Users looking for unlimited data plans and friendly prices know that Sprint is the place to go, and with the latest smartphones Sprint offers users a choice of the best smartphones available.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S III will soon deliver a premium Android experience on the Sprint network with access to the Sprint 4G LTE network, when it is up.
I’ve already provided a head to head comparison of the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the iPhone 4S, but now that the Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint is official, I want to help you pick the best Android phone on Sprint.
There are other Galaxy S III options, but I’m focusing on the Sprint Galaxy S III that arrives on June 21st for $199.
This is not a boring spec comparison, but a closer look at the features, users experience and ecosystem available to owners of the EVO 4G LTE and the Galaxy S III.
HTC EVO 4G LTE vs. Samsung Galaxy S III
Specs and Size
The HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S III both use a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, but the Galaxy S III includes 2GB of RAM compared to the EVO 4G LTE’s 1GB.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE has 16Gb of built in storage while the Galaxy S III comes in a 16GB and a 32GB size on Sprint. Both phones offer additional storage through a Micro SD card slot.
The Galaxy S III measures 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches, slightly taller and wider than the HTC EVO 4G LTE which measures 5.31 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches. The phones both weigh 4.7 ounces.
Overall these phones are very similar in specs and size, even though the Galaxy S III has a slightly larger display.
The display is arguable one of the most important parts of a smartphone, and again we see similarities between the Galaxy S III and the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE has a 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 HD display with a 312 ppi pixel density. The Samsung Galaxy S III has a slightly larger 4.8-inch display with a 720 x 1280 display and 306 ppi pixel density.
Despite the minor variations in pixel density, reviewers love the displays on both devices, calling text clear and crisp on the Galaxy S III and images vivid. The HTC EVO 4G LTE has a display that is “almost as good as Apple’s Retina Display on the iPhone.”
Take a look in store if you are extremely picky about your display, but the display will not be the deciding factor in deciding between the Galaxy S III and the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
Network & Speed
Unfortunately the launch is limited and won’t hit many markets until 2013. The HTC EVO 4G LTE has a nice 3G secret feature that allows users to make calls while using data, a feature normally reserved for 4G LTE.
It is not clear if the Samsung Galaxy S III will also pack this feature, so the EVO 4G LTE may have a slight advantage for users that like to use voice and data at the same time.
It should come as no surprise that both of these phones deliver a god camera experience, and that both use an 8MP camera. The HTC EVO 4G LTE uses the new ImageSense processor while the Galaxy S III uses a processor almost identical to the iPhone 4S.
Both of the cameras deliver fast photo taking with nearly zero shutter lag and the option for burst mode to capture a number of photos quickly. The Galaxy S III Best Shot mode will take up to 20 photos and pick the best one. The Galaxy S III appears to deliver a much better experience than the Sprint Galaxy Nexus in the photo department.
Galaxy S III Sample Photo
Sample image from The Verge Galaxy S III photo gallery
The Galaxy S III and HTC EVO 4G LTE both allow for 1080P HD video recording and the option to take photos while recording so you’ll never miss a shot. Check out the sample videos below to see how the cameras compare.
HTC EVO 4G LTE Sample 1080P Video
Samsung Galaxy S III 1080P Sample Video
The HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S III finally show off their stengths and differences when you look at features.
The Galaxy S III and the HTC EVO 4G LTE both use Sprint 4G LTE, Google Wallet and include a Micro SD card slot, but the similarities stop there.
The Samsung Galaxy S III offers a removable battery, which users are sure to appreciate when Sprint 4G LTE goes live and starts draining batteries. The Galaxy S III also includes the option for a 32GB model available on Sprint.com for an additional $50.
The Galaxy S III also includes a hardware home button, similar to the iPhone, which is not found on the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
The EVO 4G LTE is not without its own set of attractive features. While there is no removable battery, the back of the EVO 4G LTE sports a spring loaded kickstand to prop the phone up for watching movies and making video calls.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE also comes with a hardware camera button, something not many phones include these days. This button will not activate the camera while the phone is locked, but it is a nice touch for users who want to take lots of photos.
The EVO 4G LTE also includes BEATS audio technology to deliver a better sound through headphones; no matter what music app you use to listen.
The EVO 4G LTE and the Galaxy S III both run Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but thanks to HTC Sense 4.0 and Samsung TouchWiz, most users won’t know.
Samsung focuses heavily on the software and user experience to stand out.
S-Voice is a Siri competitor that Samsung hopes will draw in users with the ability to make calls, check the weather, take a photo by saying “cheese” and answer or reject calls. Check out S-Voice in action below.
The Galaxy S III also uses motion to enhance the experience. By lifting the phone to your ear while in a text message conversation the phone will dial the person you are texting. The Galaxy S III motion controls can also activate the camera pause, rotate mute or refresh the phone. Users can also double tap the phone to jump to the top of an app.
I’m not sure often users will take advantage of the feature, but it is possible to open a video into a window that users can watch while surfing the web.
The eye monitoring software on the Galaxy S III includes the ability to keep the display on when you are looking at it sop it will not turn off while you are reading a book or watching a movie.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE relies on Sense 4.0 to pretty-up Android 4.0. Users won’t find all the software bells and whistles like S-Voice and motion controls, but they will see nice looking widgets and more. Not every user like HTC Sense, but many will appreciate the look over a stock Android 4.0 phone.
Check out the HTC Sense 4.0 hands on video above for a look at the features.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S III both retail for $199 at Sprint, but users can opt for a 32GB Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint.com for $249 later this month.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is already available for $149 from several third party retailers, and I expect the Galaxy S III will also arrive at $149 within a few weeks of launch.
The Galaxy S III and HTC EVO 4G LTE both deliver on performance, camera quality and size, as well as bright beautiful displays.
Ultimately the difference lay in the features. Do you need a kickstand or a replaceable battery? Do you want Beats Audio or S-Voice and motion control?
Don’t let the price of the phone or the extra 1GB of RAM sway your decision. Check out the value add on features and software to figure out whether the Galaxy S III or the EVO 4G LTE will be your next phone.