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

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.


  • 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


  • 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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