Monday, June 14, 2010

HTC Droid Incredible vs. Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC Evo 4G

The other day, someone asked me to compare the HTC Droid Incredible to the new Apple iPhone 4. Then, another person said, "what about the Sprint Evo 4G?" So, let's take a brief look at these top 3 smartphones:

First, they all have super-fast internal processors. Whether you've got the A4 or the Snapdragon, you're going to have a very fast smartphone.
  • Droid Incredible: Very fast, still using the 3G Verizon Wireless network, allows tethering (including Wi-Fi hotspot), great camera, and runs Android. Expandable memory (up to 32GB microSD) and you can remove the battery.
  • Apple iPhone 4: Still using a 3G network, great design, only on AT&T, video conferencing appears to be limited to Wi-Fi for now so that front-facing camera may not be that useful, and AT&T to offer tethering sometime in the future (when?). Can't expand the memory or change the battery yourself. How will AT&T's network improve? Will we continue to see all those dropped calls?
  • HTC Evo 4G: First (and currently the only) smartphone on a 4G network. Limited to the Sprint network (which is currently the only 4G network). Very large screen and running the Android OS.  Expandable memory (up to 32GB microSD) and you can remove the battery.
So, is there a verdict? If you can't switch networks, then I think it's easy to say that you should have an easy time choosing your next smartphone. If you're open to switching, then it gets much more complicated.

If you want the fastest smartphone with 4G data speeds, then the Evo 4G is your clear answer. However, if you want to stay current on the Apple iPhone OS which currently offers the widest selection of medical apps, then go with the new iPhone 4. The Droid Incredible is a great phone for Verizon customers and the Verizon Wireless network has been rated as one of the best wireless networks in America. My family has been with Verizon for over 10 years and we've been happy with their coverage. If coverage is important, then go with Verizon.


  1. In a few years, maybe sooner we will no longer care about these small differences in phones. In order of real application to be developed the model will have to change or phone will achieve dominance in a sector. Example; I use my mac for ninety percent of my daily work but I run a Microsoft under a VM to complete the other 10% of tasks that work better in the MS world.

    I predict as the network becomes faster the OS based apps will be replaced by Cloud technology.

    But for now it is fun to have the new toys.

    FYI, I have the Incredible, and it is.

    Jeff Brandt

  2. Couple of points:

    1. No simultaneous voice and data on Verizon or Sprint (even their 4G network is voice OR data!)

    2. ATT's GSM HSDPA network is faster than Verizon's primitive CDMA network. In an impromptu (not scientific test, my iPhone 3GS was 25% faster upload and download than my friend's Verizon Incredible.)

    3. Careful reading of the recent PCMag review of the Droid X reveals it to be a buggy mess (see my other comment on this board for details).

    Bottom Line: Get an iPhone!