Just recently Apple Inc. filed another suit against smaller rival HTC for patent infringement claiming to ban sales of the competing smartphones and tablets. But how is HTC's new Flyer tablet EVO View 4G similar to Apple iPad?
HTC's new tablet EVO View 4G, which is being marketed as Sprint's flagship Android smartphone, is a new Flyer tablet with few changes to its original HTC Flyer tablet. The first WiMax tablet from Sprint was released on June 24. EVO View 4G is the tablet version of the popular EVO family of phones from HTC.
Few of the major changes in the new HTC EVO View 4G from its HTC Flyer come in the form of design change, use of 4G technology, new apps and pen input. The tablet also features HTC’s scribe technology which allows the user to write on the tablet with a special pen which costs an extra $80 apart from the tablet cost.
Here is a look at how HTC tablet features fare when compared to iPad 2.
Size: The HTC EVO View 4G has a dimension of 196 x 112 x 13 mm and weighs 425 g, while Apple iPad 2 has 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm and weighs 607 g.
Display: HTC’s tablet has a 7-inch 600 x 1024 pixels LCD capacitive touchscreen display whereas the iPad 2 features 9.7-inch 768 x 1024 pixels LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen display.
Input features: The input features in HTC EVO View 4G are accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, HTC Sense UI, multi-touch input method, handwriting support, touch-sensitive controls with rotating icons and proximity sensor for auto turn-off. Moreover, Apple iPad 2 has Fingerprint scratch resistant oleophobic surface, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and three-axis gyro sensor.
Memory: The memory found in HTC tablet is 1 GB RAM and 32 GB storage capacity with microSD card slot giving up to 32 GB support, while iPad 2 has 512 MB RAM with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage support. Apple iPad 2 doesn't have an external storage space.
WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: The Flyer and Apple iPad 2 has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and USB version 2.0 but HTC’s tablet has a better version of Bluetooth as it features version 3.0 with A2DP while iPad 2 features version 2.1 with A2DP and EDR.
Camera: The camera is in HTC’s tablet is a 5-megapixel 2592?1944 pixels with autofocus and geo-tagging features. But iPad 2 only has 0.7-megapixel camera. There is a secondary VGA camera in iPad 2, while EVO View 4G has 1.3-megapixel camera. Both the tablets are capable of capturing video at 720p.
Operating system: Apple’s tablet has iOS 4 operating system compared to HTC which features Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) with a layer of the latest Sense UI on top of it. This makes using the View 4G more like using a giant version of the HTC smartphone, since Gingerbread is finely-tuned. HTC says the tablet will eventually be upgraded to Honeycomb.
Processor: The EVO View 4G tablet has really fast 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor compared to iPad 2’s 900 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU Apple A5 chipset processor.
Battery: When it comes to battery, HTC EVO View 4G has Li-Ion 4000 mAh that is expected to give 4 hours of battery life on video playback, whereas iPad 2 features Li-Po 6930 mAh (25 Wh) which gives 10 hours.
2G Network: Both tablets, EVO View 4G and iPad 2, offer GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 support.
3G Network: The Flyer has HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100, while iPad 2 has HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 support.
Pricing: The EVO View is priced at $399.99 with 2-year Sprint agreement, while the regular price is $649.99. Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi only is priced at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64B. The Wi-Fi plus 3G version of iPad 2 is priced at $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB in AT&T and Verizon.
Here is a comparison between HTC's EVO View 4G and Apple iPad 2: