Motorola DROID X vs. HTC EVO 4G

Similar to the atmosphere surrounding some highly prized boxing fight held on a weekend night, these two heavyweights are entering the ring with a two-sided crowd in attendance to see which one ends up on their feet at the conclusion of the event. Standing in with a 4.3” display with the backing of the third wireless carrier in the country and a well known modern day smartphone maker, the HTC EVO 4G has already been able to capture some mind share as it kick started the summer with a bang. On the other corner, we have the soon-to-be released Motorola DROID X which also comes in with a hefty 4.3” display – backed with Verizon's stellar network and a once again profoundly relevant Motorola. These two giants in the Android community are going to go down in history for stepping things up a notch in the mobile industry with their high flying specs and monstrous appetite for attention. In this comparison, we'll pit the HTC EVO 4G and the Motorola DROID X against one another to find out which one will leave the ring with a roar of adulation from all around.


Let's get it out of the way, both Android smartphones are the cream on the crop right on their respective carriers as they both employ mammoth sized displays that make everything else before them look quaint. Some may argue if whether or not the HTC EVO 4G pioneered the company into the next realm in terms of design, but its natural industrial design was something we expected out of them at this point. The Taiwan based company was meticulous in crafting a body for the HTC EVO 4G which was regarded as a marvel considering the larger than life screen it employed in addition to its packed internals – plus it didn't look bulky at all standing at 0.50” thick. Nevertheless, Motorola considerably took the concept to new heights as the DROID X boasts a slimmer body (0.39”), premium materials, and solid construction that give the EVO 4G a run for its money. The Motorola DROID X is clad in an all soft touch coating laying on top of its metal like foundation which substantially make it feel better constructed as a whole. Even though the HTC EVO 4G's rear utilizes a soft touch feel, it's primarily constructed out of plastic and pales in comparison to the DROID X's more sturdy workmanship. Nevertheless, the HTC EVO 4G includes a kickstand which tastefully gives it a leg up when it comes to watching videos.

These aren't your typical smartphones due to the fact that they stand out amongst most of the competition with their way above average sized displays. Both tally in at 4.3” diagonally, but you can tell from a meticulous closeup look that the DROID X is narrower and longer while the HTC EVO 4G is slightly shorter and wider. Detail is on-par to one another with the naked eye as the look of text and images is equally the same – even though the DROID X has a slightly higher resolution at 480 x 854 pixels versus the WVGA resolution on the EVO 4G. When we set both phones to their brightest levels, there was no clear winner in which one had more luminance as they were similar, however, we noticed that colors looked more natural on the DROID X. Moreover, the touchscreens on both were more than responsive to the touch and had great viewing angles which made them still viewable in direct sunlight.

We've been seeing an increasing amount of manufacturers opting to utilize touch sensitive buttons, which the HTC EVO 4G happily follows, but we find the Motorola DROID X's implementation of physical buttons to be less aggravating. It doesn't happen all the time, but some times you just have a habit of accidentally pressing one of those touch sensitive buttons on the HTC EVO 4G, but there is no obvious cause for concern with the DROID X. We also applaud both handsets for retaining standardized items as they both feature a 3.5mm headset jack, microSD card slot, removable battery, micro HDMI port, and a microUSB port for charging/data connection. Still, it's very pleasing to find a 2-level shutter key on the Motorola DROID X to launch the camera application at any instant. Finally, you'll find an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash on both phones, but the HTC EVO 4G has managed to pack on a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera – making that one feature sorely absent on the DROID X.

Motorola DROID X 360 Degrees View:

HTC EVO 4G 360 Degrees View:



1. stix26

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

Good comparison. Im ok to not have the video chat and 4G . We know sprint likes to be the 1st to do things but they have never been know to be the best at anything. So ill take the X. Those are the only 2 areas the Evo would do beter in anyway.

3. de2philly

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Whats wrong with being years ahead of the competition in technology and being way cheaper than the only network that is better than Sprints (Verizon)? I think having a prob.slightly better phone w/ the EVO with a great network and saving $40 a month is equal to having a slightly better network w/ Verizon, no?

11. matt512

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 12, 2010

So if I pay $85 a month with Verizon, your'e telling me I can get the same features on Sprint for $45? I'd like to see that in writing.

13. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

Well $15 a month saved with Sprint still isn't anything to sneeze at. $360 total saved for the 2 year contract you're on... That's almost another phone at full retail cost. But hey that's just me I guess.

18. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

How is booting up an already dieing 3G network and calling it 4G being years ahead??? they practically screwed themselves over

2. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

bottom line, both are fantastic top of the line phones with small differences. You'd be hard pressed to find any device that could definitively top both of these. I personally prefer the Droid X because I'm a Droid Nut but I've used both and honestly even though the Droid X is slightly faster their both top notch and excellent quality.

14. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

A nut about Droid the name or Droid the phone? They have two manufacturers making their "Droid" line, Motorola and HTC. They ALL run the Android OS. They just thought ahead and licensed the word "Droid" from Lucasfilms. (Smart move by the way Verizon, as more people now know the brand than they know what the heck it is!). That was NOT directed at op btw, it's just that I have an Android on Sprint and people ask me all the time if it is a "Droid" lol. And this has been great for Motorola too, as all they had prior was the Razr line and that was years ago.

16. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

oh yes I obviously meant I'm a lucasart droid nut jeez man cut me some slack haha. I meant the Droid Line including HTC and Moto Devices. I llike them because of their styling and their general top of the line demeanor

37. dsg_cobra

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

droid is really any verizon android phone that is top of the line, lg may be included in this now that they have got their feet wet in the smart phone game.

4. de2philly

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Unless you need constant international service I still dont get why 90% of Americans arent on Sprint or Verizon. They are both #1 (Verizon) #2 (Sprint) in dropped calls nationwide. Verizon has the best overall 3G & Voice (Sprint is JUST behind them) and Sprint is the only with 4G (Sprint will also be about $40 cheaper a month per line) - why people go with T-MO or especially AT&T anymore still boggles my mind. Haters welcome.

7. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

no hater here. T-mobile's practicaly bankrupt, and AT&T is the worst network I've had the miss fortune of trying

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Because AT&T simply has better coverage where I am. Sprints network (at least in Delaware) has always been and still is a joke. Traveling in Erie, PA and parts of Eastern Kentucky many friends with Sprint or Verizon were shit out of luck when it came to service - AT&T was great. THAT's why not everyone wants to be on Sprint or Verizon. (That and the freedom to use many unlocked GSM phones on AT&T is another good reason.)

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

both great phones but in the end sprint is cheaper and Id rather pay 40 less to use the same network as the droid x and have only a phone that is about 1% less then it

6. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

but on a network thats about %60 of verizons?

8. de2philly

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

? Wrong - Sprint is 2nd behind Verizon in dropped calls and 2nd in 3G coverage; and has 4G now which Verizon doesnt; and when Verizon does Sprints coverage will still be 10's of millions of people covered ahead of Verizon with 4G. Plus Sprint & Verizon has a roaming agreement; 60%? I'd say more like 96% but with 4G --- so if paying $40 a month more to pay is what you want (if you live in Montana or if you are willing to pay that for 1 less dropped call a month) so be it. lol

9. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

You do realize that that WiMax crap isn't frickin 4G god damnit. No one understands that WiMax is just a slightly faster version of 3G it's implementation is just way more expensive than more commonly used 3G so it backshelfed until Sprint for some ungodly reason decided to resurrect the beaten dog and give it a shot. Lte is 4G, Lte is real, Lte is unbelievably fast, faster than WiMax, Lte is the new standard, Lte will open up so many possibilities that it will change the way we think about phones, and Verizon will be the first reliable mainstream network to launch it. And also idk what the hell kind of roaming agreement sprint has with verizon all I know is that the reason I switched from sprint to verizon was because the call quality on verizon was superior and I was gettin up to 15 dropped calls in my regular working month, after switching to verizon about 3 years ago I think I've had two.

12. SMH

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

"and when Verizon does Sprints coverage will still be 10's of millions of people covered ahead of Verizon with 4G" For the record Sprint is the first company to have a 4g phone true however they are not the first to have a 4g network. Verizon has been building up their 4g network and stopped adding to their 3g network for over 2 years now. Plus Verizon makes more money than Sprint by a lot and they bought more then 65% of the LTE (4g) spectrum in the US and even with the roaming agrrement which CURRENTLY allows Sprint to use Verizon's network Verizon still has 35% more coverage nationwide. So no Sprint is not now or will they ever be better than Verizon or have more coverage. That's why Verizon doesn't attact Sprint or Tmobile because its would be like picking on a 5th grader. As for AT&T Verizon only attacts their networks to smash the Iphone basically saying great phone..terrible network. Oh as far of the review, I like both phones and I'm sure just about anybody can get what they need from both devices. As long as they have coverage

15. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

They'll have better coverage when Sprint buys out Verizon.... Yeah, I uh thought it sounded pretty unrealistic as soon as I typed it too...

17. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

maybe if you reversed the names it might be more likely. for the most part though both are unlikely verizons been building Lte for years they wouldn't buy WiMax

22. mcdach3

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Black, you're a bit of an idiot. Neither WiMax OR LTE are true 4G speeds according to the ITU. ITU specifies 4G speeds being 100+ mbps. Granted, LTE is rated at 100mbps but will NOT perform anywhere near that on the user end. Verizons LTE network is estimated to deliver 8-12 mbps on the user end while WiMax is currently delivering between 5-10mbps. Yes LTE is faster than WiMax at its current state but when WiMax gets its IEEE 802.11m upgrade (aka WiMax II) Speeds will be 1GBPS+. Also Sprint had several very large partners that greatly reduced their cost of building the WiMax infrastructure ya know like Google, Time Warner, and believe me the list goes on. Now perhaps with your extensive insight into mobile technology and related info you can tell us all why such distinguished well performing companies such as these would support something you correlated to a "beaten dog"? Hmm sounds like you have no clue what direction WiMax is REALLY headed. It will eventually be used for mobile internet WITHOUT phone capabilities turning ENTIRE CITIES in to a giant hotspot all while helping Sprint and Clearwire generate the revenue they need to build yet another network with ADVANCED LTE specifically designed to handle cell phones with it's IMS technology for VOIP and blazing fast internet for handsets. Sprint has assets in the $20billion area when concerning spectrum and is poising for more than just a bright future with cell phones but all of connectivity as a whole. Not to mention they will keep unlimited Data when your big red is doing away with it at the end of the month. Hmmm yet another game breaker not to mention the price of plans. Oh and look for Sprint and T-mobile to merge in the next 18months which will give Sprint ever MORE revenue to build it better, not to mention a savory tie to a European telecom GIANT that will spawn the growth of a true WORLD WIDE NETWORK. Thank you have a nice day

23. mcdach3

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

SMH, You're kind of misinformed too, or maybe ignorant, I'm not sure yet. Read comment below and watch out for SPRINT

24. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

Really, because after you pathetic display of totally baised information and wild world wide network theories are laughable, I figure I'll crush you now with Lte advanced, future upgrade to the Lte nework with minimum 100 mbps mobile speeds and minimum semi mobile and fixed speeds of just north of 1gbps, while tests have been successfully preformed with operating speeds of semi mobile devices at over 1.6 gbps. I don't know if your just misinformed, ignorant, or both but read this link and watch out for verizon. bitch

25. mcdach3

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Hmm could SWEAR I did mention LTE advanced,but dumbshits like you cant read the fine print lol. biased nothing VZW is a joke, why do you think Vodafone is starting to distance itself... hmmm get off the big red ball sack BRA lol

26. SMH

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

This mcdach3 really needs to calm down....seriously...first of all Sprint tried the merger thing already and that worked out so great for them....NOT. Plus no one is saying that Sprint is bad at all but they wont be able to keep up with VZW. Lets use logic here Verizon Wireless does cost more per month but they still have over 30 Million more subscribers and they looses less customers then Sprint does. So that means VZW has more money to build up their network faster. Couple that with the fact that they bought up most of the LTE spectrum than how couls Sprint catch them? Oh and as far as them loosing their unlimted plans well I'm sure that will happen but not uintil after they roll out their 4g which is not next month (smh). I'm also sure Sprint would eventually do away with them as well. Again mcdach3 use logic Sprint is a business how could they make money spending billions on a network and then giving the service away? Unlimited data plans means network conjection , especially when voip is being impletmented, and then no one will want them anyway...Tell me I'm misinformed when I review cell phone complanies for a lving....SMH

27. SMH

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

PS: Vodafone own 49% of VZW so no they not seprarting from them. When VZW makes money Vodafone makes money. In fact Verizon Communication and Vodafone may even merger (which I hope they do not) so again you're wrong.

28. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

id read your fine god damn print you little bitch, i also adressed it as bullshit, Lte is verizons, they own so much of the spectrum that sprint could never be a major lte vendor so shut the hell up and listen to what im saying retard

29. mcdach3

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Verizon and Voda wont merge (not merger) While Voda is the parent company to VZW and pratically gave them the assets to build their network, Voda and VZW are in a bout bc Verizon is refusing to pay Voda it dividends from the heavy investment Voda has mad into verizon, hence the distance I was referring to. Trust me I know more about this than you do :) currently on the exec side of a big wireless company :)

30. mcdach3

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

OH and hey dipshit, why don't you pop over to Boy Genius and read the newly posted article about sprint :) sprint has WAY WAY WAY more spectrum than anyone else and will be the ONLY UNLIMITED LTE VENDOR VERY SOON get your facts straight fuck tard. LTE is not owned by verizon they aren't even the first to deploy it. There are companies in other parts of the world that have had it deployed for public consumption for several months now. God I love being right and especially when the press just reinforces what I say. P.S. I'll enjoy resting my balls on your chin thunder cunt :)

31. mcdach3

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Hmm what are the odds that a tech forum would post an article such as the one on BGR today following our little debate? Hmm you review cell companies for a living? Obviously you aren't that good at your job or you would have known to pay attention to spectrum auctions and who's really ahead of who :) did I mention I work to keep one of these big 4 up and running? hmm sounds like I know just a little bit more than you.

32. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

retard, i so that article and laughed my ass off, verizon owns over 60% of the Lte spectrum so yeah, FAIL ON YOU RETARF THEY"LL NEVER OWN ENOUGH TO BE BETTER

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