iPhone 4 and Sprint EVO 4G, Head-to-Head

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The new iPhone has been officially outed and details of the next phone from Apple (s aapl) have been shared by Steve Jobs at the WWDC. The phone is pretty much the same as the prototype that walked into a bar recently (but failed to walk out). Jobs shared all the details about the iPhone 4, and made a case for this being the best iPhone ever. He’s right about that, but having just purchased the Sprint (s s) EVO 4G I am now even happier about my purchase than before the iPhone 4 announcement. Here’s how the two phones stack up against one another.

Hardware

  • Thickness: iPhone 9.3 mm; EVO 12.7 mm
  • Display size: iPhone 3.5 in.; EVO 4.3 in.
  • Display resolution: iPhone 960×640; EVO 800×480
  • Rear camera: iPhone 5 MP; EVO 8 MP
  • HD video recording: iPhone yes; EVO yes
  • HDMI out: iPhone no; EVO yes
  • Front camera: iPhone yes; EVO yes
  • Kickstand: iPhone no; EVO yes
  • Dual microphones (noise cancellation): iPhone yes; EVO no

Software

  • OS: iOS 4; Android 2.1 (2.2 promised soon)
  • Navigation: iPhone no; EVO yes (two free apps)
  • Video chat: iPhone Wi-Fi only; EVO Wi-fi/3G/4G (two apps)
  • Multitasking: iPhone limited; EVO full
  • Carrier support (U.S.): iPhone AT&T; EVO Sprint
  • Mobile broadband support: iPhone 3G; EVO 3G/4G (WiMAX)
  • OS updates: iPhone via iTunes; EVO OTA
  • Hotspot: iPhone none; EVO mobile hotspot (carrier charge)
  • Flash support: iPhone no; EVO Flash lite yes, Flash 10.1 coming

It may seem like I’ve stacked the deck against the iPhone, and perhaps so. I do believe the iPhone 4 is a sweet smartphone, and it has the full Apple ecosystem behind it, which is powerful stuff. I also believe that the Sprint EVO 4G is the most advanced smartphone hardware available — that high-res iPhone screen aside –and it can certainly hold its own in this head-to-head comparison.

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96 Comments

Raymond Padilla

It’s hilarious that Apple fanboys are attacking you for such a simple story. Both phones are great products and both have their own advantages. It seems like Apple fanboys are threatened that the iPhone has competition. It’s just ridiculous.

Brett

I felt the same way you did James. I bought the EVO on launch day and was curious to see how the iPhone 4 would stack up against the EVO. After the keynote, I felt like I had made the right choice with the EVO.

Michael

Boy, Apple-heads sure do have a thin skin. I’ve looked at the specs before I read this and came with the same conclusion. And it’s not sour grapes for me, because I don’t own an EVO. Yeah, he left out the gyroscope and WiFi on his list, but to most people, those aren’t game changers.

Of course, they are both excellent phones, and which is best for you depends on you use it. If you’re a gamer, iPhone4 is for you, with it’s gyroscope, game app selection and presumably better battery life. If you have a 802.11n router in your house, then you might want to exploit that with the iPhone.

In my case, I am not a gamer, and my router is an old 802.11g. So those features don’t appeal to me (until I upgrade my router anyway). Looking at everything else, I gotta go with EVO. The killer feature that EVO has and iPhone lacks is HDMI output. You’re gonna have a device that records HD, and I can’t plug it into my TV? WTF? Big time Apple-fail in my opinion. And I don’t think too many people are going to bother with video editing on their phone.

And once EVO gets 2.2, it just gets better. Flash is not the buggy resource hog that Apple fanboys keep trying to convince the world that it is. One commenter complained that Flash on the Nexus sucked. I have a Nexus and use Flash all the time. I have no complaints. It has a minimal effect on scrolling, and videos play great. Nice and smooth. If we’re at conference, and everyone is buzzing about a Flash video posted on a blog somewhere, you can borrow my Nexus to watch it, since your iPhone and iPad won’t be able to. Be warned though, I will laugh at you as you do so.

Scott

OTOH: you want to plug your phone into your TV? WTF? I have a hard enough time understanding why people bitch about the lack of an HDMI out on the iPad; I really can’t see this being a highly-requested option for a phone.

Steve

If your at home with a TV, why the hell wouldn’t you use your laptop that’s probably in the same room to do this much more effeciently, and without even needing a special micro-HDMI cable?

Scotty

James, here are a couple more differences.

FM Radio, iPhone no, EVO yes. Very handy for emergencies caused by weather etc… sure there’s probably an “app for that” but during such an emergency the cellular networks will be overloaded and a good ol’ fashioned FM radio signal has a much better chance of not getting overloaded.

Replaceable battery: iphone no, EVO yes. I must admit there is something comforting in knowing you have an extra fully charged battery squirreled away in your Scott-E-Vest…

Notification LED’s iPhone no, EVO yes. Gosh darn it I gave that up when I got into the iPhone and got re-addicted to having this with the Nexus One. While the EVO doesn’t have it’s big glowing ball, it’s plain ol’ multi color LED takes care of business. I keep my EVO in my left see through interior Scott-E-Vest pocket and being able to flip my vest open to quickly check that LED is handy. Especially when I have to have the phone in dead quiet mode, can’t even tolerate the buzz from the vibrator.

Dedicated user buttons iPhone one, EVO four. Apple philosophically believes that more buttons leads to sloppier UI design. While I can see a certain amount of where they’re coming from on that view I must admit when used properly the extra three buttons allow developers to save screen real estate for presenting me with payload instead of compensating with on screen buttons for the lack of more off screen buttons.

Both phones also have speaker phone but the EVO has a much louder speaker than the iPhone. In fact I’d put it on a par with the dual speakers in the iPad for loudness. Callers report they can’t tell when I switch in and out of speaker phone during a call.

Both phones have an auto-focus primary camera but so far I haven’t heard that the iPhone camera has auto-macro-focus. It is also more probable that two LED’s, as the EVO has, are more likely to be brighter than a single LED as used in the iPhone. But maybe Apple is just skipping the extra LED due to their superior low light sensor. :-)

One possible difference I haven’t been able to confirm yet is whether the iPhone 4 can exploit the iPad’s 10W wall charger. I know my EVO doesn’t. If the iPhone 4 does it would make a significant difference in it’s lack of a replaceable battery by halving the recharge time.

Steve

Scotty,
Some of your points are valid, but extra batteries for the iPhone run $10 and connect to the dock connector. The battery is a NON-ISSUE.

Scotty

Steve, I’m happy it’s a non-issue for you and I assure you I’ve bought several of those external iPhone batteries. But none of them made me feel as secure as the fully charged EVO 4G battery I have tucked into my scott-e-vest.

Marcus

Steve, the ability to have the battery removeable becomes an issue when you have a faulty one that need replacing urgently….one that does’nt need you to have to send the phone in for service…

James Kendrick

This is definitely a tough crowd, and why I love our readers. I hoped most who follow here would realize this was very tongue-in-cheek, and simply a list of some specs of the phones.

I have been actively called an Apple fanboy, even by some of the commenters in this thread, which I find a bit amusing to tell the truth. As I stated in the post honestly, the iPhone 4 is a sweet smartphone, and has the full might of the Apple ecosystem behind it. Apple will sell millions of these, and rightly so.

I do find it strange that I could be called misinformed by publishing a list of actual specs of any device. I didn’t make the specs up, they are what they are. :)

tal

Be true to yourself James. I am still thinking you are fanboy actually – but one I respect – even when you drive me crazy with your iPad love :)
Anyway – my advice is to add the battery life, gyroscope and maybe camera “quality” elements as mentioned above to your list. There is nothing radical there but for the sake of closure they are important. Other than that as you have claimed you simply list specs. And the fanboys are those who can not read an article and handle a different opinion than their own.

Tal

James Kendrick

I’m doing a full review of the EVO which should address all aspects of the phone. I will also be reporting on the iPhone 4 which I believe will continue to insert Apple’s dominance in the smartphone space. It is another great phone in the Apple line, and will continue to make an impact on everything.

Imagine if the iPad had that Retina Display… :)

Steve

Yet you failed to list the gyro in the iPhone 4 but DID list the EVO’s kickstand.

It’s not even a fair list of specs!

Luscious

All fan boy-ism aside, I think justifying your purchase and being unbiased are two different things. While I would most likely feel the same way as James does about any purchase of mine, especially when mentioning it to others, there’s no way I would drop my standards for unbiased, critical, expert opinion. Credibility outweighs personal preference.

When you begin to tout the disadvantages and omissions of one product as advantages for another, you lose the role of the impartial journalist and start to sound like the typical marketing guy. Experience counts, understanding specs is important and I’m all for sharing the advantages of something I may use. But it can be dangerous comparing a product you personally own versus one that you may have only heard about.

007JB

Regarding the screen, people have been drooling over the screen on the EVO since the first reviews came out.

On the other hand, when the iPhone first got revealed by various blog sites in the states and abroad, there was no mention of the screen. If in fact the screen is that much better, why wasn’t it so obvious to those who first got to use it. It certainly was obvious to the first users of the EVO.

Takes me to the following point, if steve put on his marketing mask of deception, all of a sudden, oh wow the screen is so cool retinal bullcrap.

And people fall for that kind of stuff.

mark

Um, by the time Gizmodo got it, the iPhone was wiped. All they could see was connect to iTunes.

mark

By the way, I trust the glowing reviews of the people who have seen it at WWDC and already blogged about it being “nothing short of stunning” and “as impressive as Apple boasts” over your uninformed comment, as I’m sure you haven’t seen it yet.

00zeroJB

You’re a moron. Did your mommy type that for you?

007JB

The battery issue can go both ways.

On the one hand the iPhone is limited with it’s sealed case. Want to change the battery, pay Apple an extra $100 bucks.

EVO with true multitasking, slightly less battery life, but you can swap out the battery in about 8 seconds flat.

If I had to choose on the merits of the battery, EVO.

Also, Android works with the internet so much better. This is somewhat of an overlooked detail. The integration with the ‘cloud’ is much better with Android, Apple is way behind on this.

mark

I just plug in a battery to the dock connector. Takes less than 8 seconds. And I can recharge both at once – or in half the time it will take you to charge yours.

mark

Also, iPhone touchscreen is much more accurate and responsive. Many fewer frustrating loss touches or repeat touches. The Google I/O videos were an embarassment of such loss touches; it was not a wifi problem as evidenced by the iPad loading just fine.

Ronin

Ha! Boy are you in denial. Apple just made your new phone obsolete.

-iPhone has a better, higher res screen yet is smaller, lighter, and stronger.
-MP does not determine camera quality. Wait til iPhone 4 is out.
-iPhone has a faster chip and longer battery life.
-iPhone has tons more apps
-Flash ability is a MINUS: insecure, buggy, resource hog.
-iPhone has gyroscope: tons of new applications and games.
-iPhone has 802.11n, EVO only has g.
-iPhone has A-GPS, same as EVO (you got that wrong).
-Apple’s multitasking is better, saves battery.

But the EVO has a kickstand. HA! Boy are you reaching. If a kickstand does it for you, knock yourself out. I’d just sell your obsolete phone at a loss and get an iPhone 4.

Lava

Another example, unfortunately, of why James’s comparison sounds like so much sour grapes to me:

“Flash support: iPhone no; EVO Flash lite yes, Flash 10.1 coming”

Okay, so we are not comparing something the iPhone doesn’t have to something the EVO also doesn’t have (but is promised is coming).

In other words, vaporware is now considered a definitive feature to check off.

Why not just compare the hypothetical feature set of iOS 5 to Froyo, if we’re going to take this route?

Tom Waits

IMHO pissing contests are for wankers.

Use what works for you and be happy – don’t engage in spurious comparisons that are based solely on specs. They mean little in real-world use.

Solson

Thank you! I don’t understand why iPhone and Droid users hate all over each other. Why can’t both be happy that they are pleased with their purchase and that the competition will lead to better products on both sides? (Though I have to admit that the name-calling that happens on these sites is both outrageous and hilarious.)

netwiz

I whole heartedly agree. Use what works for you, hmm, sounds like a good philosophy. I for one am lusting over an iPhone 4…

Steve

I suppose everyone has their bias and based on this article, it’s clear that James Kendrick has his. I have nothing against Android… It has come a long way since the G1 based phones, etc. However, to suggest that any Android phone is better than the iPhone 4 is just ridiculous.

The iPhone has a better OS. Before people start ranting about Flash, please demonstrate a valid use case on an Android system. I’ve tried it on a Nexus and it’s complete garbage. Even the smallest Flash banner reduces the web page’s scrolling, etc. to a useless level of slow. Not to mention the stability and security issues.

The iPhone has way more applications and choices there.

The iPhone 4 has the best display in the business. Period.

The iPhone is thin, fast and has much better battery life.

The only legitimate drawback to the iPhone is the carrier and that’s just an issue in the US.

It’s okay to not like the iPhone or Apple, but lets not pretend it has anything to do with the product comparison and acknowledge that it has everything to do with your personal politics & biases, etc.

Lava

Thank you! When James claims he’s even more sure of his choice in the EVO, I’m sorry, but it sounds like a strong case of sour grapes.

It’s interesting how he left out:

the gyroscope
802.11n Wi-Fi
much better battery life (and given iPad’s 10 straight hours of video playback in the real world, I suspect iPhone’s 4 battery blows away EVO in the real world too)
higher quality camera
better 720p video recording at 30fps instead of EVO’s 24fps
tap to focus for both photos and videos
video chatting that will actually be used by ordinary people because it’s built in to the phone and brain-dead simple to use (and something I am sure will be adopted by all the major chat clients because of consumer demand for FaceTalk implementations)
the much superior screen

I think a real honest comparison would look at how well each feature was implemented, too, not thrown together so it makes a spec sheet look impressive. Here is where the EVO and Android phones fail (cut and paste on Android is a joke, as well as things like accessibility for vision and hearing impaired users, and support for multiple language keyboards)

Triangle

He also didn’t mention the AT&T network. In NYC (and other areas), you can’t make phone calls without having them drop or not even connect. He should have a category for disconnecting calls as well.

Sapient2k7

gyroscope may help but I doubt it would be revolutionary. pS3s six axis controller used it in a way that would be problematic for iphone since the screen is on the device. the demo steve jobs gave could have been achieved by using a finger to rotate. It was not needed.
i have read that snapdragon supports wireless n but android doesn’t so if that is true support will come with an update.
i won’t say that it is “much” better battery life since comparision to iPad is flawed. Internally ipad has an iphone sized motherboard and the rest is battery. On the iphone the battery is pretty small. In Cnets test EVO gave 5.5 hours of continuous talk time. This was with all widgets running.
higher quality camera is debateable since the feature steve touted in his keynote is also used by EVO. It is also an 8 MP camera better than 5 mp fot iphone 4.
iphone seems to be better at recording 720p video. Tap to zoom for video is also great.
you forgot to mention noise cancelling 2nd mic which would help improve sound quality. i was very displeased by the sound quality of my iphone 3g and I am hoping this would help.
video chatting on iphone is severly limited only with other iphone 4 users and on wifi. On Evo you can use fring which is very user friendly.
apple is touting 326 ppi pixel density howevr if you check the keynote given by Steve in January of this year he was praising iPads screen as well. IPad only has 132 pixels per inch according to apple.com. eVo has ~ 210 ppi. Tell me which one would look sharper evo or ipad and then tell me if you have any issues with iPad’s screen?

The thing you have to keep in mind about android is the fact that there are a lot of people working on it to make it better. From 1.0 to 2.2 android has seen a LOT of improvement in a much shorter time than Apple. Android also embraces the homebrew community which is great unlike apple.

I think iphone 4 would be a success and it will have no bearing on EvO being a great phone or not. As it stands Evo is the better phone but in just a Couple of months something better will come along. palm I am hoping it is you ;)

netwiz

James has been accused of being biased to many companies, but in reality (and how he would put it) he’s “calling it like he sees it.” Besides, he’s a complete geek (no offense) and I wouldn’t doubt that he’s gonna buy another iPhone when he gets the chance. It may not be this one, but rest assured James loves his smartphones, he’s owned 4 at the same time at one point… With active service!!!

Lets look at the real picture here if he were to name, every feature of each phone, he would never finish the article. Odds are he was just writing the features that are most important to him.

Remember, “mobile tech is a personal thing.”

Brian S Hall

Well done comparison. I’m an iPhone user so likely biased. I rank smartphones on my site and the new iPhone 4 comes out on top (actually, somehow the EVO isn’t even the highest rated HTC).

Good times to be a lover of mobile technologies!

Dave

Looks like WordPress mangled my comment. The weight comparison was the second item listed. (Where’s the preview option?)

Mark A

Is that “much more objective” as in “figures that support my personal bias”?

I particularity like the memory one. That’s… special.

Steve

The memory one is true, ain’t it? You can put an SD card in and then deal with shifting files around to make everything fit.

James Bailey

Also, you mention a kickstand but not the gyroscope? WTF?

Steve

He would only mention the iPhone 4’s gyro if he wasn’t writing this just to convince himself the EVO is unquestionably better.

James Bailey

Battery life?

How can you leave off the most important item in a mobile checklist?

My conclusion is that you are deliberately stacking the deck against the iPhone. That is too bad because generally you are pretty unbiased.

The upgrade to HSUPA also deserves a mention though it doesn’t beat the 4G on the EVO but it makes it a lot closer than it would be vs just the 3GS.

Then there are the intangibles. The iPhone wins on software hands down. Does Android have a movie editing program? How about video chat? Do they have a single integrated inbox for all your mail yet or is GMail still separate from corporate mail (outlook)? Why only mention navigation and not other software details? Again, stacking the deck.

Anyway, most people who will buy an Android phone are not in the market for an iPhone so it really doesn’t matter much.

NeoteriX

In all fairness, it’s useless to compare the battery life of an unreleased product. Are we supposed to go by a manufacturer’s claims? We all know that they’re inflated.

…and on the issue of “intangibles,” if they are intangible, how can one win with them? These are subjective criteria, and so the important of each will be weighted differently with each person’s particular usage needs. But yes, I believe video editing software is unavailable for android, although video chat is.

mark

Maybe HTC is inflating, but Apple has been shown to be understating battery life over the last 3 years with iPhone, iPod, iPad, and MacBooks.

Owen

Couldn’t agree more James. I am on day 4 with the EVO and its is feels like the future. I have owned virtually every Treo (going back to the 180!), an iPhone, numerous Windows Mobile phones, a Blackberry and most recently the Pre. I have also used an iPhone 3G for a couple of days (a loaner). My feeling is that WebOS has the best interface, but it suffers from a lack of apps and mediocre hardware. The Android OS is a close second for me, but with no shortage of apps and diverse hardware/carrier choices.

While the new iPhone has very nice hardware, its “features” are meh compared to the EVO. Video calls over 3G to any computer or other device with Skype is far better than iPhone’s wifi only solution with limited device support. Wireless hotspot is also huge (and “free” w/ rooting). The screen size makes the device a dream for work (reviewing PDFs) or play (movies, reading ebooks). Add in HDMI out, voice commands for everything and excellent free Navigation solutions and its isn’t close. Best of all, the open Android OS means all of the rooting and homebrew greatness is available. I disagree with some commenters who downplay the iPhone’s deficiencies by claiming that the iPhone’s success proves that certain features aren’t needed, e.g., Flash, true multi-tasking, etc. That is a fanboy approach to debating. The fact is that Apple missed an opportunity to one up (or match) the specs on the EVO and other Android handsets, but failed to do so. They will still sell a gazillion new iPhones, but it doesn’t mean the iPhone is the better device. The specs don’t lie.

Steve

What exactly are you going to use HDMI for? Do you carry the specialized mini HDMI cable to your friends houses? Do said friends not have laptops to connect to their TVs in the house already?

Robert

James, can you include the other dimensions for both devices? I’ve been looking for the iPhone sizes and don’t see them anywhere, so that would be good information to include in this post.

A lot of people have commented about how “huge” the EVO is, and it’s true that the screen is large. But there’s very little wasted space above and below the screen on EVO compared to the iPhone. It looks like the EVO isn’t very much bigger than the iPhone overall.

Tommy

Engadget has pics of the iPhone and EVO side by side. The EVO is a beast in size.

Tommy

Seriously? You throw in a kickstand as an advantage but leave out battery life as a disadvantage? Can you say biased. Sounds more like you are trying to convince yourself.

Steve

Oh he’s trying to convince himself alright. Let’s just leave ease of use out of the equation, no one, you know uses their phone for anything.

Worst. Comparison. Ever.

pizzleini

The battery for the Touch Pro 2, HTC Hero and HTC snap will fit perfectly into the Evo. I have a total of 2 backup batteries. So power is not really a issue for me. I just swap it out when it gets to 15% power. Just buy a backup if you don’t have any old batteries laying around. Look on Amazon or EBay or something. I mean its not that hard…

Mark H

For normal use you shouldn’t have to replace the battery half way through the day. It’s awkward and don’t have room in my pockets for spare batteries.

Robert

I have only owned the EVO for three full days now, but in my “normal” use the battery life is good enough for a full day. Certainly feels comparable to my Palm Pre, which itself wasn’t great, but good enough. And over the past three days I have been using the EVO more heavily than normal for configuration, testing, installing apps, playing with the GPS maps, etc. And I had several long hotspot sessions with my iPad.

When Seidio has a high cap battery that fits the original back I will buy that, but I always have a spare battery in my bag for emergency use regardless of run time of the original.

Jenn

@ Robert: Seidio already sells a 1750mAh slim battery that fits the original back. The capacity isn’t much higher than the original 1500mAh and there was that whole thing on Battery Boss about Seidio batteries not living up to their stated capacities, but I bought one for my EVO anyway. I have pictures here: http://www.goodandevo.net/2010/06/quick-look-seidio-1750mah-slim-battery-for-htc-evo-4g.html

Even though you don’t have to prime li-ion batteries, I’m following the outdated instructions on Seidio’s packaging (must be left over from nickel battery days) so my battery results are as “correct” as they can be. Runtime is supposed to improve after 5-6 full charges, so we’ll see. I’m only on my 2nd at the moment and battery life seems about the same with my regular usage. After the battery is “primed,” I’ll run more standardized tests than just my personal usage patterns.

Tom Reestman

A little disappointed to see this, since such checklists are worthless. I could easily put one together where the iPhone “beats” the EVO, or is “beaten” by any phone you’d probably care to name.

In any case, here are a few thoughts:

iPhone has free navigation with the MapQuest 4 Mobile app. Works pretty well, too.
iPhone has tethering in the US (been global for quite some time). Yes, there’s a carrier charge.
Banging the Flash drum for smartphones? At what point will the iPhone’s success prove that Flash on a smartphone is a non-issue? You gonna call for an FM radio and removable battery next?
iPhone multi-tasking is “limited”? Really? Groan…

DZ

EVO’s too big for me, simple as that. How about an Incredible versus iPhone 4 head to head?

Peter

What about the battery life, the iPhone 4 is supposed to be a step forward here, while the EVO appears to be a step back in comparison to other Android phones (battery life wise).

EVOlover

Sammy, just carry around one or two removable batteries (something the iPhone does not offer). The batteries are small, inexpensive and charge super quickly!

Lava

You do realize there are dozens of extended power solutions for iPhone, from small power packs from Energizer and Richard Solo that plug in to the dock connector to form-fitting cases that double battery life like the mophie Juice Pack Air.

And unlike secondary removable batteries, all the iPhone battery solutions allow SIMULTANEOUS charging of internal and external batteries.

How do you charge that secondary battery when it’s not popped in the phone after it’s been drained?

Sammy

The biggest downside to the Evo IMO is the battery life. And it appears battery life is a plus for iPhone4. I want to avoid the evil Apple App Store, but are there any solutions to the Evo’s pathetic battery life?

A week ago I didn’t think I was missing anything by using my Treo Pro. Now with these two device releases, things have changed somewhat.

NeoteriX

I believe the differences in battery life don’t come from any significant hardware or technical differences (although I believe the Snapdragon is fabbed at 65nm and the A4 at 45nm, which may account for some small power savings; additionally, the likely reason for a non user replaceable battery is because Li-ion polymer is being used which will take up less space than a cell and be more flexible in terms of space constraints, but is less user-replaceable friendly–I expect the battery to be a bit higher than the 1500 mAH in the Evo, but not markedly so.)

The real difference in battery boils down to a matter of philosophy. Apple has developed a utopian style OS where “multitasking” if it may be called that is limited to a few key application genres, and then everything else is the result of clever app-state saving. This will have notable gains in power consumption.

However, for better or worse, Android offers true multitasking. The upside is that users and programmers aren’t constrained by artificial limitations. The downside is that poor coding and policies on the part of developers, and poor app management on the part of users can result in multitasking run amok, which will lead to significant battery diminution. In other words, Android users have the “freedom” if you will, to run dozens of apps and widgets that will constantly poll for data (twitter updates, facebook statuses, weather, stock, etc.), and with that freedom comes the added responsibility and frustration of managing that more intensely.

On my Evo 4G, I’ve taken the time to round up all the poorly managed apps (I’m looking at you, Sprint Zone app) and ensure that only the program I want and need are frequently updating. The result is that when my phone is sitting on my desk, getting email as it comes in and so on (wifi on, 4G off, BT on), the power consumption is nearly flat on my power consumption history chart.

I will note that it’s extremely not-user friendly to properly optimize application management for battery life, and the misinformation floating around the web regarding task killers does not help one bit. There’s a lot to be said for Apple’s utopian design — it works and I imagine battery life will be great. That said, it’s not for me.

Scotty

NEOTERIX, I’d call an extra wide area radio for WiMAX a significant hardware difference in battery life for the EVO.

That radio pumps energy out with the intent that it be received miles away at a Sprint WiMAX base station. It operates at a higher data rate than the 3G radio in the iPhone which inherently requires it to use more energy as well. In addition the EVO’s CDMA radio has to run simultaneously with the WiMAX radio so it can still make/take voice calls. Whereas an iPhone gets to use it’s 3G radio for both voice and data at the same time. Plus it is early days for the WiMAX radio being used so they’re still finding ways to optimize it’s power usage.

This past Saturday I took my Overdrive into the Sprint store and their technicians installed software that Sprint hasn’t released OTA yet. They then told me I could see an extra half hour of battery life due to better optimization in it’s WiMAX radio.

I look forward to a similar optimization for my EVO. :-)

Alan

Tethering and a wireless hotspot are two different (albeit related) things. Tethering isn’t a bullet point above.

tal

Yah this time its far more evident – Android is even before Froyo the best OS on stronger platforms.
What I liked is Job’s try to dismiss the fact that their app approval system is EVIL. 5% reject based on 3 factors. Yah right well tell that to the widget based apps. And who the heck needs that approval system in the first place.

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