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HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on

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HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
Want an Ice Cream Sandwich powered device with 4G data speeds from a premium manufacturer like HTC – all on a competitively priced prepaid plan from Boost Mobile? While previously unheard of, now you can have your cake and eat it too with the HTC EVO Design 4G on Boost Mobile.

We got a chance to check out this device, which hits store shelves on May 31st, and it’s an impressive addition to Boost Mobile’s prepaid lineup. On the outside nothing really changes from its postpaid counterpart on Sprint except for the Boost Mobile branding on the rear. It’s a small, sleek device that, while it initially struck us as a tad on the heavy side, we immediately took notice of the solid feel of the device thanks to its aluminum unibody construction.

HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on

The HTC EVO Design 4G features a 4-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz processor, 768 MB RAM, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p video, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, 4 GB of internal storage, 2 GB microSD card that is expandable up to 32 GB, and 4G WiMAX connectivity. The biggest difference between the Boost Mobile variant and its Sprint predecessor is that this handset is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on
HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile hands-on

Flipping through the interface we found the handset peppy and responsive. The Ice Cream Sandwich experience combined with HTC Sense provides the attractive and intuitive UI that we have come to expect from HTC.

In addition to this being the first device from Boost Mobile that offers 4G connectivity, this smartphone touts two other firsts for the carrier – it will feature Visual Voicemail for no additional charge and it is also the first Boost Mobile device to offer built-in mobile hotspot functionality. The mobile hotspot can share a 3G or 4G connection with up to 5 other devices for $10 a month.


This handset can be paired with Boost Mobile’s Monthly Unlimited Android plan that gives you unlimited talk, text, and web for $55. With this shrinking plan it is possible to lower your bill to just $40. After every 6 on-time payments your monthly cost will drop $5.

Overall, this is a great offering from Boost Mobile. It offers competitive monthly rates, no contract, the latest Android experience, and 4G connectivity. The HTC EVO Design 4G costs $299.99 outright and will be available from Boost Mobile’s website and stores on May 31, 2012. Other popular retails such as Best Buy, Target, and Walmart will offer the HTC EVO Design 4G in June.

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posted on 10 May 2012, 22:43

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I guess you are paying the same as the EVO V for Virgin Mobile because the EVO Design has well...a better design?

Honestly I would just get the EVO V instead, larger display, better specs, same price.

posted on 11 May 2012, 01:30

2. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


I have this phone on Sprint and every time I see this thing running ICS I want the update that much more. It looks so much nicer than the older software.

posted on 11 May 2012, 09:28

3. PryvateiDz (Posts: 21; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


The only bad thing about it (more so Boost Mobile) is that Wi-Max is not available everywhere & I haven't heard plans on Sprint trying to expand it any further, it would be cool if Sprint just gave Virgin Mobile & Boost the Wi-Max network & let them build it out, then Sprint just focused on LTE for their 4G. Also, the fact that the plan has limited 4G connectivity at 2.5GB because I was gonna switch to them, but nah... not with that. It would've at least been nice if it was like unlimited 3G, & 2.5GB's 4G Wi-Max in the plan & you can toggle 3G & 4G on & off.

posted on 11 May 2012, 21:12

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


That's exactly what I am hoping will happen. Sprint has no need for WiMax after LTE is rolled out but it would benefit VM and Boost greatly to be able to expand WiMax. WiMax will never be able to replace LTE but it is much needed to help fix the extremely slow 3G data speeds they suffer from.

posted on 12 May 2012, 07:25

5. PryvateiDz (Posts: 21; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


I completely agree.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:00

9. Jaystayfresh (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Thats What it is if you read it it says that There is a 2.5 GB limit on 4G but when you past that it run on 3G Speed (Unlimited)

posted on 13 May 2012, 05:08

6. OverByter (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Sprint doesn't own the WiMax network, Clear does. Sprint has a majority non-controlling interest in WiMax, that's all. And with the dearth of WiMax towers I think the focus should be more on the excellent phones for the price than any presumed increase in data speeds due to WiMax. WiMax is due to be phased out by 2015, I think any increase in data speeds on the prepaid side will be solely due to Sprint's customers migrating to 4G LTE and freeing up 3G bandwidth in the process.

posted on 13 May 2012, 17:29

7. RoTheChamp (Posts: 16; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I have this phone for Sprint, seeing ICS on it for Boost gives me some hope that the update is coming soon.

posted on 17 May 2012, 13:20

8. kingd123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Can You Do A Full Review Pleaseeee

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