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Life with the HTC EVO 4G LTE

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Life with the HTC EVO 4G LTE
In contrast to our reviews, where we try to present a phone from the broadest range of viewpoints possible, this article solely expresses the author's personal opinion, based on his needs and taste.

Over the past several weeks I’ve been using the HTC EVO 4G LTE as my primary device to get a better feel for its performance with everyday tasks that don’t always come through in a review. At times first impressions are wrong (one way or the other,) little issues creep up after using the phone for a while and feelings change once you become accustomed to a device. Nearly a month later and I am still taken by the EVO 4G LTE every time I pull it out of my pocket.

The battery was my biggest concern, and until LTE lights up I can’t make a true judgment, but so far so good. After an 8 hour work day that consisted of a good amount of screen-on time thanks to texting, browsing, casual gaming and some phone calls the EVO 4G LTE was always above 50%, and usually around 65-70% when I left work. I work many 12 hour shifts, and the phone is still usually above 50%. Standby time is measured in days. The lack of a removable battery still means that you don’t have the convenience of swapping out in a pinch, but I’d consider my use well above average and the 2000mAh battery was plenty to get me from waking up to going to bed.

The design is still one of the standout features of the device. When you hold this new EVO it just feels so different from other phones out there; it is large but thin and comfortable to hold, the metal casing conveys a quality feeling to the handset and your fingers slide effortlessly over the Gorilla Glass 2 front panel. It may be impossible to keep fingerprints off the plastic top cover, but I have really come to appreciate the two-tone back. Initially I could take it or leave it, but if HTC handed me a matte black cover for the top I’d probably say thanks but no thanks. It contributes to the uniqueness of the device. Even though I didn’t realize it, I’ve missed the kickstand from my original EVO 4G and this one is much better.

The EVO 4G LTE is just in a class by itself when it comes to the display. My normal phones are an EVO 3D and Samsung Galaxy SII, both of which have decent panels themselves, but every time I switch between them and the EVO LTE it is like night and day. It is so bright, so crisp and so pretty. Watching videos is awesome on the 720p display, and the phone’s speaker is pretty darn loud. Beats Audio is a nice software addition to the phone and music does sound very good, though I can’t say it is a true selling point of the phone, more of a nice addition.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism that we (and other sites) docked the phone for not having an LTE network to run on, and you’re right, that is not the phone’s fault. It doesn’t change the fact that, for now, the EVO is simply a 3G device and Sprint’s 3G network is not the best at the moment. I generally have a Wi-Fi network to connect to so this is not a big deal, but for others it is a real concern. If you are lucky enough to live where Sprint will offer LTE soon, or if you have Wi-Fi access most everywhere you go then great, but for those relying on 3G coverage it is a drawback whether it is the fault of the phone or not.

The EVO 3D runs on the very good Qualcomm S3 chipset, and the Galaxy S II uses Samsung’s dual-core Exynos which can also hold its own against most things out there. Usually there isn’t a ton of difference when switching between high-end chips, but there is a very noticeable difference when using the Snapdragon S4 on the EVO LTE. The stripped-down Sense 4 is as smooth as can be, as is browsing the web, watching high def video and doing anything else on the device. For everyone complaining about HTC’s implementation of multi-tasking I can honestly say that I’ve never noticed a problem, and when I pull up my multi-tasking menu there are apps on there that I haven’t used in hours.

I keep telling myself that I’m not going to upgrade from my 3D to the LTE. Thanks to some awesome developers my 3D is running a fully functional Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, my market isn’t even on the LTE roadmap for the next year or so and I know that by this time next year we’ll be crowing about the next EVO, but every time I use the EVO LTE I want it more. It is just so effortless to use, the display is so pretty and the camera so good that it is hard to pass it up. This is one seriously good phone and a worthy successor to the EVO name.

HTC EVO 4G LTE Review


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posted on 04 Jun 2012, 04:03 3

1. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The EVO 4G LTE is an improved version of the One X with a larger battery, microSD slot and camera button but unfortunately it's a Sprint-only device.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 06:35 2

5. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 859; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


This is a temporary set back not having LTE. I handled the phone and there is no way this phone is undeserving at east a 9. It has functioning SVDO that no one talks about which mean Sprint customers can talk and text over 3G....Verizon Can't. It has HD voice for future HD voice roll out, and is feature future proof until 850 LTE is rolled out. The screen size and appearance is truly stunning. The weight is totally amazing and the quality of the build is excellent, and easy to hold! Sense is not over whelming, and the speed of software interface is blistering fast.

Sprint has had bumps and bruises getting $G, but here in NYC I expect it to roll out any day know according to S4GRU. The fact that you get unlimited data with Sprint, those that hold on and want the state of the art phone bill be thumbing their nose at other carriers.

The reviewer can say all he wants to justify the low review score because of lack of LTE, but the phone should mostly be rated on how it functions, and then last on the network, but that should not void it of the the type of hard ware that it is or dock it 1.5 points because of it. I tried hard to find flaws in this phone for over an hour, and could not, so I can only say that the review is way off from the unit that I tried. This review says exactly what I find out through my handling of the phone. I just hope the antenna is as good as my photon. I must say Sammy will have competition from HTC....Come on Moto I need antenna signal and you are the best so far what gives....That said I have no problem wielding this in pubblic as a daily driver over my Photon. Rofl

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:46 2

12. JC557 (Posts: 1037; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Just to be clear, the HTC Thunderbolt has SVDO.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:11

9. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Improved isn't saying a whole lot. It is still an HTC device and subjected to the typical HTC flaws.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 18:14

10. Commentator (Posts: 2391; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, aren't you a little Debbie-Downer. You know, for someone who posts as many negative comments as you, you never seem to offer any solutions. So tell us, Ms. Negative Nancy, what's YOUR idea of a great smartphone?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 18:19

11. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apples are healthy for you :D

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:05

19. miguel6632 (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 May 2012)


here we go again with your apple crap, it gets old. then keep your five year old phone and shut up. get the newest iphone and the first one, nothing has changed faster and better camera. Sorry i hurt your feelings.....

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 04:20 1

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I'm very curious to see how improved call quality is with the HD voice.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 04:37 1

3. xplayer (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


nice article really enjoyed it and i am looking 4ward to buy it !!!!

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 06:19 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5729; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


+1 on the great article. It really is a shame that the EVO LTE is not available on VZW. If it were, I bet sales would be 2x or 3x what they will be on Sprint.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:54 1

6. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


i wish this was the international version

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:41

7. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


I have had the EVO since Saturday morning and I am blown away by this phone. having had both of the same phones (3d as my daily an sgs2e4gt simply as a backup when a Rom would wonk). Its not like.when I upgraded from my EVO to the 3d and didn't have software to have to relearn or be wowed by but with this phone and all the intricate changes in sense 4 have kept this phone in my hand.

personally the back isn't horribly ugly but didn't appeal to me but I bought the zagg invisashield and the back cover makes it neutral ore doable. Also I bought an awesome blue HTC.case that sets off the phone sweetly.
I'm glad also to see the return in the kickstand II'd tell anyone to get this over the SIII

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:23

8. Commentator (Posts: 2391; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Good article Brian, but do you think you guys could take the "preliminary" tag off the Evo spec sheet and let consumers write reviews?

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:35

13. becazican (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I've owned this phone since sunday and am very disappointed, first they put the power outlet on the side where if you put the kickstand out you cant use the power cord. second when i do plug the power cord in the orange light shows it charging i unplug it and the light and little icon on top still says it charging wont go away unless i restart it. third it wont connect to the internet unless i have it near wi fi. have decided to exchange it ,unfortunately did a swap with my old phone and the store told me they couldnt give it back since it was gone already, 36 hours and its gone, i told him it would be good to hold trade in phone for the 14 days return policy period just in case this happens they said they couldnt . anyway sprint corporate made good and is sending me another phone than i will return this one. was ready just to port my number over to another carrier.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:54

14. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 859; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


So what are yu going to replace it with GSIII

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:56

18. Dubskillz (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Hopefully by now you've figured out that you can charge the phone and still use the kickstand by just turning the phone to the other side. The design has been much improved.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 10:05

15. becazican (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


most likely

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 13:42

16. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


I noticed the multi-tasking issue that's been reported with the One X. It'll still show a lot in your "recent apps" menu, but when you switch to it, it'll restart, not be where you last left it.

I was playing a game, and switched over to answer a text. Switched back to the game literally 15 seconds later, and the game restarted. :(

And the battery life is GREAT on this phone. Even more so when you're rooted and running ViperROM right now. This phone is just A-mazing.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:53

17. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


sprint 3g is UNUSABLE!

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