Droid Incredble - Evo 4G - Nexus One

The Verizon Droid Incredible, Sprint Evo 4G and Google Nexus One -- three of the biggest, baddest Android phones available today (erm, or soon, in the case of the first two). But which should you get? After the break, we put the three phones against each other head to head, spec for spec. Which comes out on top? Click through to find out.

Verizon DROID Incredible
Droid Incredible
Sprint Evo 4G
Evo 4G
Google Nexus One
Google Nexus One
Network Verizon Sprint T-Mobile/AT&T
(currently)
Operating System Android 2.1 with
HTC Sense
Android 2.1 with
HTC Sense
Android 2.1
Screen Size 3.7-inch AMOLED
@ 480x800
4.3-inch TFT LCD
@ 480x800
3.7-inch AMOLED
@ 480x800
Processor Qualcomm 8650
Snapdragon @ 1GHZ
Qualcomm 8650
Snapdragon @ 1GHz
Qualcomm 8250
Snapdragon @ 1GHZ
Memory 740MB ROM¹*/
512MB RAM
1GB ROM/
512MB RAM
512MB ROM/
512MB RAM
Storage 8GB internal (listed)** -- --
Data Speed 1x RTT/
EVDO Rev. A (3G)
1x RTT/
EVDO Rev. A. (3G)/
WiMAX (4G)
EDGE (2.5 G)
/HSPA (3G)
microSD Card ¹Up to 32GB
(no card provided)
8GB included
(up to 32GB)
4GB included
(up to 32GB)
Rear Camera 8MP with autofocus,
dual flash
8MP with autofocus,
dual flash
5MP with autofocus,
single flash
Max. video
recording resolution
¹800x480 1280x720 (20 fps) 800x480
Front Camera None 1.3MP None
Adobe Flash Flash Lite Flash Lite None
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
WiFi 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g
GPS aGPS aGPS aGPS
FM Radio Yes Yes No
TV out via microUSB via micro HDMI No
Size 4.6 x 2.3 x 0.47 inches 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches
Weight  4.6 ounces 6 ounces 4.5 ounces
Battery 1300mAh 1500mAh 1400mAh
Price $199.99 with 2-year
contract, rebate
Unannounced $529 unlocked/
$179 on T-Mobile

¹ - Spec updated
* - Spec sheets originally list ROM at 512MB. HTC has told us otherwise.
** - 6.6GB actually available to the user.

Specs were provided by carriers, retailers and the manufacturer and are subject to revision.

 

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Verizon Droid Incredible vs. Sprint Evo 4G vs. Google Nexus One -- Spec fight!

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Ok, Evo 4G wins from what I see HTC Incredible is still amazing and the N1 already looks outdated compared to these phones! Still all in all they are all manufactured by HTC. All I gotta say now is lookout RIM & Apple, there's a new Sherriff in town. LOL!!!

im sorry how does the nexus one look outdated next to a phone that wont come out until like 3 months from now...and the only thing the incredible has better is the camera...i have sense on my nexus and apps2sd and 16gb card i have all the space i need not to mention dual mics feature and longer battery life so in my humble opinion the nexus is still very much up there with the rest until the evo actually comes out.

These phones are all great phones.....but there is one that stands out for some VERY GOOD reasons. The HTC Droid Incredible. Here is why.....first off it is concluded that the batteries of the Evo and the Nexus are produced to give you battery life of 6-8 hours with no apps being used. The Evo takes more damage on this understanding because its uses battery juice like a gas hog when you use the front camera, and internet, not too mention its struggle with apps. Plus, Sprint has hidden charges for certain apps and also will only allow the best service in populated city areas. The Nexus is a little better with stronger service in certain dead zones, but still drains battery life very very quickly. But the Droid tops it not only because its service being Verizon, but its battery life is ranged from 8-10 hours. It also has a battery that even when being used in heavy duty apps empowers the device to do better and to consistantly be fast. Yes it may not have face time, but one service does not give the Evo a one up on the Nexus or the Droid. I use to have the Evo but it was so unreliable. It died on me after about 6 and a half hours, not to mention the service I had was inferior to Verizon and even AT&T. The Iphone 4 was not bad, however, it was like the Evo..weak battery, mildly good service. Eventully, I decided to give the Droid and Verizon a go. Even though I spent alot of money for the Evo, I regret using it because its more of a Great outside, but its core abilities are better then the Iphone and still inferior to the Droid and even the Nexus. The nexus is a very good second best because it has a slightly stronger service, but if you truly want a phone thats fast, reliable, and better then the Iphone, then the Droid Incredible is the Best Choice!

If you did your research, you would know that Google talk is the equivalent to bb messenger!!! And it doesn't take away from your sms. Research before you start yapping!!!

I don't see what the big deal on the incredible is when the EVO is much better. They should've added a front facing camera and gotten rid of that stupid scrolling balllike the EVO did. Lastly, it'd be awesome if Android came up with a Blackberry Messenger equivalent where you can communicate with other Androids without eating your sms limit.

There's also GoogleTalk, which is free and only uses data, and it also communicates with people who might happen to be on a laptop instead of just on their cell phone.

Personally, I don't mind a trackball/optical trackpad on an Android device. It comes in handy trying to edit text.

And I don't feel at all like my Nexus is outdated already. It will get updates months before HTC has a chance to modify their Sense UI and distribute it to all their devices. I can also download and install the Desire ROM to my rooted N1 if I really wanted to experience Sense, which I did and I thought it was kinda cool but not THAT amazing.

For me the big draw on Sense is the camera app. I really like the extra control and I like how it makes the "viewfinder" feel so much bigger than the stock N1 camera app. Hopefully Google puts something similar into the Froyo build.

The reason the Big deal with Verizon and the Droid is the Droid is better in service, faster, stronger in battery life, and more reliable. Plus, the front camra on the Evo and the Iphone don't help because they have been made with a twin functioning mechanism, which means, in short, they suck the heck outta battery life. I did use to have the Evo, but it died alot and it sucked my battery life out all the time, plus I had some many fail calls and downlaods because of it. Indeed it is better then the Iphone, but the Droid is better then the both of them because of it's better design, service, battery, and over all reliability. It's basically the best smart Phone out there, with the except of The Droid X. From personal experience, the Evo is not much better then the Iphone 4, but after I did many tests between the Evo and The Droid Incredible, and the Evo failed on these......most of them failing terribly. In conclusion, Sprint is trying to say they have the best phone. No more like forth best, because the Droid X and Incredible have better overall and many outstanding features that make them superior, not to mention it is proven Verizon has the BEST service. The Nexus would make a good Third and the Iphone would take Fifth.

The reason the Big deal with Verizon and the Droid is the Droid is better in service, faster, stronger in battery life, and more reliable. Plus, the front camra on the Evo and the Iphone don't help because they have been made with a twin functioning mechanism, which means, in short, they suck the heck outta battery life. I did use to have the Evo, but it died alot and it sucked my battery life out all the time, plus I had some many fail calls and downlaods because of it. Indeed it is better then the Iphone, but the Droid is better then the both of them because of it's better design, service, battery, and over all reliability. It's basically the best smart Phone out there, with the except of The Droid X. From personal experience, the Evo is not much better then the Iphone 4, but after I did many tests between the Evo and The Droid Incredible, and the Evo failed on these......most of them failing terribly. In conclusion, Sprint is trying to say they have the best phone. No more like forth best, because the Droid X and Incredible have better overall and many outstanding features that make them superior, not to mention it is proven Verizon has the BEST service. The Nexus would make a good Third and the Iphone would take Fifth.

These phones are the top three phones. The Nexus 1 is currently number but then the Incredible will be and then the EVO when they come to the market. I really don't think Apple will have a good enough answer to the EVO and the EVO will be king for awhile. I'm sure HTC will release another Android giant during the holidays or next year sometime. Android + HTC FTW.

I'm very excited about getting the EVO, my one uncertainty is if the wider screen and heavier weight will make it awkward to carry around in my pocket.

I like the comparison chart, thanks for posting!

its only 0.1" wider, I'm not really understanding the arguments that the Evo isn't pocketable. Its not any bigger than an Iphone, but does a much better job at using the real estate on the front. Its much thinner than an Iphone too.

All awesome phones! I have to say the Evo definately wins on features and 4g capability but I travel too much for Sprint to be as useful so I will be sticking with Verizon. Im eager to try out the Sense UI.

where is HTC Desire?
It is not all about US. We read this from Europe also.
Volcano doesn't stop us from checking updates on androidcentral :)

The Incredible is basically the American version of the Desire. I am curious as to how the supposed TV-out feature will work on the Incredible, it does not shoot 720p nor is it HD, no HDMI. The video quality when using TV-out will not be that good.

I love the comparison done and it only helps me make the decision as to which of the phones I'll be getting. I'm going with the EVO..Go Sprint, now it's a wait and see test to see the cost of the phone. There's no way it's going to be that much more in cost then the other two phone.

HTC is doing such a great job with the Phones...Keep it up HTC. I have the HERO and this is by far the best phone I've owned. I love it, keep it going HTC.

Wraung!

The Incredible has 256MB of RAM. This could be the solely reason why many are still waiting for Nexus One on Verizon despite the Indredible arriving April 29th.

Personally I want the EVO, but a great phone on a crappy network makes an unimpressive piece of information. Sad.

Sorry, I miswrote, Nexus One has 256 MB of Ram. At least mine does. I had to unlock the bootloader and flash a customized kernel to unlock more memory. Now my Nexus shows ~400MB of available memory with some of that reserved for GPU and whatever else. For whatever reason the Nexus shipped with some of its RAM unaddressed. Easy fix though.

Do you know anything about this?

uuhhggg!!! you forgot to mention that the EVO records 720p!! its basically a digital video recorder. that completely eliminates the need for a portable digital video camera. thats a huuuuge deal and you just left it out of the camera specs!! that would be like saying the iphone cant be used as an ipod!

Happy to do my part, but we all know that it wasn't just the two or three of us who independantly from each other thought,"this would be great for taping relations with my significant other!"

Am I the only one that noticed that the Incredible and the Evo have different processors than the N1? All the reviews are erroneously stating that it's the same processor just because it has the same clock frequency but clearly it's not. Could this be why the Incredible seems so snappy compared to my N1?

Anyone know what the differences are between a Qualcomm 8650 and 8250?

Did some research: Turns out the 8650 is for CDMA phones and the 8250 is for GSM. Otherwise they seem to be identical.

I am not doubting your research, makes sense. However, why would the processor care about the network? Wouldn't it be two different components?

It's the same with BlackBerries. CDMA and GSM chip sets are just different. I'm guessing it has something to do with the close integration of the processor and the radio,

Hey I never said that the N1 was a bad phone, I just meant that once the new phones come out, its gonna have stiff competition. Lol

All 3 are great phones. Being Sprint, and loving it, I'll wait for the Evo4G.
The incredible is looking real good though. I know a couple guys that just bought Droids, They ought to be kicking themselves today.

This is like the Evo4G's little brother.

I'm interested in the camera though. It was mentioned in a video the Evo4G has a digital autofocusing camera. I have not found any info on that.
I'd assume these phones are using the same sensor/chip. Does the camera indeed not have an adjusting lens?

By "little brother" I think you mean "younger twin." The Incredible has a smaller screen, no front camera, and doesn't record 720p, but those are not huge. It has more onboard app memory and the same processor and RAM, and that's what really matters. Plus, more 3G :D

Phil, thank you for this grid. It's a helpful start. Would you consider making a much more detailed, in-depth comparison grid that gets into the finer points of the phones? Including things raised here in the comments, like video capture details, other camera details, noise-canceling mics and such, as well as features like wireless hotspot tethering, and the many other finer points? Even touching on some carrier-specific issues like the availability of Skype Mobile (soon, supposedly) for the Incredible, as well as Skype (apparently) denying all non-VZW android devices a native app? (Can't very well Skype-video-call with the 2nd camera on the EVO if there's no Skype app on the phone, right?)

Also, would you ever consider doing a detailed comparison of the major mobile carrier networks? (Well, at least Verizon and Sprint?) Not just price and what's included, but a real comprehensive assessment of the whole user experience, including actual voice and data coverage, speeds, dropped calls, customer satisfaction, and the like. I realize this blog is devoted to all things android, not to mobile carriers in general, but the very nature of android hardware innovation and competing mobile carriers' introduction of new phones has, many of us, I think, considering a switch from one carrier to another. I think it's fair to say it's a REALLY pertinent issue for droidsters everywhere, certainly in the US. I'm very heavily considering jumping Big Red to go to Sprint, both for their prices and because the EVO really seems to be a generation beyond these other phones--but I'm scared that I'll end up being that guy who's walking around holding his phone on funny angles trying to find a signal all the time, or that I'll never be able to use all the great features of the EVO because the data coverage is too spotty. Thanks for considering.

may happen if they buy Palm......imagine Sense UI overlying an in house owned Web OS tweeked for and on the best HTC hardware.

ok here i go... you like the evo cuz got 4 g.... dont lie at me thats the first impression , i dont live in a 4g coverage area so , i dont give a think about it.. im in verizon so there is in my case 2 for incredible 0 for evo.. another thing is the weight 6 onces , my droid is heavy already , FRONT CAMERA? whats that for? make an up to do 3D VIDEO USING BOTH CAMERAS...
in the other hand the evo is bigger, bigger battery ( i dont know abourt battery life becouse is a very high tech phone that will require lot of battery) 1 gb memory, recording resolution.
SO WHAT ABOUT PRICE???? THATAS A BIGGG ????????????? i wont $300 for evo no way. so i will go droid incredible
thats my opinion , 1st money , 2nd carrier , 3rd OS ,4th processor.
i have a very nice canon for pics ;)

what? is it just me or does this person's grammar get in the way of the meaning of this post? no idea what you were trying to get at.

For so many of us this choice is simply going to come down to which carrier we use...

I'm with VZW and happy; so it's the Incredible for me!

well I will be terminating with t mobile and going with Sprint..you just can't pass up on the HTC evo..and I have great Sprint coverage..and never had a problem when I was with them..i'am more worried about battery life..I must say though evo's little brother the incredible looks pretty wellll incredible (LOL)also ..so if you love Verizon that's the best option..but I just can't pass up the opportunity of being part of the first 4g network with the king of phones..

I want the Evo, but I travel a lot. One of the reasons for leaving AT&T is coverage. I need the 3g to work. So it looks like I might be getting the Incredible. I just wish it would work with streaming video like Netflix now using Silverlight. Looks like even Hulu is having a problem on flash lite.

Technology really makes descisions hard. Wait 24 hours and a better phone is on the market. Its tough being a man LOL...

Thanks for everyones help on here.

Robert

My contract with Sprint expired in March and I was thinking about switching carriers or getting another Sprint phone. The Evo came at just the right time. I looked at the Incredible today at BJ's in Jax. and it is really sweet. I just think the Evo is all that and more. As far as coverage, I was in the backwoods of the NC mountains last week and one of my buds had Verizon, one had ATT and I had Sprint. I was the only one that could get a signal. For what I have with Sprint, it would cost me $40 more a month with either of the other two. I know alot of people dog Sprint, but I've never had anything but good luck with them. And for the price, and now the Evo it's a no-brainer.

more closer luk at the droid incredible vs nexus 1
droid incredible: nexus 1:
processor:qualcomm 8650 win qualcomm 8250
memory:740 mb win 512mb
memoryslot:no card inculded 4gb win
camera:8megapixel win 5 mega pixel
adobe flash:flash lite win none
fm radio:yes win no
battery: 1300mah 1400mah win

that is the best i can do the rest was a tie or i didnt know what it means.and the nexus 1 has better grahpics 26.0 fps to 25.8 fps

htc droid incredible:5 nexus 1:3

i hoped this helped

Hey guys, Im thinking about getting this for my father beacsue as of now he's stuck on his blackbetrry world 8800 (with no camera) and i would really like to see him upgrade finally, i have basically convinced him to upgrade but he just wanted to know if the incredible will work in other countries such as spain , Italy, or any other european countries. thanks again

russd456

Short answer, no it will not work in Europe. Your father may have to stick with blackberry and wait for the 9650 to be released.

Wow! I'm on my third iPhone, after having 4 prior iPods, I spent half my college loans on Apple stock, and have no intention of buying an Android phone.

Having said all that, how can you possibly not include the upcoming Samsung "i9000 Galaxy S" in this comparison? I understand these are all HTC phones, but clearly the top dog in the Android market is up for grabs and it's between the i9000 and the EVO.

The Desire/Incredible and Nexus 1 are already out of the running. Do some research on Samsung's new model. You'll be surprised and amazed. Were I to switch from an iPhone, it would most certainly be for that phone, and none of these.

Thanks for the comparisons. I'm looking forward to the enhancements carried from the Android OS 2.2 to Nexus One! If the functions of Flash 10, FM Radio and Wireless N are enabled afterwards then Nexus One is more competitive at all. :-)

The EVO looks awesome but Sprint does not have good coverage in my area so I will be sticking with Verizon. I really want a phone with a 4.3" screen though but in the meantime I will be happy with the Incredible.

I have a question, with a screen size of 3.7" and a resolution of 480X800. and a screen size of 4.3" with the same resolution doesn't that mean the text will look a little more pixilated than the smaller screen?

So happy to have great Sprint coverage. When you do, everyone else's plan's are for crap, even if money weren't an overriding factor. Now, for many of you who don't have Sprint coverage, Verizon is the way to go, and may I just say congrats: the incredible is aptly named, and I will be envious until my Evo is out.

I travel a lot as well in my work, and buddy does as well being a truck driver. We both have had sprint for more than 10 years. About 5 years ago I had customer service problems (nothing in last few years) and he has never had problems. Recently only great service in customer service. Now, when we talk about coverage I have used my 3g on my phone to surf the web from Washington D.c. to California. He has a family plan and uses his second phone's 3g as well as a full time modem for his laptop including watching Hulu and other tv. I am able to use my phone in a very secure building where my co-workers have to go outside. Because this debate comes up often, we often compare our service and only the sprint phones work in these buildings where some are under-ground. I did find one spot where I did not get sprint 3g, it was a remote area of Arkansas where the roads on the GPS do not show up at all. I was still able to us Sprint's Data roaming without any additional charge. Now if that is not service, I don't know what is. I will get the HTC EVO phone and will pay only $10 dollars more a month for 4g starting June 4th 2010. I want the phone bad enough to pay the retail price of $449.00 ($199 contract upgrade). Trust me I don't have loyalty to a cell phone company and will go with who ever can give me the 3g/4g that I need to get my work done without wifi. Don't forget I save about $480 dollars a year on my family plan by not using Verizon (good company) and about $600 dollars by not using AT&T (poor coverage. The money I save I can afford to change phones when I want(so I do).

1 HTC EVO
2 HTC Incredible
3 HTC Nexus One

That's about as accurate as I can tell without distorting the facts.

ok first off you guys are idiots comparing these phones i had the motorola droid and now have the incredible... ive torched the iphone and nexus one... the evo is hd2 with android and a big cam that the INCREDIBLE HAS... froyo cant even work right on the evo so its stuck with 2.1 right now... the incredible will be getting it... the best phone out right now is the incredible and it doenst matter about 4g cause most likely your not gonna be sittin in the dot of 4g in the lack of cities sprint has... so the incredible will crush the evo on the 3g network .. case closed... ive messed with all the phones and the INCREDIBLE is everything the comercial said...INCREDIBLE..and for those saying the evo isnt big ha yea right its big bigger then the iphone..