HTC EVO Shift 4G Review
Most people will literally judge a handset purely on raw hard numbers, but despite being powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor, which is obviously clocked in lower than the 1GHz Snapdragon CPU on the HTC EVO 4G, it nevertheless matches the performance in every aspect. From opening applications to scrolling between its homescreens, everything moves at a smooth and buttery rate to make you not question its processing prowess. And taking into consideration that it's running Android 2.2 Froyo, it translates to a rich navigating performance that barely stops in its tracks to think for a second on what to do next.
When so many Android smartphones attempt to mask the platform with their unique customizations, HTC's Sense UI is one of our favorites due to its resounding added value and functionality. With the HTC EVO Shift 4G, it doesn't necessarily offer anything new that we haven't seen prior, but there is still plenty of personalization to be had with it. Specifically, there are a ton of useful widgets, both your standard ones and others from HTC, that tastefully captures that visual appeal from afar. Moreover, we find HTC's “Scenes” which are essentially pre-made themes for your homescreen that you can switch on the fly to match your current style. Finally, you can view all 7 homescreens at once by executing a pinch gesture to place it in helicopter view. Useful? Of course!
The HTC EVO Shift 4G has 7 homescreens
HTC's “Scenes” are essentially pre-made themes for your homescreen
The Sense UI perfectly adheres to the needs of social networking happy individuals with its Friend Stream app, and its accompanying widget, that aggregates content from Facebook and Twitter. In addition to reading the latest messages from friends, you can even post your own tweet or Facebook status message simultaneously without the need of running two separate dedicated apps. Moreover, it even allows you to shoot a photo and upload it directly to your social networking accounts.
And if you love taking photos and wish to record pertinent information regarding them, you'll take fancy in the location based HTC Footprints app. Basically, it will tie in GPS coordinates to photos you've taken and categorize them based on your preference – such as shopping, dining, leisure, and others. For the constant travelers out there, it proves its value in keeping you connected with your cherished memories of places you've visited.
Organizer & Messaging:
Since there is a tight social networking integration found with the Sense UI, you'll find it in almost every nook and cranny on the handset – which is most evident in your contacts list. On top of the usual assortments of information associated with each person, such as phone numbers and email addresses, it finely aggregates data from their social networking accounts. Meaning, you can essentially jump from sending them a text message to liking a recent Facebook message of theirs. Finally, since this is tied in with Google's Gmail service, you won't ever have to worry about losing your contacts since its syncs everything together – and vice versa!
In terms of other PIM services, the calendar app boasts all the expected array of functionality you find on other Android smartphones – like the ability to sync calendars from other sources like Facebook, Microsoft Exchange, or your PC. With the Desk Clock app, it emulates the look and feel of any alarm clock near your bedside. However, it adds more functionality by displaying the weather condition and temperature all on the same place. And finally, the News and Weather app will go into detail about the weekly weather forecast and it offers you a wide range of new topics to read by category,
Without question, the best messaging experience can be found by using the physical keyboard. But if you would rather use the handset's on-screen ones, you'll find it surprisingly usable as well. Aside from the cramped confines of its smaller display, the layout of the Sense keyboard is one of the better ones out there since a variety of numbers and punctuations can be inputted by simply performing a long press on the associated key. Although the portrait option is more than responsive to the touch, switching to its landscape on-screen keyboard reduces the amount of accidental presses since buttons are relatively larger in size.
Meanwhile, the Gmail app on the HTC EVO Shift 4G doesn't differ from the one found on other smartphones. The uniform experience is all there as it manages to capture almost every identical element found on the desktop version – like the ability to search emails, threaded conversations, and star specific emails. When it comes to setting up alternate email accounts, there is rarely a problem because it normally sets up automatically by simply providing your email address and password. Even though it works almost all the time, there will be times when specific pieces of data, like server addresses and ports, are required to be manually inputted in order to properly set up on the handset.
Obviously, we find Google Talk on board which is your primary instant messaging client on the handset. Although it lacks other services, you can always download specific apps from the Android Market to get your preferred instant messaging client.
Being a Sprint bound smartphone, the HTC EVO Shift 4G includes the usual set of Sprint apps – these include things like Sprint TV, Sprint Zone, Sprint Hotspot, Sprint Football Live, and NASCAR. Besides those apps, we find third party ones like Amazon MP3, Kindle, Quickoffice, and Telenav GPS Navigation.
1. l7jr posted on 13 Jan 2011, 07:47 0 2
I feel this review was copied and pasted from another site or the ad literature from a SHIFT brochure.This review wasn't up to the usual PhoneArena reviews in my opinion. Is there a new author on this website or something?
Nonetheless, still a good phone and agreed with most of the points listed.
2. Dre (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 01:11 0 0
Glad I waited on the review, good photo quality is a must to me, even on a mid range phone.
I'll wait on Sprint to come out with a better keyboarded Android.
7. Landmarkcm posted on 26 Jan 2011, 12:59 0 0
Trust there way off here just got the Shift the photo quality is great! better then my Pre Transform moment Style shall I go on :)
3. Landmarkcm posted on 14 Jan 2011, 19:18 0 0
LOL I get a kick out of these reviewers because everyone is gonna have there own opinion they say the photo quality is "terrible" lol. Ive seen worse shots and they will rate the camera good. If it shoots that good esp in the dark! It is fine for a phone!
4. tone0612 posted on 17 Jan 2011, 12:16 1 0
ive been a sprint customer for years im not impressed by a front facing carmera but this phone is great i like the keyboard feel the look and the phone is very fast, considering it doenst have a 1ghz processer 8/10 for me thanks htc
5. pimix2009 posted on 17 Jan 2011, 13:09 1 0
I think this review is ridiculous because sites like "infosyncworld" said that the photo and video capture are good and close to the iphone.
6. Landmarkcm posted on 26 Jan 2011, 12:57 0 0
YES do no listen to this review get it together PhoneArena I usually like ya, but the reviewer nust have been waving there hand around or something saying "terrible camera it takes the best! shots & is overall a great phone!!!