Motorola Droid X vs. HTC Evo 4G

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For Android fans, this is as big as it gets, and we mean that literally. With huge 4.3-inch displays, the Motorola Droid X and HTC Evo 4G are currently the two biggest Android smart phones on the market. Both of these beasts sport 1-GHz processors, 8-megapixel cameras, 720p video recording, and HDMI output, as well as mobile hotspot functionality. Still, they’re hardly clones. Only the Sprint-exclusive Evo 4G can connect at 4G speeds (36 cities and counting), and it has a front-facing camera for video calls. Meanwhile, the Droid X rides on Verizon’s stellar 3G network, and it has cool features such as Blockbuster video downloads and an NFL mobile app.

So which superphone should be crowned the heavyweight Android champ? Read on—and don’t forget to tell us which device you think is best.

Design

Both the Droid X and Evo 4G are imposing phones—some might say unwieldy—because of their large 4.3-inch screens. However, these slabs are far from identical. The Droid X is lighter than the Evo 4G (5.5 versus 6 ounces), but Motorola’s flagship phone is taller and slightly thinner (5 x 2.6 x 0.4 versus 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches). Regardless, you’ll definitely know when either of these devices is in your pocket.

While the Evo 4G’s extra heft may cause some to think twice, HTC’s phone has a more premium look and feel with its black glossy front and unique integrated kickstand. We like that the dark gray back of the Droid X has a soft-touch finish, but you’ll either love or hate the bump towards the top of the phone (which houses the camera and dual LED flash). Both HTC and Motorola wisely placed the volume controls on the right side so users don’t have to reach around the device, but we like that the Evo 4G’s rocker is larger.

The Droid X (pictured bottom left) and Evo 4G (pictured bottom right) each have four buttons beneath the display (Home, Menu, Back, Search). However, they’re not in the same order and are implemented differently. The Evo 4G has larger capacitive buttons, while Motorola went with smaller physical buttons. We prefer physical buttons, so we give the Droid X the edge here. Plus, we like that the Home button is the second from the left so you don’t have to stretch your thumb to reach it. (On the Evo 4G it's on the far left.) The Droid X also scores points for having a power button that’s less recessed than the Evo 4G.

 

Winner: Draw. Although the Evo 4G’s design is more elegant and sports a kickstand, the Droid X’s lighter weight and physical menu buttons make it equally as compelling.

Display

When you have such a large 4.3-inch canvas, screen quality is important, and both the Droid X and Evo 4G impress in their own way. The Droid X is superior when it comes to crispness because it has a slightly higher resolution of 854 x 400 pixels, compared to 800 x 400 for the Evo 4G. We also found that webpages looked brighter.

On the other hand, the Evo 4G brought out details the Droid X missed when we played the Tron: Legacy trailer on both phones side by side (like clouds in the skyline). Overall, the Droid X’s screen has a slightly green cast, while the Evo 4G has a tinge of blue.

Winner: Droid X. This round goes to the Droid X for its higher pixel count. The display is just a little bit crisper, and its whites are whiter.

Software and User Interface

Since both phones run Android 2.1 (with an 2.2 update promised soon), this round is about HTC's Sense vs. Motorola's customized interface for the Droid X. Both have their strengths, but Sense is the more elegant of the two. One example: Leap. From the main home screen (there are seven) you can make a pinch gesture or press the Home button to view thumbnails of them collectively.

The huge clock and weather update on the main Sense home screen is another nice touch (below right). Tapping the former launches the desk clock app, where you can easily set your alarm. The latter option shows you the five-day forecast, complete with nifty animations.

HTC's collection of widgets includes Favorites (contacts), a convenient calendar that shows the month at a glance, a music player widget, and browser bookmarks. You can easily add more widgets from HTC or Android with a couple taps.

The star of the show is FriendStream, which aggregates social updates from Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. Clicking on a Twitter update, for example, launches HTC's own Twitter client (Peep), where you can reply and retweet. HTC also revamped the stock Android contacts with its People app, which links contacts to their social networking profiles.

The Droid X’s interface is all about flexibility. Like the Evo 4G you can delete widgets and move them around, but you can also resize them as you see fit. For example, if you want to see more upcoming appointments at once, just tap and hold the calendar widget, then drag one of the corners so it takes up more of the screen. You get seven home screens in all, just like the Evo 4G.

Similar to the Evo 4G, you'll find all sorts of widgets, including ones for social networking updates, news, tips and tricks, a photo slideshow, weather, and media player. The interface, though, just feels cruder and somewhat disjointed compared to HTC Sense. Plus, because this is not a Motoblur phone, you can't back up your data to the cloud or find a lost phone as you can with, say, the Motorola Devour. (Verizon includes its own Backup Assistant, though.)

Winner: Evo 4G. The elegant Sense just feels more polished.

Keyboard

Android phones have traditionally trailed the iPhone by a mile when it comes to touchscreen typing, but both the Droid X and Evo 4G are arguably better than Apple's device. With 4.3-inch displays, there's just more room for larger layouts, which means you get bigger keys and a more comfortable typing experience. Motorola's multitouch keyboard on the Droid X is fast and accurate, especially in landscape mode. We also like that if you make a mistake or want to move the cursor to a specific spot, you can press and hold a block of text to magnify it, just as you can on the iPhone. The Evo 4G doesn't have this feature, though you can magnify text for cutting and pasting (say, on a webpage).

Then again, the Evo 4G is no slouch. We typed just as quickly and accurately on this phone. We also appreciate that only this device has special characters above the letters (like above the F) that you can insert just by pressing and holding the letter. The Evo 4G's shorter design actually made typing a little more comfortable than the taller Droid X—we didn't have to stretch our thumbs as much to reach the center of the keyboard—and its slightly wider body made typing in landscape mode less cramped.

Winner: Evo 4G. Both keyboards are great, but we give a slight edge to the Evo 4G because its physical design makes typing more pleasurable in both portrait and landscape mode.

Specs and Performance

Just because the Droid X and Evo 4G both have 1-GHz processors doesn’t mean they’re created equal. The Droid X CPU is a chip from Texas Instruments, the TI OMAP3630, while the Evo 4G packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Using four Android benchmarks, the Droid X scored higher in every test with the exception of one (Float within Nbench).

     
Nbench
Benchmark
  FPS2D LinPack for Android Memory Integer Float Graphics CPU Memory Filesystem
DroidX 58 8.2 2.9 4 0.8 31.5 777.9 424.3 162.2
Evo 4G 30 6.7 2.5 3.8 0.8 27.8 649.7 312.9 42.4

Everyday use, however, was a different story. Whether we were unlocking the phone, swiping between screens, or launching the camera, the Evo 4G was faster (though it stalled at times, too). Our guess is that this performance edge is due to HTC’s more streamlined software. Motorola’s skin and widgets seems to take up more resources.

In terms of memory, the Evo 4G ships with an 8GB microSD Card and supports up to 32GB. The Droid X has 8GB of onboard storage and comes with a 16GB microSD Card, but it can support up to 40GB total.

Winner: Draw. On paper the Droid X is much faster, but the Evo 4G felt snappier during use. We anticipate that the Droid X will live up to its beefier specs once Motorola updates the software.

Web Browsing

When you consider that the Evo 4G offers 4G data and the Droid X doesn't, you might think this round might not even be worth fighting. But the bottom line is that Sprint's 4G network simply isn't widespread, making 3G performance more important for the vast majority of the country (at least for now).

When we tested both phones side by side over 3G—both in our New York City office and on a moving bus along the New Jersey Turnpike—the Droid X loaded pages faster nearly every single time. See the table below for overall averages.

Web Browsing Load Times Over 3G (seconds)

  NYTimes.com ESPN.com CNN.com Laptopmag.com
Droid X 6.5 6.5 6 14.5
Evo4G 12 7.5 8 25

The Evo 4G’s big advantage is that it connects to Sprint’s growing 4G network, which we tested in Chicago during our initial review. Using the Speedtest.net app, we recorded download speeds ranging from 3.8 to 4.3 Mbps, and uploads ranging from 988 Kbps to 1.1 Mbps. Compare those numbers to Sprint’s 3G network on this phone in the same location, which averaged 917.5 Kbps on the downlink and 435 Kbps on the uplink. So the Evo 4G is about 4.5 times faster when you’re in a 4G area. In real-world terms, the Evo 4G loaded the mobile version of the New York Times website in just 3 seconds, versus 11 seconds over 3G. We also uploaded a photo to Flickr using the 8-MP camera. Over 4G it took 50 seconds, and over 3G the time increased to 1:20.

Web pages look better on the Droid X because of its slightly sharper display, and we give the phone extra points for making it easy to bookmark sites with one tap right next to the address bar, compared to two taps on the Evo 4G.

Winner: Draw. The Droid X offered better 3G data speeds in our tests, but over time Sprint’s growing 4G network will make the Evo 4G a web browsing powerhouse in more places.

Mobile Hotspot Apps

You don’t need to buy a data card for your laptop or a MiFi if you pick up one of these phones. Both the Droid X and Evo 4G have built-in hotspot apps that turn the devices into wireless routers. The service for Verizon’s phone costs $20 per month, and it costs $30 for Sprint’s device. The Droid X supports five Wi-Fi devices at once, while the Evo 4G maxes out at eight. In addition, only the Evo 4G can connect at 4G speeds (where service is available). So this round is a no-brainer, right? Wrong.

In head-to-head tests over 3G, the Droid X averaged 1.1-Mbps downloads when we connected our ThinkPad to the phone in hotspot mode. Uploads averaged a modest 210 Kbps. The Evo 4G in the same locations averaged only 660 Kbps on the downlink but slightly faster 252 Kbps upload speeds. However—and this is big—while commuting back and forth from New York to New Jersey, the Evo 4G did a much better job of holding onto a 3G signal than the Droid X. Often when the signal on the Droid X would drop back to Verizon’s slower 1XRTT network, it wouldn’t switch back to 3G without us restarting the hotspot app. (We think this is a bug of some kind.)

Winner: Evo 4G. The faster 3G speeds offered by the Droid X are cancelled out by the Evo 4G’s even faster 4G capability (where available) and more consistent performance while in a moving vehicle. Add in support for three more devices at any given time, and this round goes to Sprint’s phone—assuming you’re willing to pay $10 extra per month.

Camera and Camcorder

The results speak for themselves. As you can see from the photos we shot, overall the 8-MP camera on the Droid X captured more detailed photos both indoors and out. A photo of the flowery outfit draped on a fashion mannequin positioned on Broadway looked somewhat blown out by the sunlight on the Evo 4G, while Motorola’s phone did a better job capturing a wide range of color.

Indoors, however, the shot we took of a gumball container looked sharper on the Evo 4G because of its faster shutter speed, while Droid X’s image looked sofer. That's what we like most about the Evo 4G: it captures photos more quickly.

 

 

The Droid X widened its lead in the video department. The footage we shot outdoors on the Evo 4G looked a bit jerky when we output the footage to a 32-inch Samsung TV via HDMI. We even saw some pixel tearing. The same video shot by the Droid X was more crisp and smooth—more like a camcorder. Its sound was also better.

 

 

Winner: Droid X. Despite slower shutter speeds, the Droid X took sharper photos in most conditions, and its 720p videos crushed the Evo 4G's.

Music and Video

Both phones let you download MP3s straight from Amazon. Getting our existing tunes onto the Droid X and Evo 4G was a simple drag-and-drop affair, but Verizon goes the extra mile by including its V CAST Media Manager software for transferring music as well as video (for those who like a little hand-holding). We also prefer the music player interface on the Droid X, which gives a Cover Flow-like treatment to the albums in your collection. The Evo 4G’s music player is more list-like, and the UI doesn’t even support landscape mode. On the plus side, the Evo 4G’s speaker volume was louder, and the sound was richer.

The Droid X starts to pull away when it comes to premium video because Verizon bundles its phone with the Blockbuster app (pictured) for downloading movies. During our initial review video quality was superb. We also like that the Droid X could easily play a 720p Avatar trailer (QuickTime) we transferred to the device. The Evo 4G’s video player couldn’t locate the file, and even when we downloaded a third-party video player (RockPlayer), the video played but the audio didn’t.

Winner: Droid X. A better music interface combined with a BlockBuster app make this smart phone the more robust PMP. However, the Evo 4G deserves credit for its louder speaker volume.

Included Apps/Services

The Blocbuster app (pictured) is a pretty big deal, but the Droid X has a few other cool and useful bundled apps. You get NFL Mobile for staying on top of your favorite team, V CAST Video, the game EA Need for Speed Shift, and Skype Mobile. The Evo 4G comes out swinging in this round with Sprint TV and Qik (for video chat), plus Sprint Navigation (which has a friendlier UI than Google Maps) and Sprint Football Live.

Winner: Draw. We like that Verizon included a high-quality game, but at the end of the day the coolest stuff is in the Android Market.

Special Features

What really makes the Evo 4G unique is its 4G capability, which we discussed in the web browsing section. The speed increase is dramatic; Sprint just needs to accelerate its rollout so more people can make the most of this phone. But one other thing HTC’s phone has that Verizon’s does not is a front-facing camera for making face-to-face video calls. During our initial review the video quality of Qik paled in comparison to the iPhone 4’s FaceTime feature, but at least you can make calls over 3G. And you’re not limited to providers as you are on the iPhone. Fring is another option, though it no longer supports Skype.

The Droid X stands out by offering DLNA capability, which allows users to stream media content over Wi-Fi to other devices that support the standard, from TVs and PCs to Blu-ray players. The feature is pretty easy to set up, but our ThinkPad on the same 802.11n network took a while to load the phone’s pictures. Both the Droid X and Evo 4G will soon be upgraded to Android 2.2, which will bring a performance boost along with Flash 10.1 support.

Winner: Evo 4G. Fast 4G speeds plus a front-facing camera help HTC and Sprint take this round.

Battery Life

One of the biggest complaints people have about the Evo 4G is its relatively short endurance. And we have proof that it’s an issue. On our LAPTOP Smart Phone Battery Test, in which each phone surfs popular web sites at 30-second intervals, the Droid X lasted a very good 6 hours and 56 minutes. The Evo 4G lasted just under 4.5 hours. That’s a huge difference when you’re going to be using your smart phone for everything from web surfing and GPS navigation to watching video.

Winner: Droid X. Although you can tweak plenty of settings to get the Evo 4G to last longer on a charge, Motorola’s phone can go a lot longer away from an outlet without having to lift a finger.

Call Quality

To test the call quality of both phones we left a few voicemail messages on a landline. The Evo 4G on Sprint’s network fared quite well, with our voice coming through loud and clear despite a bit of background noise. The Droid X did a better job of blocking out the surrounding racket, thanks to the three mics it uses for noise cancellation. Otherwise, our message sounded just as clear. On our end, the Evo 4G was a bit louder than the Droid X, but not by much.

Winner: Draw. Both phones are pretty solid in this category.

Accessories

No, neither of these phones can touch the iPhone 4 when it comes to add-ons, but there’s plenty of accessories available for each device. For the Droid X you’ll find a vehicle mount (pictured, $39.99) that includes a dashboard app, a simpler vent and dash mount ($19.99), and a multimedia cradle ($49.99). There’s also a wide selection of cases and chargers, and an HDMI cable ($24.99).

Sprint doesn’t yet sell a vehicle mount (bummer), but it offers a bunch of other accessories. These options include an HDMI cable ($29.99), HTC Silicone Gels to protect your investment ($14.99), as well as several other cases and chargers.

Winner: Droid X. Motorola’s phone wins this round because of its media dock and vehicle mount options.

Pricing and Value

Let’s say you want only 450 voice minutes (no one talks these days, anyway), a data plan, and unlimited texting. With the Droid X you’re looking at $90 per month. For the Evo 4G, the same bundle will cost $80, and Sprint TV/Radio and Navigation is included. However, if you decide to spring for the mobile hotspot service ($20 on Verizon and $30 on Sprint), you’ll wind up paying $110 per month for either device. Add in V CAST for the Droid X and you’re talking $120.

Winner: Draw. If you don’t splurge for the mobile hotspot service the Evo 4G is the better deal, but when you add that perk it’s pretty much a wash.

Overall Winner

Just to be clear, we’re big fans of both the Droid X and Evo 4G, which is why we gave them each an Editors' Choice Award. When you look at the scorecard for this face-off, however, the Droid X wins (barely). It notched an overall score of 11 to the Evo 4G’s 10. Both devices tied in a number of categories, including design, web browsing, specs and performance, included apps, and pricing and value.

Where the Droid X really shined was its crisper and brighter display, faster 3G data performance, better camera and camcorder, and longer battery life. The Evo 4G’s biggest selling points are its 4G capability, more elegant and intuitive interface, and front-facing camera for video chats. For smart phone shoppers, it comes down to what features you care about most--but the point of this journey is to pick a winner. So...

If Sprint’s 4G network were more widespread, this battle might have gone the other way, despite the Evo 4G’s shorter endurance. However, right now the Droid X is the better of the two devices.

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Droid X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HTC Evo 4G

Design Draw Draw
Display Winner  
Software & Interface   Winner
Keyboard   Winner
Specs & Performance Draw Draw
Web Browsing Draw Draw
Mobile Hotspot Apps   Winner
Camera & Camcorder Winner  
Music & Video Winner  
Included Apps/Services Draw Draw
Special Features   Winner
Battery Life Winner  
Call Quality Draw Draw
Accessories Winner  
Pricing and Value Draw Draw
Overall Score 11 10

 


Author Bio
Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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47 comments
  • LaryLarr Says:

    OK... enough of the device comparisons. They are all just toys and without the service they are all a draw- simply paper weights. I do own a DROID X simply because its on the best network and myself being a network guy this phone offers what I need to tech support from remote locations. Bells and whistles is what draws the consumers in... But when it comes right down to it, its simply about consistant availability. I have had Sprint and Nextel service and even to this day their service still sucks. Better! but still sucks in comparison to Verizon. I have kids,friends and family close and dear to me as most or all of you do. Many times over the years there have been situations where availability was critical. Meaning, if my daughter is broke down on the free way some where I feel so much more secure with Verizon simply because the odds of her getting in touch with me or while we are on the phone I dont have to worry about a dropped signal.

    Also, lets not compare apps because most phones have their own repository of apps to everyones liking. Of course you dont download things like CPU, HDMI, Two way camera...etc However, if I have to decide on HDMI vs coverage to my loved ones... I will take the consistant coverage any day of the week and so will most of you.

    So simply by default DROIDX wins for me and Not because EVO isnt a comparible phone because it is. Just simply because the Verizon Network is the largest and best. As far as cost, depends on your priorities. Id rather pay more for consistency then less for unpredictability.

  • redrubicon1025 Says:

    I have owned two evos. The first one went back to Sprint(to much for me) I now have an evo flashed to cricket.
    I think people need to leave the networks out of this review for now anyway. I love the evo it is the best mobile device I've ever owned a big thanks to the snapdragon. Overall processor speed trumps the Droid in my opinion,as mentioned somewhere in this forum Motorola makes a lower quality product. EVO ALL THE WAY!!!

  • lan Says:

    Just trade in my iphone for the x love it best phone ever compare to the evo and epic I got with sprint and also better then my iphone go droid xxx

  • adriam Says:

    What about Evos kick stand ;) .. I like sprints live features like sports and races. And Which phone has the better media player

  • Elijah Says:

    I am an X child ( literally, I'm a child and I own a droid x) and i think that the x is soooo much faster then the eve because when I used to be wit sprint, I tried the EVO, uh a little slow.... Im rly happy i switched to verizon for the x and i will STICK WITH IT

  • Josh C Says:

    I had the EVO 4G when it first hit the market. I simply returned it after only a few days of use. The phone screen "froze" once or twice forcing me to remove the battery. I've had sereral people tell me I need to speak up because I sound "far away". This could be a network issue though. The phone seems to take awhile longer to connect when dialing a number. I also, couldn't justify spending the extra $10 a month for features the phone already has installed into it. I purchased the phone at full price being that I didn't want to renew my contract with Sprint. I now have the DROID X from Verizon. It's basically the same phone. I'm told I sound fine on the phone. The phone connects in a timely manner and their is no $10 unjustified monthly charge. My monthly bill went from roughly $87 a month to $142 a month. Sprints unlimited mobil to mobile is awesome so the 450 minute, unlimited data, unlimited text, GPS, $7 for insurance plan worked great for me. With Verizon for unlimited talk (needed this to make up the difference in minutes versus the Sprint unlimited mobile to mobile), unlimited text is $90 a month, data is $30 a month, $7 for insurance. To me it's worth it. The Verizon Wireless network is much larger. Sprints WIMAX 4G is a $G from China that is not very reliable and has network flaws. Verion and AT&T are going to be introducing the LTE version of 4G soon. This is a much better 4G network. Being that both phones run on the 3G (Sprint 4G isn't nationwide yet, very limited area) the Verizon 3G is faster. Sprint shouldn't charge the $10 a month data charge. It's unjustified.

  • Jasmine Says:

    If you are already currently a customer with Sprint or Verizon, I don't see why theres a debate. Unless you plan on getting out of your contract early or your contract is almost over, you can only choose what your carrier offers! All I hear is this 4G crap...if your area doesnt have 4G, you are paying for it for what? Yes, Sprint plan is much cheaper but their coverage is CRAP. And some of ya'll need to check on your information because Verizon is actually about to be a 4G network as well. Their coverage is already amazingly better than Sprint, so once this happen they will be blown out the water. I live in Arkansas and there isn't any 4G coverage here so if I got the Evo, I would be paying for something I don't even receive. So that mean I would only be getting 4G. Why get with Spring and deal with their crappy coverage when they have 3G like everyone else here? It all depends on your area really. You can have the most amazing phone out on the market but if the carrier you with sucks, it doesnt matter! I have the Droid by Motorola that I got for free and I'm about to upgrade to the Droid X. The Droid line is incredible. Verizon may be higher but I dont mind paying because Sprint network isn't no where near in comparison. Verizon or even AT&T will have another phone out soon that will shut up all the talk about the Evo...might even be T-Mobile. Especially with the talks of Verizon getting the iPhone. Theres a possibility for anything. In all honesty, I think if I were to get any phone on the Sprint network it would probably be the new Samsung Epic

  • Ashraf Says:

    I've been with Verizon for so many years, and they have great customer service.

    I've always heard about how Sprint Customer Service not so good.

    I've tested heavily Verizon Droid X and Sprint EVO 4G to decide which one to choose for me and my wife.

    They are VERY Identical. But for me, Sprint EVO 4G Won (10-9).

    Below are the major 19 factor that are different that I care about (everything else matches):

    1- Cost for 2 years (EVO wins)
    2- Front Face Camera (EVO Wins)
    3- Battery Life (DROID Wins)
    4- Camera Button (DROID Wins)
    5- Good Charger Location (EVO Wins)
    6- Customer Service and Network (DROID Wins)
    7- Zoom and Align Text when clicked (EVO Wins)
    8- Swype (DROID Wins)
    9- Skype (DROID Wins)
    10- Weight (DROID Wins)
    11- 4G Network (EVO Wins)
    12- Sound Quality (EVO Wins)
    13- Speed Test at Home (DROID Wins)
    14- Speed Test at Work (EVO Wins)
    15- 16 GB Sim Card (DROID Wins)
    16- Sprint Navigator Free/VZ Navigator Extra Charge (EVO Wins)
    17- Banner Info Always on top (DROID Wins)
    18- Easy to find phone contacts (EVO Wins)
    19- AutoFind when Searching for Application at Market (EVO Wins)

    I've been with Sprint since the beginning of this month and so far, Sprint Customer Service is very good, I also heard that they've improved the last two-three years.

    Good luck with your decision making.

  • droid master Says:

    the droid x is the best android phone the reason why less errors then evo sprint network

  • Bob K Says:

    i ordered an X. i have been with VZ for a long time. i have always had flip phones. not good ones either. so this high tech phone will be a real treat. i could have gotten any phone. i chose on the X because i will rarely be texting, so i don't need a slide out keyboard. the cam & vid options are good because if i see my parrots doing anything funny, i can take a pic or clip quickly without having to fumble getting out my digital cam out of the case. lastly. where i work, they use verizon. so i get a 15% discount on my bill. a nice little bonus.

  • Ashleigh Smith Says:

    For your information: If you visit Sprint Relay Store and take a look at the data plan for Evo, you will notice "premium data required." Premium Data? I asked what that was. Since deaf people rely on videophone for calls and Evo is the first phone to offer this feature to the deaf population, Sprint now requires paying an additional ten dollars for premium data. WHY? Data plans are unlimitted but only up to 5 GB. Videophone use will go over 5 GB in minutes - so to prevent a three thousand dollar bill as so happened to one deaf man, we are required to pay an additional ten dollars per month. So data plans with Sprint are not TRULY unlimitted... there is a cap.

  • Victor Says:

    I don't know much about either phone but, I do know that HTC in general, makes phones of a much higher quality (all around quality) than Motorola. Every Motorola I've owned or played with felt very loose and cheaply made while all of the HTC products I've encountered felt much better made AND ran a lot faster than the Motorolas.

  • Robert Says:

    Review seemed bias, favoring the Droid X... ex., display is not as crisp on droid X, but droid X wins... benchmark is better on the Droid X, but slower response, and it's a draw. I've been demo-ing the EVO and Droid X, and by far I favor the EVO precisely for it's responsive UI. It doesn't matter what the benchmarks say, real world use is the most important. Also, Droid X doesn't currently support Flash, while EVO works like a charm. As for 3G speeds go... true, it depends on where you are... but where I am (in the San Francisco Bay Area), I consistently get 900kb/s to 1.3mb/s download and 400kbs/s to 500kb/s on the EVO. Meanwhile, download speeds are about 500kb/s to 700kb/s and upload speeds of 200kbs/s to 300kb/s on the Droid X. Other side benefits of the EVO is Android/xda-developer friendly, while Droid X is currently not (e-fuse, and you brick your Droid X). The only dilemma I have is currently I'm stuck on Verizon, and there's a hefty penalty to switch. The plan can actually be cheaper on Verizon because you can pick and choose only the features you want, but getting a good-deal wise, hands down Sprint is the winner - Sprint has truly 'unlimited' email/data/text/web/video-mail/photo-mail/etc. (Note, Verizon has a 2GB cap on the mobile hotspot plan, while Sprint has a 5GB cap for 3G and unlimited for 4G).

    Verizon currently have a re-stocking fee for the Droid X, but I'd still recommend folks to give each phone a try... you have 30 days to return, why not take advantage, and compare for yourself which is better for your situation.

  • travis Says:

    I am so glad I found a review that was completely neutral but in all honesty it really should have been the Evo on top only because your getting more bang for your buck. Literally, an extra cam. a kick stand. 3 extra devices 2 hot stop unlimited everything minus mins(even though theres any mobile any time) and 4g(even if its not in your area its a cell phone its made 2 travel and with about 45 cities with 4g and counting odds r you'll travel 2 1 of them since they are huge tourist spots.) Again thats just my opinion and i work for verizon and have the X as my work phone but i have the Evo as my personal phone (cuz its cheaper and looks fancier) both great phones though =)

  • beemer Says:

    Sprint rep right here so I'm sure you won't be surprised when I say EVOOOO! Fyi.. the hotspot feature (8 devices) is actually 30 bucks. The 10 dollar charge is for the 4g service because that is the only 4g phone out there and the only device sprint requires to add that fee to. Sure the prices are great but I must be honest when I say however, it is just not worth it if you don't have at least 3g available in your area. I live in a big city and were rocking what's called a 1x.. or dial up speed. Believe it or not so is nyc. Also I can't stand swype. For someone who has sausage fingers like myself, the huge screen makes it so easy. What I do love is the speech to text feature. Now as you know sprint is together with nextel. Motorola is the sole provider of handsets to the iden network. Those phones are made to take a beating and built to be fixed over and over again. I see them everyday. The customers never want an upgrade or insurance..just a new battery every few years. On the other hand.. htc makes a quality handset along with all the bells and whistles. As far as this comparison is concerned, evo wins in my eyes.. and it looks like the majority of everyone else on here as well.

  • Andy Says:

    I believe the EVO should have won as well. I think the droid x is just ugly. I have played with the droid and don't really like it. That being said I like the EVO and am a fan of the Sense ui. I left verizon bc it's just too expensive and thanks to Sprint's unlimited plan I have no regrets.

  • Wjordan Says:

    I have both phones and the evo would be the phone of choice if it was not for the fact that the screen separation and backlight
    Bleeding thru. Htc needs to recall their phone and fix the issue.
    So for now the clear winner for me is the x.

    Iam now on my second evo and both have the screen seperation issue.

    My one main issue with the droid is the lack of no smart dial.

  • Josh Says:

    Ok, let me be more clear on my stance. I think that this is a pretty good and in depth comparison. I know there are going to be those out there that like the Evo and those that like the X. I also know that there are those who like Sprint and those who like Verizon. But as far as this comparison is concerned, the one category that really baffles me is pricing and value. There is no doubt that Verizon has better coverage. But as far as what you get for the $ the Evo is clearly the winner. It really is no contest. You can love the X or the Evo, and you can love Sprint or Verizon, but you can't argue that if you have the choice and coverage is in your area, the Evo is clearly the winner in Pricing and Value. It makes no difference whether or not you go over the data cap for Verizon, you still pay a lot more for the same thing you get from Sprint. They are both Android phones and they are both amazing but when it come down to it, I have to look at what is going to save me money in the long run and that is why I went through sprint. One thing I think a lot of people don't realize is that if you are paying $69 or more a month on Sprint you become a Sprint premiere customer and you are able to upgrade your phone every 12 months, which is another big bonus when you think about how fast these new super phones are coming out.

  • Big Bre Says:

    i was one of the first in line for my x.....and it's all that and some !!! it's my first droid phone, and i'm impressed with it. i do agree with the fact that another phone while be out in a few months and this whole thing will be mute !!

  • Jeff Says:

    I like both phones...I have owned previously Motorola & HTC devices and yet for ME--which means just me and nobody else--I believe the X FEELS smaller and easier to pocket. You may be different, which is okay. Honestly, it boils down to service right now for me. Where I live, Sprint hasn't even moved up to 3G--seriously. We here are rocking 2G with NO target date for ANY upgrade whatsoever. What good would it be to purchase a phone that cannot take advantage of such amazing speeds--with no end in sight for that to change? Will it change? Eventually, yes...but I don't see me gambling the price of making the switch on a hope and a prayer at this point.

    Service is different wherever you are, but right here where I live, Verizon wins hands down--but ONLY because it has great service in all rural areas around where I live...were that different, I would certainly consider the EVO, otherwise, its the X all the way...for now.

  • Mike Says:

    I own a driod original...am getting the X. I have never had to pay for any over use on anything and I use my internet 18 hrs a day. I am not sure what you guys are talking about but the coverage verizon has outweighs sprints and has never failed me. I have heard about 4g but it's not complete. Do I want to suffer the wait til 4G is completed (brag about my 4g that doesn't work right yet) or use my 3g, X until 4g is perfected fully functional and get a new 4g phone?

  • Tim Machelski Says:

    Yeah. That's like saying 'These two boxes cost the same, but one box is full of rocks and one is full of gold coins.' Witch one is a better value? If you add all the extras to equal Sprints $79 plan, verification will cost you about $130. And of course Sprints tether is $10 more. Its unlimited! Do you have any idea how much Verizon charges for data overages? They charge by the kilobytes! Anyone who has a choice should seriously not be paying Verizon the ridiculous fees they are charging. You are being taken advantage of. Wake up!

  • Josh Says:

    Ok, as an Evo owner I know I am slightly biased, but I have been a customer of both Sprint and Verizon, but I really have to say, as far as pricing and value are concerned you are really missing the point. You seem to be stuck on the fact that the mobile hot spot feature is $10 more for Sprint, but as you said yourself, if you have the unlimited plan for Sprint or Verizon plus the mobile hot spot feature, you will be paying the exact same price, regardless of the fact that the Sprint charges more for the mobile hot spot (which you can also connect more devises to). If you are paying the same price you have to look at what you get for the $, not what you pay for one stupid feature. With Sprint you get nights and weekends starting at 7, with Verizon they start at 9. Sprint gives you truly unlimited data while Verizon has a cap. Sprint includes free mobile to mobile calls on all networks (makes a big difference!) and Verizon charges minutes for all calls. Verizon charges extra for their navigation and text and Sprint includes both. With Sprints mobile hot spot feature you can connect up to 8 devises at 4g speeds (in available markets), and Verizon you are stuck with 3g no matter where you are and you can only connect 5 devises. Really the mobile hot spot feature should be thrown out anyway since they are both Android phones with free apps that do the same thing. Really this is a no brainer, the evo wins hands down in this category which would put the Evo at 11 and the X at 10 making the Evo the overall winner.

  • deedroid Says:

    i had my evo close to a month i defected from the palm pre,miss the webos,but not enough to make me leave my evo.verizon service is by far more superior but not by much,the droid x as expected is one of the top phones right now so welcome to the club,sit slightly behind the evo and lets ride for another 6 months when another phone hits the market and have us scrambling.....................LOL

  • Mark Spoonauer Says:

    Appreciate the comments, and point on pricing is well taken. I didn't look at mobile vs. landline minutes or when night and weekends start. Doesn't change fact that hotspot fee for Evo 4G is $10 more but realize not everyone will spring for that.

    As for some rounds ending in draws, that's because the phones are evenly matched in some categories. I'd like to revisit this head to head once both phones get upgraded to Android 2.2 or maybe even before then if the Droid X gets an update (as has been rumored).

  • Terrance Shaw Says:

    As Beth Mahoney said in the first comment up there, Swype is actually a pretty big deal. If you select that for your text entry vice the traditional keyboard, you get the extra symbols/numbers/etc. above the letters, as well as the awesome Swype functionality that can crank out text after text in no time flat.

    Overall, very thorough review. Well done.

  • Vex Says:

    I'm not sure I agree with the results. While the reviewer stayed mostly neutral, he completely ignored customizability of the interface. While I realize that it wouldn't appeal to most users, it is an integral part of the Android Community.

  • Joel Says:

    eh, i don't know. being a t-mobile customer, i have a pretty fair view. The front facing camera is a huge plus, and 4g. I don't see why the droid x won.

  • Nancy B Says:

    Don't forget with sprint in that 450 plan you get any mobil anytime minutes.. That hands down is a better deal than the droid plan..

  • D. Morales Says:

    I among others have a problem here too...as far as pricing is concerned, the 450 minutes with sprint are for landlines since sprint offers free mobile to mobile regardless of carrier. That to me is HUGE difference than the regular 450 minutes offered on Verizon's phone, especially given that sprint is $10 cheaper. Add to that the night and weekends start at 7pm vs 9pm on verizon and SOMEHOW pricing is still a draw...come on people.

    This may or may not be appropriate to add here but if this wasn't enough, family plans...cost much more on verizon than with sprint for smart phones. I mean in what way do pricing and value draw for these two products.

    Again, sprint is $10 cheaper and you get so much more.

  • Doug Fiedor Says:

    I think the Droid is a nice phone, but I much prefer my EVO.

  • Gavin marty Says:

    Ordered my X today :)

  • Mike Says:

    I think the reviews of Sprint versus Verizon are missing a key point - coverage. It doesn't matter how good Sprint 4G is if I can't use the phone in 3G or any mode within 10 miles of my house. And I am not alone, Sprint has not invested in covering more rural areas. This is a big advantage to Verizon.

  • Tobster Says:

    I ordered my X last Friday. I currently have the Droid Eris and absolutely hate it, so any HTC product is out of the question for me. I used to work for Sprint and VZW and have been around phones for a min and while I think HTC's UI is the best in the game; nobody makes a phone better than Motorola. Motorola has never been known for making beautiful phones and I have always disliked the UI, but they work! I know people that still have their Star Tac and refuse to give it up! I personally think that the review was on point and eagerly await my X

  • CW Says:

    Very glad I waited for the Droid X. I really like the interface and feel. It actually has some personality to it. Did come comparing to my friend's evo last night and it was pretty far behind the X in terms of speed, photo quality, and screen clarity. Unfortunately, this reviewer was not aware of certain Droid X features that would have won it more categories. Though the Droid X is the best thing on the market right now, something else will come along in 6 minths and beat it. That's the perpetual technology snare.

  • Troy Says:

    Correction, HDMI was mentioned, but not in the win/lose/draw section.

  • Troy Says:

    Did not see HDMI output mentioned, which is a distinguishing feature for the EVO.

  • Robert Says:

    It's pretty much a toss up either way you go. Speeds can change dramatically even within your home area... From my home I get really good speeds on my EVO but I literally walk two blocks to my sister in laws house and my speeds drop off almost in half. I have used Verizon before and their overall network is slightly faster in more locations than on Sprint. I have been bummed that Sprint didn't have more accessories out for the EVO at launch and the story still is late July on a Media dock and Car Kit designed just for the EVO. I think part of that was they rushed the phone to market. As far as battery life goes I get great battery life ever since the June 28 update on my EVO. But battery life is again another user dependent feature. I typically take my EVO off the charger at 8 in the morning and by 11 at night I am still hovering around 40% remaining.... I love Sprints any mobile any time plan. I live off the 450 minutes plan and so far in my first month I only used 90 any time/land line minutes and so far in my second month I have used only 25 any time/land line minutes.... But I average about 90 minutes of web surfing, 40 minutes of talk, 20 - 30 e-mails a day, 10 - 20 pictures a day while uploading 10 or so to Facebook, weather is set to 3 hour update and e-mail is at hourly updates as well is Facebook plus I average about 100 text messages a day. so to make it 14+ hours and still have 40% remaining battery life isn't a problem.

    The EVO's auto settings for the camera are horrible. if you manually adjust the ISO settings to better match the lighting your in you get 1000% better pictures vs the stock auto settings.

    I think all the Android phones coming out right now are basically the same as far as features and performance. Even if compared to the iPhone (as long as your using duct tape or a case) No phone is really head and shoulders above the rest.

    This review is pretty good. I think you could go either way with a winner have or have a draw between the two.

  • Al Says:

    How can a higher resolution screen that does not show as many details win as the better display?

  • jordan Says:

    I thought this review was very neutral and i enjoyed reading it all, but agree there were too many draws and since i DO own an evo 4g after all I was disappointed that you gave the droid x the nod because all throughout the reading i felt like the evo was winning haha.
    Battery life is so true though. But a front facing camera,more useable typing interface and spreading 4g make up for it. Along with the cheaper unlimited data plan (without tethering) and also the amazing ROM flashing abilities.
    Again though. Thanks for the comprehensive review!

  • Stargazer26 Says:

    The review was good, however I would have liked to see a more in-depth comparison between the carriers and service. Verizon and Sprint (based on your review) will charge roughly the same price when both phones are feature packed....however....4G is a big bonus to the Evo. I understand it's only available in certain markets, but that being said....more markets are coming. The Droid X will still be stuck on Verizon's 3G network when it's all said and done. Not to mention that Sprint offers a truly UNLIMITED data plan for one flat reasonable rate....and Verizon's "Unlimited" plan comes with a data cap. In that catergory, I would have given the Evo the win...but then again, that's just my opinion...

  • David Says:

    I own the HTC. I have not played with the X, but I can say that the EVO is the best phone that I have ever owned by far! Since both phones are Android based and have 2.1, it would seem that the 4G and the front facing camera would put it over the edge. In any case I am in Chicago and I see 4G speeds from 3 - 8 Mbps; and although Fring and Skype are no longer together you can still do Fring to Fring video calls over 3G, 4G, and WiFi. EVO for me!

  • Jack Cattron Says:

    I believe the EVO should have won more of the comparisons, such as the design comparison.

    It is clear that the EVO looks much slicker than the Motorola Droid X.

    I did not agree that the HD video on the X "smashed" the EVO's, the slower shutter speed on the X is a very big deal because pictures are allot of what most people care about, and no-body likes blur.

    The HTC Evo also was claimed to have the best pricing, as it should have been the winner, most people would not to splurge on the hotspot, unless they are using that as a replacement for the internet they have at home.

    SO my point is, everyone wants there new phone to be a winner... I think based on this review it should have been a draw, but I understand that its all about selling new phones.. and who looks at phone reviews? those who are buying a new phone.

  • rick Says:

    No one ever mentions the horrible quality of Motorola phones, in general. I would have a hard time picking any Motorola phone over another maker, regardless of features, because their phones have always been garbage. They wear down very quickly. Just look at the Razr and the first Droid if you need proof. Both of these phones get very "loose" feeling rather quickly. I would like to see how the Droid X feels after a few months of usage. HTC has always made fantastic devices. Their build quality is outstanding. I also don't think that the Droid X's 50 more pixels make much of a difference. Especially when you figure that the owner of either device won't have its counterpart there to compare. Both displays look amazing when you're looking at the phones by themselves. Also, you can't say pricing is a draw, because you even mentioned that Vcast costs $10 extra. Sprint TV is included on the EVO. So, to have all of the same features, the Droid X will always be $10 more expensive.

  • Kanwar Says:

    The most annoying thing about this comprehensive review is the number of DRAWS. People want a winner, not one thing being better than the other and ending up being a draw. Although you were reasonably neutral, I do think there were times I wanted to interrupt you and ask you to settle on Evo like when you said the calls were louder but not by much and then giving it a DRAW.

  • Justin Bailey Says:

    If you ever plan to use custom ROMs do not purchase the Droid X. This whole idea of the aptly named "e-fuse" technology that bricks the device on any attempt to install "untested" software is a slap in the face of the android community and the developers who have worked so hard to make open source mobile development a reality. Even if you don't think that you'll ever use the option to flash a custom ROM it's nice to know that the option is there when the manufacturer drops support and updates for your device of choice (T-Mobile G1 still alive and kicking thanks to CyanogenMod 5.08! Android 2.1 on a G1!)

    Educate yourself:
    http://www.xda-developers.com/

  • Beth Mahoney Says:

    I was lucky enough to get a Droid X and this phone is amazing. I was worried about its size but it is not too big. Swype is great for texts and the phone runs super fast..

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