HTC Evo 4G Is Great When Its Got Juice

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-06-02 Print this article Print


The device will serve as a WiFi hot spot for another $30 per month from Sprint, allowing users to let their netbooks, tablets and other computers access the Web via the Evo. Bluetooth 2.1 is also supported, and the device has the requisite digital compass, and proximity and light sensors.

Logging into my Google account enabled me to access my Gmail inbox and all of my existing calendar info on the Evo.

I logged into the Facebook for Android app, which injected Facebook contacts right into my phone list. I used HTC's FriendStream to integrate my Facebook and Twitter streams in one view.

The device boasts 1GB of ROM storage (358MB is for app storage) and 512GB of RAM storage. Sprint will charge $80 for unlimited data and text messages and 450 talk minutes, a price bump of $10 from Sprint's existing 3G devices.

I can't complain about any dropped calls. Sprint isn't bad in my neck of Fairfield County, Conn.

That brings me to answer the obvious question about why I haven't discussed Sprint's lauded 4G network, which is supposed to download data at a whopping peak of 10M bps (more realistically 3-6M bps, on average), and upload it at 1M bps.

I, like many of the reviewers of the device, haven't had the pleasure of the 4G experience, which is currently in 33 markets, but not here in Connecticut. I'd travel as far as New York City to use it, but 4G, profiled by the AP here, isn't even available there yet.

The markets closest to me are several hours away in Baltimore and Philadelphia, a little far for me to test a phone, even one as fun as this one. Sprint assured me the launch of 4G in several more markets is expected to cover up to 120 million people this year.

Apparently, I'm not missing much without 4G, based on the reviews from Walt Mossberg and others. Sprint's 3G service shuttles downloads at a peak speed of 3.1M bps and uploads at 1.8M bps. That's fast enough for me, but not enough for others trying to do more media-intensive tasks.

Unfortunately, a great smartphone + poor battery = subpar user experience. If the device shipped with a backup battery, Sprint would have a winner on its hands.

I recommend this device to those users who, while traveling a lot, manage to charge their battery without the frustration that scares off power users.

For me, I'll take the Droid Incredible over both the Nexus One and Evo. The battery life is better and the device feels more like a phone than a little tablet in my hand. Feeling, as silly as it may sound, is a big deal for phones, and at the end of the day I trust my feelings.


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