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.

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HTC Droid Incredible versus HTC EVO 4G comparison chart
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Weight 4.6 oz (130 g) 6 oz (170 g)
Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRC, PBA version 2.1+EDR Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC version 2.1+EDR
Camera Resolution: 8+ megapixel auto-focus / dual LED flash Resolution: 8+ megapixel auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, brightness control, face detection, spot metering
Dimensions 4.6" x 2.3" x 0.47" (117 x 58 x 11.9 mm) 4.8" x 2.6" x 0.5" (122 x 66 x 12.7 mm)
E-mail client Protocols Supported: Exchange, POP3, IMAP Yes
Memory card slot microSD (TransFlash) supports cards up to 32 GB microSD (TransFlash) 8 GB card included / supports up to 32 GB
Browser Android browser (WebKit-based) supports Flash Lite 4.0 HTC Android browser (WebKit-based) Flash Lite 4, multi-touch
Speakerphone Half-duplex Yes
Voice dialing Speaker-independent (automatic) Speaker-independent (automatic)
Flashlight No No
NFC No No
Ruggedized No No
Digital TTY/TDD Yes Yes
External Display No No
Polyphonic Ringtones No Yes
Ringer Profiles No No
Mobile Hotspot Yes Yes
USB Version: 2.0 High Speed supports mass storage mode Yes
Picture ID Yes Yes
Ringer ID Yes Yes
Data Tethering Yes supports up to 8 devices simultaneously
High-Speed Data Technology: 1xEV-DO rA Technology: WiMAX plus EVDO Rev. A
Text Keyboard, Hardware No No
Touch Screen Type: Capacitive multi-touch Type: Capacitive
Hard Drive No No
Instant Messaging Networks Supported: Google Talk Networks Supported: Google Talk
MMS Yes Yes
Text Messaging (SMS) View Style: Threaded View Style: Threaded
FM Radio Stereo: Yes Yes
Headphone Jack (3.5mm) Yes Yes
Music Player Supported Formats: AAC, AAC+, MP3, WMA, eAAC+ Yes
Stereo Speakers No No
DLNA No No
Front-Facing Camera No Yes
Live TV No No
PictBridge No No
Streaming Video Protocol: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, WMV Yes
Video Capture Resolution: 720p HD (720p with software update) Resolution: 720p HD
Alarm Yes Yes
Calculator Yes Yes
Calendar Yes Yes
SyncML No No
To-Do List No No
BREW No No
Games Yes Yes
Headset Jack (2.5 mm) No No
Push-To-Talk No No
Wireless Carrier Verizon Wireless Discontinued Sprint
Networks CDMA 850 / 1900 CDMA 850 / 1900 WiMAX 2500
Physical design Bar Internal Antenna Bar Internal Antenna
Built-in memory 6.4 GB (internal memory available to user for storage) 440 MB (internal memory available to user for storage)
GPS A-GPS A-GPS supports LBS
Supports enlarging text No No
Languages supported English, Spanish English, Spanish
Vibrate mode Yes Yes
Side buttons volume volume on right
Picture messaging No No
Voice recorder Yes Yes
Operating System Android version 2.1 or greater (upgradeable) Android up to version 2.3 with updates
Infrared No No
Auto-complete suggestions for text Yes Technology: XT9 plus Swype
CPU 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8650 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8650
Wi-Fi support Version(s): 802.11 b,g Version(s): 802.11 b,g
Java support No No
Battery Information 1300 mAh LiIon 1500 mAh LiIon
Estimated Battery Life (Talk time) 5.2 hours max. (312 minutes) 6 hours max. (360 minutes)
Screen Type OLED (Full-Color) LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Screen Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Screen Colors 65,536 (16-bit) 65,536 (16-bit)
Screen size 3.7" diagonal 4.3" diagonal
HTC EVO 4G from Sprint.
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HTC EVO 4G from Sprint.

Features Comparison

Similarities

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.

Memory

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.

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