Every summer for the past few years, Apple has released a new version of its popular iPhone. The iPhone 4 features several improvements over previous models released from Apple, but the changes are not as dramatic as in past years and Apple may face competition from other phone manufacturers.
The iPhone 4 features a 3.5-inch display with a resolution that is said to be greater than what the human eye can perceive. It also includes a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a front-facing camera for videoconferencing. Additionally, the iPhone 4 includes a range of sensors: a three-axis gyroscope, an accelerometer, a proximity sensor, and an ambient light sensor.
Enclosed front and back with glass, the iPhone 4 is less rounded than previous models, and also somewhat thinner. The iPhone 4 also
has a high-capacity battery, offering up to six hours of 3G usage or seven hours of talk time.
The most notable competitor to the iPhone 4 is the HTC EVO offered by Sprint. The HTC EVO is the first U.S. phone to offer both 3G and 4G connectivity, providing speeds significantly faster than the iPhone in areas where 4G is available. Additionally, the HTC EVO has a larger screen, at 4.3 inches, which some see as a feature and some see as a handicap. The HTC EVO also has a better camera than the iPhone 4, which at 8 megapixels is also able to record video.
One of the drawbacks of the HTC EVO, however, is its shorter battery life. While still within the acceptable range for high-powered smartphones, the HTC EVO cannot compete with the power-optimized iPhone.
Another point of comparison is the carrier’s network. The HTC EVO runs on Sprint and the iPhone on AT&T. Facing high rates of congestion and demand for Apple’s phones, AT&T has received criticism for the voice quality of its network and frequently dropped calls. Sprint, on the other hand, has avoided similar criticisms in recent years. Check out a recent speed test article by Joe Barbat on the HTC EVO.
Clearly, these are both among the best smartphones on the market today, but it is no longer the case that Apple’s iPhone is the de facto consumer phone to beat. The HTC EVO and other competitors are quickly catching up and offering new choices for customers who either do not want an iPhone or who are not on AT&T’s network.