TODO alt text

HTC Evo 4G LTE review

The HTC One X gets a makeover

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Contacts are as svelte as ever on the HTC Evo 4G LTE.

You can connect your Facebook and Twitter, which will improve your information density immensely. But, if you do opt to link your Twitter contacts, you'll have plenty of bands or sports teams, or whatever it is you follow on Twitter, that will feed right into your contacts pane.

You might want to sweep through your Contacts to delete all the excess accounts.

Contacts can be accessed from both the phone icon, and the People icon, which bring you to two different panes of the same application.

As per usual, there is also a Groups pane, which allows you to group people together. The HTC Evo 4G LTE gives you plenty of tabs to get started, ranging from Co-workers to Family to VIP - each of which boast their own little icon. It all feels more valuable and polished than it has in the past - it's not a stretch to imagine snapping a picture of the In N Out drive-thru sign, making a group called Restaurants and filling it with Pizza joints and local restaurants.

Calling

HTC Evo 4G LTE

The large dialer pane allows for T9 predictive text, meaning hitting 6 once will bring up "Mom" and hitting a "5-2" might suggest Kasey and Kaleb.

If you'd rather just scroll through the contacts list, a hide keyboard button lies on the bottom left of the keyboard pane, while a voice dictation button lies on the bottom right (which we suggest using at your own risk, since these things tend to be a little less than accurate).

Call quality is another beast altogether though. Sprint's isn't known for being the best carrier in the US for call quality, and if you're not absolutely committed to the Big Yellow for your network of choice, you might want to double-check that call quality works as expected in your locale.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

For our part, we tested Sprint in San Francisco - where it ran pretty much flawlessly, and in New Orleans - where we dropped a few calls.

It's important to remember that a carrier's call quality is the most important mileage-may-vary criteria in searching for a new phone - so make sure your future carrier works for you!

HD Voice

HD Voice won't be on the HTC Evo 4G LTE until late 2012, but the phone already delivers big with Qualcomm's dual-microphone noise cancellation system which delivers slightly clearer audio than comparable headsets.

It's no replacement for true HD Voice and it's just another promise the HTC Evo 4G LTE has yet to live up to, but we're hardly complaining about an awesome feature that just hasn't happened yet.

If it turns out to work out according to plan, it'll give HTC Evo 4G LTE users tons to look forward to as their phones get better and better throughout their two year contract.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height117.1 mm
Width58.9 mm
Depth15 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time146 Hour
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.