The HTC Evo 4G was much-anticipated ever since its hyped introduction at the CTIA 2010 event. Now that it is out in the market, this smartphone, which is America’s first 4G device, still continues to make waves out here. Here is a review of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G.
The Sprint HTC Evo 4G is undoubtedly one of the best Android smartphones in the market today. Extremely fast and power-packed, this one is powered by Android 2.1 and is way above the 3G mobile devices we have seen so far.
The HTC Evo 4G is quite huge and solid to grasp. It comes with a gigantic 4.3” capacitive touchscreen display with a clear resolution, which makes it easy to read text and browse the Web. The Evo 4G supports the pinch-to-zoom gesture in many apps. A built-in light sensor automatically adjusts the backlight based on external light.
The spacious keyboard allows easy finger movement. The four navigation controls below the screen give good feedback too. The handheld also supports HDMI, so you can hook up your smartphone to the TV. Additionally, the set comes with a handy kickstand at the back, which helps prop it up as and when necessary.
The typical HTC Sense UI gives a great user experience. The widgets present on the home screen make for easy navigation. You can also put your contacts in groups, which is an additional plus.
A feature called Friend Stream lets you set your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr contacts and see their updates while on the move. The Leap screen feature lets you get a thumbnail view of all your home screen panels and then “leap” back to the original home screen.
The HTC Evo 4G takes advantage of Sprint WiMax network to give the user a fantastic multimedia experience. The handheld comes with a front-facing 1.3MP camera plus an 8MP camera to shoot HD video. This also supports Qik video chat for video calling. While this application comes free, you can also go for the premium version if you want more features.
Other features include Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, WiFi and more. The Evo 4G comes with 1GB internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB.
4G and Hotspot connectivity
While the 4G does disappoint a little with speed and video uploading, the playback is quite good. Setting up the mobile hot-spot feature is easy, thanks to the Sprint Hotspot app. In case you are in the 4G market, you can use voice and data simultaneously, so the mobile hotspot functions even if you have a call coming in.
In areas where there is no 4G, the Evo automatically shifts to Sprint’s EV-Do Rev. A network.
Sadly, though, only a limited section of the population is able to access this service, as Sprint’s 4G network is yet to develop fully.
There is yet another problem with this handheld. It is the $10 add-on for premium data. This levies compulsorily, irrespective of whether you live in a 4G market or not. Of course, the data charges are reasonable, but this still seems a bit unfair.
The Sprint HTC Evo 4G is definitely one of the best smartphones today, in spite of its few limitations. It is available for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
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