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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

HTC Evo 4G LTE

The HTC Evo 4G LTE comes with HTC Sense 4.0, which can feel bloated when compared to Google's pure ICS experience. But anyone who's used Sense 3.0 will notice the love that's been put into Sense 4.0 - it frequently feels faster and beautifully minimalized from its prior bloat-tastic incarnation.

We won't go into all the details regarding TK, but feel free to check out the HTC One X review for more information on this Sense 4.0 interface, but suffice it to say what feels good on the HTC One X will feel just as good on the Evo 4G LTE (due in no small part to the near-identical internals).

Unlike Europe's quad-core HTC One X, however, Americans are limited to a dual-core 1.5GHz.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Settings can be quickly accessed from the notifications bar, and while this might take a few minutes to get used to, it feels superior to a hardware button (and just about as fast).

Like the One X, the HTC Evo 4G LTE can suffer from a bit of slowdown in the Recent Apps pane, with just the hint of lag when you open the pane - which might be more than often.

We also found the Recent Apps pane felt decidedly ugly when compared to other aesthetic elements - panes line up like luminescent dominos on a black background, where they are highly reflective, and an app icon sits under each.

For such a simple window, there is surely a lot going on - not much of which looks good when mashed together.

Recent Apps

The Apps menu is another place where we're ambivalent about the changes.

There's a banner bar which somehow manages to cram a Search, Google Play, and Menu button inside, and below is an option for All apps, Frequent Apps, and Downloads.

In our time with the phone, we've managed to search for apps in the wrong categorization multiple times, before realizing it wasn't one of our frequently used apps, or our downloaded apps.

The Lock Screen

HTC Evo 4G LTE

From the Lock Screen you can pull a ring to unlock the phone, as well as drag a few shortcuts - Phone, Mail, Messages, and Camera to the ring to unlock straight to those apps.

You can also view notifications from the lock screen, including unread text messages, which might make a few privacy-concerned folks concerned for their privacy, unless they want to set a proper, coded lock screen.

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.