Originally Posted by J.R.
Some of these seem to be rather subjective, such as the screen size, haptic feedback, Swype, and HDMI output (what a useless "feature.") The battery metric is misleading. It implies that those phones have a longer battery life, but they do not. A removable battery is only a feature for those who can't figure out how to make the power button work when the operating system freezes.
This is why Android-based products will always fall short of iOS. The entire Android community has this unnatural obsession with technical specifications. They spend more time trying to figure out how to cram more overpowered hardware into a phone than they do thinking about improving the user experience.
Well, you can call screen size, haptic feedback, Swype "subjective" advantages, but then isn't your "user experience" subjective? How do you measure user experience? What is it for you? Have you ever owned the EVO phone to compare the user experience?
Well I have owned both, iPhone and EVO. To me EVO wins in user experience hand down. I have owned iPhone for 2 years, but after playing with EVO for few minutes I was sold on it exactly because of better user experience. And this better user experience produced exactly by "feature and specs".
1. Significantly larger screen means for me a better user experience. Surprise!
2. Faster processor, more RAM and 10mbs 4G data means for me better user experience. Surprise!
These two are the biggest factors for me. The rest are important for user experience but to a lesser extend:
3. Haptic feedback makes phone use more interactive and fun, which means better user experience.
4. Many Swype users consider this input method more natural for touch screen, contributing to better user experience.
5. Removable battery is not "for those who can't figure out how to make the power button work", but for those who wants to have 2-3 spare batteries on the road, or get extended battery, contributing to better user experience. Actually EVO does have a bit longer talk time vs. iPhone while offering faster processor, larger screen, 4G data and haptic feedback (all of these use more power), so the battery metric is not misleading, the metric simply says how much power a phone can access.
6. More featured camera and HDMI also contribute to fun and better user experience...
List can go on, but for sure I agree, that for someone who doesn't have access to all these features, they are "useless".