Which Phone? Samsung Galaxy S, iPhone 4 or the HTC Evo 4G?


While the iPhone is often regarded as the top competitor in the smartphone game, there are plenty of other (affordable) options to consider before you drop the cash for an iPhone 4. Apple often touts the iPhone as the most revolutionary and up to date phone on the market, but like all other Apple products, the reality is that much of the competition has the same, if not better, features as the iPhone in a much lower price ranges and sometimes with better network coverage. The top competitors that make their way up against the iPhone in terms of functionality for the same, if not lower, price are the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Evo 4G. Let’s take a look at what’s available on each of them compared to Apple’s iPhone 4.

Samsung Galaxy S
Whenever the term “iPhone competitor” comes up, the Samsung Galaxy S is normally the first phone to be listed and normally tops every smartphone list in terms of comparability to the newest iPhone 4. Running the newest Android v2.2 operating system, compared to Apple’s OSX on the iPhone 4, the Galaxy S truly is a force to be reckoned with. Without looking at the innards of the phone, many users seem to favor the Android operating system as it’s a lot sleeker and more fluid than the iPhone and iPod Touch screen that many Apple users have gotten use to. While customizable, OSX on the iPhone just doesn’t feel as limitless as holding Android in your hands. Android was released as a free operating system that offers unlimited customizability without worrying about proprietary rights and limits placed by the operating system and company manufacturers. Some may not mind having Apple take the helm of what goes on within their phone, but having a free operating system to be customized and tweaked as networks and phones see fit, as in the case of the Galaxy S, is something that should not be overlooked. What you’ll find under the hood of the Galaxy S is essentially the same as the iPhone ,with a 1Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 16gigabytes of available storage space coming standard. But with all that power beneath the shiny bezel, the iPhone 4 is not as adept at multitasking as the Galaxy S despite the same system specifications. With a larger screen, fewer dropped calls than the iPhone because of a faulty design in the iPhone 4′s aluminum housing, more customizability and freedom within the OS, and an app store that some say is equal to, if not better than the Apple app store, the Samsung Galaxy S truly is a steal compared to the iPhone 4 at right around $200.

HTC Evo 4G
The other major player in the smartphone market that’s making its way to the top of lists this year is the HTC Evo 4G. Unlike the iPhone 4 that throws “4″ into the title of their phone without actually supporting 4G networks, the HTC Evo 4G is ready and able of taking on the faster connection speeds that networks are rolling out this year. Out of the box the HTC Evo 4G only has 1 GB of internal memory and the same comparable 1Ghz processor and 512MB of RAM that the iPhone 4 has. You may be quick to jump and say that getting the iPhone would be a better deal in this case, but what the iPhone 4 lacks is a MicroSD card slot expansion. The HTC Evo 4G, also running its own version of Android like the Samsung Galaxy S, has an available card slot to expand the internal memory to virtually limitless levels. Next up on the chopping block is the slicker and bigger screen size that can easily handle the 8 megapixel photographs you can take with the phones built in camera. That’s compared to the 5 megapixels you get with the iPhone. And along with all of the great photos and videos you can take with the Evo 4G, you also have the option to send them out to your TV via an HDMI output to achieve full 720P HD video from your phone to your TV. The iPhone 4 only has a standard TV out. Despite having much better features on almost every front, many of which are not even mentioned here, the HTC Evo 4G, along with a contract from Sprint, will only run you $200. To buy the phone on a non-contract basis, you can grab one for right around the same cost as an iPhone. More features and lower price? Yes, please.

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