Enterprise Mobility: HTC Evo Design 4G: Solid Middle-Road Android Smartphone
The HTC Evo Design 4G costs $99 with Sprint (along with a two-year contract), making it an inexpensive but reliable Android smartphone. While it might lack the bells and whistles of a Motorola Droid or Samsung Galaxy S II, the HTC Evo Design 4G's combination of Android 2.3 operating system, 4-inch screen and 1.2GHz processor make it a perfectly adequate device for most users. Sprint hopes that the device's support for its 4G network, and world phone capabilities, will sweeten the potential deal. (Some of the proprietary apps, including the Car Panel that turns the smartphone into a dashboard companion, could provide some additional impetus.) If the HTC Evo Design 4G doesn't boast a super-large screen, ultra-fast processor, or some other special "tweak, it also lacks the spectacular issues that have hobbled some Android smartphones in the past. If anything, the 4-inch screen makes the device that much more portable in smaller pockets, and its 5.22-ounce weight results in a relatively light but still solid-feeling piece of hardware. Sprint claims the HTC Evo Design 4G boasts a talk time of six hours, something that eWEEK's testing did nothing to disprove. There might not be a whole lot that's unique in this particular package, but any consumer who wants a reliable, middle-of-the-road Android smartphone (with Gingerbread) could do well to consider this one.