Mobile and Wireless: HTC Evo 4G LTE Needs Sprint's New 4G Network for Its Full Potential
HTC Evo 4G LTE
Sprint theoretically began selling the HTC Evo 4G LTE May 18 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. With AT&T's HTC One X (shown here), the Evo was held up in customs for a few weeks, while HTC and Apple debated whether the phones infringed Apple patents. The phones are definitely siblings.
When Sprint introduced the HTC Evo 4G in early 2010, it was the carrier's first WiMax-ready smartphone and had a serious wow factor. It was considered thin and powerful. In eWEEK, our reviewer called the device a solid Android smartphoneit ran the 2.1 version of Android at the timealthough the device offered limited battery life. Now, two years later, it's chunky, heavy and laughably squat. The 4.3-inch display, which seemed enormous at launch, is dwarfed by a market full of 4.7- and even 4.8-inch phones. A refresh was in order, and Sprint and HTC have delivered, introducing the Evo 4G LTE on May 9. This version of the smartphone features a 4.7-inch high-definition Super LCD display and 1.5MHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, measures 8.9mm thin to the original's 12.7mm and weighs 4.7 ounces, down from 6 ounces. However, more meaningful than comparing it to the original is to hold it up against AT&T's HTC One X, which the Evo 4G LTE, despite its different aesthetic, is very much a sibling to. Their displays are the same and their dimensions nearly identical. Both run Android 4.0 with HTC's Sense 4.0 user interface, and include Beats Audio and feature-rich cameras. However, what the Evo 4G LTE lacks, despite its name, is for now access to a Long-Term Evolution, or LTE, network, though Sprint plans to flip the switch in several cities this summer. The Evo 4G LTE is a strong offering as is, but will certainly benefit from living up to its potential.