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Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

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When it boils down to it, the HTC EVO 4G has one of the best customized interfaces for Android, while the iOS 4 powered iPhone 4 gradually polishes up some aspects that have limited its depth in the past. HTC Sense UI encapsulates the user with a myriad of services at their disposal and provides a wealth of information which can be accessed directly from the home screen. With the iPhone 4, you can expect one of the most intuitive and straightforward experiences on any handset as iOS 4 breezes through with no lag and simplifies navigation. Still, there is a level of personalization that the HTC EVO 4G presents that the iPhone 4 is clearly missing – such as social networking integration and the fancier looking live wallpapers. Sure you can choose your wallpaper now thank to iOS 4, but getting information such as stock quotes or the weather still requires you to launch an app. But if there is surely something going for iOS 4, it has to be its lightning quick reflexes in loading up apps, transition effects, and overall fluidity. The HTC EVO 4G is still a fast device, but when compared head-on to the iPhone 4, you can visibly sense some lag associated to its interface.

The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

The interface of the Apple iPhone 4


The interface of the HTC EVO 4G - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The interface of the HTC EVO 4G - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The interface of the HTC EVO 4G - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The interface of the HTC EVO 4G - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

The interface of the HTC EVO 4G


The notification system with the HTC EVO 4G is still light years ahead of what the iPhone 4 presents as you can use the pull down menu to glance at all of the notifications, such as from updates, messages, and email. This is one aspect where iOS 4 needs some polishing, as text message notifications just appear on top of whatever you're doing.

With social networking being all the rage right now, we had to go ahead and compare the two in how they offer people the best experience in this category. First and foremost, the HTC EVO 4G's Sense UI perfectly integrates Facebook from the homescreen without having to launch a dedicated application. However, we feel that the iPhone 4's Facebook app is better in terms of presentation and functionality as it meshes well with some of the phone's native apps – like viewing photos and videos. Android's Facebook app is almost a direct port of the site's mobile friendly version and doesn't feel as in-depth as the iPhone 4. Still, you have to hand it to Sense for tightly integrating Facebook into the phone.

People love watching YouTube, and that's the reason why the HTC EVO 4G shines in this regard seeing that it offers users an app that follows closely to what you experience on a desktop. There are a wealth of sub-menus and options to get you down to all the various aspects we love about YouTube. Additionally you can turn on high quality video streams on the HTC EVO 4G through any kind of data connection as opposed to the iPhone 4's requirement of connecting to Wi-Fi to experience better quality videos.

Watching YouTube on the Apple iPhone 4 - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
Watching YouTube on the Apple iPhone 4 - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
Watching YouTube on the Apple iPhone 4 - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

Watching YouTube on the Apple iPhone 4


The HTC EVO 4G offers users a YouTube app that follows closely to what you experience on a desktop - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The HTC EVO 4G offers users a YouTube app that follows closely to what you experience on a desktop - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The HTC EVO 4G offers users a YouTube app that follows closely to what you experience on a desktop - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

The HTC EVO 4G offers users a YouTube app that follows closely to what you experience on a desktop


Video chat may be seen a novelty thing right now, but it remains to be seen if it'll catch on as being a mainstream success. Consumers aren't strangers in this arena as Skype on a desktop enables people to video chat, but the concept is still relatively new for mobile handsets here in the
Navigation on the Apple iPhone 4 - Navigation on the HTC EVO 4G - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
Navigation on the Apple iPhone 4 - Navigation on the HTC EVO 4G - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

Navigation on the Apple iPhone 4

Navigation on the HTC EVO 4G - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
Navigation on the HTC EVO 4G - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

Navigation on the HTC EVO 4G

US. With both handsets packing front-facing cameras, we were overly impressed by the experience we got out of using FaceTime on the iPhone 4. It's requirement of being connected via Wi-Fi is by far its biggest Achilles Heel, but having in-sync video and audio is much more satisfying than seeing Qik or Fring on the HTC EVO 4G. When using the HTC EVO 4G for video calls, you can definitely notice some lag with video and that there is a noticeable delay when you talk. FaceTime may be held back right now, but we were quite impressed at how usable it is – we rarely found ourselves pausing or repeating conversations.

There's no arguing that Android's Google Maps experience is far superior to anything else out there – even on the iPhone 4. Not only can you find directions to specific locations, but it aptly integrates some of Google's popular services – like Buzz and Latitude. Unfortunately the iPhone 4 still offers the same exact experience that we have witnessed on the previous versions.



Typing away messages is of little concern to these touchscreen only devices as they tack on some of the most responsive on-screen keyboards around to make the experience satisfying and seamless. The iPhone 4 continues to push the envelope as we find it to be a bit more responsive to the touch, plus it adds in one of the best predictive text options, there is no reason why it doesn't continue to enthrall us. On the flip side, the HTC EVO 4G provides for some ample room to accommodate even the largest of fingers – not to mention its completely spacious landscape option which almost eliminates any mistakes when typing.

The on-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 4  is a bit more responsive to the touch - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The on-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 4  is a bit more responsive to the touch - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

The on-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 4 is a bit more responsive to the touch


The HTC EVO 4G provides for some ample room to accommodate even the largest of fingers - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
The HTC EVO 4G provides for some ample room to accommodate even the largest of fingers - Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side

The HTC EVO 4G provides for some ample room to accommodate even the largest of fingers



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


So, iPhone 4: •build quality •display •smoother browsing experience •smoother OS •battery life •camera •music player •apps •smoother video chat with nonneed for another app(only on wifi) EVO 4G: •display size •deeper browsing experience with flash •data connectivity •homescreen •video chat over cellular(w/compatible app) The greatest thing is that where one phone leads the other isn't far behind, bottom line is anyone would be lucky to have either of these flagship devices.

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 10:49

2. cjballer89 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Based on this article and the and the difference in value between sprint and att, I have to give this one to the evo 4g. It simply has more to offer in terms of functionality, user control/customization, and value. I can only speak for myself being a mobile handset aficionado; being that what is important to me in a mobile device may have nil importance to the average user (which would be more attracted to the aesthetics and polish of the hardware and software rather than it's core functionality)

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 12:29

3. baldilocks (Posts: 505; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


iPhone 4 for me. Besides, Sprints tiny network doesn't do me any good.

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 21:13

7. kristoferallen (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


you must be referring to voice coverage, even though phones today primarily use data(3g) to make calls, in which we all like to laugh at at&t's data coverage. i don't think i've ever seen someone boast about the carrier that iphone is on lol.

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 23:09

8. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Tiny Network? I hope your talking bout GSM vs CDMA cause if you are then your right ATT does beat Sprint with its Worldwide Coverage. BUT..............I hope your not talking bout Sprint's 3G service vs ATT's 3G service cause if you are then your a moron. Sprint AND Verizon have more 3G coverage than ATT EVER will.... they may cover 97% of people (using EDGE) but they don't cover them with 3G service.

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 23:45

10. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)


sprint actually claims to have the largest voice network in the country as well, international excluded of course

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 13:42

4. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


droid x or what ever the name is will be the phone i get.

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 16:36

5. SprintPimp (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 May 2010)


I have an EVO and in my opinion the Iphone 4 is nowhere as good. and the gap between the two will get even bigger with the release of froyo. YES SPRINT ALREADY SAID WE'RE GETTING IT SOON. Talk about kicking dirt in apples face and laughing at them as the run home crying.lol. ALSO lets see how much u like AT&T's coverage when EVERYBODY upgrades to the new iphone. did you hear about all the dropped calls and.... well calls that couldnt even be made in the first place. Never had that issue with sprint. and im DAMN sure not paying anywhere near $100 a month even with the $10 4g charge(well worth it if u live in a 4g area like me).

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 21:08

6. kristoferallen (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


i just wish the evo had as good of a camera and camcorder as the iphone. thats the only thing that bugs me! i have the evo 4g. i went to at&t to compare the display and its not that big of a difference. the music player isn't as great but its usable. i almost wanted an iphone just cause of the fact its camera and camcorder are a million times better but i'll live. i live in kansas city where they have 4g but its so spotty that its not strong enough anywhere that i've been. so it came down to which one was more fun to use and i'm not a big fan of nothing but icons on the home screen. widgets and custom roms and so much more are a tech geeks dream. i love big displays and high quality youtube as well. high quality youtube is a big deal.

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 23:43

9. tommmh (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


I used to be anti apple because their hardware specs and is wasn't good enough and I was all about the android os. But when the iPhone 4 came out, I had to give it a try. And I'm happy I did. 4 days with the phone and I have no regrets. Well the reception thing is very annoying to me and I hope apple fixes it. Point is either phone you choose you will be happy. Face chat is an awesome experience and very smooth. I'm also thinking there will be more people with iPhone 4s and they will be more successful getting people to do the face chat because of how many customers they have with iPhone 4.

posted on 29 Jun 2010, 05:07

11. ekie84 (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Mar 2010)


typical iphonearena.....

posted on 29 Jun 2010, 22:33

15. ilikesmrtphnz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


thank you. they always compare every phone to it and they never have a verdict in their conclusions as to which smart phone is the better contender.

posted on 29 Jun 2010, 14:09

12. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I wanted the EVO 4G, but decided to save money and just add a line to wife's plan - HTC ARIA is a great alternative to either phone...and gets better reception than 3GS

posted on 29 Jun 2010, 19:43

13. Vegas89 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)


Bit dull of a comparison as expected, phonearea always love to suck up to the Iphone in every comparison, doesn't matter much to me cause I'm waiting on the Epic, but still if only they reviewed and compared without the usual bias.

posted on 29 Jun 2010, 19:52

14. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Bottom line is both are great phones. I was seriously thinking about getting the iPhone, the only problem is most of my buddies with iPhones are now starting to admit how BAD the ATT network really is (not counting the iPhone 4 reception issue), and it takes a lot for these guys to admit to something like that. On the other hand, other people I know with Sprint and Verizon are very happy with their service.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 08:20

16. elevations (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


I am very happy that Apple finally stepped up with an improvement on the camera and the video quality, but again and again they always manage to isolate the user with internal memory and a non removable battery. And, for the icing on the cake, they have limited the data usage with a crappy plan that basically functions as a meter on a taxi cab. The further you go- the more you have to pay!!! Apparently, there are fools out there that just don't care about bills! (la-la land) My Verdict: Design and functionality: APPLE Workhorse and Bang-for-the-buck Phone Bill: EVO 4G (Sprint) See... all the folks are hyped-up for now, but these are the same folks that haven't got their first bill in the mail. LOOK! Unlimited data is the way to go! Your letting AT&T and Apple put the leash on the endless possibilities mobile technology has to offer. (i.e. watching the FIFA world cup on a phone - LIVE- and for FREE!)

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 13:23

17. de2philly (Posts: 31; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Lets try to break this down as reasonable on all levels as possible: NETWORK: VOICE: Sprint #2 dropped calls AT&T #3 - Advantage Sprint (www.inverstorplace.com) DATA: Sprints 3G covers more people in USA and has 4G in 30+ cities, 14 more by summers end, and 120 million by years end, with 2 data cards and 1 handset (EPIC 4G soon so 2) soon. - Advantage Sprint PLANS: Everything Data 450 (anymobile in the USA and unlimited everything else + $10 4G) = $79.99 and all other plans = $30-$40 cheaper a month over AT&T & Verizon = Advantage Sprint DEVICE: Screen is a wash; clearer vs. bigger Camera is a wash; clearer vs. more megapixels (can be debated by for arguments sake) Build quality; depends, pretty = iphone; but the antenna wraps around it and if you hold it wrong there goes your call - so for the sake of it lets call that a wash Device Features: EVO = 4G/3G iphone = 3G - EVO wins EVO = 50,000 or so Apps iphone = 100,000 + = Advantage iphone (once you go over a few hundred what really matters)? EVO = kickstand EVO = MOBILE HOTSPOT for up to 8 devices for only $29.99 a month with NO DATA cap on 3G or 4G ***why isnt this mentioned more often when comparing the EVO to other devices this is huge! EVO- HDMI OUT I mean really.. iphone is great but EVO is CLEARLY a superior device on a superior network EVO = 9.7 iphone = 9.0 Sprint = 9.0 AT&T = 8.0 IMO

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:32

18. scarab69 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


I purchased the EVO and absolutely loved it. However, I had to return it since the areas I frequent occasionally do not have Sprint service. I tried. Ended up getting the iphone 3GS. Returned it the next day. I was spoiled by service where I could download apps, access internet, watch tv and get navigation without restrictions and needing a credit card. Since AT&T doesn't have an adequate phone I am tempted to go back and get the EVO and simply accept not having phone service in some areas, the release from technology might not be a bad thing. Better than a substandard phone. Have thought of going to Verizon and getting the Incredible.

posted on 08 Jul 2010, 16:49

19. de 2 philly (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


Sprint and Verizon have roaming agreements so if you dont have Sprint service your either not using roaming or you live in Northwest South Dakota in a cave lol :P jk

posted on 17 Jul 2010, 14:41

20. de 2 philly (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


CNET ranked the HTC EVO a 4.5/5 and the iphone4 a 4.3/5 --- EVO WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 05 Dec 2010, 10:12

21. qwerty (unregistered)


htc is cdma and does work with other sim

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