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HTC Evo 4G LTE review

The HTC One X gets a makeover

Our Verdict

Easily the best phone on Sprint - and quite possibly the best Android phone anywhere.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 512 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Gorgeous display
  • Improved battery
  • Solid chassis
  • Sense 4.0

Against

  • No HD Voice yet
  • No LTE for a while
  • Plastic top is a smudge factory
  • Sprint's network is slow

To the untrained eye, the HTC Evo 4G LTE isn't like the HTC One X, it is the One X. The dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, the 8MP rear-facing camera (that stops down to an impressive f/2), the gorgeous 4.7" Super IPS LCD 2 technology - all these specs are identical to what's found in the One X Even the the One X's gorgeous display is copied in the Evo, meaning the acronymous HTC has a similar pixel density to the iPhone - even with its enormous screen.

So you'd be forgiven for thinking the HTC Evo 4G LTE was just a Sprint-rebranded One X. But you'd also be wrong.

The HTC Evo 4G LTE brings more to the table - and bests HTC's flagship One series at every angle.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Like the One X, the Evo 4G LTE has 16GB of onboard memory, but unlike the One X, the Evo 4G LTE is expandable to 32GB via microSD.

That alleviates one of our main pain points with the wonderful One X, and we'll happily be planting plenty of content on the spacious 32GBs.

HTC Evo 4G LTE
The black plastic top edge gets smudgy

The HTC Evo 4G LTE also has an NFC chip, which explains why the top quarter of the phone's back is plastic (we're told NFC can't get through the solid industrial aluminum that composes the bottom 1/3 of the back of the phone).

That plastic tends to become an unappealing smudge center, but even with it, the design of the phone is absolutely gorgeous.

A metallic red ring circles the camera, and a red band separates the plastic and aluminum. This red band also indicates the kickstand - an Evo trademark - that has been strategically updated.

HTC Evo 4G LTE kickstand

You see, this time around you can finally use the kickstand while you charge your device. Just like that, the novelty kickstand goes from exceptionally gimmicky to exceptionally useable.

This usability is compounded by the fact that the kickstand works in three orientations, on both sides and in a semi-precarious (but still useful) vertical orientation. These orientations give you a way to watch videos or consume any visual media on that lovely 4.7" without holding the phone the entire time.

That's lucky, as the phone has a tendency to get a bit warm during playback.

The HTC Evo 4G LTE comes packed with Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich complete with HTC Sense 4.0, and HTC has adopted Google's preference for three home buttons. On the bottom of the device are three touch capacitive buttons: back, home, and recent apps buttons.

 HTC Evo 4G LTE
Believe it or not, this is not an iPhone 3GS

The HTC Evo 4G LTE has an attractive brushed metal chassis (which is more than a little reminiscent of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS). This houses the device's 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge, volume rocker and brushed metal camera button on the right edge.

The Evo 4G LTE utilizes a microUSB plug, like that of the One X. The top plastic piece can be plied away to give limited access to the phone's internals - you can get your hands on the expandable Micro SD memory card slot but not the battery, for instance.

While some might find the tri-tone back cover less appealing than the HTC One X's solid plastic back, we preferred it, as well as the feel of the lower aluminum.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandDual Band
Service ProviderSprint Nextel
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEVDO
SAR Value0.72 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedCDMA 800, CDMA 1900, CDMA2000 1xEV
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelEVO Shift 4G
Screen Size9.1 cm (3.6")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)166 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Memory Card Size Included2 GB
Memory Card Type IncludedmicroSD
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Caller ID
Height117.1 mm
Width58.9 mm
Depth15 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameEVO Shift 4G Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberBBM35TK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

It fits comfortably in your pocket. But with so many reasons to keep it out, it might not get the chance.

Express delivery. With an 800 MHz processor on Sprint's 4G network, you've got more brainpower on top of bandwidth than you'll know what to do with.

Slide it out. Spell it out. With the built-in QWERTY keyboard, you can crank out texts, emails and updates in no time flat. And you can say it precisely like you (not "U") mean it.

Socially skilled. It's got HTC Sense running Android 2.2. So every text, tweet, email, update and call is grouped by person for easy follow-up. And with the Friend Stream app, everything happening on your social networks happens in one easy place.

WiFi + 8 devices, wherever. Imagine instant WiFi access delivering 4G speed to 8 data-hungry wireless devices. Launch the mobile hotspot, and it will be.