Sprint EVO 4G Review


My background: I’ve been using Android since the HTC G1/Dream. So one can say I’ve been a user since the beginning. I then went to the Samsung Moment and made my way to the HTC EVO 4G.
Professionally: I’ve been a writer and I.T. manager for over 7 years.
Physical aspect: Huge! Nowadays mobile phone screens are becoming larger and larger. Ever since the iPhone made it popular for a phone to serve as a multimedia and internet portal, users have become attracted to these large multifunction phones.
Construction: The phone has some heft to it and it is heavier than most phones. Most people say it’s because of the 4G antennas, but the EVO 4G has 2 cameras, a stand to set the phone at a viewing angle, and a 1500 MAh battery.
Display: The phone has a 4.3 inch display. It is up to now the largest screened phone in the US. Some people have complained about the resolution (480 x 800 pixels) and the TFT display colors of 65k. What does this mean?  For a phone so technologically advanced the displayed images and colors should be more detailed and defined.
I personally find the display bright and the colors very vibrant. The phone does come with proximity and light sensors.
Call quality: This is such a great variant. The first thing you have to check is that you get good reception. What’s the point of testing a phone’s call quality when the network in your area is lousy? Where I live the EVO 4G gets 4 bars and 3G coverage. My city is yet to get 4G.  
Everyone I talked to could hear me fine without static and I could hear them well.
Speakerphone: On the loudest setting the speakerphone gets distorted. I took it down two nudges and it worked perfectly. People were able to hear me and I was able to hear them without a problem.
Mobile phone speakers are not the best for music. So music playback is just ok. 
Music: The music player is still quite plain and not as good as the iPhone. The one program that will help with the transferring of music and pictures is Double Twist. It does take a while to transfer music. So if you have a big collection you will have to wait. 
Camera(s): This is the first phone in America to be able to conduct video phone calls. You will need to find apps qik and fring to be able to use this feature.
Rear Camera:  The phone’s rear camera has 8 megapixels and dual led flash. The camera is also able to record in 720p high definition. The first time I took the camera out I noticed that during a cloudy day the pictures at times came out with a bluish hue. However, as the night progressed the phone took great pictures in the dark. One thing I noticed if you get too close the dual led flash will overpower the shot.

Will it take the place of a point-and-shoot? Nope, unless you have a cheap 5 MP. Is it better than other camera phones? Yes! I haven't seen a phone with this type of photo quality.
Front Camera:  The front camera is 1.3 megapixels and it doesn’t have a flash. The camera’s main use will be for video calling. Its quality is good and resembles 3.2 megapixel picture quality.
Camera Software: The software lets you zoom, play with color special effects and deal with the camera’s saturation, brightness and sharpness features.
Hotspot/Wi-Fi Router: For a $30 monthly fee the phone works as a wireless hotspot that connects up to 8 devices at a time. Sprint and other carriers charge about $50 a month for their mobile hotspot USB or Mi-Fi internet access. If you use this feature/technology you will definitely save money monthly.
Android 2.1.1:
Coming from the Samsung Moment I’ve noticed EVO’s version of Android is vastly superior in features.
Pinch and zoom: This is a feature most Android fans have wanted for a while. While browsing through the internet if you want to zoom into a page all you have to do is put your index finger and thumb together on the screen and spread them apart to zoom. The same works with pictures.
Adobe Flash Lite: A lot of websites are made using Adobe Flash. This plug-in makes it possible to view flash content on webpages. However, some sites and their flash based video can cause a delay in browsing and even crash.
Android with HTC’s Sense:  Some people like Android vanilla and some like the Sense experience. I’ve never had the opportunity to play with Sense on a daily basis. Once you turn on your phone and input your Gmail account info Sense will try to find your contact’s twitter and facebook pages and sync them with the contact’s profile.
Sense also gives users 7 pages to place shortcuts and widgets on. The user interphase (UI) is all about placing widgets to make information more visible and available. Though Sense has widgets up, those are customizable and can be deleted by just holding the icon for 3 seconds and dragging it to the trash bin that will appear. Also, Sense has 7 more pre-configured customized layouts: Menu --> Scenes-->and choose.  
Responsiveness:  My experience has been completely enhanced by the Snapdragon (1 GHz) processor. The 800 MHz processor the Samsung Moment has is no match for the Snapdragon. I found the phone responsive to the touch without issues of lag.
There are forum comments about Task Killers and how they are bad or good for the phone. I personally use Advanced Task Killer free edition to shut off any program I’m not using. It helps performance and battery life.
Battery Life: The only negative press this phone has received has been battery life.
 Some apps have the bad habit of turning on when you turn on the phone or turn on automatically. Apps like Sprint Nav, Qik, Fring, Amazon MP3 and a couple of others tend to start and not shut down after a couple of minutes.
I went out with the phone and it was the talk to the night. People wanted to take pictures and video with it. Some wanted to watch and test Sprint TV, while some people were really into the multitasking capabilities and the Sense UI.
I did have GPS and Geo Tagging on for the photos, but had Wi-Fi, 4G, and Bluetooth off. I left my house at 5p.m. and got back home at 3 a.m. The phone had about 25%-30% battery life left. Mind you, this is with heavy use.
Phone Update: And over-the-air (OTA) update was issued as soon as the phone came out. The update is supposed to address an issue with the storage microSD card and the way the phone saves information.
*There has been an issue with the update were the calendar makes the phone stay awake and drains the battery.

4G: Sprint currently has its 4G's network in selective cities. The WiMax/4G speeds are supposed to be up 10x faster than regular 3G. Enabling 4G or Wi-Fi will give users a better multimedia experience. Whether it is watching Youtube or Video calling, the phone will perform better due to the network speeds of 4G and Wi-Fi.
Overall: This phone is pretty packed with amazing features. The two cameras and the quality of the pictures and 720p HD video is pretty amazing in its own right. The battery life is pretty good for a phone that is able to multitask without being hacked.  
Asides from being a phone the Evo 4G is about 3 devices in one: It's a mobile hotspot. It's a portable multimedia device. It's  a decent point-and-shoot.
To get Free Tethering you first have to root.
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