HTC EVO 4G LTE officialy launched by Sprint, kickstand and all
0. phoneArena 02 Jun 2012, 12:41 posted on
After being held up by Customs, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is now available for purchase at Sprint for $199.99 with a signed two year contract; the new Sprint flagship comes to market with a kickstand and a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 under the hood...
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1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yup, the Sammy 'monster' is definitely going to have an impact on HTC sales.
2. BREvenson (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 May 2012)
True, but it also goes in the way of HTC as well. Those who have been waiting nearly two weeks to get their hands on this phone (thanks to the legal hassle caused by Apple) are now more excited about the phone now that they can finally get it. On top of that, some may be compelled to get the phone out of spite for Apple, as if to say "HA! You didn't want this phone to be released, well here it is!"
Either way, HTC's got a lot of ground to regain after losing a lot of it last year, but I think they will be all right, especially once the Incredible 4G hits shelves.
11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If the HTC EVO 4G LTE were available on VZW, I suspect it would have a better sales metric. No LTE on Sprint has to hurt sales of an LTE handset. I mean, why bother buying the feature if you can't use it? If your friends are on VZW and are zipping along with LTE, why would you want to continue the misery? If I am not mistaken, this handset doesn't even have a WiMax radio, so you can't even have 3 1/2 G speeds where WiMax is available.
16. BREvenson (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 May 2012)
It's a trade-off with Sprint, has been for a few years now. Unlimited data, but slower than everyone else. It's a sacrifice many have made, including myself, so I have to deal with it. At least until October...
When they put up the LTE towers and expand their current network, it will be better. For now, yes, it sucks, but Sprint has to do SOMETHING to start picking up the slack. IMO It's better to put out phones despite a lack of LTE than to not put something out at all. They'd lose a hell of a lot more money if they just didn't try.
18. JC557 (Posts: 1161; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Sprint doesn't have an LTE roaming agreement with Verizon like they do for everything else wireless related? That would be a good place for Sprint to start.
25. _VipeR_ (Posts: 47; Member since: 30 May 2011)
While this would be a great thing for Sprint, both companies have openly expressed that they are not interested in any type of agreements of any kind including roaming agreements. This is mainly on the part of Big Red but either way, barring some industry crippling event, I wouldn't expect to see any kind of "cease fire" or "peace talks" between the two.
7. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
sprint sucks. what a waste of a good phone.
4. MartyK (Posts: 726; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I tell you what, Samsung better bring their A-game to compete against this phone, it is butt smooth, It can easily win the "Android Phone of the Year Award", , get down to Sprint and check it out!! you will be 100% amazing what HTC & ICS has done!.
6. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Yet the screen is still disgusting and it's running Sense. I'll admit Touchwiz isn't perfect but it's damn good and way better than Sense. It's HTC that needs to step up their game, as always. The SGS3 destroys this phone.
8. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Yeah, which is why tech reviewers overwhelmingly acclaim the S-LCD2 as a much better screen than the SGSIII's AMOLED one, and when I compared my Evo's screen to the G-Note's at Best Buy today it kicked the crap out of it in every category but black-rendering, which it still came very close to... what a disgusting screen...
10. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
what a troll the SGS3 and the evo are pretty much on par with each other
12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The biggest Con for the HTC is no LTE on Sprint. If it were available on VZW, they probably would sell 2x what they will sell on Sprint.
14. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
id sell the hell out of this if it were in my store.
15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Update - I stopped at a Sprint store to check out the new HTC. I can see why iApple tried to stop it at Customs. The only thing keeping it from greatness is no LTE on Sprint. iApple better step up their game, cause otherwise the new ICS handsets are gonna put the iDevices to shame.
21. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 910; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I went today, and I am truly amazed SVDO, gorgeous display, speed, great camera, large display, HD voice, and as light as a feather! Sammy may have speed but these features alone puts the EVO LTE ahead in my opinion. SVDO is swaying me away from Samsung....if Samsung doesn't offer SVDO on 3G forget about it....Benchmarks wont do any thing radical for that phone based on the speed of the software interaction that I saw today on the EVO LTE.
I saw no lag what so ever I give that phone a 9-9.5 based on SVDO over 3G, speed of software, LCD 2 display, over all camera performance, HD voice, appearance in person, light weight and build quality. Cons no LTE today, haters not trying the phone talking s**t. This phone deserves a solid 9 easily.
I just hope antenna signal is great. In the store my Photon had 72 dbm and filled blue data bars where as the EVO antenna bars were white and filled but DBM was 102....not sure why! Can any one confirm the deal on this?
22. IcanBEATali (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Sep 2009)
Pretty sure the colors of the bars simply show if you are syncing with your google account. I may be crazy though...
9. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Picked mine up at Best Buy yesterday, which apparently I wasn't supposed to be able to do.
13. dabuck84 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)
I picked mine up at best buy today and I can honestly say it is a great phone. I have had a iPhone4 and it looks like apple better pick up there game to try and keep up.I also have the droid razr and I hate to say it because I like it a lot but the EVO LTE is doing much better than it is. Also I have noticed up here in the Pittsburg area that Verizon's LTE network has been sucking it up lately full service LTE and I am getting about 1.24 Mbps. And when I did a speed test on the EVO LTE on 3G I was getting anywhere from .80 to 1.5 Mbps so it looks like along with the new EVO launch sprints network speed is doing better than it used to.
And I typed this on my brand new EVO LTE.
17. BREvenson (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Good to see Sprint's already kicking in the faster 3G speeds, that'll help for those who can't enjoy LTE yet. Hopefully Chicago will get some of that good stuff soon (I've been hearing around September is when they'll be putting the LTE towers in, but I can never be sure these days)
23. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
I called sprint the other day, and I was told that we will have upgraded 3g early next month.
19. chebner (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
This phone is awesome. Got mine today at Best Buy for a grand total of $5. Traded my EVO 3D in for $95 (I kept my charger, otherwise would have gotten $100). Plus I got two $50 gift cards that Best Buy let me use when purchasing the phone. One was for buying the EVO 4G LTE, the other was for Phone Freedom which I don't have a clue what it was. But I don't care. I got this truly awesome phone for $5.
24. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Checked this thing out yesterday at my local sprint store while I was waiting for the comic shop to open, and I must say it is quite impressive, I can see why Apple tried to stop it.
26. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Its truly Insane !!
The best part I liked is the Screen !!
Looks like a dummy Screen !! Way cool !!
27. ncstu (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Picked mine up yesterday. My wife's phone broke but I was upgrade eligible so she gets my EVO 3d and I get this AMAZING device. I was actually going to pass since Charlotte has WiMAX but no LTE. Aside from that issue, this phone blows away anything else out there. It's like a lighter, slimmer, faster version of the original with a better screen and way better battery life. Good luck Sammy.