The Motorola Droid X lends itself to some pretty easy comparisons the HTC EVO 4G, and why not? The two devices easily class each other on most aspects (most obviously size), and the one that comes out on top boils down to personal preference. But one point that is sure to be discussed is the comparison between not only the Droid X and EVO’s Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, but also the data plans being served up by Verizon and Sprint to accommodate these devices.
Let’s look at the numbers. The Droid X can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices. Verizon is charging an additional fee of $20 per month to use the service and bandwidth is allotted at 2GB per month. Go over your 2GB and you’ll get charged five cents for every megabyte used. The EVO 4G can provide wireless access for up to eight device, with Sprint setting the price at $29.99 for use of unlimited data by way of the extra $10 premium data surcharge taxed to EVO owners.
On the surface, the Droid X hotspot comes at a slightly lower price, but at a downgrade on the number of devices powered. Verizon’s contracts also tend to fall on the pricier side overall compared to Sprint’s. You also lack access to the 4G coverage provided by the EVO, which gives Sprint’s device a zippier connection compared to the 3G offered by Verizon on the Droid X. At this point, the lack of 4G coverage in most areas may make this point moot, but on the same token the Droid X is in no way future-proofed for when Verizon starts rolling out their LTE network.
So which is it? Does the Droid X’s lower-priced hotspot capabilities at the expense of a few devices best the EVO’s unlimited 4G data at a premium cost?