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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 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 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

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

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
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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 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


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