HTC EVO V 4G hands-on
If the photos already don’t give it away, this smartphone is nothing more than a rebranded HTC EVO 3D, which has been tearing up Sprint’s lineup for close to a year now. Thankfully, Virgin Mobile customers can now relish this 3D enabled smartphone to its fullest. Aside from the obvious Virgin Mobile branding in the rear, this is identical in every way to the HTC EVO 3D riding on Sprint right now. Naturally, its design doesn’t impress as much as before, but nevertheless, it’s solidly constructed all around.
Just like before, the HTC EVO V 4G features a 4.3” qHD LCD display with a parallax barrier overlay to provide the comforts of a no-glasses required 3D viewing experience. Some might perceive it to be a novel item, but still, it’s nothing more than an additional feature to its arsenal. Besides from being able to watch 3D content right on the handset itself, it also has the ability to shoot 3D photos and videos – with the aid of its dual 5-megapixel cameras. Beyond that, its specs sheet is identical to Sprint’s version. Honestly, the display is cool and all, but be warned, you might want to limit continuous usage since it can get a bit nauseating after an extended time.
However, what makes this beauty somewhat more prized off the bat, is the fact that it’s boasting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – thus, beating Sprint’s version to the punch. Although it’s not Sense 4.0, it appears to be version 3.5, which we’ve seen recently on other devices like the HTC Sensation. Priced at $299.99 no-contract, it’s far from being the most budget friendly thing, but then again, having 4G WiMAX connectivity surely makes it attractive enough to own over most things on Virgin’s lineup. Expect to snag this one starting May 31st!
1. omarc26 (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
i think its funny how this phone is not the latest phone out there and on a prepaid carrier and its launching with ice cream sandwhich out of the box were as many high end android that are on contract on verizon, at&t,sprint, t-mobile dnt have ics on launch and wont be getting it for a looong time who knows when.. btw ill probably be getting this phone .
5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3050; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
its prepaid, this is the first 4.3 inch qHD display out there, so you really can't complain.
13. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
For the same price as the Moto Triumph when it came out, the HTC EVO V 4G is a better phone. This July will be the one year mark with the Triumph and I'm getting rid of it.
I will like to stay with Virgin at $25 a month, but Tmobile's $30 a month plan with 5GB at 4G is too good to pass up. Also, the $15 extra a month to use a mobile hot spot for Virgin is a deal killer.
20. phelpst (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 May 2012)
i dont think you want it, it is a really bad phone. may i suggest the lg optimus elite, it looks pretty good and only $150.
19. phelpst (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 May 2012)
you're not the only one. it will be my one year too and this is my third triumph. when the evo comes out in a few weeks i am tossing my triumph in the garbage
8. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
also this phone is almost a year old they didnt update it for virgin mobile
11. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3050; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
They added ICS at a reasonable price with no contract. Expecting an S4 processor or SLD2 is just silly since both features are new and only for the high end contract devices.
15. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
well since blinkdagger said wheres slcd2 display i ment HTC didnt update any hardware for it to go on virgin mobile
3. lsutigers (Posts: 803; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Sprint is really ahead of the curve when it comes to its prepaid brands and offering some premium features. Omarc, I see your point but the reason this is getting ICS is because its pretty much ready for Sprint's version so they decided to give prepaid users the same advantage. Blinkdagger, its a rebranded phone, not a new design, they have to keep some things away from prepaid for now so as to not close the prepaid/postpaid hardware gap too much.
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3050; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
IF ONLY Virgin Mobile's network wasnt so horrible. Decent plans and now a really good phone. Even tho I hate Sprint and their crappy slow network, just the amount I would be saving might be worth it. I paid 300 ON contract for the Galaxy Nexus =( lol
7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3050; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Sadly, the only difference is you are spending way more with Sprint and have a huge 350 dollar ETF if you dont pay your bill!
lol one of my friends has an EVO 3D on Sprint and I just showed him this. He cried XD
16. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
i have the EVO 3D on sprint to now im mad cause my bill is like $150 for just 450 minutes unlimited web and text insted of around 50 on virgin mobile
9. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
What I find especially interesting with the Evo V 4G is that it's priced at $299 while Boost chose to price the Design 4G at $299 as well. Why would Boost charge the same price for the Design when it has a smaller screen and a single core processor? Dumb move Boost.
12. Septembersrain (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2012)
It's likely because in most places Boost Mobile is more popular and it also tends to have a less tech savvy customer base. I find most of my Boost customers to be heavy talkers with a slight interest in data capabilities. As where with Virgin Mobile, I see mostly people who don't talk much but are highly adept at using their data in the best ways possible. It's why Virgin Mobile got the soft cap of 2.5GB.
With that said It's likely people will be willing to pay for just the name alone regardless of the specs. HTC does have a good reputation as I've had people ask me if we would get one for months. Throw in the fact that it's 4G and you'll make almost 90% of my android customers on Boost Mobile happy.
I am awaiting the pre-order for the Evo V.... =D
14. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
If you look at the demographics, Boost is geared to the male population while Virgin is geared toward the female population (they like to either talk or text).
To get to your comment about Boost getting an inferior spec'ed phone than Virgin, it has to do with shrinkage meaning Boost customers pay less over time, other things being equal. To offset the lower profitability at Boost, they provide an inferior phone at the same price. If you keep your phone for at least 12 months, Boost with shrinkage is the better deal. You start at $55 a month and it drops to $45 a month after 12 months.
18. Septembersrain (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2012)
I'd find it more likely that there is just more customers on Boost.
That is why Virgin Mobile has indicated they are "Re-branding" themselves. They have to be able to get people back in. Virgin Mobile is geared mostly towards text and web. Unfortunately a lot of people have been turned off to this due to the phones that are available.
For text/web T-Mobile really had us beat.
I do agree though about the Boost Shrinkage. That is definitely one factor I did not think about. You'll save in the long run on the monthly fee, So they have to recoup that amount somehow. Which is why we are encouraged to push customers to upgrade their phones.
10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1063; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
What does this mean for HTC? Are they still making this one year old phone in factories or do they just have a large surplus and rebranding them?
21. AnotherDuck (unregistered)
This is going to be amazing. Between all the many improvements the EVO has over the Triumph and still coming out with the same starting price that the Triumph had, is amazing. A few downsides i see are that Virgin Mobile might force you to pay the extra $15 a month just for having the phone, even if i don't plan to use it as a Mobile Hotspot ( I could be wrong on that ). Also, since I'm only paying $25 a month still for my Triumph because i was grandfathered in, if Virgin Mobile makes me start paying $35 a month after buying this I would be very upset. If not, this WILL be my next phone :)
25. sdnative1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 May 2012)
Has any streamed Netflix or Youtube on a Virgin Mobile phone? Just want to know if it buffers a lot since it's 3G.
26. phelpst (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 May 2012)
I just want to say something that i found out when researching Wimax. WiMax is out dated and is no where. i checked their maps and its nowhere to be found. small dots of blue is nothing. the phone is branded as 4g but doesn't really even have it. i say that people planning on getting should look at it as a 3g,so its just the HTC Evo V (no 4g) and then compare it to the iPhone coming in about 5 days from today. which phone is better on the terms of function, what you like (apple or android) or is paying $650 worth it. i personally want the iPhone but i'm waiting for the price to go down, so i can get it because i am not paying $650. when the price goes down, i'm gonna get it and if i see another phone in the future that i want i can still get it and just have the iPhone in a safe place just in case i want it. but those are just my thoughts on the issue. please comment and tell me what you think about it.