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EVO 4G vs iPhone 4

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Both the EVO 4G and the iPhone 4 are coming and they both look good.  Here’s how they stack up:

Physical Dimensions
4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches @ 6 ounces (EVO)   vs   4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches @ 4.8 ounces (iPhone)

The iPhone is smaller in every dimension including weight.  The only reason bigger would be better here is if you wanted a larger screen (or a better paper weight).  So, lets look at that…

winner: iPhone 4.

Screens
4.3 inches @ 800 x 480 (EVO)   vs   3.5 inches @ 960 x 640 (iPhone)

Having a larger window into my data would be great but I’ll take the higher resolution on a smaller screen for 3 reasons:

  1. This is still a phone and I want it to fit neatly into my pocket; larger screen = larger physical dimensions.
  2. Although 3.5 inches is smaller, it’s also same as the current iPhone, which has been working perfectly fine.
  3. The iPhone has more pixels and in a smaller physical space; these are both good things for image quality, crispness, and clarity.

While we’re talking image quality and detail, lets talk cameras…

winner: iPhone 4.

Camera
8MP (EVO)   vs   5MP (iPhone)

It’s hard to make the argument that megapixels really don’t mean that much, because these days it’s all you hear about…unless you’re really paying attention.  And if you are paying attention then the factors that Steve Jobs talked about in his keynote are very important.  Then again, none of the demo images at the keynote really demonstrated low light photography, which was part of his argument.  For the moment I’m optomistic, but we’ll see once the the phones are actually in hand.

Keep this is perspective though: as a replacement for a point and shoot either will likely be fine, while neither is going to replace a DSLR.

Concerning the front facing camera:
Personally, I don’t care about the front facing camera.  Since the quality is so much lower (in both cases, although it’s better on the EVO), this is not going to be used for much outside of video conferencing…or as a digital mirror.  Anyway, even though there are plenty of times that I WANT to hide behind my phone both have it, so it’s pretty much a moot point.

winner: tie.

Processor
1 GHz vs 1 GHz

The Nexus (same processor as the EVO) is nice and snappy.  The iPad (same processor as the iPhone) is also nice and responsive.  Since my #1 complaint with my iPhone 3G is speed (and when I played with an iPhone 3GS I wasn’t impressed), either of these would be welcome.

Now that we have more power, let’s use it…

winner: tie.

Apps & Storefronts
Android’s Market vs. Apple’s App Store

This one is sticky.  From a user perspective there are 2 factors that count: how many apps are there and how high is their quality.  Generally there do seem to be a larger number of higher quality apps on the App Store. This is likely the case for 2 reasons.  First, looking at why there are more apps on the App Store, it’s been around a little longer and is better known out in the world which means more profit potential; simple.  Second, looking at why apps in the Apps Store tend to be (or at least appear to be) higher quality, it’s harder to write in Objective-C (vs writing Java) and it’s harder to get an app into the App Store than the Market.

For owners of either type of phone (iPhone or Android) I would give an additional point in this category.  In my case that’s the iPhone and I don’t want to re-buy a bunch of apps for the Android.

Speaking of apps, and because some people just can’t shut-up about it…

winner: iPhone 4.

Multitasking
“Real” vs Service Based Multitasking

I’ve heard quite a number of people talk about “real” multitasking versus what Apple is providing, which is essentially service based multitasking.  Apple is right on this one.  This is a mobile environment, not a desktop. There are greater constraints.  People that complain about battery life and lack of processing speed in the same breath aren’t thinking this through.  Even Microsoft is going down this path for their next generation phones.  This isn’t going to kill Android but in the longer term it probably wont help them either.

But if people would just write better code!  …so, why does service based multitasking really make sense?Engineers are lazy.  If given direct access to memory and processor time they’ll use it; even if it’s not really necessary.  If nothing else service based multitasking encourages engineers to think about what they actually need to have running in the background.  And if, in the end, they really need to run some arbitrary code in the background they can do it.  Specifically, Apple has a generic “let me finish what I’m doing” multitasking service.  So really, this is not an issue; both phones do have real multitasking.

winner: tie.

Network, Carriers, and Tethering
Sprint   vs   AT&T    &    4G/3G   vs   3G (not 100% accurate, but essentially true)

4G sounds great.  When it’s an actual standard it’ll sound even better.  Oh, and when it’s in my area.  For now, in most places everything is at about 3G speeds.  Ask me again in 2 years.

But, tethering is not so easy and lack of tethering that really sucks (at least without paying more or jail breaking the phone) plus the decrease in max data transfer from AT&T makes this an easy call.

winner: EVO-4G x2

Summary

  1. Physical Dimensions: iPhone
  2. Screen: iPhone
  3. Camera: tie
  4. Processor: tie
  5. Apps & Storefront: iPhone
  6. Multitasking: tie
  7. Network, Carriers & Tethering: EVO-4G x2

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Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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According to the FBI, 80% of mortgage fraud is committed by the lender.

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This is an excerpt from Zach Carter’s “Live Blogging the Washington Mutual Hearing“:

Levin: out of 132 loans reviewed in a WaMu audit, 115 involved confirmed fraud, and 80 had “unreasonable” income– meaning the borrower’s income listed on the loan documents was so totally outrageous than any reasonable person would have called it into question.

WaMu’s lending standards and practices didn’t change as a result of this audit. At all.

According to the FBI, 80% of mortgage fraud is committed by the lender. We’re not talking about stupid loan officers allowing borrowers to get away with something crazy that is bad for the bank. We’re talking about clever loan officers pushing fraudulent documents in order to score bigger paychecks, and bank executives looking the other way so that they can keep getting big paychecks from the securitization machine.

This isn’t a problem unique to WaMu. This is how the U.S. mortgage system operated for half a decade.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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Ah, unapportioned-tax how I love thee.

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The following excerpt is from “The joy of tax” in the April 10-16th 2010 issue of The Economist:

“The federal tax code, which was 400 pages long in 1913, has swollen to about 70,000. Americans now spend 7.6 billion hours a year grappling with an incomprehensible tangle of deductions, loopholes and arcane reporting requirements. That is the equivalent to 3.8 [million] skilled workers toiling full-time, year-round, just to handle the paperwork. By this measure, the tax-compliance industry is six times larger than car making.”

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Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

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