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Apple’s new iPhone 4 is the company’s biggest update yet for the handset and it will have you drooling.
The phone is a snazzily slim, glass-backed slab that boasts some impressive specs: dual cameras, a big operating system update and video chat, among other things.
Apple introduced the phone at its developer conference Monday and said it will be available on AT&T’s network starting June 24.
But when the iPhone 4 hits retail shelves it will have to battle a gaggle of Android devices for consumer attention — the most significant of which is the HTC Evo. The Evo has one big advantage that Apple can’t beat. It runs on Sprint’s 4G network, while the iPhone is stuck on AT&T’s 3G service. Sprint 4G, though, is not available in most major cities, including San Francisco and New York.
If you are considering upgrading to the latest version of the iPhone or getting an Android device, take a look at how the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo 4G compare:
|iPhone 4||HTC Evo 4G|
|Display||3.5 inch display with 960 x 640 pixel resolution||4.3 inch screen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution|
|Processor||Apple A4 chip, speed unknown||1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon|
|Size||4.5 inches in height, 2.3 inches wide, 0.37 inches thick.||4.8 inches in height, 2.6 inches wide, 0.5 inches thick.|
|Weight||4.8 ounces||6 ounces|
|Operating system||iOS 4||Android 2.1|
||16 or 32 GB flash drive||8 GB microSD card included, supports up to 32 GB.|
||Dual cameras. 5-megapixel primary camera. Front-facing secondary camera (resolution unknown).||Dual camera with 8-megapixel primary camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing secondary camera.|
||720p, up to 30 frames per second. Built-in video editing.||720p at 25 frames per second.|
||Yes. Native support through FaceTime application, via Wi-Fi only.||Available through Qik app that costs $5 a month for premium features and higher-than-VGA quality. Basic app is free. Can be used over 3G or 4G wireless.|
||Three-axis gyro, digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS.||Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS.|
||Talk time of up to 7 hours on 3G and 14 hours on 2G.||Up to 6 hours of talk time.|
||$200 for 16 GB version, $300 for 32 GB (both with a two-year contract).||$200 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract.|
||June 24||June 4|
Everyone is clamoring about tablets these days—ourselves included—so it’s not too surprising that Google and HTC are set to join the fray. They are reportedly working together on a Chrome OS Google Tablet.
Smarthouse, an Australian publication, reports that HTC and Google have been collaborating “for the past 18 months” and have produced “several working models of a touch tablet,” including one outfitted with Google’s Chrome OS. We wrote why a Google Tablet would be a good idea last month, and with the Apple Tablet discussion reaching a fever pitch, it’s harder and harder to get excited about a Chrome OS netbook from Google.
Having collaborated on the Nexus One, a smart phone that impressed us with its design as well as its hardware, HTC and Google partnering on a tablet seems like a promising prospect. But will it “compete head on” with Apple’s tablet as Smarthouse claims? Probably not.
From what we know, it seems like Apple is putting as much effort into their tablet’s content as they are into the gadget itself. We’ve written extensively on how an Apple tablet could redefine newspapers, textbooks, and magazines. In the last case, we’ve already salivated, more than once, over concepts for how magazines might evolve in a multi-touch future. Add that to Apple’s recent acquisition of Lala, a move that likely points to a cloud-based future for iTunes, and the reports that Apple is trying to secure TV show subscription packages for the iTunes store. Admittedly, not a whole lot is certain about Apple’s tablet. But you start looking at all of those pieces and how they might fit together around one device, you can easily envision a gadget that is focused on streaming the stuff you read, the stuff you listen to, and the stuff you watch.