Motorola Droid X vs. HTC EVO 4G: Which Is Better?

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Motorola Droid X vs. HTC EVO 4GCall Quality
I had mixed results on both of these phones while making test calls. Some of the calls had crystal clear quality, others suffered from poor quality, including background noise and static.

I suspect that there aren’t any major differences between the two, beyond the overall network coverage and strength in the areas in which they are used. Since choosing one of these phones also involves choosing a network, because they are both exclusive devices. Verizon happens to be stronger near my office and home, but you may find that Sprint provides better coverage in your area. For that reason, I am unable to declare an overall winner in this category.

Camera
Both the EVO 4G and the Droid X have 8-megapixel cameras with a dual-LED flash. They both take very good photos, but there are several differences between the two devices.

Motorola Droid X from Verizon WirelessThe EVO 4G has the advantage of a front-facing camera, which the Droid X can’t match. That means you can use it for video conferencing, and self portraits are much easier to do with the HTC device.

The Droid X camera is slightly easier to use, mainly because it uses the volume buttons on the side of the phone to control the zoom level, instead of forcing me to tap on the screen like the EVO 4G does. It also has a macro mode, which is great for taking close-up detail shots.

If you’re a general shutterbug, the Droid X has the better camera, but if you need a front-facing camera the EVO 4G is the better option.

Battery Life
As far as battery life is concerned, the Droid X is definitely the winner. I wouldn’t want to be very far from my charger for either phone, but even when you take 4G out of the equation (which is a definite battery drain) the Droid X just lasts longer.

HTC EVO 4G from SprintIt also seems to hold a charge better when the device is off. I completely charged up both phones, then turned them of and left them for two days. When I turned them both on, I was surprised to see that the EVO 4G had only half of a charge, and quickly gave me the warning yellow battery indicator. Perhaps the review unit has some sort of problem, but in any case I’m declaring the Droid X the winner in the battey life category.

Price
Like the call some of the other areas of this comparison, it’s not easy to name clear winner in the price category. Both of these devices sell for $200 with a new two-year service contract, so the best choice will depend on the available monthly service plans in your area.

Prices for Sprint’s plans are often lower than those its larger rival, but Sprint has added $10 to the monthly cost of the EVO 4G, evening them out a bit.

The Winner
This is a really tough call, because both of these devices truly are winners, each in their own way. The competition was so close in so many categories that it is almost impossible to choose an overall winner. For me, I prefer the HTC EVO 4G, because it is slightly smaller, more comfortable to hold and carry, has a handy kickstand, and offers the delectable HTC Sense UI.

Read a Motorola Droid X ReviewThe Droid X is also a great phone, and it comes on my preferred network, Verizon Wireless. It has an easier to use camera with a macro mode, and it has better battery life than the EVO 4G. That’s why I’m torn — in a perfect world, I would be able to get the EVO 4G on Verizon’s network.

Read a Review of the HTC EVO 4G from SprintIn this case you’re not choosing a phone, but choosing a network, and that should be the basis for your decision. The devices are evenly matched in every category, with the EVO 4G coming out on top in portability and features, and the Droid X winning the camera and battery categories.

Your best bet is to talk to your friends, neighbors and business associates to help you decide which is the best network in your area. If it’s Sprint, get the HTC EVO 4G, and if it’s Verizon, get the Motorola Droid X. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these spectacular devices.

 



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