iPhone 4 vs Evo

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lake alice, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. lake alice macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2009
    So I'm waiting for my iPhone4 to arrive but I had a chance to play with the Evo yesterday and I must say I was impressed. Even as a hardocre mac guy it is an impressive handset. Anyone who has used both care to compare the two?
  2. patdesignsinc macrumors regular


    Mar 29, 2008
    I had the EVO for a week a half, maybe two weeks. The battery life was poor. I would get about 8 hours of idle and one hour of use before I had to charge it again. The Exchange email was poor as well and that is the main reason I need a smartphone. The Facebook app was poor as well. Other than that, it was a great phone, I liked it, but it still pales in comparison to the iPhone, that's why I switched back.
  3. techiegirl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    I have both and I agree with patdesignsinc. Applications are better on the iPhone.

    Evo Pros:
    - Removable Battery
    - Sprint (Yes....Sprint is better than AT&T here). I can actually make a call without dropping.
    - Customizable (aka root)
    - Wifi Tether

    Evo Cons:
    - Battery Life (sucks)
    - Slow Speed (unless you live in a 4G area, which I don't)
    - lack of good android apps
  4. phrint macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2006
  5. jp700p macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2010
    I was in line when they first got released on June 4th. 20 days later I visited an Apple store. Then on June 28th, I became a new owner of an iPhone. I had some problems with the EVO

    - Dust under the screen after a weeks use in the upper left hand corner. Apparently this is common with HTC phones. This is happening with the Hero and Incredible.
    - I thought the lagginess was due to hardware, but its because the frame rate is capped at 30fps.
    - Keyboard was crap due to missed spacebar (look it up on any EVO forum) if you typed too fast.
    - Screen was not as responsive as iPhone. So you'll have to tap twice for alot of things.
    - Screen quality was poor when compared to iPhone 4. The colors look dull and muted.
    - Battery life was absolutely horrible. I would take it off at 9am and by the time 6pm came around, it was dead. I would do very light txt (about 10) and web surfing (about 30 minutes total).

    Overall, the EVO seems unfinished and unpolished when compared to iPhone. Even the iPhone 1G felt more sturdy than the EVO.
  6. dmorris01 macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2010
    Agreed, techiegirl. I owned one for three weeks. I found Sprint's 4G to be fast but spotty and nearly unusable traveling on the road. Also, the wifi hotspot service in the EVO offered MUCH slower speeds. I could do a speed test on the EVO and get 7M down/2M up, but on a computer tethered via the wifi hotspot, I would get barely dial up speed.

    And yes, the Android market feels like a jungle. TONS of barely usable or downright crappy apps, and a relatively few VERY good apps.
  7. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Yes, soon you will have used both and be able to compare yourself. You will have a 14/30 day window to return your iPhone if you decide you like the Evo better.
  8. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2008
    The Evo has some points that make it really nice just not nice enough for me to buy it. If I didn't buy an iPhone 4 I would have a hard time choosing a new phone. I'm really upset to see that xenon flash cell phones are even more rare than when I was buying unlocked phones. I use to be able to rely on Sony Ericsson to make a killer phone with the Walkman feature and a kick ass camera. :(
  9. Apollo 13 macrumors 6502a

    May 29, 2010
    the Evo got an update to fix battery life. I never had the a battery life problem on minds anyways.
  10. Vol7ron macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2009
    Derry, NH
    Guy at work has an Evo...Loves it but does agree with the battery life issues. The one thing i will say about it is that the screen size is nice and big, but frankly, as much as i love the big screen, i feel that the iPhone screen size is just right. It fits in my pocket perfectly compare to the Evo.
  11. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    I would say that the iPhone is better based on what I have seen, even though the Evo does have a nice, large screen. I am willing to guess that the Evo 2 will be better than the iPhone though much like the Droid X.
  12. scott99 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2007
    I think it really matters where you are as well. For example, if you are in NYC/NJ, the EVO might be a better choice, due to the piss poor reception of the iPhone in that area. Whereas I hear in some parts of the country, AT&T's reception kicks Sprint's butt. It really depends. I am so sick of dropped calls and slow internet on my iphone in NY/NJ, I'm tempted to see how the reception of Sprint and the EVO are in the same areas. I believe I would have a free 30 day trial with Sprint to test it out.
  13. feddy84 macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    there are many pros and cons with both. but theres really 1 important difference.

    if you want a smartphone then pros = apps
    and even if android actually got the best potential atm,
    it is probably 2 or more years before theres good enough
    and many enough apps for it to be worth switching.

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