iPhone 5 vs Android HTC EVO 4G -How do they compare?

I have been an Android user for the past 2.5 years when I bought the HTC EVO when it came out as the first 4G phone for the Sprint network. I have really enjoyed it. Since about a year ago when Sprint finally got the iPhone I have been thinking about trying the iPhone. When the iPhone 5 came out I finally decided to make the switch.  A number of people have asked me which one I like better so I thought I would share my thoughts on the comparison after 1 week of having the iPhone 5.

I have been an Android user for the past 2.5 years when I bought the HTC EVO when it came out as the first 4G phone for the Sprint network. I have really enjoyed it. Since about a year ago when Sprint finally got the iPhone I have been thinking about trying the iPhone. When the iPhone 5 came out I finally decided to make the switch.  A number of people have asked me which one I like better so I thought I would share my thoughts on the comparison after 1 week of having the iPhone 5.

Sending Group Text Messages: Winner Android

One of the features that I really love about the Android is the ability to create groups for use with text messaging. It was very easy to manage the groups, add/remove users, and send out a mass text all at once with my Android phone.  With iPhone, it does not seem to be possible.  One friend share with me a work around where you manually add each person to a single text message then leave that message in your message folder and “reply” to the prior message.  However, the work around is not enough to beat the Android.  Winner Android.

Calendar:  Winner iPhone

One of my biggest pet peaves with my Android HTC EVO was how slow the calendar pulled up. It seemed to take forever. With the iPhone, the calendaring is very slick.

Chat: Winner Android

If you use google chat quite a bit  then there really is not substitute for the Android phone.  I have tried a few of the iTunes app store apps for google chat but none of them are quite as good as the google chat right on the android.  This one goes to Android.

Extras/Add Ons/ App Store: Winner iPhone

There are hundreds of thousands of apps available for both Android and IPhone. In general I have found the apps in the iTunes store seem to be a bit better quality. Also, while I have just began to figure out all the cool things that SIRI can do, it is already probably the coolest thing I have seen since I saw my first smartphone.

Battery Life: Winner iPhone

This one may be a bit unfair to compare a 2 year old that was the first 4G phone available from HTC against an iPhone which is now in its 5th generation. My android could barely make it through 4 hours of the day with a few phone calls and basic internet browsing, the iPhone seems to handle a full day on a single charge.  Although I am going to give this one to the iPhone, it would really be more appropriate to use a new Android for this comparison.

Email:  Winner Android

To preface, I have the exact same email accounts set up on both phones. I have a number of google mail accounts, and exchange mail accounts. The new iPhone seems to spend a lot more time “spinning” while I am waiting for my messages to download. With the Android, the messages are there immediately.  The battle of email goes to Android.

Size/Weight:  Winner iPhone 5

This iPhone 5 is really light 3.95 ounces vs the 6.0 ounces of the HTC EVO 4G. It also has quite a large screen. While it is a bit narrower than my HTC EVO it has a remarkably clear display and is plenty big for my purposes. After about a week of carrying around the iPhone 5 I went to pick up my HTC EVO and I thought, “this think is a brick”.

Overall, I am pretty impressed with the iPhone 5. I have been sitting on the sidelines watching all the iPhone “fan boys(girls)” get all geeked out about their iPhones and now I can start to see why. It is pretty amazing.  However, there are still some things that I miss about my Android like the group text messaging and the google chat feature. Perhaps these things are available through an app in the app store. Having the iPhone 5 for a week definitely does not make me an expert on the iPhone but  If I missed anything or left something out, please feel free to make a comment or send me an email.

As such, the iPhone 5’s height is 4.87 inches (123.8 mm); the width is 2.31 inches (58.6 mm); the depth is 0.30 inches (7.6 mm); and the weight is 3.95 ounces (112 grams

4.8″ (L) x 2.6″ (W) x 0.5″ (T)  6 ounces