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Android HTC Evo vs. iPhone 4 – Who wins?

As an ex-iPhone user, I know how fanatical people can be about their Apple phones. Having now played both sides of the branding field, (having definitely converted to Android) I truly how funny this video is:

But the proof is in the pudding, right? Check out how the Apple iPhone 4 and HTC Android Evo 4G compare:

iPhone 4 HTC Evo 4G
Display 3.5 inch display with 960 x 640 pixel resolution 4.3 inch screen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution
Processor Apple A4 chip, speed unknown 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
Size 4.5 inches in height, 2.3 inches wide, 0.37 inches thick. 4.8 inches in height, 2.6 inches wide, 0.5 inches thick.
Weight 4.8 ounces 6 ounces
Operating system iOS 4 Android 2.1
Cellular access 3G 4G
Storage capacity

16 or 32 GB flash drive 8 GB microSD card included, supports up to 32 GB.

Dual cameras. 5-megapixel primary camera. Front-facing secondary camera (resolution unknown). Dual camera with 8-megapixel primary camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing secondary camera.
Video Recording

720p, up to 30 frames per second. Built-in video editing. 720p at 25 frames per second.
Video Conferencing

Yes. Native support through FaceTime application, via Wi-Fi only. Available through Qik app that costs $5 a month for premium features and higher-than-VGA quality. Basic app is free. Can be used over 3G or 4G wireless.

Three-axis gyro, digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS. Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS.
Battery Life

Talk time of up to 7 hours on 3G and 14 hours on 2G. Up to 6 hours of talk time.

$200 for 16 GB version, $300 for 32 GB (both with a two-year contract). $200 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract.

June 24 June 4
Service provider

AT&T Sprint

(Thanks Wired for the comparison info)

So, which one do you choose? Which have you chosen?


  1. systm says:

    definitely a pro-android fan boy here (g1 > n1), I feel that most people pick the iPhone over better qualified devices for two reasons, One is that it’s a much “prettier” device, both inside and out, and for the fact that they have brand recognition with apple over other manufacturers. When HTC &Moto really starts getting brand identification with consumers and not just power users, then they will have a better chance at taking a bigger chunk out of apple. It hasn’t help HTC much that most of their devices have been re branded under different carrier monikers like the MyTouch or Droid Series of phones (T-Mo & VZW, respectively) I feel that it’s only a matter of time before Google can get android to a comparable level of UI beautification that apple has had for the last few years.

  2. Doc Nielsen says:

    The Android. If given the choice between Big Apple Brother Watching, or Big Google Brother Watching, I’d rather pick the one that have my intimate details already

  3. apstorm says:

    Based purely on the stats… I’d say the iPhone takes points in terms of sleekness (not just prettier, but smaller and lighter) and a higher-definition screen- probably better on the eyes when reading text, for instance. But the Evo certainly has points in terms of flexible and modular design (variable capacity based on what memory stick you use, it seems, and the fact that Android OS supports more open app formats); I’m not sure how often people might use some of the features it seems to support over the cellular network, anyway, like the video chat. I’d imagine using something like that over WiFi with a stable power source would be preferrable (much like with running Flash; I seem to recall a screenshot of Flash in a task manager of some sort, showing off how much resources it was hogging), but, seeing as I’m not one who has a need for such a feature anyway, I guess I’m not a good judge on that.

    Overall, the iPhone 4 seems to actually have hardware superiority, based solely on that chart (smaller, more capable), but not necessarily software superiority. Better battery life (up to 6 hours suggests that’s the best the Evo can do regardless of mode where as both cellular modes on the iPhone 4 clearly state longer), better screen quality, better sensor package, and better video capturing functionality. The camera and the cellular transmitter seem to be the only hardware advantages for the Evo. Price wise, they seem pretty well-matched.

    For the most part, it’s really a matter of preference, especially with respect to which OS you’d rather use, or which service provider you have (if you already have unlimited data from AT&T, for instance, it’s probably wise to stay put for as long as you can). Personally, I don’t care which one. As it stands, I’ve been using an iPhone 3G as I’ve been on a family plan with AT&T through my sister and brother-in-law and it’s a fairly beneficial deal, so unless Evos start being offered through AT&T or my sister suddenly decides to switch carriers (highly unlikely), my upgrade path seems rather obvious.

  4. Tim Acheson says:

    There’s no contest. iPhone, and Apple products in general, are over-rated. 😉

  5. Rashef says:

    Say what you will, but I’d go with N900, which to me is the greatest mobile phone device ever.

  6. Enk says:

    Sounds about right. I’ve maintained for a while now that Apple is a marketing company with a technology department. I’ve pretty much given up trying to argue with Apple users regarding the merits of different technologies, but I do get somewhat perturbed when people refer to my Cowon as an iPod.

    That said though, I should point out that Sprint and HTC are also using a marketing gimmick as the Evo is still only a 3G phone because the 4G standard has yet to be defined. Sprint runs the Evo on a more advanced 3G network that they call 4G, and which may very well qualify to be called 4G after the standard is settled.

    Personally I don’t have a smartphone, but am planning on upgrading to an Android device as soon as we have the network up here that would make it worthwhile. In the meantime, I’ll make due with my two year-old LG Rumour. The 0 button is failing, and since I live in the 204 area code, here’s hoping that the new network is ready reasonably soon since 10 digit dialing is on the way.

    So I guess to answer your question, my vote is for the Evo, iffy name or not.

  7. tux05 says:

    Im an iphone usr and just cant get used to the fact… wait i just farted… there must be a new iphone with limited by jobs features and extremely overpriced…
    After trying android im just waiting for my iphone to die on me so i can go that way, although this 3g iphone hasnt been that bad really, despite the fact that it takes about an hour to get it working like i like it to….

    Fuck apple, overpriced cunts

  8. Frank says:

    You cant be serious. I would’ve thought that most people’s IQ exceeded their shoe size, I suppose that’s untrue. Why would anyone want to buy a worthless product from a ripoff company, that lies, cheats, & steals. Why would anyone wish to purchase an inferior product who’s battery life doesn’t make a phone call let alone internet service. Why would anyone wish to deal with wannabe losers & usurpers that constantly overkill the advertising market, which is the only reason that they are around like Bets Vs VHS or Nintendo Vs anyone else. Please sheeple please begin to think for yourselves and acquire an IQ that exceeds penny candy….for god’s sake PLEASE!!!

  9. mst says:

    Android for sure.You should also check out other android phones, like Samsung i5700 etc. Apple is a good piece of hardware but definately overrated.

  10. Dispozitiff says:

    Ну что сказать, ролик пиздат 🙂

  11. Rick says:

    higher resolution. that extra inch HTC really only translates to like a quarter inch. id rather my phone display clear images instead of slightly larger fuzzy ones. in my area AT&T service is great, i almost always have at least 4 bars. sprint sevice sucks here. really the only thing i see the EVO better at is the still camera

  12. BrianX says:

    The raw specs seem to say iPhone. In practice, I think it just comes down to which OS you prefer and whether you like AT&T as a carrier. I already own an iPod touch, so I’m sort of neutral on the issue — I’d want to wait for a rev2 iPhone 4 to see how they solve the antenna problem.

  13. Mac says:

    I have had the iphone4 from day one and have hated it. I should of sent it back. it is a great mp3 player, if you dont want to use bluetooth. It drops calls all the time and has a echo the rest of the calls. Iphone 3gs was a much better phone. Evo here I come, cant be any worst.

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