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

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

It was bound to happen at some point, but being two of the heavy hitters on the block this summer, it was only inevitable before the Apple iPhone 4 and HTC EVO 4G were pitted against one another. Android may have an army of devices in its arsenal, but the HTC EVO 4G proves to rise above the pack right now due to its sheer larger than life presence and packed hardware that will make anyone take notice. On the flip side, the iPhone 4 is the latest iteration of Apple's venerable smartphone which managed to see a major renovation in terms of hardware, design, and software to make it one quite compelling smartphone. Naturally there are plenty of consumers out there torn between their next handset purchase and are eagerly awaiting to see which to go with. Now that these two juggernauts are heading on a collision course towards one another, we'll compare them side by side to give you a better understanding of how they stack up.


There is a lot of credit given to the design of the HTC HD2 which ultimately was adopted well with the creation of the HTC EVO 4G. The sheer amount of real estate that the handset encompasses can really overcome some individuals who aren't comfortable wielding such a streamlined, but mammoth device. With three years under its belt, we've seen very few design changes in the last two iterations of the iPhone, the 3G & 3GS. Thankfully Apple went back to the drawing board and spruced up the handset a little more with its homage to the nostalgic look which tastefully places a modern dash of elegance to the mix.

Both handsets clearly are beautiful in their own regard, but the iPhone 4's choice of premium feeling material, such as the solid glass-like surface and brushed stainless steel band, outshines the HTC EVO 4G. It's not to say that the Android powered device doesn't hold well on its own, but rather, it continues to be one of the finer looking Android handsets on the market right now. What's even harder to believe about their designs is just how thin they come in at – especially when you consider all of the packed internals inside of them. The larger sized HTC EVO 4G comes in an astonishing 0.50” thick, which is eye catching in itself when you think about its 4.3” display, but Apple further managed to minimize the iPhone 4 to 0.37” thickness.

Even though it may not be a deal breaker for some, the HTC EVO 4G's inclusion of a kickstand does make it appealing – we sometimes find it handy in situations when you just want to watch something while sitting back. Additionally, the HTC EVO 4G's micro HDMI port would allow most people an easier time to share content – although you can accomplish the same on the iPhone 4 by purchasing a proprietary adapter. Finally, both smartphones are constructed well as we don't have any inkling to their durability against the elements over time.

So what kind of displays tickle your fancy? Larger or largest? For the iPhone 4, it's still stuck on the same 3.5” size which was even in use with the original handset. Instead of attacking real estate, Apple decided to employ an LED backlit IPS display with ultra-high resolution of 640x960 pixels, dubbed the “Retina Display,” which drastically improves the quality over the previous versions. Not only is the tiniest of text are crisp and distinguishable to the naked eye, but its support for 16 million colors easily resonates on paper over the HTC EVO 4G's 65k. However, the HTC EVO 4G takes the advantage in terms of size as it comes galloping in at a staggering 4.3”. Combine that massive size with a WVGA resolution, it still manages to be visible compared to the iPhone 4's Retina Display in being able to read out fine text – still, the iPhone 4 has better clarity in this category. Honestly, both handset are quite beautiful and look fantastic in their own regard. Finally, we still like the fact that the iPhone 4's display will look pristine every time you take it out of the pocket thanks to its oleophobic coating.

Apple iPhone 4 360 Degrees View:

HTC EVO 4G 360 Degrees View:



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: Jun 28, 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: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

7. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 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: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Apr 16, 2009

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

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

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

5. SprintPimp

Posts: 12; Member since: May 17, 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 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: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 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: Dec 29, 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.

11. ekie84

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 02, 2010

typical iphonearena.....

15. ilikesmrtphnz

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 23, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: Mar 15, 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: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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: Jun 30, 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: 32; Member since: Jun 30, 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 ( 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: Jul 01, 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: Jun 11, 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: Jun 11, 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

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