Desktops and Notebooks: HTC Evo View 4G Gingerbread Tablet Packs Features Into Compact Frame
HTC Evo View 4G Unboxed
Here is the HTC Evo tablet in all its diminutive splendor. The tablet measures only 7.69 inches long and 4.42 inches wide. It also weighs 14.88 ounces, less than the 1.3 pounds of the Apple iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The charcoal gray plastic is decorated with the Android, Sprint and HTC logos. The HTC logo is raised. Neither the camera nor the rounded edges prevent the device from being flat on a desk.
View From the Side
This fat little tablet measures .52 inches thick, which is much thicker than the svelte iPad 2 and Tab 10.1, which are just over one-third of an inch thick.
Evo View Display
Here is the standard Gingerbread interface, albeit with Sense 2.1, on this 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive touch screen. There is also a "pen button" next to the back button on the front.
Qik Video Calling
The Qik app is included for video calling with other Qik users.
HTC has included a lot of its own software, which may annoy people. These apps include the HTC Watch movie app, as well as HTC Likes, Hub and Mobile Guide.
View 4G also comes preinstalled with this More for Me local deals aggregation service app from Sprint rival T-Mobile.
Feeling the local love, we checked in via Foursquare, which we ported to the tablet from our Android smartphone when we signed into the View 4G with our Google account.
Twitter for HTC Sense and Facebook for HTC Sense are also included on the View 4G.
Guess what else was accessible on the slate? Evernote for HTC Sense, which is where we can save our Scribe scribbles to. Now let's drill down into the pen action.
Slate and Scribe
Here is the View 4G next to the Scribe pen for perspective. The pen is gray, small and light, feeling comfortable to the swiftly drawing hand.
Scribe Pen Comparison
This is what the Scribe pen look like next to a full-size Bic pen.
Users may use Scribe anywhere on the tablet, as we point out here. When a user draws on the slate, the camera shutter sound will chime, saving a copy of the user's scribbles.
For more structure, we prefer the note-taking app at the bottom of every home screen. First, we took the tutorial to learn how Scribe works with the View 4G.
HTC explains what happens with the pen button on the tablet.
The pen button will let users access other "pens," as well as colors. It's basically a digital painter's palette and works well.
The Scribe pen itself has two buttonsone for highlighting text and one for erasing. Erasing, which works just like a pencil eraser on the tablet, lets users swipe their pen across the display to remove digital ink doodles and text.
Check out the highlight action in this picture.
Testing the Scribe Pen
We tested the Scribe's pen ink setting here.
We switched up the pen action to this paintbrush stroke action, using purple ink this time.