The iPhone 4 is openly announced so it’s a good time to compare the specifications of both phones. From the specs alone, the HTC EVO has everyone in the tech community salivating.

  HTC EVO iPhone 4
Dimensions 4.8” x 2.6” x 0.5” 4.5” x 2.3” x 0.4”
Weight 6 oz 4.8 oz
Processor 1 GHz Snapdragon 800 MHz A4
Cellular 3G EVDO, 4G WiMAX 3G UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
  peak 10 Mbps 4G peak 5.8 Mbps 3G
  peak 3.1 Mbps 3G  
WiFi 802.11g 802.11n
Location GPS, compass GPS, compass
Sensors Proximity, light, accelerometer Proximity, light, accelerometer, gyroscope
Storage 8 GB SD, up to 32 GB 16 GB or 32 GB
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Display 4.3”, 800 x 480 (220 ppi) 3.5”, 960 x 640 (326 ppi)
Video Out 720p (HDMI) 576p and 480p
Rear Camera 8-megapixel with dual LED flash 5-megapixel with LED flash
Front Camera 1.3-megapixel VGA
Video 720p from rear camera 720p from rear camera
Battery 5hr talk (3G), ?hr data (wifi) 7hr talk (3G), 10hr data (wifi)
  Removable battery Fixed battery
Extras Kickstand, FM radio Oleophobic coating

From a specs perspective the phones are pretty close. Where they differ it shows the different focus for Apple and HTC.

The Android phones are edging up in size, the EVO is 20% larger then the iPhone 4. The bigger screens are for media consumption. The EVO even has a kickstand so you can prop it up to watch a movie.

The EVO uses what Sprint calls 4G and the rest of the world calls 3G transitional. On the Sprint WiMAX network you can expect almost twice the speed of HSUPA. You’ll pay for that speed with sharply reduced battery life. When it comes to WiFi the iPhone 4 will outpace the EVO with 802.11n versus 802.11g.

You can add additional storage using the SD card slot on the EVO, something that just isn’t an option on the iPhone. The trade-off is slightly more complexity.

The screens show another sharp deviation. The iPhone 4 has a much higher pixel density but uses an IPS screen instead of the AMOLED screens that are all the rage in the Android space. AMOLED screens have a reputation for deep blacks and brilliant colors at the expense of viewability in direct sunlight. Apple went for the more traditional IPS route.

The cameras on both continue the separation. The HTC EVO went the megapixel route while the iPhone went with better low-light performance and lower pixel count. Both phones record 720p video and the iPhone LED will double as a continuous light.

The biggest difference between the two phones is battery life. Assuming Apple’s stated times are true (and they’ve been quite honest in the past), the iPhone 4 looks to have much better battery life then the EVO. Multiple reviews have stated that the EVO’s battery life is much shorter then expected. At best, it appears the iPhone has about 40% better battery life then the EVO. But since the EVO has a replaceable battery you could theoretically swap it out during the day.

The EVO also has an FM radio and the iPhone has an oleophobic screen to repel grease.

When it comes to features, Apple has been unusually aggressive in the iPhone 4. They aren’t known for pushing the envelope. But with the iPhone 4 Apple is coming very close to the most feature-full Android phone. Apple continues to focus more on what they consider to be quality features over raw numbers. They believe their 5 megapixel rear camera will take superior pictures to competitors 8 megapixel cameras.

Thanks to the shared lineage of the Snapdragon and A4 chipset you can expect performance to be comparable between phones. Android phones continue to provide more RAM then iOS devices though.

At the final tally, Apple is delivering a small powerhouse with a big battery life while EVO is delivering a feature-packed phone with potentially high wireless data speeds.


Sources:

  1. http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html
  2. http://newsreleases.sprint.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=127149&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=1405106
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Evo_4G
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iphone
  5. http://www.phonedog.com/2010/06/15/aaron-s-htc-evo-4g-review/
  6. http://www.macrumors.com/2010/06/17/iphone-4-confirmed-to-have-512mb-of-ram-twice-the-ipad-and-3gs/