HTC Desire HD or Evo 4G: Battle of the Specs & Features

November 1, 2010, By Alex Ion

With better and better smartphones being announced on a monthly basis, it’s quite hard to make up your mind when it comes to buying a new handset. So what if you’ve narrowed down to the Desire HD or the EVO 4G? Here’s what you need to know, what makes each tick and why it would be a good or a bad choice for you.

Specs compared

Both the Desire HD and the EVO 4G share the same 4.3-inch WVGA display and 8 megapixel camera (with HD video recording capabilities and dual-LED flash), but are different when it comes to network radios — the Desire HD has HSPA+ while the EVO 4G gets CDMA/WiMAX technology — and to their 1GHz processors — with the Desire HD running on a second-gen Snapdragon CPU, unlike the EVO 4G that is stick with the first generation.

Another interesting aspect is the fact that HTC’s European flagship handset, the Desire HD features an unibody aluminum casing and doesn’t come with a kickstand. But the EVO 4G is said to be fitted with just slightly more plastic. Oh and one more thing, unlike the EVO 4G, the Desire HD doesn’t come with an HDMI mini output — unfortunate, we must say.


The EVO 4G is a CDMA device with WiMAX (4G) and the Desire HD is a dual band GSM 3G device with HSPA+ that supports 2100 and 900 bands for Europe, Japan and basically, the rest of the world. What does that mean? If you’ll be traveling to the US, you won’t be able to use the Desire HD on 3G — another unfortunate issue.


While both displays are similar, we’re inclined to say that the EVO 4G is a bit brighter. Could be because of the Sense interface — the two handsets run different versions of HTC Sense but the Desire HD seems to be more optimized for such high resolutions (see size of the text by default); unlike the EVO 4G which has the same font size as on smaller display devices.

So now that you know, what would be your choice?

We bet it’s the EVO 4G if you’re in the US 🙂

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