Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: the Specs

Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G: the Specs
It's hardly been boring in smartphone land ever since Apple launched the first iPhone. Competition does wonders you know, and Google's own Android OS managed to become the iPhone's most fierce rival in the last months. A lot of manufacturers took their turn with the platform, which ultimately resulted a number of flagship devices that are pretty pumped up, in terms of raw specifications, making even the iPhone 3GS look like a dated device. But just as megapixels, pure specs are not all, and as we know, what matters is not the technology itself, but the way we use it.

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

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74 Comments

1. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 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: Jan 13, 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.

7. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

thats what she said

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: May 02, 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: Mar 15, 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

8. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

No sir, lame comment. (-1)

12. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 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: Apr 02, 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: Dec 20, 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.

27. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

ouch I got -5 for what? lol

31. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

for typing -1 instead of just clicking -1

5. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: Jun 13, 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: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: Feb 25, 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: Jan 10, 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: Feb 04, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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: Jun 08, 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: Jan 10, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Jun 10, 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: Jun 11, 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: Jun 08, 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: Jun 08, 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: Jun 08, 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: Jun 08, 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....

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