We had a few moments to put the recently-announced HTC EVO 4G LTE up against the new Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 900 at the EVO 4G LTE launch event in New York. These phones are very different. The EVO 4G LTE runs with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and utilizes HTC’s Sense 4.0 interface, while the Lumia 900 is running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango with a small handful of software additions made by Nokia.
The Lumia 900 is certainly heavier than the EVO 4G LTE, despite being less tall and wide. The Lumia 900 also has a less precise screen due to its WVGA resolution, but if you like the deep contrast provided by an AMOLED screen, the Lumia 900 will look better to your eyes. And in our unscientific web browsing speed test, the Lumia 900 beat out the EVO 4G LTE, perhaps because of network connectivity issues.
Another thing to consider is price. The Lumia 900 can be had for $99 or less on contract, while the EVO 4G LTE, when it ships in June, will cost twice as much at $199. That said, if you use a lot of data, you might save money with Sprint’s unlimited data plan.