Five Reasons Why the EVO Shift 4G is Not Just a “Smaller EVO With a Keyboard”

Sprint began airing a revised “Accolades” commercial this week, featuring a brief mention of the new EVO Shift 4G at the end.  Touting it as a “smaller EVO with a slideout keyboard.”  On the surface that might sound right, but there’s more to it than that.  I felt compelled to share at least five differences between the two, not counting the keyboard or screen size.  This way, potential buyers can be armed with a little more as they head to their local Sprint store.  Some might be dealbreakers for you while others are moot points.

  1. Processor
  2. Read only memory (ROM)
  3. Camera
  4. Front-Facing Camera
  5. WiFi Capability

The original EVO 4G features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor whereas the new EVO Shift 4G clocks in at 800MHz.  Slower on paper to be sure, and many tech heavy Android enthusiasts will point out differences in potential performance.  However, that’s where the read only memory also plays a role.  The EVO Shift 4G benefits from having twice the memory at 2GB as opposed to the 1GB found in its predecessor.  As for the RAM, it’s 512MB each.  For the average user, these are a wash as both will be fast, powerful phones.

The EVO 4G was among the first phones on the market to sport an 8-megapixel camera.  Still among the best available, it has a decent leg up on the 5-megapixel camera that comes with the newer model.  Again, it could be something an existing user would notice.  However, if you are coming from a feature phone, then you’re likely used to something in the 1.3 to 3.2 area.  Along those lines, one of the biggest differences here is the removal of the front-facing camera.  For a phone that is marketed so heavily with Qik and video chat capabilities, Sprint would be wise to point this out sooner, rather than later.  As it appears, Sprint will begin with a new ad later this month for its ““EVO Has An Alter EVO” campaign.  Hopefully they spell things out a little clearer.

One other minor difference between the two phones is that the EVO Shift 4G benefits from having modified WiFi capability.  Picking up the ability to connect over 802.11n might only appeal to a few of you, but it’s there.  If you have recently switched over your home network to the latest in WiFi, you’ll be happy to know that HTC has stepped up the connectivity a touch.

Overall, these two are similar enough to brand them under the EVO umbrella.  With the smaller model bowing at $149, it’s an great pickup when paired with Sprint’s plans.  Still, the EVO 4G does well with its $199 price tag, so don’t look for it to drop anytime soon.

Which will you buy?

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