REVIEW: Sprint HTC EVO 4G – Is it as good as it looks?

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Over the last few months, we’ve been drooling in anticipation over the Sprint HTC EVO 4G and it’s over-the-top feature set. Well, for the past week or so, we’ve had a chance to turn our dripping envy into obsessive play time with our very own Evo. So, to help you figure out if the hot new Android phone belongs in your pocket, we’d like to give you our take on EVO 4G. We call it Evo (Ee-voe) for short.

Thanks to the expansive 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display that downright dominates the entire front face of the device, Evo has enough space within it’s frame to house all sorts of smartphone hardware befitting its flagrantly high-end spec-sheet. How high? Inside, you’ll find a 1Ghz processor that we call “Snapdragon,” an 8-megapixel camera mated to a dual-LED flash, gobs of RAM, a 4G WiMAX data connection, and enough ports along the top and bottom edges to accommodate all your multimedia needs. Oh, and the Mobile Hotspot feature allows Evo to turn itself into a high-speed WiFi hotspot, Evo shines in hardware.

So, without further ado, we’d like to formally introduce you to Evo.

Sprint HTC EVO 4G
Available June 4th for $199.99 w/ 2-year contract

Specifications (Specs – sheet)

  • 4.3-inch WVGA (800×480) capacitive touchscreen
  • 1Ghz Snapdragon CPU
  • 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM
  • 3G and 4G data connectivity
  • WiFi (b/g)
  • GPS (aGPS)
  • microSD
  • HDMI-out port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Front-facing camera for video calls
  • Mobile Hotspot feature
  • kickstand

The Good

  • Flagrantly large 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • Integrated kickstand. Yes, it has a kickstand.
  • HDMI-out port
  • 4G for high speed data (where available)
  • Mobile Hotspot feature
  • Red-colored accents
  • Multi-touch support

The Bad

  • Battery life
  • MicroSD under the battery
  • Non-standard HDMI port
  • Battery life (or lack thereof. Did we mention that already?)
  • No simultaneous voice and data in 3G-only areas
  • Big for small hands and tight pockets

Hardware

Evo is like the over-achiever in high school who also happens to be the head cheerleader. At once a supremely capable smartphone at work (or play) and a head-turner on the street, Evo gets high marks for putting the power of a laptop from not even a decade ago in your pocket.

All that power comes from internals that are almost identical to those inside the HTC Incredible, which you might know as Verizon’s Droid Incredible. That means there’s a 1Ghz Snapdragon CPU for speedy apps, 512MB of RAM to keep all those apps running at the same time, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 3G and 4G data capabilities, GPS, WiFi, HDMI-out port, microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a built-in kickstand just for, uh, kicks. To top all that off, Evo struts around with a 4.3-inch multi-touch display that is the envy of every smartphone on market today.

Power
With more processing power than some laptops years past, the 1Ghz processor makes quick work of pretty much anything you can throw at it. Evo rarerly bogs down and always seems up to almost any task you might have in mind. All that RAM makes sure you can run them all at the same time. The HDMI port does an impressive job of streaming HD video to a 50-inch TV, complete with audio.  For all you photo-buffs out there, Evo is photo savvy and ready to do your bidding with all kinds of image shooting modes and a touch-focus feature that makes it easy to create balanced, crisp pictures.

The 3G data connection delivers speeds that are in line with what we expected from Sprint. We didn’t get a chance to check out Evo’s 4G data speeds this go ’round, but past experience with Sprint’s 4G network has been generally good. Download speeds on 4G should be reliably north of 3Mbps, with upload speeds capping out at 1Mbps. What’s really impressive is Evo manages to push 6Mbps on the downstream – that’s faster than many DSL home internet connection of just a handful of years ago. Although, you’ll need a strong 4G data connection to get that kind of speed.

Size
Evo is a bigger phone. There’s no getting around the Sprint HTC EVO 4G’s wide package. While still pencil thin (literally), Evo proves that you can’t have a 4.3-inch display and have a narrow profile. You have to pick one.

In this case, Evo went with “bigger is better.” That’s not a bad thing for anyone with a bag, purse or big pockets. There’s a good heft to the phone that seemed a bit heavy at first, but then we realized that the weight makes the big phone more stable in the hand.

Beware, tiny hands or really tight pockets can be hindrances you don’t want to deal with when going out with Evo.

Fit and Finish
Overall, Evo is nothing short of a fit and attractive Android smartphone. If we were to ever describe a phone as “tight,” Evo would be the one. The battery door snaps off easily but won’t get loose over time. The kickstand flips out with a weighted “click” that just screams refinement. Even the power button oozes precision craftsmanship and attention to detail, as it depresses with a reassuring click.

Downfalls
Now, before you get all hot under the collar, you should know that Evo isn’t good at everything. Evo tends to fall short in some low-light photo situations.

The dual-LED flash does a good job of lighting up dark pictures when subjects are at the correct distance from the camera, but gets a little over zealous with too-close pics and turns them slightly blue. We can forgive that small issue.

What we have a harder time ignoring is the microSD card slot that forces you to pop out the battery to access the SD card, which reboots the phone, unfortunately. Sure, the 1Ghz CPU ensures fast boot times, but it’s still a a pain to have to wait those precious seconds for the phone to pick itself up by the boot straps. Oh, and the microSD card slot is needlessly complex, what with it’s side-loading pop-up sleeve.

We’ll get to battery issues later on. You’d better believe there are battery issues.

Here’s our unboxing video of the Sprint HTC EVO 4G:


Software

From the software that makes the homescreen pretty to the software that handles your emails and pictures, the Evo uses the best that Android and HTC have to offer. As one of HTC’s latest and greatest Sense-ified Android phones, Evo is skinned with the latest version of the Sense UI. The Android 2.1 OS is easy enough to use, but the Sense UI just makes things that much more intuitive. You get Sense widgets pre-loaded on the phone, including the handy “Leap” feature that allows you to switch homescreen panes with a simple pinch gesture. You also get the benefit of having Android 2.1 OS on deck. That means you get voice-to-text, easy camera controls, support for multiple Gmail accounts, integration with social networks (sending pictures, messages, updates) and Google Maps Navigation.

Homescreen
Easy to use. That’s how we describe Evo’s homescreen setup. Menus be damned, everything is finger-friendly and swipe-tastically fun to navigate. The key to the homescreen is the “Leap” feature. With a pinch on any homescreen pane, you can easily jump from pane to pane without having to swipe through every pane in between. That means you gets quicker access to all your shortcuts or at-a-glance widgets.

The Sense UI homescreen comes pre-loaded with the HTC Weather widget at the top of the primary homescreen pane. It automatically updates itself with the latest weather, and then literally shows you the current weather conditions on the display. If it’s sunny and bright, the screen will display an animated lens flare effect. Rain triggers rain drops dripping down the screen and a wiper blade wiping them off. Cloudy conditions brings in clouds across the homescreen. You get the idea. Sense also has its FriendStream app that puts all your social network updates into a single app – the trick is to use the “large” version of the associated widget.

This is what Leap looks like:

Camera
Camera controls are intuitive, but can be a bit awkward. You’ll find oft-used settings – like flash, exposure control, and shutter – right next to your thumb. More advanced settings can be found in a pull-out drawer to the left of the display. You can tweak camera settings like contrast and saturation, photo effects, video recording mode, face detection, metering mode, resolution, etc. etc. The list goes on and one. That’s a good thing.

The awkward aspect, though, is that there’s no physical shutter button. Without any physical buttons that aren’t the volume rocker or the power button, Evo has to resort to an on-screen shutter button. It takes some getting used to, but we can see some people never getting used to having to tap the screen to take a picture. Speaking of which, you can set the camera to focus on any point in the frame by tapping your finger on the viewfinder – which happens to be Evo’s massive 4.3-inch display. That’s hot.

Mobile Hotspot
One of Evo’s stand-out assets is its Mobile Hotspot feature. What is the Mobile Hotspot feature, you ask? Well, imagine for a second that you had a portable WiFi router that was always ready to create a data network at your beck and call. Now, imagine that you stuff that wireless router into Evo and then added the possibility to get 4G WiMAX data speeds. That’s what Mobile Hotspot does – it turns Evo into a portable WiFi router that you can use to hop on the internet with your laptop or your iPad or PSP.

So, how good is Mobile Hotspot? Damn good. With a couple taps of your finger, you can easily coax Evo into the Mobile Hotspot mood. You get fairly fast wireless data speeds over Sprint’s 3G network, but it’s the 4G data speeds that will really make the Mobile Hotspot feature shine. That is, unless you like preserving battery power.

Evo is already a battery hog (we talk about that more later), but the Mobile Hotspot takes Evo’s appetite for Lithium ions to another level. As with any portable hotspot solution (think MiFi and Overdrive), you’re not going to get more than a few hours of regular WiFi connectivity with Evo. You have to choose – longer battery life or the convenience of the Mobile Hotspot.

2-Way Video Chat
Evo is supposed to do 2-way video chat with an exclusive Qik Android app that allows you to use the front-facing camera to make face-to-face video calls using the 3G, 4G, or WiFi data connection. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t available to us during our testing process, so we weren’t able to try out the Qik video conferencing feature. We did, however, get to put the new fring Android app to the test with a video call. Turns out, video calls still have a ways to go before they’re really practical.

Over a 3G data connection, video chats are downright nauseating. The video feed had more chops than a butcher and audio constantly went out of sync with the video. There’s also considerable lag when using 3G. Over WiFi, though, the story changes. Video chats are fast, reliable and video quality isn’t all that bad. We didn’t have a chance to test out video calls over 4G data speeds. But, having to rely on 4G or WiFi for video calls is essentially a deal killer for us.

We’ll wait to test out the Qik video chat feature in the near future before writing off video calls altogether. This is what Qik video chats look like:


Web Browsing, Multimedia, Camera


Browser
The web browser of choice for Evo is the webkit-based Android web browser. But, this particular browser is riddled with tweaks from HTC. Evo can actually do some light-lifting when it comes to playing Flash content. As we all wait for Google to unleash Android 2.2 OS to the masses, so that we can all install Adobe Flash 10.1 Player, Evo is again ahead of the curve with the ability to play Flash videos and website navigation controls.

And, with 512MB of RAM to back up the 1Ghz processor, you’ll rarely run into problems when surfing the web. As long as you have a good cellular signal, and ideally a 3G or 4G data connection, you should be able to open multiple tabs and surf the web to your heart’s content without worrying about Evo bogging down. You can also count on multi-touch “pinch” zooming in the browser to be accurate and responsive.

Music
The music player isn’t the best. Let’s start this off on a low point. It can take some time for the music player to pop up, if it’s not running in the background. That’s the low-point. The high points are the music player widget that lets you play songs from the homescreen and the versatile playlist that lets you organize by artist, genre, album, etc. If you use iTunes for your music library, we suggest you use DoubleTwist to hand all your playlists and songs over to Evo.

Video
If you have a compatible video format, you really can’t pass up the chance to use Evo for what it does best – show off its gigantic display. The WVGA (800×480) resolution capacitive touchscreen display is big and bright and throws out enough colors to make your high-res video look good. It does a good job in sunlight, but not the best that we’ve seen.

Thanks to all the processing power packed into the Snapdragon chipset, videos play back smoothly. That’s important, because Android can run multiple apps at the same time, so it’s important that Evo can throw video playback into the juggling act.

When it comes to video recording, Evo boasts decent camcorder chops. You can switch to video mode with no more than two finger taps on the touchscreen, with an extra tap to start recording video. The videos can be shared to social networks or uploaded directly to your YouTube account (which is linked to the Gmail account you used to setup the phone). You can see what video recording quality looks like in the demo below.

Oh, and remember to use Evo’s handy little kickstand to prop up the display on a table or tray-table when watching videos… or TV.

TV
Sprint TV. We’ve never been too impressed with Sprint TV. But, we’re less unimpressed when watching Sprint TV with Evo. The big screen makes all the difference. Quality and playback are actually not too shabby, but it all depends on your cellular data connection. We only tested with 3G connections, but in our experience, audio and video sometimes lost sync or the video feed to get momentarily pixelated. Those aren’t deal killers, just more like “frustrations.” We didn’t test out the TV feature with a 4G data connection.

In the end, TV is usually little more than great idea and a novel feature on most any other phone, but for Evo, TV only serves to inflate it’s ego when it comes to multimedia capabilities.

Outdoor daytime video recording:

Indoor night time video recording:

Indoor daytime video recording:

Camera
Evo is blessed with the same amazing 8-megapixel camera we first encountered on the HTC Incredible. With an auto-focus system that focuses on wherever in the frame you tap your finger and a decent image sensor that captures as much detail as you could hope for in a smartphone, Evo’s shooter is nothing to scoff at. As long as you have good to passable lighting conditions, chances are good that the 8MP camera will perform admirably. But, despite the dual-LED flash, some low-light shots are just a lost cause.

Don’t get us wrong, Evo does quite well in dark rooms. But, in close or long-range shots with little light, don’t expect the best photos from Evo. That’s just how it goes with just about every phone that has a camera. The sample photo gallery should speak for itself.


Call Quality and Battery Life

Call Quality
Calls are what you’d expect from Sprint. Clear and reliable. While Big Blue and Big Red get at each others’ throats about who’s got the better network, Big Yellow has been serving up reliable and high-quality voice service as the nation’s No. 3 wireless carrier (in terms of subscriber count). You can expect Evo to help you hear and talk to your friends and family with the kind of clarity that not every phone enjoys. As for reliability, our test showed Sprint and Evo to be very reliable for voice and data service. You might not get the same results in your area, but the SF Bay Area shows promise.

Battery
This part is hard to admit. Evo is a sort of power-glutton that gorges itself on Lithium ions until it’s chewed through an entire battery. It’s almost a shame that such an incredibly powerful and undeniably sexy handset could have such a problem with power management. We say almost a shame, because it’s not really Evo’s fault that she can’t go all day under heavy use without needing a mid-trip refueling.

Really, it’s the Android platform’s ability to truly multi-task apps that is the root of Evo’s battery woes. There’s also a good amount of blame to pass onto some of those apps that do a bad job of optimizing their power consumption. Either way, if you use your smartphone heavily throughout the day – frequent jaunts on the web, significant music listening, frequent email checks (having more than three active email accounts adds up in data usage), repeated use of the camera, chatty voice usage – you’ll find it hard to go all day without a recharge. If you use the Mobile Hotspot feature, don’t expect Evo to last longer than a few hours, at best. Bad Evo!

But, if you’re easy on Evo (especially if you forgoe constant email checks and frequent Internet usage) you might be able to make it a day and a half. For us, we get about a full day of use. We carry around extra power sources as a regular habit (what, did you expect otherwise?) so mid-day top-offs really aren’t a problem for us, but if you’re not ready to get a higher-capacity aftermarket battery or carry around extra power, Evo’s battery life is something to consider.


As Good As It Looks?

So, does Evo live up to its striking good looks, killer feature-set, and the promise of a multimedia dream come true? Well, in case you haven’t been paying attention. Damn skippy. Evo’s huge screen just oozes sex appeal to any gadget geek – at the very least, it will draw the attention of just about anyone you happen to be near when you start playing with Evo. It’s packed with every high-end smartphone feature (super-fast data capabilities, GPS, sensors, awesome camera) you could want right now, and Evo will even let you pimp out its fast internet connection to other devices over WiFi.

The Sprint HTC Evo 4G is the kind of Android phone that will probably be the talk of the town even after the next iPhone launches. That should say a lot about Evo’s badass-ness. What, “badass-ness” is a word. Isn’t it? Whatever, the point is, Evo is definitely as good as it looks!

  • Guest

    The SD card under the battery forcing a shut down of the phone when swapping out is a design feature, not a drawback or negative. As Android moves to native installing of programs on the SD card, the forced shut down of the phone while pulling or swapping out the SD card ensures the the whole phone won't crash due to missing program files and is up to date with what software is currently installed… Think of it this way, you are running a program off the SD card that saves files to said SD card, just yanking it out without shutting down will likely cause a crash, the forced shut down ensures this doesn't happen… As for battery life, I'm really getting tired of hearing that, there is no full featured smart phone on the market that has good battery life! The Evo's battery performs equally well as any comparable product, and in truth there is no comparable feature set phone… And you can pick up 2 batteries and a charger on the big auction site for a whopping $15 delivered, hardly a big concern of mine…

    • Anthony

      Will the battery in my htc hero work on the evo?????
      if yes, that will be my spare.

    • Tricia

      I totally agree Guest. I have the Nexus One and the battery is not all that great, however, I loved the phone. You have to give and take. I give my daughter my Nexus 1 cause I'm getting the EVO at 6am at Radio Shack on Friday morning. Yippee!!

    • Anthony

      I agree today I used my htc hero from 7am battery went dead at 11am.
      Used phone, browsed the web while waiting at the DMV, used GPS to get back and forth, used the phone, and twitter, & facebook, and sent a few text messages. Phone died quick.
      Normally when i just surf the web a little, text and use phone on and off throughout the day, no GPS, my phone lasts from 7am till 9 or 10pm. So battery life can change dramatically depending on usage.

  • Guest

    amazing review. yes, so minor defects, but like you said talk of town even after the iPhone 4 and its one of the best phones :) i will get it on june. 4 :D great review, unlike TechCrunch, and not biased

    • willpark

      Thanks for the kind words. We do try :D

    • Will Park

      Well, thanks for the kind words! We do try ;)

    • Mr Obvious

      Yeah I'm not really sure what you mean by "Non-Standard HDMI port".

      I don't get it, It is standard HDMI. I think you might be referring to the port on the phone itself, to which I ask how you believe they could install a standard HDMI board on a phone that small and still be able to fit in that design?

  • MCizzle

    Excellent! i work for Sprint and look foward to the line of people outside come this Friday. My question for your review is what kind of battery life have you seen out of other touchscreen smartphones that would make you say this phone is bad. I.e. iphone's pre's touch pro's all seem to only make it through one day at most, so my point is are you saying that "all" smartphones have bad battery life or the EVO has bad battery life compared to other smartphones?

    • frank

      so far i switch to sprint 2 days ago and the service sucks it better get better when i get the htc evo is there any reason y ive been geting alot of drop calls or no service at all .

      • Tricia

        Frank, what kind of your do you currently have?

      • mak99

        IIRC, the quality of Sprint service is directly related to the customer's ability to compose complete sentences using above-average writing skills and correctly spelled words. Personally, I believe my Sprint service could not be any better than it already is! I'm looking forward to seeing the EVO in person, and most likely upgrading my current HTC Hero.

  • Daddo

    I feel that you gave a comprehensive yet fair minded review. I appreciate your level of detail.
    Well done.

  • Tired Guy

    This review seemed to be biased towards sprint… sorry, I've never read any of your content before, but that was my impression…. I'm glad you acknowledged the poor battery so there was some taking EVO to task

    • willpark

      Keep in mind that Sprint service quality will vary from market to market. In the SF Bay Area, Sprint worked reliably and well for us.

    • Will Park

      Keep in mind that Sprint service will vary from region to region. For us, service was reliable and good in the SF Bay Area.

  • marinperez

    I've played with an EVO for a few days now and the battery life sucks. All smartphones get through about one day, at most, but this thing can barely get through a work day. It's a shame too because it's so beautiful to use that ginormous screen.

    • willpark

      External power packs FTW :D

  • @cjayasuriya

    great review! can't wait to get my hands on this baby.

  • carpuncher

    Just my two cents. I've heard that if you download a task manager to kill apps when they aren't in use it dramatically improves the battery life. Also I always turn the screen to a lower brightness and turn off all vibration. Just things to consider. I have to do this with my Instinct now to make it through a day and the Instinct isn't too "smart". Seems like everyone wants the next phone to poop rainbows. I'm upgrading to the EVO on the 4th and I can't wait. It will surely be a step up for me and I was pretty happy a year ago when I went from a Katana to the Instinct. I know that there will be something better in 6 months time. The way it works I'm afraid. That being said I'm sure the EVO will get me through a year until my next upgrade. Technology these days is expanding at such a rapid pace it seems like the phone everyone wants the EVO to be is still a few years off. Just be happy with what it is NOW! This phone may not be an "iphone killer". Apple has won the trendy, user friendly, name-game for a little while. The EVO is however a milestone in that it is going to open the floodgates for phones that Apple will have to take notice of. People don't seem to take that into consideration. I keep seeing all these iphone fans wanting to trash the EVO. Why? Embrace it! It is going to cause wonderful competition in the industry. Already Apple has taken a cue and included a front facing camera in the new iphone. Why not thank the EVO for that? Android is finally getting on it's feet. Hell I'm only 30 and it's nice to have a "phone" that is more powerful tham my families first home computer. Can you even call it a phone? Seems like it does a lot of other things at times even better than the phone function. Let's just call it a multimedia device. Who cares on 6-4 i'm calling it MINE!

    • L.G.Barnes3

      Prepare to be blown away Mr. Instinct-User. Download Skyfire 2.0 as an alternate browser. It supports more flash content than native Flashlite.

  • Guest

    The SD card under the battery forcing a shut down of the phone when swapping out is a design feature, not a drawback or negative. As Android moves to native installing of programs on the SD card, the forced shut down of the phone while pulling or swapping out the SD card ensures the the whole phone won't crash due to missing program files and is up to date with what software is currently installed… Think of it this way, you are running a program off the SD card that saves files to said SD card, just yanking it out without shutting down will likely cause a crash, the forced shut down ensures this doesn't happen… As for battery life, I'm really getting tired of hearing that, there is no full featured smart phone on the market that has good battery life! The Evo's battery performs equally well as any comparable product, and in truth there is no comparable feature set phone… And you can pick up 2 batteries and a charger on the big auction site for a whopping $15 delivered, hardly a big concern of mine…

  • @explainthefee

    Everyone – I updated the site (Explain the Fee!) with the following and more:

    If the "Premium Data" charge is not for the 3G nor 4G network access and the charge is for the phone features,why is it that all of the "Premium Data" features are listed as technical specifications of the HTC EVO 4G phone? If I were to take this phone to a non-Sprint area, such as the south pole, would those "Premium Data" features work, such as the 4.3" screen, HD Camera/Camcorder, faster processor, and even kickstand? Would I be able to use these features in Airplane mode?If I can use those in a non-Sprint area or in Airplane mode, why must I pay $10 a month to use this "add-on" when I'm not using Sprint's data network? Can you please explain the fee?

    Please help digg us, and join the facebook group and follow on twitter..

    Thanks for the support!

    • Paul

      The premium data charge is for 3G/4G! It gives you unlimited usage on the 3G network, as well as 4G access if it is available in your area.

      • joe

        yes there is currently a 5GB cap on all 3G phones so the extra 10 bucks is for unlimited data usage.

  • Anthony

    My htc hero's battery I thought was teribale at first until I learned how to conserve battery power. One huge saver was turning off GPS, Less frequent updates on things that are not so important to me. Light use i can go all day and night. Heavy use Well break out the charger in a few hours. Im getting the EVO on Fri and will try and conserve battery power the same way I do on my htc hero. I dont think any smart phone will run all day if you have everything running full speed ahead.

    • Jesse

      I love how people's responses to poor battery life is "Don't use the features that made you want to buy this phone in the first place!" This isn't anything new with the EVO. I saw the same things being said about the battery problems with the iPhone 3G. It's just funny to see that people still haven't realized the ridiculousness of those types of comments.

      • Anthony

        Went from 10am till 10pm on a fully charged battery, used the phone the way I used my htc hero, Talk, texting, twitter, face book, not much surfing the web had no time. But It got me thru the day, no problem, had my charger with me just incase. The Evo isn't as bad as people say. Feels like the battery life is very similar to the htc hero I was using, im sure it wont last as long due to biger screen on the evo, among other things but what a difference, this phone does everything better.

  • SCB

    The task killer you want is Automatic Task Killer.
    Battery life, on my EVO, is extended SO much.

    It lists all your apps. Just mark the ones you want killed, when the display goes dark, and you're good to go.

    You'll appreciate your phone more.

    • Mary

      Where do you get the Automatic Task Killer?

      • Will Park

        Android Market. And it’s called *Advanced* Task Killer :)

  • kitkat

    Thank you so much for a very informative review – very well done! I can't wait for 6/4!! :) Oh, regarding the battery life, I don't think charging once/day for "typical" use is that bad. I have a Samsung Exclaim and can get 1.5-2 days out of it with moderate talking, A LOT of texting and moderate email checking. I'll put up with charging once/day for the slickness of the Evo!

  • Guest

    Anthony yes, the Hero battery should work on the EVO…

    • Anthony

      having the spare battery when I had the Samsung Instinct phone came in handy.
      So using the battery from my htc hero as a spare for my htc evo will work just fine for me.

  • doubleD

    So you say I can buy a 1500mAh battery and a charger for $15.

    Will the charger charge the battery outside the phone? Just bout every "extra" battery system I have used in the past (know that my current phone is 4+ years old) required the battery be in the phone when it was charging. So couldn't keep one battery in the phone and another in the charger. Instead, at the end of the day, you would charge the first battery, and then in a few hours try to remember to swap batteries and charge the second one. Invariably in that circumstance the second battery was never charged and ready when my primary expectedly ran short.

    • Guest

      Yes, you can buy 2 batteries and an external charger bundled package, for $15 delivered (actually less) on the big auction site… Just do a search for 'evo 4g battery' several options to choose from, and before anyone says cheap Asian aftermarket, remind yourself where the EVO itself is made and notice where the OEM battery is made…

  • Dave

    I have the Sprint Samsung Intrepid (Windows Mobile) primarily so when I'm on the road or out of the office, I can use active sync to retrieve, edit, create my workplace (MS Outlook) email, contacts, and calendar. But I'd love to have the EVO if it will do the same thing. Also, I miss the feature my Sprint Katana had, prior to the Intrepid, of being able to initiate truly hands free voice activated calls (now required by law). I can receive bluetooth device (Motorola H700 & T505) calls via the Intrepid but it won't let me initiate a call using the bluetooth device without using the phone keyboard/buttons. Does the EVO address these problems? The sprint store guys have not been able to work out these problems on the Intrepid.

  • cary

    One of the best reviews. Straight forward, non biased, and excellent points. Well done Will!

  • rene

    Best review i have read so far! I will definely gett mines on friday!

  • rick

    All of you are a bunch of cry babies…. This is the best phone..hands down!!! Stop trying to make excuses to not purchase it. Its almost like u all are trying to convince yourselves not to get one.. You know u are sooner or later. As for the Apple fans go.. BAHUMBUG rotten apple!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BrentM

    @Dave – The EVO can't do true handsfree bluetooth voice dialing at this time. It is a function of the operating system, not Sprint, HTC or the EVO. Handsfree bluetooth dialing is not available on Android 2.1, but has been included in Android 2.2 (based on the specs I've seen. I haven't heard any actual user reviews about how well it works). Once it is updated to Android 2.2, bluetooth voice dialing will be available.

    • Dave

      Thanks, BrentM. Do you know about anything about the active sync issue related to outlook email, calendar and contacts?

  • guest

    rottan apple, hahaha. clearly you sir, are a cry baby yourself. Apple products are the best out there today. theres a reason no phone comes close to beating the iphone.

    I myself, am going to purchase an EVO, but im not blind to see what the best product on the market is.

  • Jeremy

    This was a pretty fair handed review, and I agree withe most of it, but I feel like I should point out one small thing. In the review, they mention that the battery cover comes of easily and smoothly, whereas in my experience, this is not the case. You have the pry the damn thing off of there, as its held on by six little plastic tabs. Every time I remove the cover, I feel like I'm going to snap off one or more of the tabs, as the whole back cover feels extremely flimsy. Just my two cents.

  • Mamahnita

    I'll go get mine on the way to school tomorrow I'll take my travel charger with ne just incase I need it.

  • Redheadbarbie07

    I loved this review!!!!! I have been following this phone since the first leak about the HD2 on Tmobile came out. I love the sprint network and I know I will appreciate my employee discount soo much more when I actually get the Evo on the 15th ( had to be placed on a waiting list) I do agree with others above about this review not being biased ……So far 9 out of 10 of the reviews I have read have not tried to hide their anticipation for the iphone 4. I do think that the iphone 4 will be great and honestly is all about preference. So once again thank you for the great review!! P.S. I think the only problem I will have with the Evo that I currently have with the TouchPro 2 is the on screen shutter button, that is the only thing that I would change.

  • Guest

    Can anyone tell me if it is possible to use an app. that will side step the 29.99 monthly fee for the mobile hot spot. I have windows mobile now and us the internet sharing feature with a Unlimited plan from sprint. This works great but the Q9C is getting pretty old and i would like to upgrade to the EVO. I just refuse to pay $99.99 + $29.99. Thanks

  • Maria

    I like all the features that this phone offers….but it does take some getting used to. I previously had the Instinct and I loved it! It was really easy to navigate. No about this Evo model, the internet is incredible! It's like if you are on a laptop or pc. The battery does die very quickly. Find a task killer that really works (There are some that are free), that's what I have and it has worked some. Oh and by the way….IF YOU WANT TO USE THE MOBILE HOTSPOT IT'S AN EXTRA $29.99 PER MONTH!!! So yeah no one tells you that until you actually ask!

    • richard

      yea i agree , forgot about that , that is hard to deal with, i dont know if id go for it with estra charge like that, i saw a sprint employee and told him that was not right, he said att and t and the others were charging data extra charges , but still not the same, good point

  • James

    I just wanted to point out that one of your “cons” or “the bad” items is incorrect. It is not a “non-standard hdmi port”. It is standard “type d” connector port, as defined by the HDMI 1.4 specification. You wouldn’t want a familiar type A port, as it would be WAY too big for the bottom of the phone.

    Type D
    A Micro connector defined in the HDMI 1.4 specification,[51][54] it keeps the standard 19 pins of Types A and C but shrinks the connector size to something resembling a micro-USB connector.[55] The Type D connector is 2.8 mm × 6.4 mm, whereas the Type C connector is 2.42 mm × 10.42 mm;[56] for comparison, a micro-USB connector is 2.94 mm × 7.8 mm.

  • kaykhanittha

    Hi,

    Is this smartphone Android as fast as iPhone to browse the menu and internet ? And is the virtual keyboard as good as iphone keyboard ?

    I still wonder if I should buy a phone with a REAL keyboard to type sms fast ? Because as much as i have seen no phone allows to type as fast as iPhone 3gs / iphone 4, can you confirm ?

    And do you know any mobile as good as this phone or iphone with Dual sim ?

    Thanks a lot.

    • James

      I'm pretty sure it is way faster than the iphone 3 for navigating and browsing. I get no lags whatsoever on my evo, doing anything. As for the keyboard, no, the stock keyboard is not quite a good. But there are many keyboards available for download, unlike with the closed system of iphones. Best of all, you can use Swype on the Evo. I'm using it now.it is much better and faster than iphone. Just search youtube for swype vs iphone video.swyping is fast and fun.
      I don't understand the dual sim question. Evo mates with such ease and I have 16 gb, so I never touch my sim physically.

  • spyda

    ya wish they would restock soon, ive been waiting for a week now am gonna turn into the hulk soon!!!!

  • Austin Bankruptcy Attorney Alex Wathen

    This phone sounds really good. It will increase my efficiency dramatically. I am tired of Blackberry’s and iPhones slow and small size screen web browsing.

  • Jaa

    I've owned the EVO for two weeks. It is incredible. The battery gets me through the day just fine–you can always plug into car, computer etc for extra juice during the day if needed. 4G in my area started today, and I'm getting 4 to 7 Mbps–wow!. Sprint does want $30 for hotspot–that's a rip. Otherwise, this phone rocks. I would like a little more volume out of ear speaker and better quality from speakerphone, but its not bad. I love the voice to text, and use it repeatedly. I think this is the best phone on the market today.

  • Mike

    I’ve had my EVO 2 weeks now and love it. My only complaint is no combined voice & web in 3g. The actual 4g areas are pretty limited. Texting is a flash. Operating system doesn’t support flash player or ms silverlight, hopefully the upcoming 2.2 upgrade will.

  • david colon

    you have to admit, this is one ass kicking phone…..

  • Mtnmedic

    You guys know that Sprint charges $29.99/mo just to use the “hotspot” feature, right? I have the EVO and just discovered and confirmed that this morning. Just when I got over the $10 bit.

  • mustafa

    dose this phone work in middle east (Saudi Arabia)

  • biglaw

    I have the EVO and had thing set up the way I wanted them to be. Then came a hard restart because of rebooting at will problems. Now to my problem. Before I had my Facebook contact and profile pictures in my phone contact list. all was fine. After hard restart my contacts and numbers are there but no pictures. Sprint cannot figure it out so maybe someone else can help. I can access Facebook and the pictures are there but cannot get them to my phone. I have tried to import but all that dose is import the names and numbers again. no pictures. HELP!!!

  • David Colon

    me and this EVO, was love at first sight, I can't put this phone down, I don't need my lap top any more, this baby dose everything for me, I read some where, they are coming out with a software, that you can hook this baby up to your giant screen and do all the things you can do on a lop top, this is great, thank you htc, and thank you sprint….

  • guest213

    im having problems with my phone. my calls get dropped alot when im in a building and i mean Alot. is anyone else having this problem as well?

  • richard

    i started in the smartphone world just a few months ago at age 58, had iphone 3g,, doid original, behold two, eris, and mytouch, wanted the nexus one after i researched a lot but couldnt afford unlocked price and tmobile is just not good in my area, so i went back with iphone 4 because of smoothness and speed, but this evo is the sharpest phone out there in my opinion, no. one – its the big screen thats always been it withe me, i tried the htc hd2 , great screen but didnt like windows as firmware, im seriously thinking of going with this phone, i still have time to turn mine in before trial runs out, course it depends on what one wants, all the phones i tried had their qualities, especially i liked the original droid, but for me its the big screen on evo, as i like to watch you tube and movies, this is deffinately a super phone,

  • kene yo

    the battery is not a big deal. i love the evo – but it comes with a 1500mah battery, that's the same as the sidekick lx! so just hop over to e-bay and order yourself a new battery! they are upto 3500mah currently. that's over twice the battery life.

  • Henry Sinn

    This is NOT a 4G phone.
    4G has not been ratified by the ITU.
    It is all marketing.
    End of story.

    • Sbeckom

      It might not be 4G but the internet and downloads sure do go faster when I click that 4G widget.

  • csdana

    Does anyone know if an unlocked HTC EVO 4G can get connected to WiMax in Japan (UQ)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesus-Lopez/100002210504205 Jesus Lopez

    The Evo is definitely the best phone on the market right now; with the large screen, 8meg camera, and 4G speeds this phone easily tops the iPhone. This phone is very great for watching TV with my Sling adapter from DISH Network. I actually work at DISH and the Sling adapter allows me to watch live or recorded TV on my phone. The best part is that I can use it wherever I get WiFi or 3G coverage, so now I always have my favorite shows with me just in case I need them.

    • Jakebrules

      It certainly has some of the best features on the market, but it is FAR from the best phone on the market. I’ve had one since July, and I’m done with it. It is a poorly engineered phone that they released too early, seemingly knowing full well they’d have to re-issue phones as the engineering bugs were worked out. Google the peeling screen, the loose charging port, the light leakage, the poor touchscreen responses, and the eternally poor battery usage/performance. Out of just those five problems, I’ve had three, and had to replace the phone once. I know at least one friend who have had ALL of those problems on one EVO, and my brother, who bought the phone the day after I did, has had to replace his phone twice.

      This phone is far from perfect. I was a fanboy for as long as I could be, and the phone has finally convinced me that HTC is not the company for which I want to be “fanboying”.  As soon as I can switch to another phone without a serious penalty (the Sprint website says May of 2012), I will.

      I’ve owned an iPhone, and I’ve owned Samsung phones. I recommend going with either of those before buying an HTC phone. Don’t be carried away by marketing and hype; google yourself informed and make a smart decision.

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