EVO vs. iPhone: unboxing and hands on

With the launch of the iPhone 4, a lot of people are debating the benefits of Android over iOS and vice versa. Of course, there are a lot of public conversations underway regarding hardware as well, one of the most popular being the issue of the iPhone’s reception issues when held a certain way. Does that make Android the sensible way to go? The way I’ve heard it told by many, yes. But I suppose any phone can be made to look bad when you put it under the proverbial microscope with a keen eye for defects and a bias for (or against) a given platform, manufacturer, what have you. For example, I cannot, for the life of me, take a self portrait with the EVO 4G without hitting one of the touch sensitive buttons beneath the screen. In fact, I find it difficult to take a picture of someone else with doing the same or without covering the lens. The solution? I’ll just have to stop holding it that way. I don’t find that to be an acceptable answer, as it has nearly caused me to drop the device on several occasions. Still, I recognize the phone as a viable option with a lot of strengths and potential.

No phone is perfect – at least not yet. But I find it useful to take a look at what I consider to be the top phones currently available and compare and contrast them for the purpose of finding out which comes closer to hitting the mark. Over the next week, DroidDog will feature a series of written and video posts titled EVO vs. iPhone. Which one looks better in direct sunlight? Which phone is easier to type on? Has the Android Market caught up with Apple’s App Store? Stay tuned to DroidDog.com to find out. Got an idea for coverage? Let me know with an @reply on Twitter and use the hash tag #EVOvsiPhone.

Let’s get these shiny new toys open and have a look-see:

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