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Android phones are flying off the shelves, with both Motorola and Verizon — maker of the Droid and carrier for the Incredible, respectively — claiming that supply can’t keep up with demand. HTC EVO 4G owners can get all-day battery life with some simple steps.

Apple may have just officially unveiled the latest and greatest iPhone, but Android is currently the hottest ticket in town. Dr. Sanjay Jha, CEO of Droid maker Motorola, said this week that the company would sell more Android phones if it could make more. Verizon has also admitted in the past month that the Incredible was selling faster than handset maker HTC could produce them. And Sprint’s newest Android phone, the EVO 4G, only hit stores shelves a week ago and is already sold out.

Some reviewers have complained about short battery life on the EVO 4G due to its many hardware components — which includes 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS and two cameras. However, a few simple tips can be employed to stretch the EVO’s battery life so that it lasts as long as that of any smartphone. Most involve changing system settings to insure various system components are only active when needed.

In the meantime, many are wondering how the phone’s features stack up against those of the new iPhone 4. It turns out the two phones have a lot of similarities, among them video chatting using a front-facing camera. And given that the iOS 4 on the new iPhone will handle multitasking, the capability gap between Android and the iPhone has now officially closed.

  1. Let’s see. A closed proprietary system or one that’s open and nonproprietary. Which would you support?

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    1. If you’ve ever used android apps, you know they are not as functional as apple apps. You know app makers want every bit of info they can get from you during the download/install process. And you know they are clumsy. Now, before you hit download and install, don’t you want a company to make sure the app isn’t malicious or faulty or a “ram hog”? Don’t you want the app to go through an accept/deny process? Don’t you want the app to mesh well with the technological architecture? There is a nice balance between wide open and closed shut.

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      1. @Androiduser

        I disagree that Android apps are less functional. In fact I think it’s the opposite. I find that Android apps are more functional. Where I find them lacking in comparison to iPhone apps is in looks. And I’ll take usability and functionality over looks any day.

        And I most certainly don’t want apps to go through an approval process. The permissions tell me everything I need to know. In 18 months I have never come across a single malicious app and if I’m stupid enough to use a banking application that is not from my bank, then I deserve everything I get. Besides nothing prevents me from falling for it on a web site or a phishing email. The cons of the approval process are clearly obvious in the Apple store.

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  2. so translating your comments: the way to make your EVO battery last more than an hour… turn it off so you can’t use the actual “featues”….. great, now it can last as long as the 10 hour battery of the iPhone 4, WHILE ACTUALLY USEING THE FEATURES…..

    other than that, and the poor screen resolution, the lack of a gyroscope, the fact that it only has 9 gb of memory compared to the 16 gb memory fo r the same price iPhone 4, the fact that EVO doesn’t have Android 2.2 or Flash 10.1, and even if it did, 65% of Flash websites crash or do not work on the Evo… showing youTube videos, OR ANY VIDEO’s looks like crap compared to the iPhone, and the evo takes as long as 3 mins to load a video, while the iPHone takes 2 seconds… speed of loading any app is slow compared to the iPhone, there have been 25 thousand apps created in the last 2 months for the iPhone, ontop of the 200,000 compared to the 50,000 for Evo (most do not work because they were created for other form factor smart phones)..

    hey but other than that, the Evo compares very will with the iPhone… did i mention the kickstand yet? :0)

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    1. wow you definitely summed that up extremely well, if I could give a thumbs up I would.

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    2. And this irrational ramble is another proof of apple fanb-oism. 2.2 will be on the EVO shortly, Videos look MUCH better than iphone, especially while enjoying them in HQ, loads a video in about 5 seconds or less, has a bigger screen with faster response than the iphone, has better battery life than the ipod touch and iphone when using it the way it was intended, and 200k apps on the apple store means about 20 that are actually useful, about the same as the android app store.

      Next time, leave your biased apple opinions at home, or maybe steve jobs wants to write a policy to say what people can and cannot say about their product….

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  3. James,
    The gap is still there between Apple and Android Phones.

    Apple leading in build quality.
    HTC leading in screen size and all other specifications.

    I agree , this is going to be like PC wars all over !!!!.
    Loving it.
    Slight difference between PC wars of the 80s and now is the no of companies fighting Apple. Microsoft was the only one back then. This time around Google,RIMM, PALM and Nokia are coming up with comparable devices. Microsoft is in the pit too.
    I really would like to see how long Apple can keep fighting this time. Last nail in the coffin will be from Android.

    The only way Apple can fight is to release couple of more handsets and all carriers.

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  4. I have an ancient G1. It’s slow. Uses android 1.6. I’ve looked at several other android devices. They look ‘okay’. But the android apps do not have the same quality or breadth as Apple apps. The android interface is not as good as Apples. Cut and Paste is not as universal on the Android. Pinch and Spread Touch is not universal on the Android platforms and it’s being challenged in court. It comes down to Cheap vs Quality. Microsoft and Hardware Companies won that battle against Apple years ago through distribution issues. But I’m going for Quality this time around. To be useful, a phone needs to be much better than a home computer. It has to be fast and easy to use on the go and needs a good battery to use functional and expanding apps. The icing on the cupcake is that iphone is delicious looking; the evo is NOT.

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    1. With a phone, I’m looking for functionality.

      I’m getting tired of
      1. dialing a number just because I started walking with my myTouch in my hand;
      2. being located hundreds of miles away by Google maps;
      3. unable to have gps location;
      4. unable to use the T-Mo app to determine what my account details are.

      T-Mo is and has been my carrier for quite a few years. I definitely will NOT become a customer of AT&T again, so there is no way I will buy an iPhone. Luckily my main use of the phone is as a P H O N E!

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  5. “Most involve changing system settings” — And the average person is going to know and do this?

    Have yet to meet anyone other than some geeky friends that have bought Android except for 2/1 pricing or Verizon – They’d still rather have an iPhone. Android isn’t a brand. Droid is but that’s exclusive to Verizon. Unlike the ubiquity of Windows with a common interface, Android is more like Linux with Sense, Blur, and eventually a multitude of others. Right now they are all being clumped into one marketshare number, that won’t be the case in the future.

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  6. I have an ancient G1. It’s slow. Uses android 1.6. I’ve looked at several more recent android devices. They look ‘okay’. But the android apps do not have the same quality or breadth as do Apple apps. The android interface is not as good as Apples. Cut and Paste is not as universal on the Android. Pinch and Spread Touch is not universal on the Android platforms and it’s being challenged in court. It comes down to Cheap vs Quality. Microsoft and Hardware Companies won that battle against Apple years ago through distribution issues. But I’m going for Quality this time around. To be useful, a phone needs to be much better than a home computer. It has to be fast and easy to use on the go and needs a good battery to use functional and expanding apps. The icing on the cupcake is that iphone is delicious looking; the evo is NOT. (will this ever post?)

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  7. Wow, lots of Apple Kool-Aid drinkers crowded in here. I’ve been using the HTC Incredible since the day it dropped and it’s been fantastic. Not a chance would I switch to such a fascist device as the iPhone. I used one for long enough and know that all the weenies squealing around here are ridiculuous – the android system works as well or better than Apple’s and is open for others to come in and improve upon. When something doesn’t work the way people want it to, android apps can address it. Apple squelches similarly attempted innovation.

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