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HTC Evo 4G torn down, compared to iPhone

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Tue June 1, 2010

HTC Evo 4G needs huge battery to keep battery life

A fresh teardown of the HTC Evo 4G by iFixit has revealed some of its inner workings and also given it an unfavorable comparison to the iPhone. Thanks to its 4.3-inch screen and 4G, Sprint's Android flagship needs a 23 percent larger battery than the iPhone 3GS just to get similar battery life to its smaller rival. The battery is also about 15 percent larger than that of a Droid Incredible and seven percent larger than the pack in a Nexus One.

The exploration does note that the Evo 4G is easier to repair or maintain than an iPhone. It's easier to remove the glass, and like "most reasonable phones," the back is removable to swap batteries on the spot.

HTC has followed Apple and the industry somewhat in including liquid damage indicators, though unlike any other company, one of its notifiers is on the battery. The decision could help Sprint identify problems where the battery and not the phone itself has gotten wet, possibly saving buyers a more expensive fix or replacement.

Components inside vary greatly from the Evo 4G's Apple-made competitor due to the platform and choice of network. Qualcomm has the dominant role as it not only makes the 1GHz Snapdragon processor but the CDMA baseband chip with built-in GPS and the power management circuits. Broadcom, which has played a role in both Apple and HTC devices, makes wireless chip with 802.11n Wi-Fi (albeit only up to 50Mbps), Bluetooth and FM radio.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    bigger screen

    bigger screen, faster connection, you can replace the
    battery yourself. Yeah, that's definitely unfavorable compared
    to the iPhone. Who would want THAT stuff?

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah, who would want THAT stuff?

    Certainly the geeks do, but the average consumer likely won't even care. HTC will find that out fast enough when sales of the EVO 4G start to stagnate because consumers will be just as happy with owning a Droid Incredible. The unlucky consumer better carry a second battery at the rate the EVO uses them up. I sure hope HTC is able to sell at least 200,000 of those EVOs otherwise it will be considered a massive flop. I personally think the EVO is a fine feature-packed smartphone. It's just that freaking battery technology is lagging so far behind that it limits the usage of a powerhouse smartphone. It looks like it plays some pretty nice games with that largish display. This smartphone may even be ahead of its time and for a reasonable cost.

  1. ruel24

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sprint network...

    I think the fact that it's on a 4G network is helping sales, but being it's on the rather unpopular Sprint network is holding it back. Comparing a phone selling on Sprint's network isn't fair to comparing sales on AT&T's network. HTC makes phones exclusively for each carrier. If they'd simply make one phone for everyone, it would be a better gauge of how popular the phone/platform is, without the qualification of what network it's on. I think a better judgement of Android and the Droid platform would be made on the basis of comparing all Droid's on all networks.

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