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HTC EVO Shift 4G Hands-on

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Jan 2011, 03:29

From afar, you're more than likely to mistaken it for the EVO 4G, but in fact, the HTC EVO Shift 4G packs on a landscape sliding physical keyboard. On the surface, it employs some of the same design cues...

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posted on 07 Jan 2011, 07:05

1. newfdog 13 (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)

Is there a Verizon version of this?

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 10:15

2. Dreamer (unregistered)

No, this is just on Sprint at this time.

posted on 09 Jan 2011, 13:17

10. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

There is one that looks similar to this coming out for Verizon called the HTC Merge.

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 14:57

3. oddmanout (Posts: 443; Member since: 22 May 2009)

Well actually, there is the HTC Merge. Its still unannounced but there's videos and pictures of early prototypes. Google it. Its just like EVO Shift. It was supposed to be announced last year but i think it was held back for verizons 4G LTE network... And now that it is here, I'm sure we should be hearing something about it soon.

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 15:16

4. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

No camera shutter button again?? Wonder if you can use the space bar?? Still sticking with my Pre

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 16:15 1

5. Socalvenom (unregistered)

I was able to upgrade to a new phone on the first day of January, but at the moment I'm not going to I mean Sprint has the Evo and The Epic plus the Evo Shift now yet I'm holding off just to see what else will come out all though If Sprint takes longer then expected I'll just switch no another carrier I'm not going to wait half a year for a better phone on Sprint when Other carriers will have better devices like the LG Optimus 2x and so forth and so on

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 01:14

6. Seylan (unregistered)

That orange colored D-pad looks HORRIBLE! In fact, that whole QWERTY keyboard looks ugly. FAIL

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 10:08

7. rupintart (unregistered)

I bought my gf one of these yesterday. They are pretty damn decent and although it runs froyo, it comes preinstalled with some apps that for the evo need to be dl'd like 4g a 4g switch, gps switch, etc. Overall, very happy with it. She likes that it has the keyboard, cause she prefers it over the onscreen keyboard on my evo....

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 10:14

8. rupintart (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

Registered, so I can add to that. It also has a brushed aluminum surround, rather than plastic like the evo. Overall it feels very sturdy and the slide feels very stiff and positive. For $150, I don't think it can be beat. Oh, and I got it "early" because the lady said it wasn't to be available till the 9th, but Sprint sent out an eMail and it was available yesterday (Friday the 7th). Apparently, I was the first one in Florida to get one :)

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 14:53

9. Mike V (unregistered)

how did you like the keyboard? I'm interested in this or the Merge (although the lack of news is really hurting my chances of getting the Merge [last news was Nov 29th or so]).

Right now I'm waiting for either the Evo Shift 4g or the Merge since the Epic 4G will never be available as a GSM phone (this is the one with the keyboard, not the candybar ones)

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 04:57

11. James.L.Harris (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jan 2011)

I have had some time to toy with this device. The key board is easy to use. I have always liked the build of the touch pro two and now that same build is used for an android device....rather than windows...

One complaint I have is the navigation of the phone while in landscape mode. The directional pad is awkward and would take some getting use to. Despite the navigation..I would still recommend this phone for users who like the evo style but want a keyboard. I'm a die hard evo fan and I have a hard time seeing htc sense on anything les than a 1ghz processor. I will say that because of the screen size reduction the 800mhz might cut it.

As for choosing this device over an Epic... I would say get the Epic... But Epic over Evo... My preference is Evo...Evo...EVO.

posted on 01 Jul 2011, 00:29

12. Danielle (unregistered)

Your post made me curious. You can use the Enter button on the keypad as a shutter button. Better than the on-screen one. One of the biggest flaws I've found so far is no built-in shutter/camera button.

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