Our coverage of Android smartphones continues with a head-to-head look at three of the top phones currently available: Motorola Droid 2, Samsung EPIC 4G and the HTC EVO 4G. These phones are superphones that showcase the capabilities that Android brings to the smartphone space. Two of the phones have sliding QWERTY keyboards to facilitate text entry, which are shown to good effect in the video. Two of these phones are the only phones in the U.S. capable of working on the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) network. The video shows the phones up close and personal; which one is right for you?
The phones compare favorably in performance, as all are equipped with fast 1 GHz processors. The Droid 2 has a TI OMAP processor with a dedicated GPU, the EPIC 4G has a Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird (not Snapdragon as stated in the video) and the EVO 4G a Qualcomm Snapdragon. The performance is similar on all three phones, and it’s fast.
The displays are all different: 3.7-inch LCD on the Droid 2, 4-inch Super AMOLED on the EPIC 4G, and 4.3-inch LCD on the EVO 4G. The EPIC 4G screen is brilliant, as clearly demonstrated in the video. The narrow width of the smaller Droid 2 may be an issue for those who surf the web on the phone. The EVO 4G display is not nearly as vivid as that of the EPIC 4G, but the additional size makes a difference for extended work sessions.
These three phones are easily as good as anything else on the market, and compare favorably overall. If a QWERTY keyboard is important to your intended usage, the EPIC 4G wins the showdown with the Droid 2: That dedicated row of number keys gives it the nod. If 4G connectivity is critical to you and you live in a Sprint 4G area, either the EPIC 4G or EVO 4G will work well. Which one gets the nod comes down to screen choice and whether you need a keyboard or not.
Don’t miss our expanded coverage of the phones to help decide which one may be just what you need. Our Mobilize event next month will highlight all aspects of the mobile scene; hopefully we’ll see where Android is may be heading in the future.
- Droid 2 review
- Droid 2 video
- EPIC 4G video
- EVO 4G video
- EVO 4G review
- Typical day with the EVO 4G
- Droid X video (not in the smackdown but worth a look)
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