HTC EVO 4G Review
This is how it was supposed to go. Back in November of 2007 Google announced their Android operating system and the game was supposed to change. A year later T-Mobile and HTC released the platform’s first handset, the G1. We had high hopes, to say the least, but the impact was not immediate. The revolution grew slowly, but now it is coming to a head. HTC brought their Sense UI to Android with the Hero, but the first major blow across Apple’s bow was the Motorola DROID, followed by the Nexus One and most recently the HTC DROID Incredible. All this was a prelude to what’s next: say hello to the HTC EVO 4G.
The EVO 4G has specs that are unmatched by any phone before it: 4G connectivity, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, HDMI out, HD video capture, dual cameras including an 8 megapixel main sensor, 4.3” display, mobile hotspot, YouTube HD, kickstand…the list goes on. All of this is backed by Sprint’s growing 4G network which gives users up to 10x the speed of 3G. This, finally, is a phone that can go toe-to-toe with the iPhone and beat it. Handily. It's fast, it's personal, it's glorious. Included with the EVO 4G you’ll get an AC adapter and data cable, as well as an 8GB microSD card.
The HTC EVO 4G is very similar in design to the HD2, but when you have a 4.3” screen there isn’t much else you can do with the phone. Instead of physical buttons as on the HD2, the HTC EVO 4G has four flush capacitive buttons: Home, Menu, Back and Search. These buttons work flawlessly, unlike the Nexus One which gave us problems and had to be touched just so. At the top is the silver earpiece grill, and to the right of that is the small front-facing 1.3MP camera. The rest of the phone is equally simplistic: a volume rocker resides on the right side, the top houses the 3.5mm headphone jack and power button and the bottom features the microUSB and HDMI ports. The side buttons all offer good travel, and while the volume rocker raises more prominently from the housing both it and the power button are easy to operate on feel alone.
The HTC EVO 4G has a 4.3-inch screen
A volume rocker resides on the right side
3.5mm jack and power button on the top
You can compare the HTC EVO 4G with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
The back of the HTC EVO 4G houses its 8 megapixel camera near the top, with the dual LED flash to the camera’s left and the phone’s single speaker to the right. Near the bottom is the aluminum kickstand. The spring-assisted hinge is very smooth and solid, and we don’t foresee any issues with it loosening up as time goes by. The microSD slot is placed under the battery and has a unique latch mechanism that makes it pretty difficult to remove, but with an 8GB card most users won't be taking it out and the ones who do probably will do so only once. Unlike the HD2, the battery door covers the entire back housing and is coated in soft touch paint. Underneath is Ferrari-red, but this only slips out around the camera and when the kickstand is deployed. Earlier prototypes had a red earpiece grill, but unfortunately this has been replaced with silver- likely because the DROID Incredible features a red grill. In any case the EVO 4G is a good looking device; it blends the sheer masculinity of the DROID with the graceful lines of the iPhone to create a look all its own.
Then there is the 4.3” capacitive display, which absolutely takes over the HTC EVO 4G. It is bright and crisp and reading text on the EVO 4G is a dream. While it has received some flack for not being AMOLED we didn’t notice a real difference from the Nexus One, and the EVO’s TFT display was more usable in direct sunlight. Our complaint is that HTC continues to only use 65K color displays. With devices like the iPhone, Pre and DROID sporting 16M colors we don’t think that at least 262K is too much to ask for. You won’t look at the HTC EVO 4G and lament the display, but we’d bet if shoppers put it side-by-side with the Pre the difference would be noticeable to a discerning eye.
At 6 ounces the EVO 4G is undoubtedly on the heavy side, but feels surprisingly good in the hand. The weight is well distributed and it feels more solid than the Nexus One did when holding it one-handed, though the EVO feels most comfortable when held two-handed. The size will obviously be a drawback for those with petite hands, but the phone didn’t overwhelm our medium-sized mitts. It is thinner than Sprint’s Hero and feels surprisingly similar in the pocket. The build quality is top notch, and with no moving parts the EVO 4G is definitely one of the most well put-together phones we’ve ever reviewed. There is no brushed aluminum or unibody, but the EVO is without a doubt a premium device.
At 6 ounces the HTC EVO 4G is undoubtedly on the heavy side, but feels surprisingly good in the hand
To sum it up in a word the HTC EVO 4G is stunning. It will be noticed, and it will be lusted after. Until now we’ve always given the title of best hardware to the iPhone 3GS, but there is a new undisputed heavyweight champion in town. And that’s before you even turn it on.
2. jdmdany posted on 31 May 2010, 09:46 0 0
i wouldnt really consider the kickstand to be a pro. i do think its a great idea but i dont think its something id keep in mind as beneficial over a different high end android device.
26. remixfa posted on 19 Jun 2010, 10:20 2 0
yea, u say that until you want to watch a movie, voice call, or utube... then that kickstand will be a priority.
4. jdmdany posted on 31 May 2010, 11:42 0 0
i hate that this website has fanboys for phones they dont own yet
22. WKlingbeil posted on 10 Jun 2010, 18:19 0 0
I'm sure there are plenty of people that hate that this website has people that complain and post a useless comment on forums.
5. Jyakotu posted on 31 May 2010, 14:37 0 0
From reading the review, Phone Arena, you really didn't go indepth with 4G speeds. Other sites went further indepth with 4G speeds and how they differentiate from 3G. Are you planning to do a comparison feature soon.?
8. mr. anderson posted on 31 May 2010, 16:58 0 0
from the screenshots it doesnt look like they have 4g in their area. its basically the same as wifi, it just makes everything even faster
9. Jyakotu posted on 31 May 2010, 17:47 0 0
I still would love for them to go to a city with 4G and they do a cover piece on it.
6. TechBlue posted on 31 May 2010, 14:39 0 0
IMO its to big and bulky not a pocket phone, but whatever works for ya
10. KArkhon posted on 31 May 2010, 19:04 0 0
Agreed, it's way too big to be practical. However, the specs are really amazing, and it would be nice to see them in 4 or 3.7 size.
11. stix26 posted on 01 Jun 2010, 14:36 0 0
there is a phone like that...Its teh HTC Incredible. Remember the Evo has the same resolution as the Increcible so that spec is not that much different. Bigger isn't always better. For me i want a 4.1 inch screen with better res better processor lighter than this...then i will upgrade from my Droid.
25. renegade626 posted on 18 Jun 2010, 16:35 0 0
You can compare specs all day long, but until you can hold both phone up next to eachother and try them out, its hard to compare... I was able to do this, and I can say that between the incredible and the EVO, the EVO is by far superior.. I can think its safe to assume at least 9 out of 10 people who have been able to do this would agree with me
13. sprintguy123 posted on 01 Jun 2010, 21:43 0 0
the battery is a 1500 mAH. abit better then the iphone...but like all htc's the apps will kill it...
15. paynekiller posted on 02 Jun 2010, 06:34 0 0
there is mention of battery life, right on this very page. They said it lasted 6hrs 18mins talktime in their tests "Similarly to the Hero, the HTC EVO 4G uses a 1500mAh battery. However, instead of being rated at 4 hours of talk time, the battery on the EVO is rated 50% higher at six hours. We were a bit skeptical, especially with such a large display, but lo and behold we were able to achieve 18 minutes more than the rated time"
16. suziehopedope posted on 04 Jun 2010, 03:13 0 0
The unleashing of the EVO 4G is sure to be beyond belief. I cannot wait to get in line and wait this phone out. My local Sprint store is going to be open at 8am. I hope this phone is not a failure like the Palm Pre. Such a horrible phone. I got a lot of good info fromhttp://htcevoreview.com
19. hightech3000 posted on 08 Jun 2010, 11:21 0 0
BEFORE GETTING NEW EVO PHONE FROM SPRINT The phone will cost $10 more per month and another $30 per month for hotspot! That's $40 more each month and not worth it. When ask about 4G in Tenn they said it is not slated for TN 12 months or more. What are we paying for. They say... the best camera and it is very fast. Every phone out today has a camera and I for one do not need a 8meg photo on my phone.
24. GoofyGirl_77 posted on 14 Jun 2010, 12:17 0 0
I too was surprised that it was not just the additional $10 like had been discussed. But when I connected my iPad to my phone effortlessly while relaxing this weekend that $30 didn't seem like too big of a deal at all! It's all in perception. What does everyone pay monthly for their internet services? I would imagine it is more than $30! This phone is awesome! The only real complaint I have at this point is the lack of thought in design because the camera lens literally is what the phone rests on when on it's back - who's bright idea was that????
20. mike123 posted on 09 Jun 2010, 12:03 0 0
great phone and for a bluetooth just as advanced, check out the jawbone icon at bluetoothandbeyond.com they have the best prices on bluetooth headsets and a great warranty.
23. dadoo985 posted on 12 Jun 2010, 04:09 0 0
THIS PHONE IS AWESOME!!!!! WISH IT HAS BETTER SCREEN RESOLUTION!!!!!
27. teamblackdroid posted on 22 Jun 2010, 10:34 0 0
AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO DOESN'T LIKE PICTURES OF A GRAVEYARD AS THE EXAMPLE OF HOW WELL THE CAMERA WORKS?!??!?! Anyway, I really want this phone, I'm scared to go to all touch though.
28. swagnificent posted on 25 Jun 2010, 19:02 0 0
I've wanted this smart-phone ever since I started seeing leaks everywhere was a lot of hype that came along with this device which isn't always a good thing In this case everyone was SPOT on! I'm getting mine at the end of July and I think I'm more excited to get this then I was when I got my Iphone.When The HTC hero came out I was so stoked and wanted one so badly. But a little voice in my head told me to wait because something better will be released and I'll be kicking myself I'm so glad I waited! Msg from Ryan via my blackberry on the sprint now network
30. YR82 (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2010, 05:39 0 0
Can any one tell me weather its (locked) on sprint only? or can i use it on other network using other sim card?
34. shyne (unregistered) posted on 08 Apr 2011, 10:42 0 0
its a cdma phone== 1. cdma phones dont have sim card.. 2. its exclusive with sprint..
31. fugeesnfunions (unregistered) posted on 20 Dec 2010, 01:38 0 0
I want to call this review a joke, but jokes are funny. After seeing the ridiculous Sprint TV ad that ends with a quote from this review saying the Evo "goes toe to toe with the iPhone and beats it", I had to see what bastion of crap could produce a purely sensationalist headline like that. I'm all for everyone having their own opinion, but when EVERY SINGLE respected tech blog and review comes away with a drastically different take, then either the one outlier is being compensated in some way or they're just plain stupid. I'll give these guys the benefit of the doubt and assume the former.
I personally tried this phone for a week but had to return it because it felt so incredibly "laggy". I even made a YouTube video showing how bad it was, you can find it if you search for Evo vs iPhone.
At the end of the day, reviews and feelings about something are subjective and almost impossible to accurately quantify, but facts aren't, and that FACT that since 2007 (I didn't even bother looking further back) until now, EVERY SINGLE survey of iPhone users has found them to be unquestionably the most satisfied group of mobile phone users by a huge margin. According to ChangeWave's latest survey, the current leader in mobile phone satisfaction surveys, 84% of 32 GB iPhone 4 users are "very satisfied" (the highest available ranking). When you add in all other iPhone models currently available, over 99% of them are either "satisfied" or "very satisfied". A 99% satisfaction rating; that's all but unparalleled in ANY industry, let alone the mobile arena. In that same survey HTC saw a measly 45% "very satisfied" of their "other models" and a 76% very satisfied for the Evo (a rating that drops every time a new survey is done. Almost every HTC model starts with a rating in the 70's but they all inevitably fall to the 30's or 40's). When people from all the carriers except AT&T were asked, 1 in 3 said they would buy an iPhone if it was available on their network. Even when looking at HTC owners specifically, the number is the same. 1 in 3 wish they could have an iPhone. So say what you will, but the numbers don't lie.
35. shyne (unregistered) posted on 08 Apr 2011, 10:52 0 0
you would rate a phone depending on how you intend to use it.. statistics is good.. but ul get to know what ur talking about if ul use them side by side on a 4g network...be practical:
1. total MONTHLY PLAN PRICE
2. device discounted price
5.ohh, bro--HDMI=== i just use my evo during my sister's wedding then use the HDMI...
That's for me though...
33. Android Fanatic (unregistered) posted on 28 Jan 2011, 08:13 0 0
I am lusting for HTC EVO 4G