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HTC EVO 4G vs HTC EVO Shift 4G

Posted in cell phones, gadgets on Jun 16, 2011

Since we are an EVO family – a lot of people ask our opinions of the EVO 4G vs. the EVO Shift. Basically it’s the same phone, one has a keyboard, and one doesn’t – or is it? I remember when the EVO Shift was first announced. My wife and I both had an EVO and she wanted the shift JUST for the keyboard – so it is kind of a personal preference.

They are both made by the same manufacturer but are the EVO and its “Alternative EVO ( read ego)” even comparable? Well read more to find out. Throughout the comparasion I will refer to the HTC EVO 4G as “EVO” and the HTC EVO Shift 4G as “Shift”.

Hardware – EVO

The HTC EVO 4G sports a 4.3-inch Widescreen 480-by-800 TFT LCD screen, a rear facing 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash camera, a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera, 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8650 snapdragon, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB microSD card, 1 GB ROM, 1500 mAh Li-ion battery, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, WiMAX and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

Hardware – EVO Shift

The HTC EVO Shift is small and packs a 3.6-inch Widescreen 480-by-800 TFT LCD screen, a rear facing 5 megapixel with single LED flash, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 (second generation) snapdragon, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB microSD card, 2 GB ROM, 1500 mAh Li-ion battery, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, WiMAX, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and 4 Row Keyboard.

Winner – HTC EVO 4G

While the Shift has full hardware keyboard, it fall short with only 5 megapixel camera with a single LED flash. The Shift does have a newer snapdragon processor but the EVO still feels just a bit faster out of the box. Also there are several reports of GPS issue with the Shift whereas the EVO has none. And finally the 4.3-inch screen on the EVO just feels a lot better overall

Software – EVO and Shift

The EVO 4G and The EVO Shift both have Android 2.2 with HTC’s SenseUI skin overtop of the base operating system. Sense has its advantages and disadvantages but does have some the best Widget available which make it worthwhile for most. There tons of Custom roms for the EVO but because the shift is so new there are currently only a few and most lack basic features.

Winner – Tie

Both phones are virtually the same. If you want to the go the route of rooting and installing a custom rom then the EVO is the clear choice here, but if you plan to stay with factory settings you can not go wrong either way.

The biggest choice when choosing between the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC EVO Shift 4G is the Keyboard. This all comes down to personal preference but you really can’t go wrong with either. The HTC EVO 4G is the more powerful phone and if software keyboards do not scare you then the EVO is the clear cut choice here. If you feel the need for a hardware keyboard ( I did and thats why I switched to the Samsung Epic 4G for my personal phone) the get the HTC EVO Shift 4g. As for a clear cut winner? Get the phone that will fulfill your personal preference the most.

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One Response to “HTC EVO 4G vs HTC EVO Shift 4G”

  1. Jackie Smith says:

    Hello there, I read your review about HTC EVO 4G and I would like to know how much it costs because I want to buy it. It is worth to buy it?

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