HTC Evo 4G Launched, Tough Competitor to iPhone 4



HTC Evo 4G, a phone that was released in the US on June 4, four days after the announcement of the Apple iPhone 4 and 20 days before its launch on June 24, a date that eventually may be pushed to July 12 because of the unprecedented demand.

In complete contrast with the fanfare that accompanied the iPhone 4 launch, the Taiwanese telecom manufacturer launched its Evo in the quietest manner possible. But can it match up to the iPhone 4? In three words, the answer is: It sure can. And in some feature sets, it’s even better than the iPhone 4. There is one small problem, though.

Purists don’t call it a 4G phone yet; its protocol is half a notch below actual 4G speeds. But who cares as long as it is faster than 3G? And yes, just in case you wondered whether the iPhone 4 has 4G network access, no, it doesn’t.

Compare the two phones. The iPhone 4 has a 3.5 inch display; the Evo 4G has a 4.3 inch screen. Both phones have a dual camera set up for live videocalling, but the iPhone 4 camera is only 5- megapixel while the Evo camera has 8- megapixel resolution.

Apple has not specified the front camera resolution; the Evo has a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front.

Both phones have live videocalling, but the iPhone Facetime video calls are restricted to Wi- Fi networks and Apple said it is working on building new software that will allow it to run over the 3G network too. The HTC Evo is evolved; it already works on 3G and 4G networks.

For the first time since Apple decided to reinvent itself, it is facing the strongest competition in terms of design as well as in content and engineering. As renowned technology writer David Pogue said in his review of the Evo in the New York Times on Thursday: “ It’s another great- looking, blazingly fast app phone made by HTC and running Google’s Android operating system.

Android gives the phone more complexity than the iPhone ( its obvious rival), but also provides some sensational features: speech recognition that lets you type by speaking, almost anywhere; an excellent, free turnby- turn GPS navigation program; and a wireless app store stocked with more than 70,000 little programs.” And lest we forget, it can also run Flash video content which means you can access most of the videos that are on the Web.

The iPhone can’t because of its CEO Steve Jobs’ hatred for Flash and love for the rival software called HTML5.

Meanwhile, another review on Engadget added: “ A big, big part of the EVO's draw is the 8 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash and— drum roll, please— yes, 720p video recording. The shots had a little bit more splotchiness and noise ( er, make that noise reduction) than we would've liked, but they still looked just great scaled down to monitor size; as with pretty much any phone camera, you're not going to want to blow these up and frame them for an art exhibition.” The guys at HTC are leaving no stone unturned to beat the iPhone 4.

13 comments:

Anonymous { June 18, 2010 at 9:35 PM }
The iPhone does 720p HD video recording....with editing through the phone or the new iMovie app for advanced editing...the iPhone 4 is much better...the EVO is too bulky and the menus are not intuitive....
Anonymous { June 18, 2010 at 10:07 PM }
Oh, hey...who cares? If you're gonna edit a video, might as well do it on a computer if you are actually going to take the time to do it.
Go Evo! And ATT still sucks!!
Anonymous { June 19, 2010 at 12:06 AM }
i thing you are just an iphone hater..Iphone much better in several aspects..like better resolution display, better processor, more ram for application..etc
Ibrahim Al-barri { June 19, 2010 at 12:09 AM }
I have an evo and I love .... I got the battery working right and I love the size .... Sprint has great service to boot ....
Mario { June 19, 2010 at 12:28 AM }
The biggest thing for Iphone is jailbreaking.
The Cons for Iphone is the lack of network and Tethering.

Evo does not do any Jailbreaking but does have
the network backing and Tethering.
Anonymous { June 19, 2010 at 12:49 AM }
when it will be available in india
Anonymous { June 19, 2010 at 1:14 AM }
Well,
For buying without an operator plan, consider the Nokia N8 coming soon, the best camera phone available now, with sweet 720p recording with front mic, great night shots, scratchfree lens, capacitive touh, full bluetooth profile support (u can use mouse, keyboard at same time !!). It has all the video calls
I will be cheaper also.. 500 S
Anonymous { June 19, 2010 at 2:18 AM }
Tethering is available on the iPhone. Don't forget that there are over 200,000 applications in the app store. It's true there is an app for just about everything search and download. The use of iPhone is much easier than the EVO. I can list 200 reasons of the top of my mind why the iPhone is still the best smartphone. Don't get me started ;)
Anonymous { June 19, 2010 at 2:35 AM }
To whoever the Anonymous iPhone 4 fanboy is: (1)Who cares about great resolution if it's on a tiny display? The Evo has AMAZING HD resolution, and a great display to boot. (2) We do not yet know if the A4 is a "better processor", because the actual speed of the processor is not being listed in any reviews (though it is doubtful it is faster than that Snapdragon processor in the Evo). If anything, the phones probably have equally impressive processors. (3) More ram???? Not sure where you got this idea. If you mean onboard memory, then the Evo and the iPhone 4 both max out at 32GB. Get your facts straight. But I guess you can't since you are worshipping an iPhone you don't even own yet.
John { June 19, 2010 at 6:54 AM }
Wow the person who wrote this article hasn't read a thing on either phone. Yea the iPhone is tied to at&t...(boo)...but is a much superior phone, you cannot deniy this. The EVO 4G could be AWSOME....but my buddy has YET to get the video calling to work. Android is cool, but on numerous phones....AND his phone needs to be rebooted about 4 times a day do to lockups. The 4G is spotty at best (will get better)

The iPhone is refined, yes less MP on the cam, but who needs a nikon strapped to the back of your phone, the app store AND itunes apps are WAY better. battery life is better, and while a gimick to some editing a video of my son to send to my wife just sounds cool.

NO slam on the EVO 4G...but just not there yet...super close tho
Anonymous { June 19, 2010 at 7:00 AM }
After all the talk about iPhone killers, I think the EVO will be able to hold up against is Apple counterpart. The EVO is an absolutely brilliant device! Talk about the menus being un-intuitive are comments that are either entered by an Apple employee or a complete gadget novice. Couple EVO's excellent functionality with the fact that your're not bound to Satan (aka AT&T) and you've got a true winner. I love the fact that I am reading all of the spec articles on the iPhone 4 and can answer (my evo does that) to every spec mentioned. HTC did an excellent job and I encourage anyone that has been waiting on a competent, non-AT&T iPhone rival to consider it.
Anonymous { June 19, 2010 at 1:07 PM }
GO EVO GO SPRINT//IPHONE 1 2 3 4 I DON'T CARE, JUST BENCH UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY COME WITH SOMETHING MORE EXCITING//HTC HAS PASSED THE TOUCH SCREEN THANG AND CAMERA THANG//IPHONE PLEASE COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT HTC HASN'T THEN JUST MAYBE, JUST MAYBE YOU'LL GET A GOOD REVIEW//TELL THAT CEO OF YOURS TO STOP HATING AND SUEING OTHER COMPANIES//THAT'S ALL HEY CAN DO//YES YA STARTED THE TOUCH SCREEN//HOWEVER, HTC JUST MADE IT BETTER//LIKE THEY SAY YOU COULD START IT BUT IT'S WHO CAN FINISH IT IS WHAT MATTERS//
Anonymous { June 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM }
So the 8-megapixel camera is 'better' apart from the poor image quality! When are you geeks gonna see past the specs and realise you're being had?

McD

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