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HTC EVO Design 4G Review

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The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4.  We’ve covered it extensively in the past and there is nothing new to say.  The takeaway is that it’s the best version yet of the only manufacturer overlay that we don’t mind using.  It runs just fine on the EVO Design 4G’s 1.2GHz processor, in fact it felt just as smooth as the dual-core EVO 3D or Amaze 4G.

The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4 - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4 - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4 - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4 - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4


We appreciate Sprint’s crusade against bloatware, and you’ll only find a handful of carrier-specific apps on the EVO Design 4G, some of which are even un-installable.  This leaves a gig of free space to the user to go along with the 768MB of RAM.  The 1.2GHz processor is a single-core Snapdragon S2 and Quadrant scores take a hit (the EVO Design 4G regularly hit 1750-1800) but it passes the feel test just fine.  Everything is quite snappy and we didn’t notice any sluggishness when playing games.

Quadrant benchmark - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

Quadrant benchmark



Internet:

HTC’s browser is one of the better ones out there.  Page loads were quick, zooming in and out was fluid and there were no problems with text rendering.  The EVO Design 4G runs on Sprint’s 4G WiMAX data network, as well as their EVDO Rev. A and supports WiFi b/g/n for local connection.  Like the Photon 4G, the EVO Design 4G is a world phone with GSM support.  It also has GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the HSP 1.2, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC, HID and MAP profiles.

HTC EVO Design 4G Review
HTC EVO Design 4G Review
HTC EVO Design 4G Review


Camera:

The 5 megapixel camera is not the EVO Design 4G’s strong point.  Colors were rather inaccurate and images had a tendency to be dark in all but strong light conditions.  The camera interface is the familiar one we’ve seen from HTC for a while not, but isn’t the latest one seen on the Amaze 4G. Options are pretty standard; the user can choose from several preset scene modes as well as some user adjustable options.  Shutter performance isn’t quite as fast as the “zero lag” Amaze 4G, but it is still quite quick and snapps photos in under a second.  Video recording at 720p was pretty smooth with audio pickup was almost too good because of how loud it is.

Camera interface - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

Camera interface


Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G


Strong - Indoor samples - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

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Medium

Low light

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Indoor samples



HTC EVO Design 4G Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The familiar HTC music and movie players were in place, but curiously the EVO Design 4G was not able to play our DivX files.  These haven’t tripped up HTC devices in the past, and on the EVO Design 4G Xvid, H.264 and MPEG-4 files played fine in 720p.  In fact, they looked quite good on the Super LCD screen.  Other multimedia players are of course available in the Market for those who want different options, such as Amazon or Google cloud storage support.  The EVO Design 4G gives you the option to steam content to or from the device with DLNA support.

Music player - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Video player - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
DLNA - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

Music player

Video player

DLNA



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posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:56

1. jasongohjr (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


Looks kinda fragile without it's back cover :O

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:37 1

2. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


HTC is on the verge of falling woefully behind. What is bad about HTC sense is that it now is holding back HTC. Honeycomb and ICS already incorporate many of the nice features that sense innovated. Now having that complex Sense UI layered on top of base android and tied into the supporting framework cost HTC months of delay in bringing out Android OS updates. They are woefully behind at this point with some of their flagship phones running Froyo and HTC seemingly unable to get updates out at all, much less in a timely fashion. Sense was once a marketing advantage, now its become an albatross hanging around HTC's neck.
Samsung and Motorola have both announced innovative new phones and tablets running ICS 4.0 HTC is still stuck on Froyo and Gingerbread, with no new product anouincements and on the verge of being left in the dust

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 12:39 2

3. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Beautiful. Looks solid. Looks masculine.

Am I the only one who found the build quality of high-end Android phones is increasing these days ? Droid Razr, now this... Good things. It was the most obvious lack of Android phones in my opinion : you simply cannot have a good design without great build quality. No way to separate the two : good lines, good "design", is nothing without a solid build quality.

It feels cheap. Here, it feels good. With Iphone 4-4S, Nokia Lumia, and this kind of Android...the war is open, my friends. The iPhone was in its own league, honestly (except for the Nexus One - HTC again - and N9-E7- Nokia again).

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 10:54

8. sun0066 (Posts: 80; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


looks girly!!!!!!! 7 inhes screen that is masculine.!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 16:19

4. andygallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


So basically it's a Sensation with a slightly smaller screen (but same quality), single core (possibly better battery life) and same high level HTC build quality. For $99, I can't argue with that.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 18:40

5. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Not sure why this phone even came out? It sure seems like a waste. im not much of a fan for the iphone 4.

but the iphone 4 bests this phone as well as the samsung in the same price range.

i am not a huge fan of apple. but if i could not afford the premium phones i would definitely pick the 4 over its counterparts.

just saying.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 13:34

6. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I like the design, looks great.

Why is the phone so darn thick? A half inch? That's awfully large for today's standards. What advanced tech is under the hood that requires that thickness? The EVO 3D has better specs (dual-core) and larger features (screen, 3D, battery) that you could say REQUIRE the phone to be a little thick, but the HTC Design 4G is thicker than the EVO 3D! Maybe people won't necessarily put a case on this, but if they do, that makes for a nasty bulge in the pocket.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 22:39 1

7. threeline (Posts: 259; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Its really not thick at all in person. Its the perfect phone for the price.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 09:08

9. msdemi (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


This phone sucks.....the home screen goes out and the only way to bring it back to home is plug it in to a charger.......10 thumbs down!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 21:31

10. CDAN123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Horrible Phone. Please do not wast your hard earned money as I did on this piece of crap. I HATE THIS PHONE...

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 09:57

11. gamal (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


Phone is dead following only 2 months of mature and lightly usage. It was baught from RadioShak 2 month ago. Now the phone is sitting at HTC repair shop Untouched for over a week after it was mailed on my cost 2 weeks ago. So I am without a telephone for almost a month while paying boost monthly service. I am sorry that I did not listen to the usage reviews who advised future buyers to not buy this pice of garbage if they realy rely on thier telephone. DO NOT BUY THIS PICE OF GARBAGE "htc evo design", do not do my mistake.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:13

12. TekNacion (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


I bought my phone on 9/26/12. By 10/18/12 it was dead. Against their strict no exchange policy, my local dealer was nice enough to exchange it. On 12/20/12 it died again. This time I mailed it to HTC on the following day. I hope I'm not without a phone as long you have been. Please update your status as to what happened and what did HTC find. The local dealer said that they have not had any reports of this happening to any other customer.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 11:26

13. gamal (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


I got rid of the phone as soon as I got it fixed by HTC (almost a month of no use). I recongnized my mistake of buying HTC instead of keeping on trying with this pice of junk. I won't take another chance. I bought a samsung instead. Good luck to you.

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HTC EVO Design 4G

HTC EVO Design 4G

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.3
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Display4.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (275 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655, Single core, 1200 MHz
768 MB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches
(122 x 61 x 13 mm)
5.20 oz  (147 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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