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iPhone 4 vs. the smartphone elite: EVO 4G, N8, Pre Plus, and HD2

Chris Ziegler
June 7, 2010
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We know how the iPhone 4 sizes up against the aging 3GS -- but how does it fare against its fiercest competitors from all the major platforms? We wish we had some production Windows Phone 7 kit to check out here, but in the meantime, take a look at the results against the gruesome foursome of the EVO 4G, N8, Pre Plus, and HD2. You might be surprised by some of the results -- and sorry, RIM, you don't get to play until you bring some fresh, media-heavy hardware to the table. Nothing personal!



iPhone 4


HTC EVO 4G


Nokia N8


Palm Pre Plus


HTC HD2


Platform iOS 4 Android 2.1 with Sense Symbian^3 webOS Windows Mobile 6.5
Processor Apple A4 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 680MHz ARM11-based 600MHz TI OMAP3430 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
Storage 16GB / 32GB internal 440MB internal, microSDHC expansion 16GB internal, microSDHC expansion 16GB Approx. 200MB internal, microSDHC expansion
Cellular Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA CDMA, EV-DO Rev. A, WiMAX Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A or quadband GSM / dualband HSPA Quadband GSM, dualband HSPA
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g 802.11b/g1
Display size 3.5 inches 4.3 inches 3.5 inches 3.1 inches 4.3 inches
Display resolution 960 x 640 800 x 480 640 x 360 480 x 320 800 x 480
Display technology IPS LCD LCD AMOLED LCD LCD
Integrated TV-out No HDMI HDMI No No
Primary camera 5 megapixel AF, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, LED flash 12 megapixel AF, xenon flash 3 megapixel, LED flash 5 megapixel AF, LED flash
Secondary camera VGA 1.3 megapixel VGA None None
Video recording 720p at 30fps 720p at 24fps 720p at 25fps VGA at 30fps VGA at 30fps
Video calling Yes (WiFi only) Yes Yes No No
Location / orientation sensors AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer AGPS, compass, accelerometer AGPS, accelerometer AGPS, compass, accelerometer
SIM standard Micro SIM N/A SIM SIM (on GSM variant) SIM
Quoted max talk time 7 hours on 3G, 14 hours on 2G 6 hours 5.83 hours on 3G, 12 hours on 2G 5.5 hours on Verizon, 5 hours on AT&T 5.33 hours on 3G, 6.33 hours on 2G
Quoted max media playback time 40 hours audio, 10 hours video None quoted 50 hours audio, 6 hours video None quoted 12 hours audio, 8 hours video
Weight 137 grams / 4.8 oz. 170 grams / 6.00 oz. 135 grams / 4.76 oz. 135 grams / 4.76 oz. 157 grams / 5.54 oz.
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 122 x 66 x 13mm 113.5 x 59 x 12.9mm 100.5 x 59.5 x 16.95mm 120.5 x 67 x 11mm

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