HTC EVO 4G Review

HTC EVO 4G Review
HTC EVO 4G Release Date – June 4, 2010.

Introduction:


This is how it was supposed to go.  Back in November of 2007 Google announced their Android operating system and the game was supposed to change.  A year later T-Mobile and HTC released the platform’s first handset, the G1.   We had high hopes, to say the least, but the impact was not immediate.  The revolution grew slowly, but now it is coming to a head.  HTC brought their Sense UI to Android with the Hero, but the first major blow across Apple’s bow was the Motorola DROID, followed by the Nexus One and most recently the HTC DROID Incredible.  All this was a prelude to what’s next: say hello to the HTC EVO 4G.

The EVO 4G has specs that are unmatched by any phone before it: 4G connectivity, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, HDMI out, HD video capture, dual cameras including an 8 megapixel main sensor, 4.3” display, mobile hotspot, YouTube HD, kickstand…the list goes on.  All of this is backed by Sprint’s growing 4G network which gives users up to 10x the speed of 3G.  This, finally, is a phone that can go toe-to-toe with the iPhone and beat it.  Handily.  It's fast, it's personal, it's glorious.  Included with the EVO 4G you’ll get an AC adapter and data cable, as well as an 8GB microSD card.


Design:

The HTC EVO 4G is very similar in design to the HD2, but when you have a 4.3” screen there isn’t much else you can do with the phone.  Instead of physical buttons as on the HD2, the HTC EVO 4G has four flush capacitive buttons: Home, Menu, Back and Search.  These buttons work flawlessly, unlike the Nexus One which gave us problems and had to be touched just so.  At the top is the silver earpiece grill, and to the right of that is the small front-facing 1.3MP camera.  The rest of the phone is equally simplistic: a volume rocker resides on the right side, the top houses the 3.5mm headphone jack and power button and the bottom features the microUSB and HDMI ports.  The side buttons all offer good travel, and while the volume rocker raises more prominently from the housing both it and the power button are easy to operate on feel alone.

The HTC EVO 4G has a 4.3-inch screen - HTC EVO 4G Review

The HTC EVO 4G has a 4.3-inch screen

A volume rocker resides on the right side - HTC EVO 4G Review

A volume rocker resides on the right side

3.5mm jack and power button on the top - HTC EVO 4G Review

3.5mm jack and power button on the top


HTC EVO 4G Review

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The back of the HTC EVO 4G houses its 8 megapixel camera near the top, with the dual LED flash to the camera’s left and the phone’s single speaker to the right.  Near the bottom is the aluminum kickstand.  The spring-assisted hinge is very smooth and solid, and we don’t foresee any issues with it loosening up as time goes by.  The microSD slot is placed under the battery and has a unique latch mechanism that makes it pretty difficult to remove, but with an 8GB card most users won't be taking it out and the ones who do probably will do so only once.  Unlike the HD2, the battery door covers the entire back housing and is coated in soft touch paint.  Underneath is Ferrari-red, but this only slips out around the camera and when the kickstand is deployed.  Earlier prototypes had a red earpiece grill, but unfortunately this has been replaced with silver- likely because the DROID Incredible features a red grill.  In any case the EVO 4G is a good looking device; it blends the sheer masculinity of the DROID with the graceful lines of the iPhone to create a look all its own.


The back of the HTC EVO 4Ghas an aluminum kickstand - HTC EVO 4G Review
The back of the HTC EVO 4Ghas an aluminum kickstand - HTC EVO 4G Review
The back of the HTC EVO 4Ghas an aluminum kickstand - HTC EVO 4G Review
The back of the HTC EVO 4Ghas an aluminum kickstand - HTC EVO 4G Review

The back of the HTC EVO 4G
has an aluminum kickstand


Then there is the 4.3” capacitive display, which absolutely takes over the HTC EVO 4G.  It is bright and crisp and reading text on the EVO 4G is a dream.  While it has received some flack for not being AMOLED we didn’t notice a real difference from the Nexus One, and the EVO’s TFT display was more usable in direct sunlight.  Our complaint is that HTC continues to only use 65K color displays.  With devices like the iPhone, Pre and DROID sporting 16M colors we don’t think that at least 262K is too much to ask for.  You won’t look at the HTC EVO 4G and lament the display, but we’d bet if shoppers put it side-by-side with the Pre the difference would be noticeable to a discerning eye.

At 6 ounces the EVO 4G is undoubtedly on the heavy side, but feels surprisingly good in the hand.  The weight is well distributed and it feels more solid than the Nexus One did when holding it one-handed, though the EVO feels most comfortable when held two-handed.  The size will obviously be a drawback for those with petite hands, but the phone didn’t overwhelm our medium-sized mitts.  It is thinner than Sprint’s Hero and feels surprisingly similar in the pocket.  The build quality is top notch, and with no moving parts the EVO 4G is definitely one of the most well put-together phones we’ve ever reviewed.  There is no brushed aluminum or unibody, but the EVO is without a doubt a premium device.

At 6 ounces the HTC EVO 4G is undoubtedly on the heavy side, but feels surprisingly good in the hand - HTC EVO 4G Review
At 6 ounces the HTC EVO 4G is undoubtedly on the heavy side, but feels surprisingly good in the hand - HTC EVO 4G Review
At 6 ounces the HTC EVO 4G is undoubtedly on the heavy side, but feels surprisingly good in the hand - HTC EVO 4G Review

At 6 ounces the HTC EVO 4G is undoubtedly on the heavy side, but feels surprisingly good in the hand


To sum it up in a word the HTC EVO 4G is stunning.  It will be noticed, and it will be lusted after.  Until now we’ve always given the title of best hardware to the iPhone 3GS, but there is a new undisputed heavyweight champion in town.  And that’s before you even turn it on.


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34 Comments

1. Fallout

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Lovely

2. jdmdany

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

i wouldnt really consider the kickstand to be a pro. i do think its a great idea but i dont think its something id keep in mind as beneficial over a different high end android device.

14. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

True. I can't see it being used that much.

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, u say that until you want to watch a movie, voice call, or utube... then that kickstand will be a priority.

3. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

We wants it my precious!!!

4. jdmdany

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

i hate that this website has fanboys for phones they dont own yet

7. iownthenight

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 06, 2009

i own it, and i am a huge fan of it

22. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I'm sure there are plenty of people that hate that this website has people that complain and post a useless comment on forums.

5. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

From reading the review, Phone Arena, you really didn't go indepth with 4G speeds. Other sites went further indepth with 4G speeds and how they differentiate from 3G. Are you planning to do a comparison feature soon.?

8. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

from the screenshots it doesnt look like they have 4g in their area. its basically the same as wifi, it just makes everything even faster

9. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I still would love for them to go to a city with 4G and they do a cover piece on it.

6. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

IMO its to big and bulky not a pocket phone, but whatever works for ya

10. KArkhon

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Agreed, it's way too big to be practical. However, the specs are really amazing, and it would be nice to see them in 4 or 3.7 size.

11. stix26

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

there is a phone like that...Its teh HTC Incredible. Remember the Evo has the same resolution as the Increcible so that spec is not that much different. Bigger isn't always better. For me i want a 4.1 inch screen with better res better processor lighter than this...then i will upgrade from my Droid.

25. renegade626

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

You can compare specs all day long, but until you can hold both phone up next to eachother and try them out, its hard to compare... I was able to do this, and I can say that between the incredible and the EVO, the EVO is by far superior.. I can think its safe to assume at least 9 out of 10 people who have been able to do this would agree with me

12. stashmaster

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 01, 2010

Why no mention of battery life?

13. sprintguy123

Posts: 6; Member since: May 22, 2010

the battery is a 1500 mAH. abit better then the iphone...but like all htc's the apps will kill it...

15. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

there is mention of battery life, right on this very page. They said it lasted 6hrs 18mins talktime in their tests "Similarly to the Hero, the HTC EVO 4G uses a 1500mAh battery. However, instead of being rated at 4 hours of talk time, the battery on the EVO is rated 50% higher at six hours. We were a bit skeptical, especially with such a large display, but lo and behold we were able to achieve 18 minutes more than the rated time"

16. suziehopedope

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2010

The unleashing of the EVO 4G is sure to be beyond belief. I cannot wait to get in line and wait this phone out. My local Sprint store is going to be open at 8am. I hope this phone is not a failure like the Palm Pre. Such a horrible phone. I got a lot of good info fromhttp://htcevoreview.com

17. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

why U.S. only. htc why ?

18. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

cause sprint paid htc to make it for them

19. hightech3000

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

BEFORE GETTING NEW EVO PHONE FROM SPRINT The phone will cost $10 more per month and another $30 per month for hotspot! That's $40 more each month and not worth it. When ask about 4G in Tenn they said it is not slated for TN 12 months or more. What are we paying for. They say... the best camera and it is very fast. Every phone out today has a camera and I for one do not need a 8meg photo on my phone.

21. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

then get a hero

24. GoofyGirl_77

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

I too was surprised that it was not just the additional $10 like had been discussed. But when I connected my iPad to my phone effortlessly while relaxing this weekend that $30 didn't seem like too big of a deal at all! It's all in perception. What does everyone pay monthly for their internet services? I would imagine it is more than $30! This phone is awesome! The only real complaint I have at this point is the lack of thought in design because the camera lens literally is what the phone rests on when on it's back - who's bright idea was that????

20. mike123

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

great phone and for a bluetooth just as advanced, check out the jawbone icon at bluetoothandbeyond.com they have the best prices on bluetooth headsets and a great warranty.

23. dadoo985

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

THIS PHONE IS AWESOME!!!!! WISH IT HAS BETTER SCREEN RESOLUTION!!!!!

27. teamblackdroid

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO DOESN'T LIKE PICTURES OF A GRAVEYARD AS THE EXAMPLE OF HOW WELL THE CAMERA WORKS?!??!?! Anyway, I really want this phone, I'm scared to go to all touch though.

28. swagnificent

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

I've wanted this smart-phone ever since I started seeing leaks everywhere was a lot of hype that came along with this device which isn't always a good thing In this case everyone was SPOT on! I'm getting mine at the end of July and I think I'm more excited to get this then I was when I got my Iphone.When The HTC hero came out I was so stoked and wanted one so badly. But a little voice in my head told me to wait because something better will be released and I'll be kicking myself I'm so glad I waited! Msg from Ryan via my blackberry on the sprint now network

29. veesion

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 26, 2010

Awesome phone... 4G....WOW....

30. YR82 unregistered

Can any one tell me weather its (locked) on sprint only? or can i use it on other network using other sim card?
EVO 4G
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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