Like Argentina over Mexico, HTC’s Nexus One continues on to the next round, handily beating out the Droid Eris. Starting this week’s games, the HTC Evo 4G faces off against the myTouch 3G Slide.
Here’s what we said about the HTC Evo 4G: When creating the Evo 4G, HTC took the kitchen-sink approach. This phone has a huge 4.3 inch, 800 x 480-pixel resolution display, a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of memory. Also included is a 4G radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. On the back is an 8-megapixel camera that takes fantastic pictures and can record 720p video, and on the front is a 1.3-mp camera–ideal for making 2-way video calls–which we tried out using Fring and Qik. Spend another $29 per month and you can use the Evo 4G as a wireless router, too.
The only knocks on this phone (unless you don’t like holding a Pop-Tart to your head) is that Sprint forces you to pay an extra $10 per month for 4G service, whether you use it or not. Also, battery life, especially when using all the phone’s features, isn’t all that great.
Up against it is the MyTouch 3G Slide, the physical keyboard follow-up to the MyTouch 3G. As its name suggests, the QWERTY keyboard slides out from behind the 3.4-inch, (480 x 320-pixel) touchscreen, which is larger physically than the Ally (by 0.2 inches), but a lower resolution (the Ally is 800 x 480 pixels).
The Slide’s keyboard was one of the better we’ve used: keys were nicely arranged and spaced out, packs a dedicated @ sign, dual Shift and Function keys, and alternatives to the standard Android Home, Search, Menu, and Back buttons. In many ways, we found it superior to the Ally’s.
The Slide features HTC’s Sense interface (more home screens, better social networking integration) as well as Friendstream, HTC’s own social-networking aggregator. T-Mobile’s myModes also lets you create custom configurations of apps and appearances for when you’re using the phone for work as opposed to play. Finally, the Slide’s “Genius” button replaces the standard Android search key, and launches voice recognition software powered by Dragon Dictation, which was helpful and fun to use, but not perfect.
So, which phone is better?