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Apple iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Captivate vs. Evo 4G

Dj-M.Bezzle 3:11 PM - 6 August, 2010
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The summer of the smartphone is upon us. With the arrival of a new messiah phone from Cupertino (Apple iPhone 4, $200 on AT&T), the very first 4G phone in the U.S. (HTC Evo 4G, $200 on Sprint), and the fastest Android device on the market (Samsung Captivate, $200 on AT&T), smartphone buyers have never faced a better slate of options - or a more confusing one.

While it’s tough to go wrong with any of these Herculean challengers, one must naturally reign supreme. We’ve pitted all three head-to-head in the most important feature categories to see which phone should call your pocket home.



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Display

Winner: Apple iPhone 4
The screens on all three phones equate to big, bigger and biggest, with 3.5 inches on the iPhone, 4.0 on the Captivate and 4.3 on the Evo 4G. So how does the smallest one win?

It’s not all about diagonal span. Both the Evo 4G and Samsung Captivate offer fewer pixels (800 x 480) than the iPhone 4, which quadrupled pixels from the original iPhone to an unheard of 960 x 640. The Captivate also uses an OLED screen. While it looks more vibrant inside, it also washes out easily in the sun, and whites swing toward an unnatural blue. While the bigger size of the Evo 4G and Samsung Captivate might be superior for watching movies, we’re evaluating phones, not media players. The iPhone’s outdoor livability and ultra-sharp text – something you’ll be looking at a lot of – make it the most practical of the three.






HTC Evo 4G
Connectivity
Winner: Evo 4G

With both the Captivate and iPhone 4 sharing AT&T’s infamously hobbled 3G network, and the Evo wearing its first-4G-phone-in-America pin, this one’s a no-brainer. Besides the sheer speed, it’s also the only one that can double as a Wi-Fi router to share connectivity with other devices.

For what it’s worth, the second-place winner between the AT&T phones is just as easy to peg. Reception on the iPhone 4 sucks. Despite all the numbers Steve Jobs packed into a PowerPoint presentation to claim there was no problem with the iPhone 4 antenna (while simultaneously announcing a way to rectify the non-problem), the collective complaints of thousands of iPhone 4 users still speaks otherwise. Frequent dropped calls and notoriously poor reception make the iPhone 4 far inferior to the Captivate for making calls.



Rear Camera
Winner: Apple iPhone 4
The 8-megapixel camera on the Evo 4G has more resolution than both the 5-megapixel iPhone 4 and 5-megapixel Captivate, and more manual search controls, too. But that’s only one part of the story. The iPhone 4 takes better pictures than either competitor.

Credit goes to Apple’s backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, which moves the metal traces typically found on top of the chip to the back, blocking less light and improving overall image quality. Subjectively, photos from the iPhone 4 look brighter with richer color. Both Computerworld and Macworld ran the iPhone 4 head to head with the Evo 4G and found it took better shots, and our own real-life testing showed that the iPhone 4 trounced the Captivate on image quality.




Apple iPhone 4
Videoconferencing
Winner: iPhone 4

Front-facing cameras still remain a novelty in the smartphone world, but both the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo 4G offer them, while the Captivate owners are left out in the cold. At a technical level, the Evo 4G yet again offers more resolution: 1.3 megapixels to just 0.3 megapixels (VGA resolution) on the iPhone 4. But as we’ve learned from the previous category, that number isn’t everything.

Bandwidth severely limits the resolution you’re actually able to send over your phone when videoconferencing, so the Evo 4G can’t actually make use of all the resolution it has on tap unless it’s shooting video to record. With image quality nearly level, we give credit to the iPhone 4 for Facetime, which lets users initiate calls from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 using regular phone numbers – no usernames or logging in needed.



Battery Life
Winner: Draw between Apple iPhone 4 and Samsung Captivate

HTC’s Evo 4G immediately gets booted from the running here. The same 4G speeds that give it killer connectivity also kill the battery in a hurry, leaving it first to run out of gas when these three phones hit the road.

Playing it by the numbers doesn’t lead to any clear-cut conclusion between the remaining contenders. Samsung rates the Captivate for five hours and 50 minutes of talk time and 340 hours of standby, while Apple rates the iPhone for seven hours of chatting and 300 hours of standby, making the Captivate the standby champ and iPhone 4 the king of talk time. While we’re inclined to favor talk time over standby, battery life seemed to play out roughly equally on these two in our real-life tests, so we’re calling it a draw.



Portability
Winner: Samsung Captivate

Clearly, the paperweight Evo 4G is a nonstarter here, but finding the winner among the two phones left standing isn’t easy.

At 2.5 inches wide and 0.39 inches thick, the Captivate fills the hand a bit more than the 2.31-inch-wide iPhone (less than the width of #2 pencil), and measures 0.02 inches thicker, too (roughly the same height as five sheets of printer paper stacked up). Fortunately, it’s also 0.22 inches shorter and weighs only 4.5 ounces to the iPhone’s 4.8 ounces. Which is really more important? We would prefer the shorter, lighter phone, especially when the extra flab it puts on in other dimensions is almost too small to measure.




Samsung
Captivate

Speed
Winner: Draw between Apple iPhone 4 and Samsung Captivate

All three phones have processors running 1GHz, but which one actually gets the job done fastest? If only there was an easy answer.

Here’s the technical nitty gritty: The so-called A4 system-on-a-chip in the iPhone 4 actually uses an Apple-tailored version of the same ARM Cortex A8 found in the Samsung Captivate. In other words, they share the same silicon bloodline. The Evo 4G’s 1GHz Snapdragon chip, while quick, doesn’t quite run in the same pack as the A8-powered phones.

Which one delivers the best real-life performance? It depends what you’re doing. In our Web browser tests, the iPhone 4 toasted the Captivate over the same AT&T 3G connection, but in others, including Wi-Fi tests by PocketNow and TechnoBuffalo, the Captivate won. In other tests between common apps, both phones are hit or miss. For instance, the iPhone seems to open Google Maps faster, while the Captivate seems to open its camera app faster. In practical terms, they’re about as close as two smartphones come. Things to keep in mind: The iPhone 4 still will not display Flash, so websites will naturally load more quickly. And if you happen to be in a 4G zone, the HTC EVO 4G can load web pages in no time either.



Storage
Winner: Samsung Captivate

For $200, both the iPhone 4 and Captivate deliver 16GB of internal storage, while the Evo 4G comes with only 8GB, putting it out of the running right from the start.

The Captivate manages to stretch far beyond the iPhone 4 with the inclusion of a microSD slot. Besides lending flexibility (you can upgrade when you need the space, rather than guessing whether you will when you buy the phone), it’s also cheaper. While it will cost another $100 to get to 32GB of total storage on the iPhone 4, you can nab a 16GB microSD card and put the Captivate on par for under $40. Even better, it can expand up to a total of 48GB by adding a 32GB microSD card, a level of storage the iPhone 4 can’t touch.




Apple iPhone 4

Overall Winner: Apple iPhone 4
The Evo 4G made an impressive showing as the very first 4G phone back in June, but as you can see, it doesn’t hold up nearly as well under the microscope in other categories – at least when stacked against the best other smartphones in the world. The real fight here is between the iPhone 4 and Samsung Captivate.

Had Apple’s overly clever antenna design not blown up in its face and rattled the foundation of the company’s glitch-free reputation, the iPhone 4 would be a standout winner between the two. Instead, the Captivate’s larger storage capacity, gorgeous OLED screen, rock-solid connectivity and relative parity on many other fronts bring it as close to toppling the Cupertino giant as any Android device has likely ever come. But not quite enough to call it an iPhone killer.

In breaking the apparent tie between the two devices (three iPhone wins, three Captivate wins, and two draws), we had to consider a number of other factors that should influence any smartphone buyer. The iPhone 4 has a significantly larger app library (225,000 to 70,000), a more solid feel, an endless array of third-party accessories, and historically, regular OS updates from Apple. (The two-year-old iPhone 3G can still run iOS 4, while Samsung’s first Android device, the Galaxy i7500, received such poor support that it inspired over 7,000 signatures on a petition, and remains stuck at Android 1.6.) Taking all these factors into account, the iPhone 4 remains a best buy, but with a sticky asterisk next to it: Buyers who live in areas with poor coverage – or who use their phones for business and can’t simply cuss at dropped calls and call back – should gravitate towards the Captivate’s better reception.
Boba Tha Hut 7:21 PM - 6 August, 2010
Being able to type while you drive
Winner: Blackberry
sixxx 7:23 PM - 6 August, 2010
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Being able to type while you drive
Winner: Blackberry



lol


I LOVE phones with actual keyboards. Swype on the Evo is dope BUT a keyboard kills any phone that's touch screen any day.
Dj-M.Bezzle 7:25 PM - 6 August, 2010
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Being able to type while you drive
Winner: Blackberry


my personal opinion is the sidekick would win that...nothing types like that phone, even though it loses in every other aspect
DJ Josh V 10:17 PM - 6 August, 2010
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Being able to type while you drive
Winner: Blackberry



lol


I LOVE phones with actual keyboards. Swype on the Evo is dope BUT a keyboard kills any phone that's touch screen any day.



WOW, one thing we can agree on when it comes to phones
bill-e 11:01 PM - 6 August, 2010
finally saw an evo 4g in person...and that motherfucker is big! i mean it's cool and all, but carrying extra batteries and shit sucks. i had enough of that with my blackjack. d

droid 2 looks dope.
sixxx 11:08 PM - 6 August, 2010
Honestly, once you go big, you can't go back. (no homo) (no misquote)

Especially when you're trying to type on touch screens.... the bigger the keys, the better.
DJ Josh V 12:40 AM - 7 August, 2010
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Honestly, once you go big, you can't go back. (no homo) (no misquote)


If that were true, we'd still have the Zac Morris phones ;P
sixxx 9:31 AM - 7 August, 2010
Really? You are comparing size of a phone to size of a USEFUL SCREEN.


Smh
DJ Josh V 9:56 AM - 7 August, 2010
Well why doesn't Google just make an ipad knock off then with phone functions (arn't they?).Would that be big enough for you? SMH
sixxx 6:02 PM - 7 August, 2010
Thank you for proving my point. Bigger is better. Why do you think the iPad sells when it's just an oversize iTouch. Thank you idiot.
MADLOGIC the Selectah 7:28 PM - 7 August, 2010
I was an HTC fan, until my first iPhone, it beats them all, typing while driving is not a big deal for me, since most states now have heavy fines, and it's banned here in Germany completely. My iPhone has never failed me to accomplish what I need it to do, find directions, ID a track I don't know, find restaurants, past the time with a good book, watch a movie, listen to podcasts from my fave spinners, take pictures, takes videos and alot more.

Yep, iPhone.
DJ Josh V 7:29 AM - 8 August, 2010
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Thank you for proving my point. Bigger is better. Why do you think the iPad sells when it's just an oversize iTouch. Thank you idiot.


Dude, WTF is your problem sixxx. Get a life and stop worrying about a stupid phone dude. You just had to go there moron. Seriously, get a life
sixxx 8:49 AM - 8 August, 2010
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DJ Josh V 10:24 AM - 8 August, 2010
^^ Wow, how old are you dude? seriously? smh
Free Man 1:34 PM - 8 August, 2010
Free Man 1:36 PM - 8 August, 2010
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^^ Wow, how old are you dude? seriously? smh


Age? I thought you were talking about phones...

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sixxx 3:30 PM - 8 August, 2010
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Rebelguy 4:00 PM - 8 August, 2010
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I was an HTC fan, until my first iPhone, it beats them all, typing while driving is not a big deal for me, since most states now have heavy fines, and it's banned here in Germany completely. My iPhone has never failed me to accomplish what I need it to do, find directions, ID a track I don't know, find restaurants, past the time with a good book, watch a movie, listen to podcasts from my fave spinners, take pictures, takes videos and alot more.

Yep, iPhone.


But most smartphones can do all these functions nowadays.
bill-e 6:30 PM - 8 August, 2010
so you iphone haters gonna pick one up on verizon???
DJ Josh V 7:57 PM - 8 August, 2010
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Seriously though, Im not gonna play this E thug bullshit with you coward. Next SSL meetup or anytime you come tell me in person what you think of me and we'll sort things out then. Other than that. Stop acting the fool already and get of my nuts punk and grow the F up.
DJ Josh V 7:59 PM - 8 August, 2010
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so you iphone haters gonna pick one up on verizon???


Of course they will. All this hating but as soon as they hit there network, they'll be all over the iphone.
sixxx 8:33 PM - 8 August, 2010
lol..... See you person then. Don't cry then.
sixxx 8:37 PM - 8 August, 2010
We will see who the coward is. :)
sixxx 8:49 PM - 8 August, 2010
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so you iphone haters gonna pick one up on verizon???


The iPhone 4 fell short when I was trying to upgrade from the g1.
I personally don't hate the iPhone and I'm sure a lot of people
don't like at&t. So for me, a phone that doesn't meet my needs
on a network that sucks and is more expensive than Sprint
would be a fanboyish purchase if I did get it.

I know a lot of people on here will get the iPhone 4 when it's on
Verizon and I don't see anything wrong with that. Also, they
don't want a first generation 4. (if that makes sense)

The biggest issues for me are no flash, no hdmi out. I NEED those
two things.
DJ Josh V 9:47 PM - 8 August, 2010
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We will see who the coward is. :)


LOL
DJ TOGTFO 3:38 AM - 9 August, 2010
Jackmaster 10
Sixxx 6
Cry Baby 3

I pwn both of you bitches.
DJ Josh V 4:07 AM - 9 August, 2010
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Jackmaster 10
Sixxx 6
Cry Baby 3

I pwn both of you bitches.

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DJ TOGTFO 4:15 AM - 9 August, 2010
are you crying? Is that why you are face palming?
DJ'Que 4:40 AM - 9 August, 2010
Im tired of this iphone war talking about which phone is this which is that to each there own. since when is 5mp better then 8mp,since when is a 3.0 screen better then a 4.3 in other words you would rather spin video on a 19' or a 47". my point exactly.Iphone dont have flash,hdmi,4.3 screen, swype,4g froyo 2.2 etc and they all say the iphone is better then all these phones.I happy with my evo and my palm pre.
sixxx 4:42 AM - 9 August, 2010
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are you crying? Is that why you are face palming?


Yup. He's crying.
sixxx 4:43 AM - 9 August, 2010
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Im tired of this iphone war talking about which phone is this which is that to each there own. since when is 5mp better then 8mp,since when is a 3.0 screen better then a 4.3 in other words you would rather spin video on a 19' or a 47". my point exactly.Iphone dont have flash,hdmi,4.3 screen, swype,4g froyo 2.2 etc and they all say the iphone is better then all these phones.I happy with my evo and my palm pre.


Your point exactly? Stop whining like a little bitch. When I mentioned bigger is better in terms of screen size I didn't say "The evo is better than the iPhone because..."

In fact, I was saying that it's better for me in comparison to ANY OTHER PHONE out there including droids that have smaller size. See? You're so wrapped up in being a fanboy that anything I say offends you.

Cry baby.

Now STFU.
sixxx 4:44 AM - 9 August, 2010
Oh, and when I gave you an example of bigger being better (iPad vs iTouch) you didn't have anything to say. Right? lol

YOU ARE WHAT YOU'RE COMPLAINING ABOUT
bill-e 6:05 AM - 9 August, 2010
lol sixxx attacking everybody
DJ Josh V 7:13 AM - 9 August, 2010
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are you crying? Is that why you are face palming?


Um.....Yes, I'm crying. SMH
DJ Josh V 7:21 AM - 9 August, 2010
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lol sixxx attacking everybody


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sixxx 7:25 AM - 9 August, 2010
Hey Einstein,

Look at the name of the thread. You don't like people taking about phones? Then, go to the thread titled cry babies. I believe is the one with your name on it.
DJ Josh V 9:21 AM - 9 August, 2010
Wow, after all you just ranted about, you finally figure this one out and using it against me!. LMAO. Your to funny dude and I'm starting to find it rather amusing that I got so much under your skin, that you even felt the need to make a thread just for me. This is obviously some built up frustration and now you've finally snapped. Just take a couple of deep breath's tough guy. It's sad really.
sixxx 5:23 PM - 9 August, 2010
Just helping the retards. :)
eder 9:58 PM - 9 August, 2010
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Your to funny dude


this is making me bleed from my eyes.
sixxx 10:32 PM - 9 August, 2010
lol
DJ Dynamite - NJ 11:14 PM - 9 August, 2010
Very entertaining discussion... IMO touch screen is for girls. They're the only ones with little fingers to type on those things. Everybody's a fanboy in some sort of way so there's no point in even carrying on this debate. Nobody here owns stock in either of these companies so why even bother giving them free promotion.
sixxx 11:42 PM - 9 August, 2010
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IMO touch screen is for girls. They're the only ones with little fingers to type on those things.


hahahaha

That's why I chose the Evo. The bigger screen, the better to type on touch screen. I still prefer an actual keyboard but Swype has made it easier to cope with typing on a touch screeen.
DJ Josh V 1:51 AM - 10 August, 2010
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Your to funny dude


this is making me bleed from my eyes.

LMAO!
DJ TOGTFO 7:40 AM - 10 August, 2010
I have an iPhone 4. It is good so far. I liek it very much

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Dj-M.Bezzle 1:18 PM - 10 August, 2010
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IMO touch screen is for girls. They're the only ones with little fingers to type on those things.


hahahaha

That's why I chose the Evo. The bigger screen, the better to type on touch screen. I still prefer an actual keyboard but Swype has made it easier to cope with typing on a touch screeen.


What backpack are you using to carry your evo, will it fit in the creator bag, thanks im new
DJ'Que 3:42 PM - 10 August, 2010
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Im tired of this iphone war talking about which phone is this which is that to each there own. since when is 5mp better then 8mp,since when is a 3.0 screen better then a 4.3 in other words you would rather spin video on a 19' or a 47". my point exactly.Iphone dont have flash,hdmi,4.3 screen, swype,4g froyo 2.2 etc and they all say the iphone is better then all these phones.I happy with my evo and my palm pre.


Your point exactly? Stop whining like a little bitch. When I mentioned bigger is better in terms of screen size I didn't say "The evo is better than the iPhone because..."

In fact, I was saying that it's better for me in comparison to ANY OTHER PHONE out there including droids that have smaller size. See? You're so wrapped up in being a fanboy that anything I say offends you.

Cry baby.

Now STFU.
imma give you a second to rethink this. !!!!!!! I think you got me mixed up with someone else.
sixxx 3:55 PM - 10 August, 2010
lol

Yup. Quoted the wrong person. lol
DJ'Que 3:56 PM - 10 August, 2010
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IMO touch screen is for girls. They're the only ones with little fingers to type on those things.


hahahaha

That's why I chose the Evo. The bigger screen, the better to type on touch screen. I still prefer an actual keyboard but Swype has made it easier to cope with typing on a touch screeen.


What backpack are you using to carry your evo, will it fit in the creator bag, thanks im new
lol. Wait mines fits in my front pocket very we'll.no homo.i do really see more android phones then the iphone 4 at this past sunday wc dj mix off @ triangle park in ladera by the bridge I saw like 10 iphone 4 all were djs and about 1000 android phones.all the android users were using there phones but the ones that had the iphone4 was not they were saying they had no service and was using our phones to call other djs that was coming.you should try the evo out for a week. p.s I'm black so I'm use to big things.
RogerRabbit 5:20 PM - 10 August, 2010
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p.s I'm black so I'm use to big things.

Lol...
Quote of the day!
sixxx 8:20 PM - 10 August, 2010
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p.s I'm black so I'm use to big dicks.

Lol...
Quote of the day!


Tmi
Boba Tha Hut 9:24 PM - 10 August, 2010
I need an iPhone, up my game

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DJ Josh V 9:28 PM - 10 August, 2010
"iPhone users arnt just getting screwed by Apple"
LMAO!
Dj Farhan 11:05 PM - 10 August, 2010
DJ Josh V 12:47 AM - 11 August, 2010
This explains a lot ;p
sixxx 1:03 AM - 11 August, 2010


Sexual activity with same sex.... lol