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HTC EVO Design 4G Review

HTC EVO Design 4G

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The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4.  We’ve covered it extensively in the past and there is nothing new to say.  The takeaway is that it’s the best version yet of the only manufacturer overlay that we don’t mind using.  It runs just fine on the EVO Design 4G’s 1.2GHz processor, in fact it felt just as smooth as the dual-core EVO 3D or Amaze 4G.

The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4 - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4 - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4 - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
The EVO Design 4G runs HTC’s Sense 3.0 interface over Android 2.3.4 - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

We appreciate Sprint’s crusade against bloatware, and you’ll only find a handful of carrier-specific apps on the EVO Design 4G, some of which are even un-installable.  This leaves a gig of free space to the user to go along with the 768MB of RAM.  The 1.2GHz processor is a single-core Snapdragon S2 and Quadrant scores take a hit (the EVO Design 4G regularly hit 1750-1800) but it passes the feel test just fine.  Everything is quite snappy and we didn’t notice any sluggishness when playing games.

Quadrant benchmark - HTC EVO Design 4G Review


Internet:

HTC’s browser is one of the better ones out there.  Page loads were quick, zooming in and out was fluid and there were no problems with text rendering.  The EVO Design 4G runs on Sprint’s 4G WiMAX data network, as well as their EVDO Rev. A and supports WiFi b/g/n for local connection.  Like the Photon 4G, the EVO Design 4G is a world phone with GSM support.  It also has GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the HSP 1.2, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC, HID and MAP profiles.

HTC EVO Design 4G Review
HTC EVO Design 4G Review
HTC EVO Design 4G Review


Camera:

The 5 megapixel camera is not the EVO Design 4G’s strong point.  Colors were rather inaccurate and images had a tendency to be dark in all but strong light conditions.  The camera interface is the familiar one we’ve seen from HTC for a while not, but isn’t the latest one seen on the Amaze 4G. Options are pretty standard; the user can choose from several preset scene modes as well as some user adjustable options.  Shutter performance isn’t quite as fast as the “zero lag” Amaze 4G, but it is still quite quick and snapps photos in under a second.  Video recording at 720p was pretty smooth with audio pickup was almost too good because of how loud it is.

Camera interface - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Samples taken with the HTC EVO Design 4G - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

Strong - Indoor samples - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

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HTC EVO Design 4G Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The familiar HTC music and movie players were in place, but curiously the EVO Design 4G was not able to play our DivX files.  These haven’t tripped up HTC devices in the past, and on the EVO Design 4G Xvid, H.264 and MPEG-4 files played fine in 720p.  In fact, they looked quite good on the Super LCD screen.  Other multimedia players are of course available in the Market for those who want different options, such as Amazon or Google cloud storage support.  The EVO Design 4G gives you the option to steam content to or from the device with DLNA support.

Music player - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
Video player - HTC EVO Design 4G Review
DLNA - HTC EVO Design 4G Review

Music player

Video player

DLNA



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HTC EVO Design 4G

HTC EVO Design 4G

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.3
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (275 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1200 MHz
0.75 GB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches
(122 x 61 x 13 mm)
5.20 oz  (147 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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