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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Showdown: iPhone 4 vs. HTC Evo 4G

Updated to include more information on Qik

Apple’s new iPhone 4 is the company’s biggest update yet for the handset and it will have you drooling.

The phone is a snazzily slim, glass-backed slab that boasts some impressive specs: dual cameras, a big operating system update and video chat, among other things.

Apple introduced the phone at its developer conference Monday and said it will be available on AT&T’s network starting June 24.

But when the iPhone 4 hits retail shelves it will have to battle a gaggle of Android devices for consumer attention — the most significant of which is the HTC Evo. The Evo has one big advantage that Apple can’t beat. It runs on Sprint’s 4G network, while the iPhone is stuck on AT&T’s 3G service. Sprint 4G, though, is not available in most major cities, including San Francisco and New York.

If you are considering upgrading to the latest version of the iPhone or getting an Android device, take a look at how the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo 4G compare:

iPhone 4HTC Evo 4G
Display3.5 inch display with 960 x 640 pixel resolution4.3 inch screen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution
ProcessorApple A4 chip, speed unknown1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
Size4.5 inches in height, 2.3 inches wide, 0.37 inches thick.4.8 inches in height, 2.6 inches wide, 0.5 inches thick.
Weight4.8 ounces6 ounces
Operating systemiOS 4Android 2.1
Cellular access3G4G
Storage capacity
16 or 32 GB flash drive8 GB microSD card included, supports up to 32 GB.
Dual cameras. 5-megapixel primary camera. Front-facing secondary camera (resolution unknown).Dual camera with 8-megapixel primary camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing secondary camera.
Video Recording
720p, up to 30 frames per second. Built-in video editing.720p at 25 frames per second.
Video Conferencing
Yes. Native support through FaceTime application, via Wi-Fi only.Available through Qik app that costs $5 a month for premium features and higher-than-VGA quality. Basic app is free. Can be used over 3G or 4G wireless.
Three-axis gyro, digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS.Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS.
Battery Life
Talk time of up to 7 hours on 3G and 14 hours on 2G.Up to 6 hours of talk time.
$200 for 16 GB version, $300 for 32 GB (both with a two-year contract).$200 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract.
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