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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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HTC EVO 4G review

As a mobile platform, the EVO 4G's Android foundation is still an infant -- well, okay, perhaps it's a tweener -- but in its two-odd years in the public spotlight, the list of truly revolutionary devices to use it has been a significant one: the G1 for being the first to market; the Nexus One for ushering in a new (and subsequently killed) retail model; perhaps the CLIQ for introducing Motorola to the platform or the Droid for bringing the company some desperately needed, long overdue success. For the moment, anyway, a whopping fraction of the world's most important phones are running Google's little experiment. Needless to say, Sprint, HTC, and quite frankly, many of us have come to expect the EVO 4G to join that short list for some obvious reasons. Put simply, its magnificent list of specs reads as though it was scribbled on a napkin after a merry band of gadget nerds got tipsy at the watering hole and started riffing about their idea of the ultimate mobile device: a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, HDMI-out, and WiMAX compatibility. Of course, the list of potential deal-breakers for a phone is as long as the EVO 4G's display is wide; to put it another way, there are countless ways HTC, Sprint, or even Google could've screwed this thing up. So does this moderately intimidating black slab of pure engineering and marketing -- this high-profile bet on Sprint's future -- deliver the goods? Read on.

Pros
  • Huge, vibrant displayMobile hotspot works beautifullyWiMAX compatibility
Cons
  • Nearly too big for one-handed useWiMAX can be spotty720p video quality not great
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
1 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to5.2 hour)
Standby time (max)
146 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1500 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
1 GB
Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WMA) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4) (Streaming / internet) (GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps, Stocks, Stopwatch, Voice recorder, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
CDMA, WiMAX (1xRTT, EV-DO r0, EV-DO rA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
Embedded

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (800, 480)
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
ROM
1000 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
yes
NFC or RFID payment
no
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
yes
TV-out
yes (HDMI Micro)