Should I choose the HTC EVO 4G or the Google Nexus One?

Should I choose the HTC EVO 4G or the Google Nexus One?
With both the HTC EVO 4G and the Google Nexus One coming out real soon with Sprint, the inevitable question for every cyber geek will be: "Which one should I choose?" In this article we'll take a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of each of these high-end offerings, so that everyone can make an informed choice, which they will never regret.

So, what makes these two devices pretty hot right now are the pretty beefed-up specs they sport and the Android OS. Both take advantage of the latest 2.1 version, and we can be pretty sure that both will quickly receive an update to the next version, when there is such. The HTC EVO 4G's biggest advantage on software level is undoubtedly the ubiquitous Sense user interface, which some claim to be "the best thing that has happened to Android".

Where we find some real differentiation is the hardware department. Both phones are very powerful and fast with 1GHz processors and 512MB RAM. Both also have very large screen, but the EVO 4G gains the upper hand by packing a gigantic 4.3-inch panel, versus the Nexus One's 3.7 inches. One thing that is worth noting is that the Nexus One is actually using AMOLED technology, which allows for brighter image with more saturated colors. Not that the EVO 4G's TFT tech is bad, but AMOLED has quickly convinced us that is has a brighter future.

However, the HTC EVO 4G reveals its superiority by unleashing an 8MP camera with HD video recording (the N1 has 5MP with DVD-quality video recording) and, of course, 4G WiMAX connectivity, which will be very helpful if you surf the web through your carrier's network, or use data-intensive apps.

So, in the end we can simply say that the Google Nexus One is the better looking, more compact (that is, when compared to the EVO 4G) smartphone that still has some quite impressive specs. If size doesn't bother you though, and you want absolutely the best in terms of specs, then the ultimate solution for you would be the HTC EVO 4G.

Check here for a full comparison between the specs of the HTC EVO 4G and Google Nexus One.



30. Galen20K

Posts: 588; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I love my Nexus One, I'd definitely go with that. I have no problems that people have complained about. I think its a myth really.

27. dadoo985

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 30, 2009


26. jedi2000

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Don't forget T-mobile's HTC HD2 it rocks and don't pawn off this the Evo is going to be great who knows until it comes out and is tested. It is HTC and they rock, not to mention they're a stable and reliable company with reliable products.

25. jedi2000

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

If your lucky enough to live in the very limited 4G sprint area then the evo sounds like the best choice, however you need to remember that it is only severely limited at best even in those, few and far between, areas that have it. And don't forget that the Nexus one will soon be available for all of the states providers. May i add that Verizon has the HTC incredible and they have it now, that by far is one of the heavier competitors with it's reliable 3G that covers nearly all of the US signal area.

24. sprintguy09

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 17, 2010

evo for me and my whole house is 4g gotta love it

19. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I'm currently on At&t with the Backflip. I'm happy with it and the widgets, but I'd consider the iPhone better (of course cuz the backflip is by far not the best of android). If the next iPhone doesn't do something super (since the end of my contract is over in June), I'm gonna move to sprint and get the Evo cuz that thing is a beast. Plus 4G...does anyone know if 4G is gonna consume battery, much like how 3G started with smartphones?

14. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

EVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....all day...everyday !!!

13. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I don't even like HTC, but the decision here is really easy. EVO all the way.

6. funlobingguy

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

How will data capability be on various service providers in next 6 months to a year (everyone is beefing up their towers), I think that should be a deciding factor. Compare ATT vs sprint vs verizon vs T-Mobile. I would like to see histograms of several phones using networks currently , after 3 months, after 6 months, after 1 year- that will give clear idea whether a new phone with best hardware and best features will work good or not on that network? e.g IPHONES are trafficking ATT towers right now, so if HTC HD2 comes to ATT , what will happen? Many SPRINT customers have left for IPHONES, when they all start cluttering SPRINT for EVO 4G then same thing will happen to SPRINT. DROID/ Nexus ONE is starting to traffick VERIZON towers. GOSH why not HTC send same phone at same time to all carriers so that traffic is evenly distributed? You know right now what I am thinking? Fixed group of people buy HTC HD2 (T_MOBILE) and another lot EVO 4G and another lot get DROID or VERIZON IPHONE and I will wait till ATT gets HD2 and ATT IPHONE customers leave ATT, and I will buy ATT HD2, so that I get good performance on my phone.

20. JK Wylde

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

I understand your point, but this article is discussing which will be better for a Sprint customer. Network has nothing to do with it. Oh, and Evo all the way!

21. JK Wylde

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

I understand your point, but this article is discussing which will be better for a Sprint customer. Network has nothing to do with it. And I think Sprint's network would have been able to handle the iPhone craze just fine. It's a shame that it got stuck on AT&T for soo long. Oh, and Evo all the way!

22. funlobingguy

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

The point I am trying to get to is that if everybody is on IPHONE, ATT network is bombarded and will cause data issues Same way if everybody goes and pay 500$ for EVO, SPRINT network will be Bombarded and will cause data issues. If all phones are available on all networks, then traffic is evenly distributed. Hence I was saying that all of you buy EVO and I will buy HTC HD2 when and if it comes out on ATT or VERIZON, else I will wait for a phone like SAMSUNG I8910 HD or DELL MINI 5 or DROID or NEXUS ONE OR LG BL40G OR XPERIA X10A or SATIO or PIXON12 if they are released in USA EVO is the first choice of course but when SPRINT network is cramped, I will buy something else on ATT or verizon.

28. hcbarclay

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

if you havent heard of it already but we are releasing a new network called 4G...this means that there will be less traffic on the current 3G network and this phone is meant to be on the 4G service...which if you educated yourself more before commenting about stuff then you would know that the network will not be an issue with the phone like ATT is experiancing with the IPHONE...

29. sprntfanboi02

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

i dont know if you have heard but this thing called 4g has been lauched for a year or so now, catch up with the times "hcbarclay" YOU SUCK!!!

5. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

Although I'm head over heels and have tunnel vision on the evo 4g. I have to say I do wish that one hardware feature I wish the evo had is a directional pad of some sort (ball or optical) or even a touch sensitive gesture band on the side for easy scrolling (patent pending) and an amoled screen. As far as software goes I love how when you tilt the n1 while viewing an album it gives it depth. As far as issues go the n1 has been out for a minute so GOOGLE can relay beneficial troubleshootin tips to the carrier tech squads, while the evo is going to be fresh. And trust me as a Sprint rep. All phones have issues.

4. mrbill

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

I read this site every day and until now had no real reason to sign-up. The reason I chose today was just to answer this question. The answer is BUY THE EVO4G. Don't even think about the Nexus One. It is the worst mobile phone I have ever had and I have had phones all the way back to the bag-phone! There is NO customer support at all, period. I am on my fifth one (I swapped four times)and I have had to stop using it all together it has such major problems. I will never, ever buy another phone from anyplace else then my carrier. Then if there is a problem I deal directly with them. To be clear here, I know the problem is with GOOGLE not HTC. I have had HTC phones in the past and I am using an HTC made My Touch 3G for now until I decide on which phone to buy next. Also, I am not here just to bash GOOGLE. I actually think GOOGLE is one of the better companies out there it's just that the entire Nexus One program is a complete cluster-f@#*!!!

3. D-man

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

On paper and in my mind, Evo's better. BUT until Evo's released and not just a dream for the rest of us, N1 still holds the crown. Sort of like saying the up-n-comer will be the champ, but the u/c has to show up to beat the champ. The wait and hype continue.....

2. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

EVO is ahead BUT..only on features..not including talk n surfing the web @ the sametime

7. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Talk and surf is a waste imo I don't and will never see myself talking on the phone and surfing the web... well only if i wanted to run down my battery life. Even though they are working on it having talk and surf I can really care less if The phone does it.

8. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

WiMax works differently than EV-DO/1xRTT stuff they're running now so simultaneous talk n' surf might be in the future for CDMA users...

9. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I agree that it's not THAT important, but.... Here's a scenario I found that I would use it. I have Bluetooth in my truck, I'm sitting in a parking lot talking to someone and we discuss something that I want to look up on my phone while we talk. Another situation would be if I'm on the phone for an extended period of time, it would be nice to see my emails coming it.

10. raystevens119

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

the article is about the evo 4g and the nexus one on sprint neither is going to be able to talk and surf at the same time time tard!

11. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

@ BBUser,yeah I guess there would be some exceptions as to when it would be nice but i think people here are talking about walking, talking and surfing the web. Like the new commercial ATT has of the group of people talking and watching a game on their phone.....ALL i see is them draining their battery life lol...... @Raystevens119....Bro, if you dont know something pls don't post...Your right CDMA can't talk and surf but if you read articles from phonearena they do have an article that says Sprint is working on the Evo so user can talk and i said i could care less bout it but they are working on it. Will it be up and running when the phone comes out.....probably not.....but they are working on it. And pls lets act like adults and not kids we don't need people calling people "tard" This is a forum style conversation and we dont need your attitude.

15. raystevens119

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

I apologize for the "tard" comment but the likely hood for the phone to have support to do talk and surf at the same on the current 3g or the eventual "4g/wimax" network is dismal and I have read that sprint and htc are trying to work on it to where the evo can do it however BBuser said the nexus one was capable of it which is only true on att not that I like att as a service I just state the facts

16. raystevens119

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

sorry not bbuser, jcrow said that the nexus was able to talk and surf at the same time

17. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009


18. macron2000

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009

Such anger, and you are still wrong. It MAY be possible with Wifi Connection with data and CDMA for voice, but...that's about it right now. Sorry.

23. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

And your sources are?

1. Ray

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 30, 2009

The HTC EVO has my vote its the best phone to date i have to get this phone!!

12. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

EVO by a mile. Only negative it has is that it wont get the OS updates directly from Google.

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