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HTC EVO 4G Review

HTC EVO 4G

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While the multimedia options of the HTC EVO 4G remain unchanged from other devices, the 4.3” display make it a veritable multimedia powerhouse.  The new YouTube app automatically goes to HD when in 4G coverage, and side-loaded videos look amazing on the huge screen.  The EVO blurs the line between tablet and phone well.  True, the iPad offers a much bigger screen, but it’s not something that you can slip in your pocket easily.  The EVO is a true portable multimedia device.  Even over 3G, SprintTV looks better than ever, but is not available over WiFi.  The HTC EVO 4G handled all of our MPEG-4 test files just fine, but has no support for DivX or XviD, something we’d love to see corrected in future releases.

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The HTC music player remains unchanged, and several options are available from the Market.  The HTC player has been good enough for us, and in fact we’ve given up our iPod touch in favor of the Hero a few months back.  There are several streaming services such as Pandora, Slacker Radio and Rhapsody which further enhance the music experience on the EVO 4G and Android in general.  We used our Plantronics Backbeat 903s to listen to music and were quite pleased with the quality of both streaming and side-loaded music.  The EVO 4G ships with an 8GB microSD card and can support cards up to 32GB.  The addition of an FM radio makes the HTC EVO 4G all the more capable, though the wired headset is required as it serves as an antenna.


Camera and Video:

The HTC EVO 4G has two cameras, a main 8 megapixel shooter capable of recording videos in 720p and a front-facing 1.3MP cam for self-portraits and video chat.  HTC has been good about upping the sensor size, but their picture quality has not always been top-notch.  The EVO 4G is very good, but we’ll hold off on saying great.  All-in-all images were well reproduced; colors were natural, graining was minimal and details were sharp.  When viewed at their full 8MP resolution some distortion came into play, but on our high-def monitor pictures looked really good scaled down, and on the EVO’s display they looked downright fantastic.  Another fantastic aspect is the shooting speed: we were able to cold start the camera and snap a shot in under 3 seconds.  With the review turned off we were able to snap a second shot in under a second.  The auto-focus is lightning quick as is the shutter, which is a great feature to have.  The one issue we have is that the front-facing camera takes reverse pictures, much like Apple’s iSight.  We’re not sure if this is intentional (with Apple it is) or if it will be addressed in a future update.

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Samples shot with the HTC EVO 4G - HTC EVO 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC EVO 4G - HTC EVO 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC EVO 4G - HTC EVO 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC EVO 4G - HTC EVO 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC EVO 4G - HTC EVO 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC EVO 4G - HTC EVO 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC EVO 4G - HTC EVO 4G Review

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HD videos were also good, but not great.  We took the EVO 4G out for a spin in our test cemetery and there wasn’t significant blurring, but the color did have issues adjusting at times throughout the video.  All-in-all we were impressed with the EVO 4G’s video capabilities, it is a phone after all.  Starting a recording was just as quick as snapping a photo.  We will say we’d prefer a dedicated camera key however.

HTC EVO 4G sample video at 1280x720 pixels resolution.
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HTC EVO 4G sample video 4.

In terms of options you’ll find a number of goodies.  You can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness and set the metering mode and flicker adjustment.  The ISO can be set to auto, or manually set to 100, 200, 400, 800 or 1250.  There is a face detection option, but not anti-shake.  Images can be geotaged and timestamped.  All of our photos were snapped with default settings, we’re sure a professional photographer could get slightly better results than we were able to achieve.

We did run into one potential serious problem when attempting to use the camera: there were multiple times that it would give us a memory card error and not allow us to save any pictures.  When trying to send pictures the EVO automatically scales down the size for MMS, but at times we also got a could not resize error and so were unable to send the image.  These issues were fixed via a soft reset which leads us to believe it is all software related, but hopefully these issues will get resolved quickly because obviously it was frustrating, especially since pictures can't always be retaken.

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HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G

OS: Android 2.3 2.2 2.1
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PhoneArena rating:
9.5Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.60 x 0.50 inches
(122 x 66 x 13 mm)
6.00 oz  (170 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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