April 4th 2012 8:35 am

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments great!
  • Display No comments good
  • Battery life If I start with a full charge it will last me through the workday. great!
  • Camera The specs are similar to the original EVO, but the images seem crisper. great!
  • Ease of use No comments good
  • Design and form factor No comments good
  • Portability (size / weight) thinner and lighter than the original EVO 4G with the addition of a larger screen. What's not to like? great!
  • Media support No comments good
  • Durability No comments good
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) less bloatware good
Detailed review
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. It is quick to respond, application start quickly, and I do not have to spend so much time with application space management.

The size and feel took a bit of getting used to. I didn't expect it to be thinner, wider, and lighter than my original EVO. Of course, the reviews and specs said as much, but until I had it in my hand those comments did not mean much to me.

The increased battery capacity is great. I can now go through a full work day without having to 'top off' the phone at midday. I still carry an external battery for those times when I will be out for an extended period or away from a convenient place to charge, but in the two weeks that I have had the phone I have not needed to use it.

Ordinarily, when I get a phone I start looking for a high-capacity third party battery because battery life has been short of my needs. So, when I learned that the battery was embedded and not user replaceable I had some reservation. I am glad that I decided to go with the new EVO anyway.

Just a quick mention regarding the comments about the case design, especially that shiny black piece around the camera. I always get a case for my phone (thanks Seidio) so it is really not an issue.

Many people have said that without LTE service, the phone is overpriced and buyers should look at other offerings. I may have paid a premium to get this phone, but it has met my needs and I do not regret it. The phone is sleek, light, and performs well.