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HTC Evo (Android 2.2) vs. iPhone4 (iOS)

LY Android Invasion HTC Evo vs. iPhone4

Too bad there’s no 4G capability yet on the iPhone, the lack of which will make those who pick up the Verizon version … feel like they’re holding onto an antique long before their contracts run out.

I used Google’s navigation software all the time. Unfortunately, it’s not available on the iPhone. If I want a comparable navigation package, I have to pay, either $0.99 plus a subscription fee for some services or $35 for something like Garmin.”

When the battery starts to die on an Apple iPhone, you have to ship it to Apple to get the battery replaced.  Android-powered smartphones feature removable batteries, so you can carry a spare battery for when you need extra power, and of course change it in moments yourself.”

Up to 40% of all websites use Flash technology, which the iPhone will not support.  Androids display all websites, including those with Flash.”


All the data below is from the 4 sites linked below.

Feature HTC Evo
iPhone4
4G Capable (five times 3G speed) Yes No
Apps Available 75% are free 75% cost money
Battery life (SB: Standy; TT: Talk Time) 372hrs SB, 5hrs TT 300hrs SB, 7hrs TT
Battery removable (carry a spare?) Yes No
Call drops Minimal Lots of complaints
Call quality Good Better
Camera specs 8 MP 5 MP
Camera software Fair Great
Customize the phone Yes No
Display resolution 480 x 800 640 x 960
GPS navigation (turn-by-turn with voice) Yes (included) No (available to buy)
Gyroscope No Yes
Home-screen widgets Yes No
Internet browser Chrome Safari
Internet Flash support (surf entire internet) Yes No
Keyboard pull-out option Yes (get Evo Shift) No
Memory expansion slot Yes (+8GB flash) No (16GB / 32GB ROM)
Radio FM Tuner Yes No
Screen size 4.3-inch 3.5-inch
Screen touch sensitivity Good Better
Speech-to-text Yes No
Touch keys dedicated Yes No
Video calling from anywhere to anyone Yes No – only WiFi to Apple

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http://mashable.com/2011/01/16/verizon-smartphones-compared/

  • “Too bad there’s no 4G capability yet on the iPhone, the lack of which will make those who pick up the Verizon version next month feel like they’re holding onto an antique long before their contracts run out.”

http://www.gnorb.net/1949/iphone-4-review-and-observations

  • Jailbreaking is a necessity:  I see now why people feel the need to jailbreak their iPhones. By comparison, I never once felt the need to root my Droid. Ever.”
  • Dropped calls:  OK, so the “grip of death” doesn’t present on this [Verizon CDMA] version of the iPhone as it does on the AT&T version, but reception problems remain, and dropped calls are more frequent.”
  • Free navigation software:  I used Google’s navigation software all the time. Unfortunately, it’s not available on the iPhone. If I want a comparable navigation package, I have to pay, either $0.99 plus a subscription fee for some services or $35 for something like Garmin.”
  • No timestamps on texts: There are timestamps on calls. There are timestamps on emails. Why in the name of Woz is there not a timestamp on an SMS?! OK, so there are time stamps marking the beginning of conversations, which is useful, but given the format in which SMS’s are displayed in iOS, timestamps for each message could have been added.”
  • Options in how you do things: … they provide you exactly one way to do things, imposing a sort of “one way or the highway” feel to their products. Don’t like it? Well, too bad. (Unless, of course, you jailbreak, thereby voiding your warranty and any Apple support.)”

http://shop.acnwireless.com/template/simpleautocontent.aspx?pageid=8393&r=acn

  • Battery replacement:  When the battery starts to die on an Apple iPhone, you have to ship it to Apple to get the battery replaced.  This service costs $85, takes 3 business days, and clears all of the data from your iPhone.  Android-powered smartphones feature removable batteries, so you can carry a spare battery for when you need extra power, and of course change it in moments yourself.
  • Customization:  The iPhone is only customizable by moving the similarly-shaped tiles around the home screen.  Android smartphones are completely customizable.  Using widgets, backgrounds, apps, and multiple home screens, you can completely customize the look, feel, and ways you interact with your Android smartphone.
  • Free apps:  Nearly three-quarters of all iPhone apps must be purchased, but the majority of Android apps are free – including many of the same apps that Apple charges for on their app store.  Example:  turn-by-turn GPS with voice navigation is free for Android, but $99 for iPhone.
  • Internet surfing:  Up to 40% of all websites use Flash technology, which the iPhone will not support.  Androids display all websites, including those with Flash.
  • Memory:  Most Android smartphones have an expandable memory card slot, allowing you to inexpensively increase your phone’s memory, or carry extra apps or movies on additional microSD memory cards.  Apple iPhones do not support memory cards, so you must decide when you purchase an iPhone how much built-in memory you will pay for.  When you run out of memory on an iPhone, you have to delete files and apps, or buy a new phone with more memory.
  • Phone style:  All Apple iPhones are the same – bar-shaped touch screens.  Android smartphones are available in a variety of sizes and for factors, including phones with different size touch screens, and some with slide-out keyboards.
  • Video chat:  The iPhone can only video chat while connected to a WiFi network and only to other people who have the latest iPhone.  Many Android smartphones offer the freedom of video chat without being tied to a WiFi network or Hotspot, and you can chat with anybody that has a webcam.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/198214/apple_iphone_4_vs_the_rest_of_the_smartphone_pack.html

  • If you are into video calling, you will have limited options between the iPhone 4, HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Galaxy S. Note though that Apple’s FaceTime video calling service works only via WiFi, and only between Apple iPhone 4 compatible devices.
  • The Android Market may not be as big as Apple’s App Store … But for Flash games fans, Android is the most viable solution, as the iOS will clearly not support Adobe’s technology any time soon. To top it off, multitasking and tethering also come with the iOS 4 in the iPhone 4, catching up with the Android phones.
  • As for battery life, the iPhone 4 claims the longest battery life, with up to seven hours of talk time, closely followed by the Galaxy S, with 6.5 hours. Of course, these are manufacturer specifications, and real-life results can be very different. Stay tuned for PCWorld testing.
  • All the Android phones in this comparison come with microSD expansion slots, and you can get a 32GB memory card online for around $100 (the same price difference between the iPhone 4 16GB and 32GB models).
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