HTC EVO 4G LTE Vs. Samsung Galaxy S III (Sprint)

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

HTC EVO 4G LTE vs Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC EVO 4G LTE Review | Galaxy S III Hands On Roundup

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.

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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.

Galaxy S III vs HTC EVO 4G LTE Size

The Galaxy S III and HTC EVO 4G LTE are similar in size.

Overall these phones are very similar in specs and size, even though the Galaxy S III has a slightly larger display.

Displays

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

Sprint 4G LTEBoth of these smartphones will use Sprint’s 4G LTE network when it launches later this year. This means speeds of up to 10X faster than 3G.

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.

Camera

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

Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Image Verge

Sample photo from the Galaxy S III smartphone.

Sample image from The Verge Galaxy S III photo gallery

HTC EVO 4G LTE Sample Photos

HTC EVO 4G LTE Sample Photo

Sample photo taken with the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

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

Features

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.

Galaxy S III removable back

The Galaxy S III has a removable back.

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.

Galaxy S III Home button

The Samsung Galaxy S III has a hardware button.

The Galaxy S III also includes a hardware home button, similar to the iPhone, which is not found on the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

HTC EVO 4G LTE Kickstand

The HTC EVO 4G LTE has a kickstand.

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.

HTC EVO 4G LTE camera button

The HTC EVO 4G LTE camera button.

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.

Software

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.

Read: Five Cool Galaxy S III Features

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.

Price

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.

Recommendations

The Galaxy S III and HTC EVO 4G LTE both deliver on performance, camera quality and size, as well as bright beautiful displays.

Read: HTC EVO 4G LTE vs. iPhone 4S

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.

  

Comments

  1. Jon Davis says

    A useful review, thanks. However, I didn’t appreciate the final comment, “Don’t let the price of the phone or the extra 1GB of RAM sway your decision.” Don’t tell us what to do. :p The 1GB difference is all I needed to choose the Samsung; I have the 2-year-old HTC EVO 4G and the RAM and/or phone storage have been frustrating for me to work with.

    • LT in HTown says

      Well, the RAM comment was probably due to reports that users will only have access to 1Gb of the 2GB. It has been reported on many websites that 1GB of of the RAM is reserved for TouchWiz UI. Thus, unless the android community figures out a way around this with new ROMS, the benefits are not persuasive enough to use that extra 1Gb of RAM as a final deciding factor.

      For me, I like removable batteries. The EVO 4G sucked the life out of the battery with wi-fi off and 4 G off. A larger standard battery without having to immediately buy an extended battery IMHO is a better reason to go with the SIII.

      • Jason W says

        I am guessing the 1GB untouchable is for touchwiz and ICS. Which leaves the other GB for running apps. Unlike The Evo 4G LTE where I only have between 150-100 Mb to use on apps.

      • curt2g says

        Having 1G for TouchWiz is huge dude. I actually have TW removed but the extra Gig along w/the beefed up 225 gpu creates a near flawless, buttery smooth, no lag performance. The GS3 feels like ur finger is sliding ice around on a table. While the Evo isn’t laggy, aside for a very small amount here & there, its just not as smooth as the GS3. The Evo does have better build quality though. I like having my spare batteries in my pocket even though I get about 10hrs in a charge w/my GS3.

    • bigE says

      i thought the same thing, i had the htc evo i upgraded to the s3 cant stand the phone it has locked up 4 times in less then 1 week i’m taking it back today & getting the new EVO !!!

  2. JHW816 says

    I’m disappointed by the change in processors of the US versions compared to the international version. From what I understand this change emanates from the US using LTE.

    How much of an impact will this have? Quadracore vs dual core?

  3. leon ghitis says

    I owned the htc for 2 weeks and here is my impression.
    Great screen, speed and camera. Battery life so, so. Ram, borderline. The sd card is only for media storage. One proble i had that made me return it. After making a phone call at daylight, it will go to sleep and i i needed the display to dial another number, i had to wake it up touching the top power button and after 2 min, I could not wake it uo and it would lock.

  4. leon ghitis says

    It is a hardware problem and not a software issue, since htc nor sprint were able to help.

  5. sftech says

    Kind of annoying theres no real review, it was more like a sales pitch for both phones and then of course what review site wouldnt be complete without ads from Samsung and other cell phone related companies. It truly is hard to find un biased reviews these days

  6. jason o. says

    SO CONFUSED, someone please answer. I went to Sprint today, bc I’m now upgrade eligible. I have been currently reading reviews on these two phones for the last 2 weeks or so. So today I went into the local sprint store to checkout the Evo LTE for myself. Here’s my issue..No 4g!?!?! Really?? So you’re telling me my original EVO is going to be faster then a phone that is 2 years newer? The sales rep. Said that both the galaxy S3 and the new Evo will be running on 3g only, until the new LTE runs out in 6 months. In 6 months ill be able to get a new IPhone! Why wouldn’t these phones have 4g capabilities, until LTE rolls out, instead of going back into time and using 3g and waiting another 6 months!?!?!? I’m so baffled about this. There has to be something I’m missing. I know they will have faster processors, but i use 4g on my old Evo everyday. The speed of the 3g is not even an option, its soo slow. Someone please help me out. My email is [email protected], if you want to reply to me directly. Thank you.

    • Eric Dodson says

      Jason, the old 4G on sprint is WiMax, it’s decent at best. the biggest company that offeres 4G WiMax (or 802.16) is a company called Clear (which is partly owned by Sprint). That infrasturcture was already in place so Sprint decided to go with that “4G” technology instead of having to build new hspa+ or LTE network like AT&T (HSPA+ and LTE) T-Mobile (HSPA+) or Verizon (LTE). It was a gamble for them to do so, and they took a loss on it because it isn’t that good of a technology.

      So they decided after 2 years and seeing what speed they can get from LTE, they chose to switch to make sure they were standardized with the rest of the Cell phone market. Also when the time comes for LTE Advanced download speeds can be up to 1GB a second theoretically.

      It takes time and Money to build a new network and like Verizon they couldn’t count on HSPA+ to get them “4G” speeds while they build a fully compatible LTE network, they decided to market the newest phones with LTE radio’s before their LTE network was up and running. Because they can be used on 3G and still be great phones.

      It’s really a chicken or egg senario, do you build the network and wait for the phones, or do you get the amazing phones and then wait for the network. Sprint did a good thing in my opinion

    • zen1989 says

      Hey Jason the galaxy s 3 is 3g BUT it’s really fast actually if u buy the s 3 ur be satisfied. The only thing better that the evo has is that the camera is better than the galaxy camera. I’ve had my galaxy phone for a week and I love it so far best thing I ever bought!!! But whatever you do dont get the iPhone5 the galaxy is the one to get. Theirs a 14 day return policy so u could always try out the new evo and the galaxy to see which one u like.

  7. LTE Tech says

    I’ve played with the Evo 4G LTE and the Galaxy S3. Both have similar specs and performance scores. Trust me the difference is in the apps and features. The S3 does things the Evo doesn’t. There is a YouTube video showing Some-voice running on the Evo but it is a software hack. As for LTE,it is what it is. Sprint is launching LTE in a handful of markets on July 15. Hopefully this will include enhanced 3G.

    Again the bottom line is what can you do without when it comes to features. Remember the next best phone is always a couple of months away.

  8. Axela05 says

    Jason O, seriously? Why don’t you do what just about every other person does when considering a new smartphone…research. Not just the phone sir but the network. I’ve been researching about Sprint’s LTE network for quite some time now. I currently have an Evo 4G and will be eligible for upgrade at the end of August. I knew full and well that Sprint’s LTE network wouldn’t be up until July 15th or later (limited cities) and have chosen to keep my Evo 4G until LTE is actually in my area. I’ve found not only on this site, but many others about consumers just like yourself who are upset about LTE not being available yet. Not to say I don’t agree with your frustration, I just think people should really research these things before buying a new phone and then blasting a network provider all over the internet when they made the knowledge clearly available on their website, as well as many others.

    • jason o says

      axela05 seriously? You’re obviously confused. I made it very clear that I’ve done my research. However, after reading article after article, Noone mentioned that these phone would only in 3g until 4g LTE rolled out (besides CNET, I give them credit for actually bringing up the issue). I’ve known all along that sprint has completely dropped the ball w LTE. My biggest issue was this axela, why not have these phone equipped with 4g and 4g LTE?? I bought my Evo when it first came out two years ago! Now sprint is trying to sell phones that are slower than what consumers have had for 2 years. Does that not sound rediculous to you? Listen I’m a die hard Evo fan, I just really think they botched a really good phone. They rushed selling it, they should have waited until it was finished. For people with only 3g service, I’m sure they will LOVE this phone. For people like myself that use the 4g network religiously, it makes me think people that work for sprint are clueless. Who wants to buy a slower phone?? Lol its rediculous.

  9. Rob says

    I love my Evo 4g LTE. I played with both phones quite a bit and just think the EVO 4g LTE is solid compared to the S III. Not really all that sure about the feature difrences, but the HTC has everything I need and more. A friend has the S III and both phones seem to keep up with one another when scrolling thru apps or going on the internet and opening and closing apps, no I do not have benchmarks. Just real world use. As far as the battery goes, it beats the crap out of my EVO 4g, I would say 4 times the battery life.

    To many friends with Samsungs (Various Models) that ended up not liking them or ended up with broken phones. My family has six HTC devices to include the EVO 4g, the Evo shift and now the LTE. None have failed during the two year contract period. My oldest went thru a few samsungs (not Galaxies). So I am concerned about long term reliability. JMO

  10. Jaxmanf says

    Help! I am going to be eligible for an upgrade in about 2 months. Based on many other reviews as well as this one, I would definitely prefer to get the samsung galaxy s3. The only one problem is that I have dr. dre beats which are made to work with the evo 4g lte. Which phone should I get?

  11. B-Diddy says

    I am a Diehard Sprint HTC Evo 4G user. I have 4G in my area(South Florida), and I use the hell out of it. I have 4 Extended batteries and since more towers have gone up in my area, I really do not have to rely on the extra batteries. I am up for an upgrade on July 30th. I was So happy and Dead-set on staying with HTC that I was going to start and order accessories for it. But after researching and reading the reviews on this site and others I found that the new EVO 4G LTE does not have a removable battery. This has really come as a big disappointment. When the original HTC Evo 4G first came out, the battery life was terrible. But with software updates (And the Extended batteries) this issue was resolved. The memory with the original 4G is also a big pain, as I am constantly having to move apps over to the external 32GB SD card. Even this does not always work. and Applications are installed on to the phones internal storage 1st. Additionally this past December I went to Southern California and was Very disappointed that there was no Sprint 4G AT ALL ! You would figure that California would have tons of 4G towers. Once you have experienced 4G and are used to it, traveling to an area without 4G coverage is Very depressing. It’s like having 20Mbs Broadband and then being down shifted to 56kbps dial-up. It’s like hitting a brick wall. I look forward to reading more comments and reviews.

  12. yourdaddy says

    what the balls – the video comparison is a shaky michael j fox handheld on the evo lte VS a steady still shot on the samsung :-/
    my evo 4g lte is the best :-D

  13. Jonny says

    This battle has raged on and on for quite a bit now. I’m currently on deployment, and while I was in Dubai, I got to play with both phones. All of you are correct in a surprising number of ways. However, when it came down to it, the specs, the size, durability, and ease of use were not the issues as both of these two phones had so much appeal. My wife got to play with both phones as well in the states. Personally, the GS3 is the best way to go internationally in terms of performance, but the real question is the decision on the home front. I had been set on an S3 since the beginning. That being said, it came to no surprise that my wife chose the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Take into account what you like doing best on a phone. In this case, I love hardware specs and performance with games. I love Samsung products (the samsung Moment was a great introduction, and I would love a new slider that’s as good as the two new flagships).

    My wife has better hearing than I do, and she is set that the beats Audio integration has taken music to a new level when played through a phone. This does not deter me from the S3 as I normally have twenty apps running at once. Hardware buffs can rest assured that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be a better choice to maneuver around. Those looking for the media experience of a lifetime will actually find better streaming playback on the HTC EVO. Of course, this is just based on opinion. When I come home, I’m getting the Galaxy S3 (I’m a gamer) and my wife is getting the HTC EVO 4G LTE (netflix freak).

  14. Desiree says

    can someone please juss say which one is better. A family member that has the evo sed its better, but idk :o I have the Evo HTC and its time for an upgraddeeee! Which one has better camera quality,longer battery life,faster, and is it better than the IPhones? I have done my research but I cant fond the answers to these questionss. And i dnt get what everyone means by a better one in 6 months. theyre making newer versions? E-mail me at [email protected]

  15. jessica jenkins says

    Well after much deliberation…I went with the EVO LTE! Weighed the good and bad of both…and after seeing them first hand…I new the EVO was the way to go. I had the original EVO and loved it to. They make good quality phones…sturdy…sleek and though it has a non removable battery I trust they know what they are doing! Dr dre beats sound awesome!!! The S3 seemed not as “durable” cheaply made…feel! Below are the + & – I have observed with each. I’m gadget savy so you can take my word on this…

    + EVO LTE
    beautiful display
    Kickstand
    Awesome pics
    Very durable
    HTC sence is awesome
    Icecream sandwhich
    Very customizable
    No problem with the battery life (lasts all day with use)
    Dr
    Smart flash
    Google wallet

    -EVO LTE
    non removable battery
    Sound other then with headphones is a little soft…speaker protection
    NOT AS MUCH memory as S3 but hasn’t made a huge impact at all!

    +S3
    Bigger screen
    More memory
    Good sound
    Google wallet
    Nice photos
    Removable battery

    -S3
    Cheap feel
    Flimsy battery cover
    Screen is not as crisp as LTE
    Plastic
    Annoying button

    U can’t go wrong with either…but this is my personal opinion! Happy phone hunting…always check radioshack or wirefly for phones before purchasing on sprint

    • Brain Busted says

      Thanks Jessica. Your comment and review was much appreciated, as I too am on the fence considering which model to go with. Thinking it’s time to go with LTE; That sharp screen is a determining factor for this techno geek! :D

  16. Joel says

    I have the EVO 4G. My contract will soon be up. I think I will stick with what I have. Here are the show stoppers for the phones I considered.

    HTC EVO 4G LTE – no removable battery – can’t carry a spare

    GALLAXY III S and any iPhone – no text reflow. Once you have had it, you absolutely can not live without it!

  17. Ann says

    Why is it nobody ever mentions call quality???? That is what I am most concerned about for business. Does anyone have any advice on this aspect?

    • Scott says

      Hi Ann,
      about call quality – I just got the EVO lte, after agonizing for months….I previously had a Samsung Epic Galaxy SII, and had constantly dropped calls, and finally discovered the phone is considered notorious for having a weak “radio” and if you google the phones your considering and “problems”, you will find alot out.

      About call quality, finally, out of all the phones out there, the EVO has better call quality – go to cnet.com, type HTC EVO LTE and it will pull up the review…do this with any phone you are considering. cnet has finally gotten smart and very helpful: on the second page of the various reviews of most all the cell phones that are current…towards the bottom, there is a little paragraph on call quality. AND there is a “CLICK” to hear an actual recorded message left in a voicemail from the phone being tested. the HTC has the best call quality.

      It however is being “discovered” that the EVO 4G LTE has a stronger radio than the samsung galaxy s2, but it is weaker than previous HTC EVO’s….what does that mean to me? Dropped calls.

      I’ve had it just a day, and my first phone call was to Sprint to ask them a question…and the call dropped.

      But check CNET.com – search for various phone reviews…and scoll down until you get to the second page …. towards the bottom…and you can get a test of call quality. What is absurd is that we still call these things “PHONES” but, the last thing that is reviewed is CALL QUALITY…so Ann, I LOVE your question. its the most important question!!!!!!

      Another way to test call quality is go to a Sprint store that has phones that are actually working, and call your old phone and leave a message for yourself. I did that at Verizon…I don’t know if the Sprint stores have the phones “turned on”….but a Corporate Store might.

      I hope that helps. I’m still debating to take this back…this “bad radio” “weak signal” for the main purpose – which is to use one of these things AS A PHONE – is very disappointing to me and many others who have bought any of these phones. they have great cameras, but they don’t work so well as phones any more!

      I’m almost feeling like these companies making weak phones are inadvertently pushing all of us consumers to be forced to by an iPhone….which for call quality sounds good….but there too,- weak 3G radios = bad signals inside of buildings…or worse, at home.

      If I had a phone that really worked well, I’d ask, who do we call?!?

      BTW Amazon has dropped the cost of the EVO 4g LTE to 29 dollars…YES $ 29 BUCKS!!!..you just have to suck down sprints calling plans, (which again, discriminate against actually using the phones as phones…and if I keep it, I will have to go to the 109/month everything)….and just live with dropped calls but better calling sound quality….unless I risk the iPhone…which will NOT be 29 bucks!

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