Photon vs Evo 3D

HTC is bringing the EVO 3D soon.  Motorola just showed us the Photon 4G.  It's a great time to be a Sprint customer, isn't it?  With two awesome phones in the pipeline, there probably isn't a bad choice between them.  4G, 3D, GSM, SMR -- heck, even the acronyms sound very cool.  But most of us will have to make a choice, and that's where we come in.  We've put it all together in one easy to read place so you can compare and discuss.

Hit the break, check it out, and start filling the forums with questions and chatter.  We all have a tough choice to make now. 

Photon 4G forums | EVO 3D forums

Nothing is quite as fun as HTML tables and CSS (ha!) so we've prepared a little chart based on what we know so far about each.  Could things change?  Yes, especially with the Photon.  Once we see some FCC docs or reports from corporate ninjas who know how to use the command line, we'll know more.  Having said that, the specs on the EVO 3D should be spot on since it's been kicking around for a bit.

Have a look:

                                         HTC Evo 3D                          Motorola Photon 4G

Features:

HTC EVO 3D

Motorola Photon 4G

Network

3G CDMA EVDO rev.A,

4G Wimax 2500

SMR support

3G CDMA EVDO rev.A

4G Wimax 2500

GSM support

Wifi

802.11 b/g/n

802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

3.0

2.1

GPS

Network assisted AGPS

Network assisted AGPS

FM Radio

yes

unknown

Dimensions

66mm x 127mm x 12.2 mm

66.9mm x 126.9mm x 12.2mm

Weight

170 g

158 g

Display

4.3 inch TFT LCD

capacitive

glasses free 3D

4.3 inch LCD

capacitive

Resolution

qHD 540x960

qHD 540x960

Camera (rear)

dual 5 MP for 3D

8 MP

Camera (front)

1.3 MP

VGA

Video capture

1080p HD (2D)

720p HD (3D)

720p HD

Video out

MHL A/V link

HDMI

Operating System

Android 2.3, HTC Sense

Android 2.3, MotoBlur

CPU

Qualcomm MSM8660

1.2 GHz, dual-core

Nvidia Tegra 2

1 GHZ, dual-core

GPU

Adreno 220

Nvidia GeForce

ROM and Storage

4 GB

16 GB

RAM

1 GB

1 GB DDR2

Battery size

1730 mAh

1700 mAh

Talk time

CDMA up to 7.5 hrs

CDMA up to 10 hrs

GSM up to 10.4 hrs

Standby time

up to 355 hrs

unknown

 A couple of my own observations:

  • SMR (Sprint's restructuring of the Nextel frequencies) should be ready to actually do something late this year.  It's possible we will see a push-to-talk solution for phones that support it, like the EVO 3D.  No word on any SMR support for the Photon, but world capabilities will trump PTT for most folks.
  • Bluetooth has been a pain for Android since, well since forever.  Having Bluetooth 3.0 support on the EVO 3D could be a deciding factor for folks who have trouble connecting Android phones to their car stereo.
  • They both look about the same size and weight.  You won't notice .5 mm in your hands.
  • Even if you don't give a hoot about 3D, there's still the question of the Photon having a PenTile matrix display or not.  Let's hope not.
  • Cameras are a wash until we see pictures and video from each.  1080p doesn't mean much if it's jittery and blurry.  If the camera is going to be your deciding factor, wait for the reviews.
  • The Adreno 220 outperforms the Nvidia GeForce on paper.  Nvidia supports developers of 3D games like no other.  I give the edge to the Photon here, just because there will be (and already are) Tegra optimized games.  And they rock.
  • 16 GB storage on the Photon, 4 on the EVO 3D.  Hello HTC, step that up will ya?
  • We don't know for sure that the EVO 3D doesn't have DDR2 RAM.  We do know that Sprint and Motorola made sure that everyone knew the Photon does. 

There you have it, you need to have a look and see if there's anything here that stands out for your needs.  To me, neither of these phones is remarkably better than the other -- in a good way.  Both look like real winners and would be an excellent choice for any Android fan.