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HTC EVO Shift 4G Review

HTC EVO Shift 4G

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HTC EVO Shift 4G Review
Don't be fooled by the spacious looking earpiece on the handset since it only emits an acceptable volume – which isn't deafening by any means. On our side of the line, there isn't any evidence of noise or static, but voices do sound just a tiny bit muffled – but nothing detrimental. Conversely, our callers didn't have any issues in attempting to comprehend our natural and distinctive toned voices. And for using the speakerphone for conversations, we're pleased by its neutral and audible tones that aren't muddied by any distortion. 

Shockingly, we did experience on numerous occasions the handset fluctuating in signal strength rapidly. In fact, we had another Sprint phone on us during our testing, and we noticed it performing better in signal strength over the HTC EVO Shift 4G. However, we aren't too alarmed by it seeing that we didn't dropped any calls during our testing in high coverage areas.

As opposed to being shocked, we were actually expecting the handset to offer slightly better battery life over the HTC EVO 4G since it packs the battery optimized Qualcomm MSM7630 processor. Normal users will find it uplifting since we managed to get a solid day of usage before requiring a recharge – which is far better than our experience with the HTC EVO 4G. Light users should especially benefit the most, but for heavy users, as always, they'll more than likely want to keep a charger on hand. The manufacturer has it rated for 6 hours of talk time.


Looking at its $149.99 on-contract price, there is no arguing that the HTC EVO Shift 4G is a respectable Android smartphone based on its overall performance, but there is this nagging feeling pulsating in the back of our minds about it. Specifically, it plays in direct contention with the HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G (both priced at $199.99 now) – which is primarily due to its 4G WiMAX connectivity. However, when you factor in that you're paying an extra premium for its data plan, it begins to look sour for the HTC EVO Shift 4G since it lacks some extras such as a front facing camera for video chat functionality. And when you compare it to its most direct competitor, the Samsung Epic 4G, the $50 price difference is substantial as the Epic 4G just offers more value and features with its pricing. In the end, the HTC EVO Shift 4G is a good handset, but if it were priced more competitively, it could potentially garner some additional attention.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2, Build: 1.17.651.1 CL291627

HTC EVO Shift 4G Video Review:


  • Solidly constructed
  • 4G Connectivity
  • Fantastic keyboard


  • Terrible photo & video capture
  • Lacks front-facing camera for video chat
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posted on 13 Jan 2011, 07:47

1. l7jr (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Jan 2009)

I feel this review was copied and pasted from another site or the ad literature from a SHIFT brochure.This review wasn't up to the usual PhoneArena reviews in my opinion. Is there a new author on this website or something?

Nonetheless, still a good phone and agreed with most of the points listed.

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 01:11

2. Dre (unregistered)

Glad I waited on the review, good photo quality is a must to me, even on a mid range phone.

I'll wait on Sprint to come out with a better keyboarded Android.

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 12:59

7. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

Trust there way off here just got the Shift the photo quality is great! better then my Pre Transform moment Style shall I go on :)

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 19:18

3. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

LOL I get a kick out of these reviewers because everyone is gonna have there own opinion they say the photo quality is "terrible" lol. Ive seen worse shots and they will rate the camera good. If it shoots that good esp in the dark! It is fine for a phone!

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 12:16 1

4. tone0612 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)

ive been a sprint customer for years im not impressed by a front facing carmera but this phone is great i like the keyboard feel the look and the phone is very fast, considering it doenst have a 1ghz processer 8/10 for me thanks htc

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 13:09 1

5. pimix2009 (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)

I think this review is ridiculous because sites like "infosyncworld" said that the photo and video capture are good and close to the iphone.

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 12:57

6. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

YES do no listen to this review get it together PhoneArena I usually like ya, but the reviewer nust have been waving there hand around or something saying "terrible camera it takes the best! shots & is overall a great phone!!!

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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 800 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.62 x 2.37 x 0.62 inches
(117 x 60 x 16 mm)
5.90 oz  (167 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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