HTC EVO 4G and HTC DROID Incredible: side by side

Software and System Performance:

With both the EVO 4G and DROID Incredible running Android 2.1 with HTC’s latest version of Sense, there is little difference between the two.  With no joystick and more screen real estate the keyboards on the EVO 4G offer cursor buttons, and the messaging app on the Incredible integrates voicemail, but for all intents and purposes the two are identical on the software front.  The EVO’s larger screen makes everything more pleasant to use, especially the keyboard and web browser.  Sorry Verizon users, bigger is simply better in this case.

The guts are also very similar as both devices are powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  The EVO 4G gets the slight nod here because it features 1GB of ROM, double that of the DROID Incredible.  The Incredible has 6.6GB of usable internal storage and early owners are getting a 2GB microSD card thrown in by Verizon, but officially it ships with no extra storage whereas the EVO 4G ships with an 8GB microSD chip.  Keep in mind that there are a number of apps out there which require a memory card to run either to their full extent (for example Pure Calendar widget) or in some cases at all (like Homerun Battle 3D.)  The Incredible’s internal storage may otherwise be ample for most, but many apps were unable to recognize that as usable space and therefore would not run.

Both devices are super quick when navigating through the operating system, but the EVO had a slight edge when it comes to things like opening applications and loading webpages.  Using Quadrant’s benchmark app we ran seven tests on each device and threw out the high and low scores for each, giving us five scores to work with.  The EVO was noticeably quicker; the EVO finished the benchmarks significantly faster than the Incredible and on average the results for the EVO were 18% higher than the Incredible.  In fact, even if we take the Incredible’s high score and the EVO’s low score (both of which we threw out for our averages), the EVO ran 8% faster (and for those curious if we take the EVO’s high score and Incredible’s low the EVO is an astounding 24% faster.)

Even as a 3G device the EVO outperforms anything else on the market, but when you throw in 4G, web speeds get even faster.  Page loads are better, videos are smoother and downloads are quicker.  It simply doesn’t compare with anything else right now for those few blessed with Sprint’s 4G coverage.



1. Dark Asgard

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

You know what PHONE ARENA, YOUR bias. my display is amoled and better than the EVO'S, my friend has one and he doesn't like his screen in sunlight second. The same speed! no different i tested, 1 percent maybe, that doesn't kill the incredible. And by the way i hate you, the incredible's back design is so crappy to you, you gave it a 6.5 because it is wiered and uninspiring. yah the EVO has a completly flat back and front, whats so insprieing. Plus my service is better coverage because sprints roaming although verizon has choppy parts and low 4g area's. On comparison my 3g speed was on par with sprints 4g speed if not better half the time. So beat that phone arena.

2. tsadamson

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

Holy crap dude! Get a dictionary, or at the very least, use the spell checker that is provided below. Might I also suggest some counseling?

15. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

Ummm...if they're dissing Verizon, why did they say that the call quality was slightly better on the Incredible? Just saying.

20. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

wow cry a river its an OPINION dont like someone elses opinion then dont except it as fact.

21. SeveredEggplant

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

I agree that this review is a little unfair. The Incredible is basically a EVO without 4g and a few other features. I have an Incredible and I am VERY happy with it. It defiantly deserves a better review than was given on this site. My opinion is that the Verizon network's superior coverage makes up for the difference in specs.

3. Dark Asgard

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

lol dude relax, im just pist at phone arena, they do this to like every phone when nothing has really changed or something is so good and they say its garbage.... and also i dont see many spelling errors.

11. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

they didn't say either of these phones were garbage... they said they were both great phones

4. Dark Asgard

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

Oh btw, i was just saying stuff quickly cause i needed to go but i wanted to reply so no i didn't use full sentences at all.

17. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

...full sentences, propper grammar, punctuation, nor spelling. Nice.

5. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Wouldn't it make more sense to do the EVO 4G vs. the HD2.?

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

why? everyone knows the current WinMo versions don't live up to Android anymore, no matter what it's running on. xD

16. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

My HD2 looks pretty darn good. It's interface has been highly customized. In my case android doesn't have an edge in the interface. Spec wise, the EVO is the HD2 with more added. The EVO is, in my opinion, better, but it's always nice to see how people compare high end devices.

7. phonedog79

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

It just seems like Phonearena is trying to find a way to Diss verizon. Of course the EVO is going to outperform the Incredible. Its a bigger phone with more room to ramp up the specs. I see there was no comparison done with the incredible and the Iphone 3Gs. Let me guess...didnt want to upset ATT. And the EVO will outperform the Iphone 4.

8. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

actually if youd read their evo review apple got bashed pretty hard (and hell, in their iphone reviews they knock apple.) i dont see how theyre going out of their way to bash vzw here, the two phones are similarly spec'd so the evo shouldnt be as far ahead as it is.

13. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

Why would they waste the time comparing the EVO or the Incredible to an outdated iPhone? Pretty sure they're waiting to compare them to the iPhone 4, which they will both still be better than overall in any case.

9. miikeyroks

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 07, 2009

Funny this is that Phonearena isnt just dissing the phone, it is actually truth, i would have your friend with the EVO do an exchange for another one, my evo perfoms flawlessly whereas my brothers incredible will hiccup. The evo can be read to some extent in the sunlight, the incredible is a no go. Personally, i wish the evo was the same size as the incredible, and i also wish it had a optical sensor for navigation. but it doesnt, and i can understand why, but my EVO still trumps my brothers phone in every sense. Even data speed (tested in Vegas) Its nothing about being biased, its just that the company has to not show preferrential treatment, every company posts unbiased reviews, the only difference is that they dont all have the exact same device to test, so if someone receives a bad test unit, it isnt their fault for writing their experience. You guys should chill out.

10. worldbfree4me

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Thanks Sprint and HTC, you two companies have satisfied this customer for at least another year. My new Evo is a definitely a winner and my eyes Apple not withstanding. It does everything I need it to do and more. I'm averaging 3.5mbs down and 1.0mbs up using the 4g radio in Dallas, Tx and that’s with 1 bar of 4G. Only thing I'm missing is flash 10.1 and I'm sure that will come soon enough. Coming from a Pre, the battery life is just fine although my one trick pony Blackberry is far better. I have chargers at the office, in the car, and of course at home, so no worries there and Seido just launched a 1900 mah battery for $50 so if need be, I'll cop one. Apple had a good showing no doubt, but it has to carry their flag for a whole year. In a few short months, their will be more Droids than you can shake a stick at and as always they will take the ball further into pay dirt.

14. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

Yes, flash 10 is the only thing I feel I'm missing now, so I can view websites properly and watch espn3 and such. Also a .flv player would be nice. Hurry up with that froyo update HTC, and also update your battery widget from the marketplace because its too small for the EVO as it is (but still usable, just small in comparison). That is all.

18. de 2 philly

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 11, 2010

"worldbfree4me" where did you find that 1900 MAH battery?! I can find the 1750MAH but not the 1900 - please help :)

12. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

Sprint the best value in wireless (up to $30 cheaper per month with 4g than vzw and att with full 3g) finally has a winner with the htc evo!!!

19. anthonygolovey

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

My friend has an EVO 4 G and my screen looks way better then his, thats because the Incredible has AMOLED display which the HTC EVO DOESNT and its very NOTICIBLE, but PHONE ARENA will never show this as they will never bash the new EVO. Screen is a huge thing as you always look at it and its very noticible, pictures are much sharper and better looking.

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