The HTC EVO 4G, offered by Sprint, and the Motorola Droid X, offered by Verizon Wireless, are two of the hottest Android OS phones around. Today they’re being compared head-to-head, in order to determine which one takes home the prize.
There are eight categories in this fight, so read on to find out which one comes out on top.
The display is the same on both devices — 4.3-inches of vibrant glory. Photos and videos look great on both, so there’s no way to declare a winner in this category.
Just keep in mind, each of these smartphones has one of the largest screens available on any smartphone, so if that’s what you’re looking for, both come out ahead of virtually every other device.
Neither the EVO 4G nor the Droid X have a physical QWERTY keyboard, so you’ll be using a virtual keyboard for text entry. They are almost identical on both devices, though the HTC model’s keyboard does have a better layout in both portrait and landscape modes. The portrait keyboard has a comma, so you don’t have to hold down the period key to get a comma, as you do with the Droid X.
The landscape keyboard on the EVO 4G also has cursor controls which are very handy since the virtual keyboard takes up so much of the screen when you’re typing a message.
Those are such minor differences that this category doesn’t actually have a winner — either one of the virtual keyboards will serve your needs.
This category is something of a toss-up, because both the EVO 4G and the Droid X are rather large phones. The device from HTC is very slightly wider than Motorola’s, but the difference is almost negligible. The Droid X is just about a quarter of an inch taller than the EVO, which doesn’t sound like much but it is noticeable, especially if you’re carrying the device in a small pocket.
The EVO 4G has a uniform thickness, while the Droid X has a “camera bump” at the top. The EVO 4G is a bit thicker than the thinnest part of the Droid X, and also feels slightly lighter in the hand. Of course it also has a built-in kickstand, which is great for watching video, while you have to hold the Droid X in your hand. You could prop it up on something, but that could be somewhat difficult due to the uneven thickness of the phone.
If you want a “by the numbers” comparison:
- Motorola Droid X: 5.0 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches
- HTC EVO 4G: 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches
I prefer the EVO 4G to the Droid X, but they are so similar that it really does come down to personal preference — so I’ll have to call this category a draw.
Features and Capabilities
This is the category where the battle really starts to heat up. The EVO 4G really shines, since it’s the first WiMAX phone available to consumers. It offers blazing fast speeds, and can also serve as a 4G hotspot for other devices, so they can also share in the blazing fast goodness, assuming WiMAX is available in your area.
In other respects, the two devices are very similar, whether you’re talking about productivity or entertainment. They both have the same Android apps and Google services built-in, though the EVO 4G comes with Quickoffice and the Droid X does not.
They are both super fast and responsive, which isn’t surprising since they both have 1 GHz processors on board. The only slowdown was when I was performing network-dependent tasks.
Aside from 4G, the other thing the EVO has going for it is the HTC Sense user interface. I have become so accustomed to it that when I review a device that doesn’t have it. such as the Droid X, which is manufactured by Motorola, I really miss it.
The Droid X is a supremely capable device, but I have to give the (slight) edge here to the EVO 4G. That is largely due to personal preference and the little enhancements that the Sense UI brings to the user experience, and not just because the EVO is a 4G device and the Droid X isn’t.
Part II covers Call Quality, Camera, Battery Life, and declares the winner in this head-to-head comparison.
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