Beauty is only skin deep, but thankfully the HTC EVO 4G LTE does not stop with a beautiful design. Sense 4 is familiar, yet a new experience atop Android 4.0. We’ve given props to Sense in the past for actually improving on Android shortcomings, but truth be told Sense was getting bloated while Android was getting better. HTC seems to have realized this and has stripped down their skin, while still improving on the Android experience.

The changes in Sense 4 are subtle but significant. The spinning homescreen carousel is gone, the 3D effects to widgets are less pronounced and (regrettably) the recent apps and Quick Settings tab are gone from the notification pull-down. Full screen widgets are still there but can now be resized, the app drawer now scrolls horizontally and the contacts app has been redesigned, all of which bring Sense more in line with Ice Cream Sandwich. The keyboard has also been slightly reworked and as usual HTC has delivered an excellent typing experience, though we could do without the arrow keys. All of this adds up to the best performing, most cohesive version of Sense yet.

Processor and Memory:

Like the AT&T One X, the EVO 4G LTE uses a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz rather than the quad-core Tegra 3 found in the international version of the One X. This is done for LTE support, but it is debatable if the quad-core Tegra processors really offer better performance than the dual-core S4s. What we can say is that in our testing the S4 on the EVO 4G LTE bests the Tegra 3 of the international One X in two out of our three benchmark tests.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC EVO 4G LTE 5099 6995 58,6
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sprint 2023 6191 24,8
HTC One X AT&T 4958 6863 57,7
LG Viper 4G LTE 3002 5528 55,9

These numbers are also better across the board than what we were able to achieve with the AT&T One X, despite the same processor. What it really boils down to is that the EVO 4G LTE is one seriously fast phone, a factor that translates into everyday use. Benchmarks are simply numbers, but the EVO 4G LTE really puts its power to good use. The interface is responsive and buttery smooth, we didn’t experience any hang-ups and watching HD video was fluid.

HTC offers a total of 16GB of internal storage on the EVO 4G LTE, of which about 4GB are used for the OS and 2GB are reserved for apps, leaving around 10GB available to the user. There is 1GB of DDR2 RAM making everything run smoothly. Unlike it’s One X counterparts, the EVO 4G LTE offers a microSD slot for up to 64 more gigs of expansion. To top it off, HTC’s partnership with Dropbox gives users 25GB of free cloud storage for 2 years. Suffice it to say that there is plenty of memory available on the EVO 4G LTE.

Connectivity and Internet:

The HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of the LTE launch devices for Sprint, though as of now they do not offer LTE service. This is a positive for the future, but right now all but a handful of users are left with a 3G device for the foreseeable future. In 3G mode it runs off Sprint’s Rev. A network and it of course supports all the Wi-Fi standards for local connectivity. Other connectivity options include GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.

We had some delay issues with the stock browser on the HTC One X, but those issues are all but gone on the EVO 4G LTE. At times the rendering takes half of a second, during which you’re left with a half blank page, but we appreciate the refocusing the browser does to make text readable. For instance, if you were to double-click in between two news stories on our homepage, the browser instantly zooms there, but then snaps to the story headline and reformats the text so you can read it. If you’re not too fond of the rendering then there are many capable browsers in the Play Store, including Google Chrome Beta.

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