UNITED STATES: HTC ‘EVO 4G’ phone is Android powered and costs around $199 with a new two-year agreement, after a $100 rebate. The data plans start at $69.99 per month, and there is a $10 a month add-on fee for “premium data.” The set is ranked as leader amongst the rest of its kind.
The EVO runs the Android 2.1 software, skinned with HTC’s Sense build. A new version of the platform was recently announced, but there is no official word if the EVO will get the update. The existing software provides a quick and sleek operating system. There is virtually zero lag while swapping between widgets, apps or features. It has the standard feature of multiple screens running at the same time. A pinch of the screen or push of the home-button reveals seven screens, which combine to run just about every major widget the phone has. The software also does multitasking. Because the Android software is supported by Google, all of the search-engine giant’s features are integrated. Then there is the ever-growing Android market, which Sprint said features more than 60,000 applications. Though not as developed as the Apple market, a variety of applications are offered.
Design – The EVO is big and heavy with a 4.3-inch LCD screen and a 6-ounce weight. The large screen, though, offers good Internet browsing. Turning the phone on its side, in landscape mode, means full-fledged websites have room to be displayed. The screen is most noticeable when loading videos. YouTube clips take up the entire display, and it’s easy to drop the phone’s kickstand to watch a video. The larger phone is difficult to handle with one hand. That’s especially true when trying to unlock the phone by pushing the power button. Battery life – The biggest problem with the phone is how quickly the battery drains. But that is true of most current-generation smartphones. They’re essentially pocket computers that have Wi-Fi, notifications and GPS running at all times. The EVO, though, can drain alarmingly fast. One way to preserve the battery life is to turn off Wi-Fi unless it’s needed and to disable GPS. The battery then lasted considerably longer.
The camera – The EVO is a multimedia powerhouse. The 8-megapixel, dual LED flash, camera on the back, and the 1.3-megapixel camera on the front combine to create a solid experience. The 720p-capable video camera is more than enough to make pocket cameras obsolete. 4G – The EVO is the first cellphone able to handle both the 3G and 4G networks. 4G boasts faster speeds than the 3G. With 4G, the phone can connect by pushing the 4G button on one of the default screens. Mobile Wi-Fi – Perhaps the most useful feature is turning the phone into a Wi-Fi spot for up to eight devices. The feature is best for frequent travelers or anyone who owns the phone in a 4G market. Setting up the Wi-Fi feature is fast, and the 3G download speeds were solid throughout the Phoenix area. There was a noticeable drop in speeds when multiple devices were connected and running high-bandwidth websites.
Overall HTC EVO 4G is one beast of a phone. It runs on a mobile platform that is picking up steam, features some of the best multimedia hardware on the market and runs on a reliable network.
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