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HTC EVO Design 4G Review

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HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Callers weren’t too fond of the EVO Design 4G, complaining that we sounded very tinny, fuzzy and that there was a little echo to it.  They didn’t have any problems understanding us though and rated it 7/10.  They sounded just fine to us, with pretty natural voice tones and plenty of volume.  The 1520mAh battery is rated at a healthy 7.3 hours of talk time.  We accidentally left 4G on overnight in an area that doesn’t have 4G and the battery only drained about 30%; on past devices like the EVO 4G that would have killed the battery in no time.


Conclusion:

The HTC EVO Design 4G isn’t a premium phone, but it sure acts and feels like one a lot of the time.  The build is simply one of the best on the market, with a gorgeous display to compliment the clean lines.  Performance is fluid, connectivity options are plentiful and battery life was solid.  The camera could be better and callers weren’t thrilled with the microphone pickup, so there is some room for improvement.  Still, as a “budget” 4G device a $99 EVO Design 4G is a steal even when you don’t consider that the Samsung Conquer is the competition.  In fact, it’s really just a dual core processor and a slight bump in memory away from being one of the finer devices available.

Android: 2.3.4
Software: 1.19.651.1

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Pros

  • Amazing design with a sturdy feel in the hand
  • High quality qHD Super LCD display
  • Fluid performance despite a single core CPU

Cons

  • Call quality was acceptable, but could be better
  • Camera performance was lacking
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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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