Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: side by side
More people are relying on their handsets to browse the web and its no wonder why the HTC EVO 4G and iPhone 4 are the cream of the crop in this category. On one side you have the iPhone 4 with its Safari web browser which brought proper mobile browsing to the phones with its continuously smooth experience. On the other, the HTC EVO 4G adds certain Flash elements to be displayed in the browser – offering that true desktop like experience. Hands down the iPhone 4 wins when it comes to overall responsiveness as there is no evidence of lag while scrolling and pinch gestures are accurately executed without any disturbances. Add in the fact that the Retina Display makes every little nook and cranny come to life with plenty of detail, it's definitely a lot more pleasing to the auspicious eye. Conversely, the HTC EVO 4G's 4.3” WVGA display makes browsing very easy to the eyes as it automatically rearranges the text layout with each zoom level. Eventually we'll see Flash and all of its glory with Froyo being announced down the road – making the HTC EVO 4G one of the handsets to truly deliver that true to life web browsing experience.
World users will gravitate towards the iPhone 4 because it's a global enabled phone. On the other hand, the HTC EVO 4G supports Sprint's 4G WiMAX network, which is a characteristic that the iPhone 4 cannot offer. In this single respect, it kind of comes down to whether or not you live in a WiMAX area, and whether or not you travel abroad.
If you're a media buff, you may want to chuck the 8GB microSD card that comes preloaded with the HTC EVO 4G with something more ample – say a 32GB one. As much as removable storage can come in handy in certain situations like transferring files, the iPhone 4's choice of either 16GB or 32GB capacities should suffice most people, but you'll always be required to tether it with the USB cable to extract files.
What makes the HTC EVO 4G more complete is its option for Mobile Hotspot on the go – essentially turning the device into a mini Mi-Fi so you can share your data connection. We adore the fact that this function is enabled from the beginning and soon will become a standard with Froyo, but what makes it even more sweet is the fact that you can share 4G speeds. As of right now, you can only tether the iPhone 4 via USB to share your data connection with a computer.
Looking down into its music playback capabilities, even after all these years, the iPhone's visually stunning music interface is still regarded as the premier offering. Cover flow continues to be the standard that's always going to be compared to the competition as it makes moving your albums such a breeze to not only your finger, but your eyes as well.
While not as spectacular and intuitive, we can't help but notice that HTC Sense's music player also looks pretty good and does a god job in challenging Cover Flow.
Now this is where it becomes a tad more complicated since the last time, as we compared the iPhone 3GS to the HTC EVO 4G, but the iPhone 4 comes packing more heat with its Retina Display. No one can argue that both handsets are fantastic when it comes to watching video – on one side you have the ample sized HTC EVO 4G and the other being the pixel packing iPhone 4. Even though videos played smoothly on either handsets, larger is generally the path that most people tend to take, so that's where the HTC EVO 4G has the advantage. Additionally, you've got the kickstand to sweeten the experience to allow you to sit back and watch everything. However, we do like the fact that the iPhone 4 provides for better viewing angles and that it can even play videos in both landscape and portrait – the EVO 4G's native video player only allows for landscape playback.
This time around there is less of a gap between the iPhone 4's 5-megapixel shooter versus the HTC EVO 4G's 8-megapixel one. During our last comparison between the 3GS and EVO 4G. The EVO provided some fantastic looking images as it also managed to capture better images in low lit conditions thanks to its LED flash. Interestingly enough, the iPhone 4 produced overall better looking images in every lighting condition we put it through. Outdoor shots on the iPhone 4 looked extremely more vibrant as the colors were a lot more natural looking and we were overly impressed by how much more detailed they looked compared to the HTC EVO 4G. In addition, images captured in lower lighting conditions were far better on the iPhone 4, plus add in the LED flash, we preferred holding onto the iPhone 4 for capturing those precious moments.
Darkness with flash
Samples shot with the Apple iPhone 4
Front facing cameras can come in handy in certain situations, especially when trying to take those all too standard self shots. The HTC EVO 4G's 1.3-megapixel front facing one on paper is better than the 0.3-megapixel shooter on the iPhone 4. To tell you the truth, both front-facing cams produced similar looking images – quite grainy and lacking correct color tones.
High definition video recording is on-board with both handsets, but the iPhone 4's 30fps capture rate makes it look a ton more smoother than the 23fps on the HTC EVO 4G. The extra seven frames per second significantly improve the playback in terms of smoothness, however the iPhone 4 also had some wacky looking white balances when it tried to automatically adjust to certain lighting conditions. On the other hand, the HTC EVO 4G's color tones remained consistent while shooting consecutively – although you can see the less smoothly looking visuals compared to the iPhone 4.
1. clevername (Posts: 1379; 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.
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)
3. baldilocks (Posts: 410; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
iPhone 4 for me. Besides, Sprints tiny network doesn't do me any good.
7. kristoferallen (Posts: 28; 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.
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.
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
4. Phullofphil (Posts: 792; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
droid x or what ever the name is will be the phone i get.
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).
6. kristoferallen (Posts: 28; 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.
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.
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.
12. networkdood (Posts: 4749; 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
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.
14. lsutigers (Posts: 558; 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.
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!)
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
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.
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
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
21. qwerty (unregistered)
htc is cdma and does work with other sim