about 300 ppi at about 12 inches away. Apple didn't say It was the upper limit humanly possible and he did mention 12 inches away it varies by distance and person. Perfect vision can see over 400 ppi but most ppl don't have perfect vision. at 20/20 vision 300 ppis is about what you'll see at 12 inches. And 20/20 isn't perfect vision. Even so, ppl with good vision will see the pixels if they hold their phone 3 inches away or 8.
9. mdw92581 (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2010)
This is like the Sharks and the Jets putting their best fighters head to head. Two phones from two different worlds but they both kick serious a$$. Screen size, data speed, and UI - Advantage EVO. Sceen quality, App quality, and OS quality - Advantage iP4... I guess I'd say Apple has better overall quality but Google has a more enjoyable experience. Afterall, the EVO UI is more than just a grid of icons. Just saying
28. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
I think it still depends on what the consumer wants. Google is actually is very difficult for some users while the iPhone has a very simplified homescreen. I do agree with everything else though. But also, I did see the Evo recently, and I actually got a little bit of a negative feedback from how big the screen is. I was anticipating that it would be such an awesome phone because of its screen, and it is, but for me, I think it is a little too big for my pocket. I guess I'm just the type to like screens under 4" because I like the mobility and small size I get from a packed device. That's just me personally. I love my N1 and I'm hoping to either switch to the iPhone 4 or possibly a different Android device. I'm not gonna make my decision till the end of either June or July though because there is so much mania going on in the phone business haha. I know there are gonna be some good releases soon in the near future.
10. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)
If you're looking for a solid hardware quality I would go iphone 4.... If you like customizing and personalize your phone EVO is the way to go. Also your coverage area plays a good part Sprint vs AT&T.
16. remixfa (Posts: 14123; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i dont know what you concider hardware quality. while all glass may feel nice, id put bets on the Evo taking more physical drops than an iphone. And since iphone insurance is non existant or exuberantly expencive thats a real negative. At this point i really cant beleive they havent included things like backgrounds and stuff.. i mean seriously. thats just basics. But then again, we are talkin about a phone that took 3 generations to get cut n paste and still doesnt have true multitasking, yet calls itself a smartphone.
20. E.N. (Posts: 2360; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
It's sad that it took two years for copy and paste, but I think it's time Android updates theirs. Android can't keep pointing the finger at iPhone when their copy and paste sucks in comparison.
24. rvjdonjuan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
hold on a second....you say no background...what about ios4??? u also say no multi task....what about ios4???please educate yourself on ios4 before you bash the iphone for not having things it has...i am a developer for apple and the new ios4 does all these things u say it cant do...the gm seed was released yesterday to developers...so get those errors corrected....#2 iphone service/att is WAY WAY better than sprints service...this is fact and has been proven...do some research on what cell carriers are the best...you will find verizon number one and att number 2...iphone4 will undoubtedly outsell the evo easily...in q1 2009 the only phone to out sell the iphone was the verizon blackberry...you ask why..ill tell you why ....because in a desperate attempt to outsell iphone, verizon was giving away free blackberrys...with their bogo offer...other than that the iphone is the number one selling phone in the usa...
29. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
I think I just had an epiphany E.N. The basic functions of the Android phones, the ones that point at iPhone for being late on, are complete crap. I just realized that your statement is 100% true. I absolutely hate the way copy and paste works on the phone. The only pinch to zoom is available in the internet browsing applications. The app store is complete crap and impossible to backup data. You can't even buy apps and store them onto a computer, unless they are unofficial packages which are annoying to find. Their music player is ridiculous as well unless the company decides to incorporate their own player, but they never sync properly whatsoever. Man, I just posted a comment about how equal I feel about both systems...but this completely just pointed something out for me that pretty much just sold me on going to AT&T again...maybe something will appear with Android...but I'm on Froyo right now... :\
35. remixfa (Posts: 14123; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
it works well for me. i agree there could be like a C&P program to maybe make it easier, but ive never had a real problem with it. Its just harder to use on non multitouch andriods.
36. remixfa (Posts: 14123; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
actually, to correct yourself, the last national test that was done (not one of those stupid PC magazine tests that only show inner city) its VZW, Sprint, Tmobile, ATT (almost the same as tmobile) then everyone else on a national scale for dropped calls and total coverage. Noone is perfect everywhere but ATT is far from the best. and i said true multitasking, not this fake crap. Way to finally get folders!! woo hoo!! thats so 1987!!
49. tjoseph30 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)
wait, wait a second...you are getting a little hot under the collar for this, all that's being said is that the phone does not appear to have any background on it. you kept on repeating about ios4 what is ios4 iphone os 4 chopped down into three letters and one number. honestly if you want to talk about education the number two carier is actually hanging onto a coat tail of a cell carrier that never started original. att used to be bell systems that oversaw alot of pay phones and home telephones way back then. apple would have a good phoen if they went with a really good company. heck even verizon wasn't even called that back then they were a mom and pop company. since now that iphone is in talks with a company like verizon they feel mighty now. i don't think the iphone will outsell the evo due to the not only the phone has a lil bit better functions than the iphone, but whats gonna hurt you guys is the fact that that phone still has the same display as it did when it came out. the glass is alright to have but not drop dead. be real. the phone is great but not the greatest. think why do i have to do wifi to have a video conference and only with that same phone for the recipiant. don't put that phone on a high horse just yet. and honestly the opnly reason that that phone is a high seller is because folks take it to unlock it to use another carrier that has better service, that's real. i know friends that have the phone to use for games and mp3s and maybe texting but that's it. and they are educated. the iphone is great but not drop dead.
52. de 2 philly (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)
Wrong: Most recent dropped calls nationwide ranks as follows: 1 - Verizon 2 - Sprint 3 - AT&T 4 - T-MO Furthermore, Sprints data coverage covers more people nationwide than AT&T and we have 4G; and we are about $30-$40 CHEAPER a month than AT&T w/ EVO vs. iphone So how is AT&T's network better than Sprints now?
55. rvjdonjuan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
i dont know where you are getting the test info on sprint being ahead of att....thats rediculous..why not an inner city test??? that makes it fair for both sides...you have to test in a neutral environment where both carriers have the best service.. ..also if the iphone is such crap then why is it selling better than any other phone in the usa....why does att continue to beat out sprint and tmobile???if the evo is so great and is an iphone killer and sprint has better service then why is the evo not flying off the shelves???
56. rvjdonjuan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
once again...you talk about voice...did u forget to mention customer complaints???what about internet coverage....att has the fastest 3g network and is ranked number two when sprint is 3rd.....http://cell-phone-providers-review.toptenreviews.com/
57. rvjdonjuan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
another link....i dont know where u are getting your info from.... http://reviews.cnet.com/2719-3504_7-389-2.html?tag=page;page
58. rvjdonjuan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
the keyword is YET....skype is already showing interest in the iphone4 video chat...do you think that video chat will not get better with time??? c'mon....ios4 is the name of the new operating software for iphone....its available now to developers like myself..it drops in a few days for everyone else...just like sprints 4g isnt eveywhere YET....things dont happen instantly be a little patient....
61. bleepbleep2010 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jun 2010)
actually, i work for Sprint and the evo has been "flying off the shelves"!! we sold out ther first day of launch and have continued to do so! So, get it right the evo is going to be one of the greatest competitors to date for the iphone! and the reason i say this is the fact that 9 out of 10 of or new customer activations are from AT&T and they are customers that own or have previously owned iphones!!!
62. KNOWSmuch (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jun 2010)
You sir, are wrong! How many people does 4g cover? Every heard of HSPA+ yet?
63. KNOWSmuch (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jun 2010)
Thats not entirely true on ATT being the fastest 3G network. T-Mo has a HSPA+ network which is about the same speed as Sprint's 4G WiMax. If you want documentation just Google T-Mobile's HSPA+ network speeds.
67. sprintguy09 (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Apr 2010)
At&t services better then sprint be real do your research if At&t services is better then sprint why do you have to use factime to do video calling and we can do it on our 4g and the andriod ap Fring on 3g
11. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
I've never used either phone so I can't say which is better. I will be getting the Iphone 4 on June 24th because I love Apple products. IP4 is a better phone for me, can't speak for everyone else. Also no ones opinion is wrong so which ever phone you like more....You are correct!!!
14. Lito0187 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
While the iPhone 4 is an impressive device I would rather get an EVO. My main reason is the rate plan and service package. The EVO is much cheaper even with 4g. I pay $69.99 plus the $10.00 so $79.99 and I also get 25% off on my monthly bill because of my job. With ATT you will have limitations on your data even with the new iPhone 4. I get unlimited, text,mobile calling, internet,gps, sprint tv. If the iPhone was on Sprint I would get it. The Att data plan is reallya deal breaker because i would run up 2g in less than a week. EVO is my choice. Also 8 megapixel camera and 4g.
25. rvjdonjuan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
there are no current limitations for att wireless members who already have the unlimited plan on there contract...so even if you upgrade to iphone 4 you can keep your current unlimited data plan...you can also receive a discount from att for certain jobs you might have government etc etc...as for service quality sprint lags on that...so you may pay cheaper prices with sprint but your service quality is lacking to att and verizon...with the camera issue megapixels are only important when you want to blow up a picture...5mp on a cell phone is more than adequate...also dont forget the 720p hd on the iphone4 is better than the evos 720p hd...the iphone4 has 30 frames per second and the evo has 25....not to mention the iphone has the best screen ever in a cell phone...
30. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)
i work right next to an att store and the manager told me if i wanted to get the new iphone4 i would have to change my plan i currently have the 3gs he said any new iphone4 purchase would require switching to new plan
37. remixfa (Posts: 14123; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
exept your eye only sees at about 23FPS, so you wont notice a difference in either camera. moot point if the iphone had a 12mpx camera on it, ud be braggin ur ass off instead of defending a 5mpx camera. Besides its not about Mpx, its about the software for the camera. Ive seen superior pix on a storm's 3.2mpx camera over some of samnsungs 8mpx camera. The HD2's 5mpx camera is prob the best ive seen. Concidering the evo shares similar hardware with a bigger camera, im hoping its as good or better than the HD2's actual clarity. every cell carrier gives discounts. Ive heard sprint discounts up to 30%. Ive never seen tmo above 20% (but again, its already the cheapest). Ive seen verizon go up to 25%. Dunno what ATT's max is. Even with an ATT discount, its still more expencive than sprint or tmobile. And the service is no better than either.. infact its worse in many cases.
39. underwood2012 (Posts: 49; Member since: 12 Sep 2009)
@rvjdonjuan - Just to correct you, Sprint has better coverage than AT&T (They roam on Verizon's network, So whatever Verizon has, Sprint has. Sprint also has some coverage in my area - and probably others - that Verizon does not, so I'm not so sure about Verizon roaming on Sprint). And if you remember, Verizon has a larger network than AT&T. So, in-turn, Sprint has a larger (and better) network than AT&T. If you don't believe me, here are some facts for you: -Sprint has FIVE TIMES more 3G Coverage than AT&T (PROVEN) -Sprint's Network reaches 98% of all Americans (AT&T reaches 97%) * -Sprint has a 4G network (Not much of one, but hey, at least they have it and in two years - when AT&T starts their 4G network - they could have near-nationwide coverage). Where is AT&T's 4G network? Oh that's right, they won't have one until the end of 2011.** P.S: There are such things as capital letters and '&' signs. Oh, and spaces between sentences. *Source: Sprint store Handout, so it may be bias. **Don't give me this crap about how LTE (AT&T/Verizon's future 4G technology) can get to "1GBPS". Unless it can be utilized on a mobile phone - which it can't - I don't wanna hear it, 'Kay?
42. Lito0187 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
There is a limitation with the new data plans. Read before you post. Also there may be lag in some areas and that is with every carrier. Here in Houston we have fast 3g speed and 4g also. I have ran several test on The evo all around the city. Am I saying is as fast as I want no, Am I saying it is perfect no. What I am saying is for the price I pay I get more out of my service. If the iPhone was out on Sprint then yes I would get it. I do not want to be limited to data usage. Even those with old iPhones will not be grandfathered to their unlimited data. 4g is still fresh and will get better as more towers are being built and more cities will get 4g by the end of the year. Don't get me wrong I like Apple but I do not let Steve Jobs brain wash me into buying a phone. I have an ipod touch but not iPhone. Thanks but I am sticking to my EVO.
43. Lito0187 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
Thanks for this post. Dude the apple fanboys get so damn offended for nothing. I am not bashing the iPhone because it is a great product. I said if it was on Sprint I would buy it but not on ATT hell no.
46. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)
negative. sprint has horrible coverage where i live whereas verizon is okay.
53. de 2 philly (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)
+ Evo has HDMI output and Video chat over the 3G or 4G network - not limited to WIFI. :)
54. de 2 philly (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)
Also Sprint passed AT&T to the #2 spot for dropped calls nationwide - Sprint = WIN.
59. rvjdonjuan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
they dont share the exact coverage with verizon...if that were the case the companies would just merge and become a mega company..and that would make sprint better than verizon if they have sprint and all of verizon coverage...and how can sprint reach 98% of all americans and att reach 97%....i dont know how that works out mathematically...there is only 100% of americans so if sprint is 98 then how can there be a 97 that would mean we are talking about more than 100% of americans..... also this is the internet not english class. people are not on here to practice punctuation on a non formal comment thread... you dont have to act like your english is perfect.
60. rvjdonjuan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
my girlfriend works at att...you do not have to change your current data plan.if you have an iphone already with unlimited data you get to keep it....the plans that just started on the 6th or 7th i believe are for new customers so if its your first iphone and you dont have unlimited data you will be forced to use the new data plans...otherwise you are grandfathered in.
68. Lito0187 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
Perhaps in your area ATT works better. Sprint works better where I live. Some people on here are trying to compete and stuff. I say this use whatever carrier works best for you. Sprint works better for me because it is more affordable with everything included plus I can call any cell phone at no cost. As far as numbers go All carriers claim to be the best. I say the customer decides who the best is. For me Sprint is better because of the rate plans and service I get. I have used Verizon and it was great but expensive. I have used Tmobile and Att also. No carrier is perfect. I bet if the iPhone came to another carrier all the fanboys would go to the carrier it went to. I personally would never switch providers for a phone. Now if ATT gets better rates and stuff then sure I would switch, but I am very satisfied with my service with Sprint that I have had since 2005. Also 4g will get better and so will ATT and the rest of the carriers.
69. 3strikes (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Jun 2010)
That's funny. Verizon and Sprint have a roaming agreement. the coverage maps are almost exactly the same. XD
70. kazmo88 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2010)
the frames are higher because you have lower megapixels 3 to be exact, may not have a faster frame rate but it's overall higher quality.
13. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
ugh this is such a hard decision for me.. i dnt know what to get i want to get the evo but over here in los angeles there is no sprint 4G so i would not be able to do video calling. and i also want the new iphone... man what a hard decision lol
65. 3strikes (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Jun 2010)
That sucks about the 4G thing. LA was supposed to get it before the end of this year, but Sprint pushed out their launch... I wonder why...
17. dahaka17 (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
the video calling works on 3g as well ... used Fring to do it works amazing
18. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 910; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
So far the only edge Iphone has is a sharper Display. Let's be real....any "men" claiming it's too large is just gaye....sorry but thats my opinion. I have the EVo and have held an iphone.....personally I like the EVO better. I think if music apps are your thing, and you like the Ipod, and dont have one go iphone. I bet the display doesn't even matter that much either! I think iphone was cutting edge when it 1st appeared, but now its one of many real options, and its a mattter of taste......not size, not this or that, but personal taste. I bought a regular on the market case logic leather case to house my Evo 4G and it fit like a glove........ so large is relevant to the hand that holds it. When i 1st used a phone for business it was a bag phone......thats heavy, and big....this fits in my pockets with no problem.you guys kill me when you start talking like a woman. Anyone here had an LG envy....
21. E.N. (Posts: 2360; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
The Evo is too big. A phone doesn't need to be that large. A 3.7 screen would have been sufficient.
32. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 910; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
It's too big for you maybe, but my brother has a Droid Incredible and feels the evo is a perfect sized phone. Again size is relevant and if you hold it in your hands and say its to big then its not for you. Men should have no problem holding this thing in your hands. Its .5" longer than a Droid Incredible and .25 wider. I saw women buying this phone so you sissy Gurly men need to go to the back of the line!
45. E.N. (Posts: 2360; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I didn't say I had a problem holding it in my hands. I said it doesn't need to be that big. They could have made the screen smaller, saved more battery life I mean how much bigger are phones going to get? How much longer before we see the first 5 or 6 inch screen? I hope 4.3 is the largest screen size we'll see. I don't want to be carrying around ipads in my pocket.
47. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)
no kidding who needs an evo when you can get an ipad. bahaha
66. 3strikes (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Jun 2010)
".... its a mattter of taste......not size, not this or that, but personal taste." I completely agree with you on that. I almost laugh at customers who walk into our store and say things like, "What's the best phone in your lineup?" Or... "Which is better, the iPhone or the EVO?" It IS all about personal preference and the features you want. I have to qualify every customer who may think they want the EVO, and I tell them PERSONALLY I think the iPhone 4 and all it's predecessors are pieces of sh*t by comparison... but having a phone is a very personal thing anyway, so if you don't like the EVO and you think the iPhone 4 or one of it's predecessors will do better for you, then more power to you.
19. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)
Would have to say that the Evo punks the iPhone for hardware, but the Evo gets slapped with wayyyyy better apps. Im getting tired of seeing every other app as sexy Asian girls, its only good a couple times. lol