Virgin Mobile HTC EVO V 4G vs HTC EVO Design 4G from Boost Mobile
May 31st was the day that two prepaid 4G phones were set to be released but a little delay happened. However, now that that’s in the past, each of two Sprint prepaid brands is enriched with a 4G WiMAX phone, Virgin Mobile with HTC EVO V 4G while Boost Mobile has added HTC EVO Design 4G. Both phones are priced at $299, both use the Sprint’s 3G coverage, its 4G WiMAX network, both run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and are the same class, higher-end phones. But which one to choose, given that they are provided by two different carriers and have so much in common. Let’s compare HTC EVO V 4G vs HTC EVO Design 4G to see if there are any obvious aspects that might help in deciding.
Although both phones are priced the same, choosing Virgin Mobile’s HTC EVO V 4G might be a better choice due to a faster dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. EVO V has a 1.2-GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor while Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G has a single-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S2 processor. Multitasking, gaming and pretty much everything you do with your phone will be faster and smoother. EVO V also has a larger display, 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) touchscreen oppose to EVO Design’s 4-inch (960×540) display.
Since EVO V is, in fact, a Sprint’s version of EVO 3D, it comes with a pair of 5-megapixel cameras that are capable of recording 3D videos. EVO Design, on the other hand, comes with regular main 5-megapixel camera with LED flash that’s capable of recording 720p video. Both have 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras for video chatting while, in addition, HTC EVO V 4G is HDMI enabled.
Both prepaid 4G WiMAX Android 4.0 phones can be turned into a mobile hotspot at extra cost. At Virgin Mobile, ability to connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices to 3G/4G speeds will cost you additional $15 per month while at Boost Mobile, it will set you back only $10 per month. By the way, this is Boost’s first handset with this ability.
Since choosing between two phones from two different carriers is never just about the phones, to truly compare HTC EVO V 4G vs HTC EVO Design 4G takes comparing plans, as well, that they are compatible with.
At Boost Mobile, HTC EVO Design 4G works with $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan while at Virgin, HTC EVO V 4G can be pared with any of three available Beyond Talk plans for $35, $45 and $55 unlimited plan. Even though it seems as Virgin has a better deal since its lowest priced plan offers unlimited text and data and 300 minutes of talk time and most users do not use their phones for talking anyway, still, Boost Mobile comes with Shrinkage plan that lowers your monthly bill over time significantly. With Shrinkage plan, after every six on-time payments, your bill is lowered $5 per month with maximum of 18 on-time payments. After that period, users can end up with HTC EVO Design 4G on WiMAX with everything unlimited for just $40 per month.
Talking about “unlimited” data, Virgin already has a data cap of 2.5GB at fast 3G/4G speeds per month after which it gets throttled to 256kbps. Boost Mobile has announced doing the same thing later this year. However, at Virgin Mobile, if you activate a mobile hotspot feature for additional $15 per month, fast data speeds allotment go up to 3.5GB per month.
Virgin Mobile also announced discount of $5 on plans for those who sing up to automatic refill with a credit or debit card or PayPal account but that’s related to iPhone release and I’m not sure if that applies to other phones as well or might be in the future. If that would be the case, the cheapest monthly plan would be $30 while unlimited would be $50.
Overall, in HTC EVO V 4G vs HTC EVO Design 4G compare, both priced at $299, clearly, EVO V from Virgin Mobile is better handset due to better specs. But, then, it’s a question if user plans to activate hotspot feature which is cheaper at Boost and don’t forget that Boost will throttle data but it’s not doing it yet. Also, if you are not into limited talking for $35 per month at Virgin, you would be better with Boost’s everything unlimited for just $40 per month after year and a half than with $55 per month at Virgin Mobile permanently. Obviously, who wins in HTC EVO V 4G vs HTC EVO Design 4G battle is up to personal needs and preferences.