HTC EVO 4G LTE Review
One of the main features of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is the 8 megapixel camera. There is a lot of technology packed into the tiny sensor, including back side illumination, an f2.0 aperture with 28mm wide angle lens, a smart LED flash that adjusts to lighting conditions and a dedicated image processing chip HTC dubs ImageChip. The entire software/hardware combo is referred to as ImageSense, and is supposed to revolutionize cell phone photography. It is a good camera, and at times it is a very good camera, but it is certainly not a great camera. Colors are oversaturated and some of our images turned out dark. In decent outdoor light the EVO 4G LTE is capable of producing high quality pictures, but once the lights go down ImageSense begins to struggle, especially indoors. Grain appears, details get blurry and the overall picture quality suffers greatly. This is nothing new for cell phones, and even many digital cameras, but the EVO 4G LTE (nor the One X) is not the total point and shoot replacement HTC bills it as.
camera options are plentiful, with many different filters and shooting modes. The panorama sweep shot works very well and is simple to use. HDR shooting is available for all the hipster amateur photographers out there. Continuous shooting takes 20 pictures in rapid succession while you hold the shutter button and then allows you to choose the best of the lot, which is great for fast action shots. The shutter speed is as close to instant as we’ve seen, even better than the Amaze 4G’s zero shutter lag camera.
One of our gripes about the HTC One X was that while it was capable of recording 1080p it only does so at 23fps. Thankfully the video we captured with the EVO 4G LTE was at a higher 29fps, but the video was not without problems of its own. As you can hear in the beginning, the sound pickup had issues (our video actually started a few seconds before we began talking). Despite the higher fps, the video still wasn’t exceptionally smooth and it also had trouble focusing when switching between fields. ImageSense allows you to take pictures while recording video (use the shutter button above the red recording light) but that also extends to media playback, so you can grab a screen capture after the fact as well.
HTC EVO 4G LTE Sample Video:
With a 4.7” 720p display and Beats Audio integrated throughout the phone the HTC EVO 4G LTE delivers a top-notch media experience. The new HTC Music app lets you add shortcuts to other apps (presumably you’d add other music options like Google Play Music or Pandora, but you can add any app you’d like) and integrates with Soundhound to get more detailed info on your music. The phone unfortunately does not come bundled with Beats headphones like the Rezound did, but they are not required for the Beats experience. Music sounded wonderful with our Bose over the hear headphones with both rich bass and clear highs.
Videos looked wonderful on the large, high resolution display. The EVO 4G LTE was able to handle all the different file types we threw at it (DivX, XviD, H.264 and MPEG-4) in all manner of resolutions. The stock video player has some tricks up its sleeve, like the aforementioned image capture, and the HTC Movie Editor app lets you edit your video clips on the go.