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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

The HTC Evo 4G LTE's camera is one of its tentpole features - a selling point in every advertisement - and we're not surprised.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Like any camera phone worth its salt, it has a dedicated hardware button. While shooting, if you hold it down, it continues to snap photos. Once you've finished taking the photos, it gives you the option to select one as the Best Photo. Or not. If you decide not to select a best photo, the Evo will save all of them. But it won't muck up your gallery, instead that grouping of picture will display as a single thumbnail, ready to be pinched to expose the extra photos.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

This is ingenious, and in our time with the phone we could tell this is the logical evolution of the frustratingly inefficient "take a picture, check, take another picture" system.

HDR

But HTC isn't content with just burst capture, and you'll notice upon opening your camera app that both the camera and video buttons are tappable at one time. When you begin recording, the camera button doesn't disappear because - you guessed it - you can continue to take pictures, even while recording videos.

Camera

Now you really have no excuse to miss the shot.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

The hardware camera button requires you to hold it down for a second before loading the camera, and here is another area the HTC Evo 4G LTE suffered just the slightest lag.

Camera

This can actually be surprisingly annoying when you're unsure of whether you've actually opened the app or not - fortunately, the phone puts out the slightest vibration upon opening, which you might not notice at first.

Camera
HDR doesn't always look awesome

There is a lens icon in the top right corner that allows you to take pictures with various (mostly ugly) filters and effects. These effects range from fun PhotoBooth-style distortion and auto-tilt-shifting, to a hand fill of filters you'd do well to avoid entirely.

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.