Desktops and Notebooks: HTC Evo View 4G Gingerbread Tablet Packs Features Into Compact Frame
The HTC Evo View 4G, which Sprint began selling June 24 for $399.99, is a pretty 7-inch tablet flaunting HTC's classic rounded edges. HTC's first Android tablet, powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, recalls the HTC Thunderbolt 4G smartphone in aesthetics and network speed, boasting a soft gray plastic back with souped up performance on Sprint's meaty 4G WiMax network. However, users who want to make calls will need to do so via Google Voice or the preinstalled Qik video calling app enabled by the tablet's front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and rear-facing 5 megapixel shutter. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was based on Android 2.2, or the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet, this slate is based on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread." Though not optimized for tablets, Gingerbread does a credible job rendering applications, thanks to HTC's Sense 2.1 custom feature layer for tablets. Moreover, the HTC will upgrade the View 4G over the air to Honeycomb later. The View also has 32GB of memory to store movies, photos and apps, and a 4,000-mAh lithium-polymer battery for solid running life. The real treat with the View 4G we reviewed was the HTC Scribe digital pen, which Sprint is kicking in free now, but will cost consumers who wait too long $79.99. The Scribe pen is a great little tool that lets users take freehand notes in the classic blue or black pen-style or with several different colors and drawing modes. Users may also simply just begin writing or drawing on any home screen on the tablet. Notes and annotations may also be instantly saved to a user's Evernote account. Take the tour of this fine tablet with eWEEK.