The EVO 4G. The new superphone. This Android-runnin’, 4.3”-screen-packin’, dual-camera-totin’, mobile-hotspot-routin’ monster is proof that while the iPhone might still hold the upper hand (first quarter sales numbers aside), the rest of the world is catching up quickly. With the HTC EVO and the new 4G iPhone both due this year, we might be in store for a serious head-to-head between the most high-powered Android and iPhone devices yet. That can only mean one thing: THUNDERDOME.
So, how will the two compare? There are a few features that will be offered equally by the iPhone 4G and the EVO, such as front-facing cameras. Mobile video chatting looks to be the new big feature, which will not only make you feel like you’re Dick Tracy, but will also make the conversations of that one girl who talks on her phone really loud on the bus that much more public. The EVO will also allow you to talk and download simultaneously, a feature that AT&T crows about often in their advertising and won’t be able to claim solely for themselves anymore.
For now, the EVO has the upper hand in features, as the Sprint network will give it WiMAX capability and 4G mobile hotspot capability for up to eight devices (like a mega MiFi with 4G). However, the price point might scare some people away…Sprint will be requiring a $10 monthly payment for 4G use. So far, there’s been no indication as to whether AT&T will follow suit. Only time will tell if HTC has actually outplayed Apple in this round, but one thing is certain: Sprint and AT&T subscribers will be eagerly awaiting these releases.
Verizon subscribers, meanwhile, will cry quietly in a corner.