Smartphone showdown:The Gap between iPhone and others is reducing fast
There have been 4 iPhone launches over the last 3 years. Every launch bettered the previous one and put the game way beyond any of the other handset players in the market. iPhone was always a league of its own way above the Blackberrys, Nokias and Samsungs of the world. When the iPhone was launched in 2007 nobody had heard of Android and HTC was one of the usual and ordinary Taiwanese OEMs. Over the last 2 years Android was born and has grown by leaps and bounds. Late in 2009, HTC who was doing the WinMo decided to do the Android for a change. HTC has never looked back ever since and have provided ideal planks for Android releases including Google’s own Nexus One.
The eagerly awaited launch of iPhone 4G in June 2010 saw iPhone sweating it out for it habitual “best” title. The Challenger is HTC EVO 4G, an Android 2.2 powered smartphone which has some cracking and brilliant specs that measure up equal or even better than the iPhone. For Android, which almost got its act together with the Motorola Droid/Milestone (over the iPhone 3GS), the HTC EVO 4G could be the tipping point where it would nudge ahead of the iPhone. (Please note, neither of these two products have been tested and used, and the discussion is basis the specs that have been made available to the techies).
A quick comparison of the HTC EVO 4G versus the iPhone 4G:
The chart above produces a dead heat between the EVO and the iPhone 4G. The factors that weigh in next is AT&T notoriety versus Sprint’s ability to handle the EVO. There are people who would swear by iPhone’s OS and UI capabilities and the Apple Apps store. However, Android is seen to be steadily making improvements towards UI, Graphics and the Android Marketplace is also beginning to show numbers. Opinion is divided on the fact whether the EVO is the proverbial iPhone killer finally. I would say this that, whether or not the EVO is the iPhone killer is not the point. The EVO just proves one point: Apple cannot breathe easy.
Even the wall street acknowledges the competition. While the iPad launch was the reason for Apple stock soaring to No.1 position beating Microsoft, iPhone 4G it seems has not enthused investors as much.