The HTC Incredible and the EVO 4G are both smartphones from HTC that have a lot in common. Both are based on Android 2.1 operating system, both are priced at $200, and both phones have launch dates in June 2010. While the Incredible is available from Verizon and the EVO from Sprint, both wireless carriers require users of these smartphones to purchase higher-priced data plans.
HTC Droid Incredible versus HTC EVO 4G comparison chart
Both the HTC Incredible and the HTC EVO 4G sport 8 megapixel cameras, 480x800 pixel screen resolution, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS, music player, multitouch screens, USB port and the Android browser that supports Flash Lite 4.
Size and Weight
The Incredible is lighter at 4.6 oz (compared to the EVO at 6 oz) and smaller with a 3.7" diagonal screen compared to 4.3" for the EVO.
The Incredible is shipped with 8 GB of internal memory (6.4GB available for user storage) and a microSD card slot that supports up to 16GB of expanded memory. Verizon also has an introductory offer of a free 2GB microSD card included with the phone. On the other hand, the EVO 4G has a microSD card slot that supports 32 GB of expanded memory. However, the internal phone memory available to the user for storage is only 440MB.
Tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot
Both phones allow you to use the data plan and the carriers wireless network to be hooked up with your PC. With the Droid Incredible, you can connect the phone to a PC using a cable and then use the PC to surf the web using the phone as a modem. There is a surcharge for using this feature - users have to pay $15 for 5GB data use per month for tethering (in addition to the cost of the data plan).
With the EVO 4G, tethering goes much further. You can use the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot and connect up to 8 devices wirelessly to use Sprint's 4G network. Where 4G is unavailable, the phone falls back to 3G. The fee for this feature is $30 per month but there are rumors this could be free until July 2010 in areas with 4G coverage.
Performance and Reviews
In the opinion of David Pogue at the NY Times, "No question, the Incredible is the best Android phone so far."
He also mentions that the Incredible is an extremely fast, responsive phone. Since both phones use the same 1 GHz processor, they are likely to have the same performance. However, battery life is a major drawback because the phones drain battery pretty quickly.