The HTC EVO 4G and the iPhone 4, both released in June 2010, are among the most powerful and feature-rich smart phones in the U.S. The HTC Incredible is in the same league.

Certain reviewers have criticized the EVO but the phone also has a loyal fan following, mostly from Android lovers.

Comparison chart

HTC EVO 4G versus iPhone 4 comparison chart
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HTC EVO 4GiPhone 4
Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC version 2.1+EDR Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP 1.5, PBA, A2DP version 2.1 + EDR
Vibrate mode Yes Yes
Speakerphone Yes Yes
Networks CDMA 850 / 1900 WiMAX 2500 GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 WCDMA 850 / WCDMA 1900 / WCDMA 2100
Picture ID Yes Yes
Screen size 4.3" diagonal 3.5" diagonal
Video Capture Resolution: 720p HD 720p (HD), 30 fps
Browser HTC Android browser (WebKit-based) Flash Lite 4, multi-touch Safari supports landscape mode, multi-touch zoom and pan, and multiple windows.
Stereo Speakers No No
Alarm Yes Yes
Screen Colors 65,536 (16-bit) 16.7 million (24-bit)
Screen Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 960 x 640 pixels
To-Do List No Yes
Auto-complete suggestions for text Technology: XT9 plus Swype Yes
Voice recorder Yes Yes
Instant Messaging Networks Supported: Google Talk Various via 3rd Party Applications
Voice dialing Speaker-independent (automatic) Speaker-independent (automatic)
FM Radio Yes No
MMS Yes Yes
Streaming Video Yes Protocol: H.264 / MPEG-4 (MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GPP) via Safari web browser / plus dedicated YouTube client
Mobile Hotspot Yes Yes
Estimated Battery Life (Talk time) 6 hours max. (360 minutes) 7 hours (3G), 14 hours (2G)
Ringer ID Yes Yes
Supports enlarging text No Yes
Dimensions 4.8" x 2.6" x 0.5" (122 x 66 x 12.7 mm) 4.5" x 2.31" x 0.37" (11.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)
Data Tethering supports up to 8 devices simultaneously Yes, details still unknown
Digital TTY/TDD Yes Yes
Ruggedized No No
Text Messaging (SMS) View Style: Threaded 2-Way: Yes threaded (Also Group messaging Iphone 4 Users)
USB Yes Version: 2.0 supports charging
SyncML No No
Wireless Carrier Sprint AT&T, Verizon
Flashlight No Yes
Headset Jack (2.5 mm) No No
Live TV No No
Languages supported English, Spanish English, French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukranian, Arabic and more
Calendar Yes Yes
Infrared No No
Java support No No
BREW No No
Camera Resolution: 8+ megapixel auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, brightness control, face detection, spot metering Resolution: 5 megapixel (back-facing), LED flash, geotagging, tap to focus, also a VGA front-facing camera
Games Yes Yes
Wi-Fi support Version(s): 802.11 b,g Version(s): 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
Memory card slot microSD (TransFlash) 8 GB card included / supports up to 32 GB No
Screen Type LCD (Color TFT/TFD) LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Weight 6 oz (170 g) 4.8 oz (137 g)
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes No
Music Player Yes Supported Formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible 2-4, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
E-mail client Yes Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, Exchange built-in attachment viewer (Microsoft Office, PDF)
Picture messaging No Yes
PictBridge No No
Side buttons volume on right volume keys, ringer switch on left / sleep key on top
Calculator Yes Yes
CPU 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8650 Apple A4 (1 GHz)
Push-To-Talk No No
Ringer Profiles No No
Hard Drive No No
Touch Screen Type: Capacitive Primary input method: Finger capacitive, multi-touch
Operating System Android up to version 2.3 with updates iOS 4.1
GPS A-GPS supports LBS A-GPS; photo, video geo-tagging
Built-in memory 440 MB (internal memory available to user for storage) 32 GB (internal memory available to user for storage) or 16 GB
Headphone Jack (3.5mm) Yes Yes
External Display No No
Physical design Bar Internal Antenna Bar (steel rim is the antenna)
Apple iPhone 4
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Apple iPhone 4

Battery Life

Battery life is where the iPhone 4 beats the EVO 4G hands down. Many users of the EVO have reported a battery life of only 4 hours with moderate use of the phone. Power consumption even when on standby is less than ideal. In contrast, battery life for the iPhone 4 is 6 hours (Internet use on 3G) and 300 hours when on standby.

HTC EVO 4G Phone
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HTC EVO 4G Phone

Camera

Both phones have two cameras, one in the front and one on the back, and the back cameras for both phones can record 720p HD videos. The EVO's back camera is 8 megapixels whereas the iPhone 4 has a 5 megapixel camera on the back.

Apple has released an iMovie app for $4.99 that lets you edit videos recorded on the phone without having to transfer the videos onto a computer.

The photo-taking app on Android (EVO) is sluggish compared to the iPhone. The photo browsing utility is also not as slick as the iPhone 4.

Video Calling

Both phones support video calling. The iPhone 4 has a pre-installed app called FaceTime that allows users to video chat. This feature is only available over Wi-Fi.

The EVO also allows video calling to any other phone that has the same user-selected software installed, such as Fring or Qik. The EVO also allows video calling over 3G and 4G, as well as Wi-Fi. In the opinion of David Pogue at the New York Times, this feature of the EVO is not user-friendly.

4G speed

Where Sprint's 4G network is available, download speeds for Internet use are better than AT&T's 3G network. AT&T's network has also received flak for being slow and oversubscribed, but the company is investing in a revamp.

The use of 4G, however, drains the EVO's batteries even faster. There are also complaints that 4G coverage is not available everywhere, and that the phone takes a long time to find and connect to a 4G signal. These drawback temper the 4G advantage.

Screen

The iPhone 4 and the HTC EVO 4G are both touch screen smart phones. The EVO's screen, and therefore the phone itself, is much larger (4.3 inches diagonal) than the iPhone (3.5 inches).

Resolution

The EVO has a screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels whereas the iPhone has a resolution of 640 x 960 pixel resolution. The iPhone 4 also has what Apple calls the "retina display". The iPhone 4 screen has 326 pixels per inch, which is more pixels than the human retina can see (when the device is held 10 to 12 inches from your face).

Features

The EVO has an extremely fast processor, so using the phone feels snappy. The EVO has a smooth layout, and a convenient 5 home screens. The phone also offers speech-to-text software so users don't have to type, a nice feature that the iPhone does not have.

Flash Support

With Flash-lite support, the EVO also plays some Flash videos (not including Hulu.com), which the iPhone cannot.

Kickstand

Another useful feature of the EVO 4G is a kickstand. Given its large screen size and heavier body, it can be hard for users to hold the phone for longer durations, especially when watching movies or HD videos, or reading books. The iPhone does not have a kickstand.

Apps

The iPhone app store has over 300,000 apps. The Android market, which the EVO uses, has over 100,000 apps.

Tethering and Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

The EVO 4G converts to a mobile, internet-connected Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices. This feature, however, costs an additional $30 per month. The iPhone 4 will also allow tethering to connect the phone to a computer for browsing. However, it cannot function as a wireless hotspot.


Data Plans and Pricing

The EVO 4G costs $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a 2-year Sprint contract. The iPhone 4 16 GB model has the same price with a 2-year AT&T contract but without the rebate. The 32 GB model costs $300.

AT&T offers two data plans for the iPhone and it is mandatory for iPhone users to choose one of these plans. The $15 per month data plan is for 200 MB data use. The $25 per month plan is for 2GB data use. This data plan is in addition to the basic calling plan, the cheapest being a $40 plan with 450 minutes that roll over.

Sprint offers a "Simply Everything" plan for $99 for unlimited data and calling usage but charges an additional $10 per month fee for EVO users. Other Sprint plans for the EVO include unlimited data and 450 calling minutes for $70 per month, and unlimited data and 900 calling minutes for $90 per month (all of them charge the separate $10 fee). In addition, there is a $30 per month fee if you want to use your phone as a mobile hotspot.

Head to head comparison video


Reviews

HTC EVO 4G Review

iPhone 4 Review

Spoof Videos

There were a couple of very funny videos (presented below; language NSFW) comparing the iPhone 4 and the HTC Evo 4G. The first video extolled the virtues of the EVO and made fun of diehard Apple fanboys.


The second video was a rebuttal and mocked the EVO (also NSFW).

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