Since I use and write about the Dell Streak and HTC EVO 4G every weekday on Streak Smart and Good and EVO, respectively, I've been getting a steady stream of requests to compare the devices with the iPhone 4. I've been planning to write something similar to the iPod touch vs Cowon S9 vs Samsung P3 article I did last year for the past few weeks, but with a 7-month-old baby girl, 3 websites, a forum, and a human need for sleep (not to mention a husband and an offline life), it never gets crossed off my daily to-do list.
I don't think it ever will be either. But rather than hold on to the specs chart and photos I took of the three devices (proof that I really was planning a comparison article) until they're obsolete, I thought I'd just go ahead and share them now.
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One of the sections in my comparison was going to be about color reproduction/accuracy, so here are some photos of the devices displaying the same images. The first photo below shows the three phones with an all-black image on their screens.
I use various third-party keyboards on the Streak and EVO, but since the iPhone is deprived of such luxuries, here's a look at the stock keyboards.
I know that a lot of people like to see a "winner" in head-to-head comparisons, but I'm not interested in doing that for several reasons:
- I don't have the time, energy, or patience to deal with fanboys or flame wars.
- Mobile tech is about personal choice. Who cares which phone someone you probably don't know in real life says is the best? All that matters is what's perfect for you.
- Each phone has its pros and cons. Many are largely subjective; what's a pro for one person could be a con for another person.
The Streak, EVO, and iPhone have replaced my previous smartphone harem and will be joined by the Samsung Captivate when it's released tomorrow. I won't know what I think about the Captivate until I have it in my hands, but I do know that I'm really pleased with my current trio.
Which one is my favorite depends on my mood and what I want/need to do. I pick up the iPhone 4 more often during the day to check email and play Words with Friends, but I tend to use the EVO and Streak for longer stretches of time. There's something about Android that always makes me want to go a little deeper, which makes it less of a quick-use OS for me.