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Motorola DROID X vs. HTC EVO 4G

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As it stands at this moment, both smartphones provide their own customized experiences that are running on top of Android 2.1, however, there is a noticeable performance difference between the two. These two behemoth devices don't skimp out on specs – the HTC EVO 4G is packing on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor while the Motorola DROID X is powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 CPU. Overall, the DROID X just runs faster as a whole when it comes to scrolling – it was especially more prominent when moving between the home screen or moving up or down in the apps menu. It's not to say that the HTC EVO 4G is slow, but there is a noticeable lag that's present only when you meticulously compare it – still, it doesn't deter from a decent experience. Between the two custom user interfaces, we still like how Sense is able to perfectly aggregate a host of things on-screen, but Android as a whole has that kind of option. The interface on the DROID X is less in your face and more boxy in nature, but we did like how you're able to manually re-size widgets to your liking. Depending on your taste, either handset can provide the perfect experience in tailoring to your specific lifestyle preferences.

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HTC EVO 4G

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Motorola DROID X


Seeing that the core set of apps is the same on both handsets, the one feature that's strikingly prevalent and sticks out more than anything has to be the HTC EVO 4G's ability to do video chats. Either using Qik or Fring, we were able to use the front-facing camera to get in touch with people – which is obviously something that's sorely missing from the DROID X's arsenal. Going forward though, one would have to expect for this to become common among high-end smartphones; although it may certainly not be a deal breaker for some.

Having more real estate than the average smartphone, these two allow just about anyone to dish out a mean text message with their on-screen keyboards with few typos along the way. The Motorola DROID X relies on the stock Android keyboard, which requires you to press the symbol button to type in a punctuation or number, but thankfully we found it a tad bit more responsive and faster than the EVO 4G. You can literally speed type like no other without the worry of seeing the phone catch up to your presses – plus you've got the Swype keyboard as an alternative. However, we do enjoy how the HTC EVO 4G's on-screen keyboard maximizes itself to the user. Meaning that keys are integrated with other characters and symbols by simply executing a long press – this means you don't have to navigate away from the main on-screen QWERTY.

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Motorola DROID X


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Some would assume that the web browsing experience would be exactly the same seeing that they're both running Android 2.1 and feature swift CPUs, but in actuality, there are a few items that the HTC EVO 4G packs on that the DROID X doesn't – Flash Lite support and 4G connectivity. Still, with Froyo down the road we expect that Flash performance on both devices will be about equal. Scrolling is pretty smooth on the EVO 4G, but the all seeing eye can spot that the DROID X is slightly smoother.

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Motorola DROID X

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HTC EVO 4G - Motorola DROID X vs. HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G



Unfortunately globe trotters won't find either handset equipped for their international travels seeing that they are CDMA devices and will only operate domestically. Luckily they both feature Wi-Fi as an alternative means for data connection when abroad, so you can rely on various VoIP clients for your voice calling needs. If you happen to fall in an area where Sprint's 4G coverage is present, the HTC EVO 4G would naturally be the perfect choice in that case scenario – even  more so when you're automatically paying the $10 premium data charge each month no matter what.

Mobile HotSpot functionality is in full effect, but the HTC EVO 4G has a slight advantage as it's able to share 4G connectivity for up to 8 devices while the Motorola DROID X can lend its 3G speeds to a maximum of 5 devices via Wi-Fi.

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