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HTC's newest flagship won't shine until Sprint turns on its LTE network

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Let's not mince words here: The EVO 4G LTE is a great phone in search of a network. Yes, it's thin, light, beautifully made and amazingly fast, with a gorgeous screen and a remarkable camera. Sense 4 enhances Ice Cream Sandwich without diluting the user experience. As such, it absolutely lives up to its EVO namesake. In fact, we dare say that it's the best Android smartphone you can get on the network. While it does not match the One X's incredibly polished design, it improves upon its cousin with a kickstand, a dedicated camera key and a microSD card slot. Still, the lack of GSM/EDGE/HSPA+ world functionality is bothersome on such a high-end device, and the sealed SIM is downright egregious. So, is the EVO 4G LTE worth its $200 price tag with a two-year commitment? The answer is simple: Until Sprint's LTE network becomes widespread, it's hard to recommend any handset stuck on the company's lackluster EVDO network -- unlimited data or not. As soon as the device can live up to its acronyms, however, we'll be much more apt to give it our seal of approval.

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Critic reviews

7.9
19 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.8
  • Display
    9.5
  • Battery life
    7.6
  • Camera
    9.2
  • Ease of use
    7.8
  • Design and form factor
    7.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2
  • Media support
    8.4
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.2

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User reviews

8.9
21 reviews
8.0
Engadget May 10, 2012

Let's not mince words here -- the EVO 4G LTE is a great phone in search of a network. ... As soon as the device can live up to its acronyms, however, we'll be much more apt to give it our seal of approval.

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8.0
CNET May 10, 2012

The HTC Evo 4G LTE is a worthy successor to Sprint's Evo family, as long as you remember one important caveat: until Sprint gets its LTE network off the ground, the Evo 4G LTE won't actually run 4G -- it will be 3G only at first.

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8.0
PC World May 11, 2012

The Evo phones have always been Sprint's strongest offering, and the Evo 4G LTE is no exception. From its beautiful design to the versatile camera to the fast performance, this is Sprint's best phone--and one of the best Android phones available.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine May 11, 2012

A fantastic display, superfast camera and unlimited data make the Evo 4G LTE a compelling choice, but this Android phone doesn't yet live up to its name.

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8.0
PC Mag May 17, 2012

Sprint's fastest, most powerful and elegant smartphone is now waiting for the carrier's new LTE network.

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8.0
TechCrunch Jun 2, 2012

The Evo 4G LTE is a fine phone. There certainly aren’t any glaring issues... But unlike the Evos that have come before it, this latest iteration doesn’t really bring any truly special features to the table.

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7.0
Computerworld May 14, 2012

While impressive at first glance, however, the Evo 4G LTE has some serious issues that keep it from achieving true greatness. After using the phone as my own personal device for several days, I find it difficult to recommend.

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6.0
Gizmodo May 14, 2012

The phone is so good, but the radio situation is so bad. Deal-breaker bad. That said, it's built for a data network that doesn't exist yet. When Sprint's LTE goes live, these problems may disappear, and if they do, this phone would be right at the top of the Android pyramid with the One X.

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9.0
SlashGear May 11, 2012

This device easily beats the rest of the Android devices on its chosen carrier and certainly trumps what HTC has done in the past with every other EVO. ... This is the Android smartphone to have if you don’t have the option at the moment to pick up any other HTC One device – pick it up soon!

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8.0
Pocket-Lint May 17, 2012

If you’re happy to sign up to a long-term contract with Sprint and live in a US city where the carrier’s LTE network is incoming, you should definitely give the Evo 4G LTE a lot of consideration. It’s a very solid high-end smartphone.

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9.0
phoneArena May 14, 2012

The HTC EVO 4G LTE is undoubtedly one of the best Android devices available right now ... It is wonderfully crafted with elegant software to match.

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9.0
TechRadar May 22, 2012

Simply put, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is the best phone on Sprint. In fact, Sprint is really the major negative about this phone. For many, that won't matter. If you're tied to the network for some reason or another, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is your best bet.

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8.0
IGN May 15, 2012

I'd love to recommend the Evo 4G LTE, but the problem is that too much of the phone is a promise. The promise of LTE, the promise of HD Voice (which will offer VoIP-quality calls), and the promise of an overall better network. Anyone who buys a phone needs it to work today.

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8.0
GSM Arena May 18, 2012

The HTC Evo 4G LTE is undoubtedly the best-spec'd smartphone currently on offer in the United States. The flagship handset offers all the latest smartphone tech in a neat, well-built package.

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7.0
Phone Scoop May 14, 2012

HTC and Sprint took everything I liked about the One X design and killed it. They kept pretty much everything else, in terms of features and capabilities, the same. The guts of the device are mostly the same, the software is identical, and the overall performance and daily user experience are great.

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8.0
IntoMobile May 16, 2012

Love or hate the back cover and kickstand, it's an eye-catching device that can be put up against any of the top phones out there. It's definitely the best Android phone on Sprint and if there was a real 4G LTE network, it would probably be better than the iPhone.

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8.0
Techno Buffalo May 17, 2012

So what are Sprint customers really getting here? Basically, the HTC One X’s alter ego. The EVO 4G LTE is well designed — despite its plastic helmet — and comes equipped with several really cool added bonuses, such as the microSD slot, kickstand and (we’re assuming this will be good) HD...

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8.0
HotHardware Jul 11, 2012

... we enjoyed our time with the EVO 4G LTE. It's a good phone that's very responsive and performs well. The kickstand is a nice added touch and the phone's camera is fast when you want to capture a burst of images.

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8.0
MobileBurn May 15, 2012

The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a tough nut to crack: on the one hand, I love its solid hardware and speedy performance, but the data speeds offered by Sprint's 3G network really put a damper on my excitement.

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9.0
keawe keawe

I like this phone. I got the EVO 4G LTE as an upgrade to the EVO 4G I have been using for the past two years. My main reason for doing so was performance; the additional application space was a bonus. The dual core processor combined with an upgraded OS makes this phone a pleasure to work with....

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9.0
bkoppe bkoppe

It's worth mentioning right away that this phone was greatly improved after updating to Sense 4+ and Android 4.1. When I bought the HTC EVO 4G LTE (EVO LTE) with Sense 4 and Android 4.0, I experience a handful of very frustrating bugs that I won't get into here - because they are completely gone...

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10
mevensen mevensen

This is a great phone so far (5 days of ownership so far). Most of the EVO's warts have been taken care of with updates (connectivity, multitasking). Looking forward to Jelly Bean in the coming months. Every other Anrdoid device I've had, I've rooted and ROM'd. No such desire so far with this one.

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9.0
solarplexus solarplexus

After having the HTC Hero for a month I returned it. The build was awesome but the OS was horrible. So I ventured into other phones. Long story short, when I saw the HTC Evo 4G LTE I saw the screen and the specs and the decision was made. (of course I looked at the Galaxy Nexus and SIII)...

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9.0
wrsmith2phd wrsmith2phd

Having owned the OG EVO for the past two years I found that it was growing long in the tooth. I am a LONG time Sprint user/customer and will continue to be. I am not in a 4G area (WiMAX or future LTE) and therefore I have always used 3G and WiFi. For my use and needs Sprint works for me.

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9.0
Genjinaro Genjinaro

Pros: The screen by far (The clarity, one of the best you'll ever see) The Camera (Great quality, all features intact, unlike previous HTC flagships) Sense 4 Kickstand Ergonomics Wireless Radio montage The SD card slot supporting SDXC The so-so The glossy upper NFC/SD card door Cons: Sense 4's...

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8.0
jfrye20 jfrye20

My 1st gen Palm Pre was giving up the ghost and the Evo 4G LTE just happened to be the new phone at Best Buy. My mom had the HTC EVO so I knew that HTC made good phones so I bought this one. The size difference from my old Pre to this phone took some time to get used to, the first time I used the...

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10
Devhen20 Devhen20

This phone is amazing. I have had it for roughly about 3 months and I can say that it was a great investment. I am able to be so much more productive than I ever was before while I am on the go. The NFC payment feature makes it so much easier to get out of some of my favorite eating spots. As...

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10
SimianJones SimianJones

I upgraded from the HTC EVO 4G when my battery exploded. I was most looking forward to the dedicated camera shutter button, and that alone has turned out to be disappointing as you have to apply a lot of pressure to get it to engage. However, the camera software more than makes up for that....

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