The HTC EVO 4G is perhaps one of the most anticipated smart phones and comes with all of the software, hardware, and bells and whistles that one could possibly want. The HTC EVO 4G is the first WiMAX phone that is offered in the United States that is able to offer mobile data with DSL like capabilities while simultaneously offering the Google Android operating system.
Many who have handled the HTC EVO 4G say that it feels much like an HD2 or even the Droid Incredible. The front of the unit features a stunning 4.3 inch WVGA 800×480 touch screen that features four touch sensitive shortcut keys. The phone is very attractive, although it looks as functional as it is. With the large screen, the functionality cannot be hidden, but what it can do and the user friendly interface easily makes up for what some may consider a lack of design aesthetic.
When you turn on the phone you’ll immediately see the Android 2.1 operating system under a user friendly HTC Sense. The operating system should be familiar from the last several generations of cell phones. It offers many of the most popular applications such as Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook, as well as a Friend Stream, and full Exchange integration that offers calendar support. The phone also boasts widgets for special settings, features, and even weather. There are seven home screens that allow for the user to search for their different applications and tools with no lag time.
The respected lack of lag time is owned to inner workings of the device. The phone features 512MB of Ram and 1GB of TOM. In addition there is a micro SD slot, a 8BG card that is preloaded, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The HTC EVO 4G is also equipped with WiMax and EVDO in addition to WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as well as GPS. There are also proximity and light sensors, a 3.5mm headphone socket, and an FM radio. Located on the bottom edge is a micro USB port that will allow for charging and data transfers. Couple this with a mini HDMI output for hooking up the EVO 4G to an HDTV and you have everything that you will ever need!
The features do not stop there! On the back of the camera is an 8 megapixel autofocus camera that offers a dual LED flash. On the front there is a 1.3 megapixel camera that is meant for video calls. While some were concerned the addition of the cameras would make it big and bulky, it still only measures in at .5 inches and weighs in at a mere six ounces.
For those who are concerned about keyboard and typing, the HTC EVO 4G features an on screen typing experience instead of an actual physical keyboard. This keyboard allows for speedy input, auto correction, and word prediction. You can hold the unit in portrait or landscape positions to make typing at your own space and at your own preferred hand positions a breeze.
As of the time of this review, calls can only be made over the Sprint 2G/3G network, not via WiMax. The quality of the calls is what you would expect, but is not going to knock your socks off. The speakerphone does work well; in fact it is on the loud side when compared with other smart phone speaker phone volume capacities.
Battery life is another common concern among those who are looking into the HTC EVO 4G. Reviewers have found if they are in a hotspot they can use the phone for 5 hours and 20 minutes of talk time before needing to recharge. When using in other areas the talk time was reduced to about three and a half hours.
The cost of the phone may be an issue for some. It has a straight forward pricing of $199.99 but then Sprint has requirements insofar as data packages go, so you can expect to spend upwards of $100 a month or closer to $200 a month if you would like to access the full capacity of the phone. While this is a lot for some people, others expect to pay the price for all of the functionality and speed that the phone offers.