All you need to know about the HTC EVO 4G

All you need to know about the HTC EVO 4G
HTC and Sprint caused quite a stir at CTIA 2010 by introducing the first WiMAX handset for the US market, the HTC EVO 4G. We didn´t need much time with the cell phone to find out it would be an awesome smartphone with the potential to bring people out in droves and make them consider switching over to Sprint just for the sake of getting one of these beauties. Now, when we have already calmed down and feel free from all the excitement, thus capable of calm reasoning, we are ready and willing to tell you more about the super-phone.

First, let´s take a closer look at one of the elements in its name...

WiMAX and speeds of the future

This is one of the two cell phone technologies today, capable of offering people broadband internet connectivity. As a matter of fact, WiMAX is the less widespread 4G technology and most carriers around the globe have cast their lot in with LTE, since it delivers faster speeds and improved stability. What are the advantages of WiMAX then? For one thing, it is already here. Second, Sprint already has the necessary infrastructure in place in quite a few major cities. When fully deployed, the network should be covering all areas from Los Angeles to Miami, while all other telecoms are yet to catch up with the leader and embark on building the proper facilities required for full-blown 4G operations.

WiMAX can deliver effective speed of up to 20Mbps, at least in theory, although such a throughput would be next to impossible to achieve in real life. Despite that, the technology offers extremely fast internet browsing and real-time HD video streaming. Throw the HTC EVO 4G and its Flash Lite 4.0 support into the deal and it seems the mobile internet service is about to become a whole more entertaining.

One of the clear advantages of 4G is that it will enable people to use their cell phones as Wi-Fi routers and deliver broadband internet connectivity to up to 8 mobile devices, from notebooks and media players like the Zune HD and iPod touch to other handsets. This was clearly demonstrated at the presentation, with the HTC EVO 4G providing shared internet connection to (quote) „other, less smart cell phones” (the iPhone 3GS being one of them). Cool joke, right? The rumor has it, however, that people using the handset as a router will have to shell out extra cash for additional fees.

We have to point out that, aside from WiMAX, the HTC EVO 4G supports 3G via EVDO Rev. A., meaning you will have broadband internet connection even in areas without WiMAX coverage. Take a look at the interactive map showing the current 4G network availability via this link.

Design – well known, yet different

You probably know already the HTC EVO 4G resembles the HTC HD2, because of the same 4.3-inch display both devices integrate. This is not an AMOLED screen, although the overall quality is extremely good, with crisp images and pleasing, saturated colors. Still, it´s yet to prove itself against its fiercest rivals on the market, Samsung´s displays utilizing the Super AMOLED technology.

Our colleagues from Engadget have had the chance to compare the HTC EVO 4G to the HTC Desire and noticed that text appeared in larger size on the screen of the WiMAX device. The reason is its display measures 0.6 inches more, while coming with identical native resolution of 480x800 pixels.

Unlike the HTC HD2, the EVO 4G features touch-sensitive keys below the screen. Our first impression is that all of them are really comfortable to press. Still, the massive size of the device means you just can´t use it in one hand.

By the way, the HTC EVO 4G is just a single millimetre thicker than the HD2. This is a commendable achievement indeed, given the former has several clear advantages, like 8-megapixel camera, 1,500mAh battery and kickstand against the 5-megapixel sensor and 1,230mAh battery of the HD2. It´s again Engadget that has recently reported the red frame of the еаrpiece will have been replaced with silver one on retail units. 

HDMI - from your cell phone and right onto your TV-Set screen 

To many, the presence of an HDMI port appears to be insignificant aspect of the HTC EVO 4G, but we do consider it an important feature. It equates to watching all the movies and videos stored on the handset directly onto the huge flat screen TV in your living room or, say, desktop computer monitor (provided they support the standard, of course). This is a cool extra feature and not last, because WiMAX allows for relishing streaming HD-quality video. We still don´t know anything about the out-of-the-box video support the HTC EVO 4G would roll out with, but we do hope DivX and Xvid are on the list.

Android 2.1, the OS everyone craves for

Android 2.1 made its début on the Google Nexus One and we have seen many bits and pieces of information that this or that cell phone will soon get updated to it. How come? At least visually, the new edition delivers extra features like Live Wallpapers and animated main menu and we have to admit they are pretty nice indeed. More importantly, however, it runs faster and is more stable. Given all improvements that version 2.0 has brought, including synchronization with multiple accounts, Exchange support, better hardware acceleration for multimedia content, it´s quite clear the market success of the new Android core is of utmost importance. Further details about OS edition 2.1 are available in our review of the Nexus One, while more information on Android 2.0 can be found in our article on the Motorola DROID. In the particular case of the HTC EVO 4G, however, Android 2.1 will be well hidden beneath the...

Personalized HTC Sense interface

Seven home screens, a number of special widgets, synchronization with social networks... These are just some of the distinguishing features of HTC Sence. We are eager fans of the interface and happy as can be to see it in action on such a mighty device as the HTC EVO 4G. Please, take a look at our review of the HTC Hero to find out more about the Android version of HTC Sense.

With the plethora of irresistibly appealing features, it´s only logical to ask...

When does it hit the shelves then?

Sprint is expected to release the HTC EVO 4G this summer, although no particular date has been mentioned so far. We don´t really think it will be an affordable cell phone either, since it´s the world´s most powerful Android handset to date we´re talking about (not to mention it is to come with WiMAX support). Still, we do hope that Sprint doesn´t drop the ball and the HTC EVO 4G rolls out with a price-tag to make it a winner, a handset able to motivate people to switch over to Sprint´s 4G network that can´t have been inexpensive to deploy.

The HTC EVO 4G Specifications | Hands-on

Additional sources: SlashGear, Gizmodo, Engadget



1. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

Wow, that is going to be the coolest phone ever!!!

21. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

definitely SOLD!! Turn on WiMax in NYC

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

On the worst network ever. Bad move HTC.

4. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

I'm with vzw now but I'm leaving them when this phone comes out . ten bucks says this guy has an evo 4g in his pocket by the end of this summer

5. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

Only network that has WiMax in the states. Sprint's network is solid in data and voice. Gone are the days when you can bash Sprint's network. Check any of the independent speed tests or voice coverage. They're no VZW in voice, but they're pretty good none-the-less... and their data is super fast, even without 4G...

8. kilari

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

Small words from a man with a small penix. Go Sprint!

9. JHart1012

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 24, 2010

str8 stay with your fuckin tmobile flex plan

14. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

So baldilocks is with T-Mobile and you have the nerve to bash sprint how long did it take for you to pull up phonearena on your phone because when your with T-Mobile you wait and you wait some more and then your still waiting I think its loading up damn when is this going to finish I don't like bashing carriers but you got to admit T-Mobile is slow but I do like bashing trolls

30. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Sprint has roaming agreements with Verizon anyway so if Sprint has bad coverage it's not only Sprint that's too blame.

33. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

actually gayt&t is da worst network in da states imao... i used all of them and at&t was da worst by farr... even boost mobile worked better,,,

37. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Riddle me this readers, while CDMA is the least popular globally, GSM takes over. Now sprint has CDMA and GSM, Now WiMax. So since WiMax is Data only, and CDMA is 3g voice, how again is this phone 4g? Because my Droid uses CDMA voice, and on Wifi my data is relatively faster than 3g...why isn't my phone 4g? How is Sprint allowed to make the claim when this really only means now you have to pay for Wifi wherever WiMax is available...and wifi everywhere else is still I missing something? Respectively reply please I don't pretend to know everything I'm genuinely curios...what is so 4g about the way they are doing this....???

41. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Isn't it harder to type that retarded crap...use English we don't want to read that your ignorant.

59. VDubb

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 04, 2008

WiFi isn't a cellular wireless standard. 4G = 4th generation of cellular wireless. The problem is that, as with most consumers ignorant on wireless technologies (and I'm not trying to be offensive) is that you assume that 4G = speed. While speed is improved upon with each generation, that doesn't have to be the case for it to be a new generation of technology. Yes WiMAX is data-only, but so is LTE (with Verizon confirming they are using CDMA2000 1xRTT for voice until 2018). There are VOIP standards available so carriers can have voice over 4G as well. Pay for WiFi? I don't know what you're trying to say, but you don't pay for WiFi with any of Sprint's plans (since WiFi is independent of Sprint). If you're suggesting Sprint is charging extra for WiMAX/4G, that hasn't been confirmed. It's actually safe to assume Sprint will include unlimited 4G in their plans for two reasons: 1.) It's cheaper for Sprint/Clear to have someone using 4G instead of 3G (Dan recently said that for a person to be profitable on 3G, they have to use less than 3GB/m while people on 4G are using 7GB/m and are still profitable) 2) The Sprint mobile broadband service is the same price for 3G-only and 3G/4G (with UNLIMITED data on 4G) of $59.99/m

64. Homotechual

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 27, 2009

I'm tethering on T-Mobile dumb a$$ through my Nexus One and i'm getting over 1mb and that's being in a area where were my best friend gets a little less then 1mb with her Verizon data card. The only thing that is slow seems to be your head, you wait and you wait some more and then your still waiting and damn you still failed to make a intelligent response.

69. drksilenc

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

u do realize that boost is owned by sprint right

3. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Waiting for all the faggot ass fanboys to start hating come on trolls were you at

7. kilari

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

If you're looking for iphone fanbois they're all too afraid to say anything. Although the Verizon fanbois are more than happy to talk shit. Just look up to Baldilocks.

15. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

lol..I wouldn't worry Baldilocks... He'll probably have one few weeks after it comes out.

23. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'm not with Verizon or T-Mobile. That leaves AT&T. Good guess though.... not.

25. android#1

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

baldilicks your iphone has been outdated for a very long time. ever since itouch has been out the iphone is nothing new or special. your shit talking is useless. by the way, i dont see ATT with 4G any time soon. dumb ass did little bo beep lose her sheep? stupid sheep...

29. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

So baldilocks is with the nations fastest 3g network soon to be destroyed by the nations first and only 4g network let me guess you have 3gs and you don't like android have ever seen nexus one beat the brakes of a 3gs at just about everything even though its on an inferior network what hell do you think evos going do. it has a more advanced processor the 8650 in it not the 8250 that's nexus one go buy one of your stupid ipads talk about a pos I thought that thing was going to be a touchscreen laptop but its just oversized iPod touch you can't do shit with it baldinutz you won't have lte handset on your network for 2 years what hell do you think about that.

32. aarongzmn

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 22, 2010

Sprint has more 3G coverage than ATT so what does that say about them?

6. JHart1012

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 24, 2010

Ive had Sprint for years. And there service isnt terrible, and i dont have drop calls. People think Sprint is bad because word of mouth. Half the people dont even have Sprint. Leave your haterdew at the store buddy

13. TheKJLal

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

I agree 100%, except for the piss poor customer service which has been addressed. I don't seem to have these so-called problems of dropped calls, no service and whatever the else these people come up with.

17. JHart1012

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 24, 2010

exactly I worked for them so i know hands on about there crappy customer service. But there service is good. So please people hop of Sprints Dick

52. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

We had Sprint for awhile and dropped it due to lack of coverage. I may be wrong about this, but it's my understanding that Sprint does not pay certain roaming frequencies that Verizon does due to cost and this is why Verizon has better coverage then Sprint. I'm not a fan of any carrier and honestly would leave Verizon if someone could offer me coverage where I travel. Due to travel I carry an AT&T and Verizon Blackberry. That said, I think this new phone will help bring back some of the lost Sprint customers. It's a great phone and I'm a fan of any company advancing technology. That includes carriers or cell phone manufacturers, in the long run it just benefits us. I hate how people bash on the new technology coming out.

56. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

this is the 2nd time ive had sprint and im lookn forward to the EVO 4G. although im not fond of an all-touchscreen phone, this phone is worth buying, hopefully not an arm and a leg. my woman has an i-phone 3G and this could make her wish she shouldnt have ported her # over from sprint to AT&T. with the 2 cameras, 4g network set to be here in saint louis by the end of the summer, and one of the most powerful phone in the lookn 4ward to explore EVERY single app this phone can bring and then some....i just hope tht this phone doesnt disappoint me

60. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I'm hoping this phone jumps all cell phones to the next level.

10. branmcc03

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

This is hands down the best device out on any network. These phone will have no equal from any network. Sprint simple and plain killed everyone with this one. The simple fact that you will be able to have video calls by itself is more then anyone else can say. The speed of the data was already better then everyone else, but now its just not fair. Sprint completely killed the game.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. sprint has exessive bandwith out the yingyang. thats why there are so many prepaid companies on sprint. It has coverage almost as good as verizon. No, the worst network is ATT... especially for the VZW pricing they try to charge to idiots who just cant live without that stupid iphone...LOL. sprints problem is negative immage and horrid customer service. They also need a better line up, which this phone will definatly put a shining star there. Is there anyway to solder a GSM radio in that thing??? i can haz?

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