Sprint HTC Evo 4G Review
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Exclusively marketed by Sprint as its flagship smartphone to showcase its 4G network, the first of its kind on the planet, the HTC Evo 4G takes off from the very similar HTC HD2 hardware that had run the Windows Mobile OS. The Taiwan leader in smartphones obviously tinkered with it to run the Android v2.1 Éclair layered with the popular HTC Sense UI on the same 1 GHz Snapdragon engine.
Nearly all the features remain intact except that as a US-bound smartphone, the Evo 4G gets a CDMA twin-band radio on 2G and supports 3G and 4G EV-DO exclusive to Sprint. Though the device is touted as a 4G phone, this is exclusive to Sprint as there is still no standard issued by the wireless standards committees. If you have been using the HD2 on the GSM network, the two carry almost the same feature set.
Better Multimedia Prowess
The HTC Evo 4G gets a high resolution 8 megapixel for its camera against the 5 megapixel on the HD2. But you still get the same autofocus, dual LED flash and geo tagging, along with its gorgeous high definition 720p video recording, one of the first in the market when the HD2 came out.
A high end video recording resolution is matched by a gorgeous 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with wide-VGA (480 x 800) resolution, 65k colors, multitouch data input technology and the expected proximity and accelerometer sensors. Needless to say, watching our favorite Transformers movie on MP4 looks as great on it is in the Droid X which is its direct competitor.
It even has an HDMI port to feet your HTC Evo 4G content to your large screen plasma or LCD TV a great way to escape your friends crowding over the handset when showcasing your photos or videos taken with it. There’s also a secondary front facing video call camera with 1.3 megapixel resolution.
On the entertainment is another plus with its own stereo FM radio with RDS and the media playback support from the popular audio and video files. Stereo listening with headphones can be wired using its 3.5mm headphone port or you can go wireless with its A2DP profile support over Bluetooth.
Rich Hardware Specs
As a high end cellphone, the HTC Evo 4G offers the same data connectivity options apart from its CDMA connectivity. You get WiFi 802.11b/g with WiMax 802.16e protocol support on test for data speeds that can reach up to 10 Mbps when downloading and 1 Mbps when uploading. There’s also Bluetooth v2.1 and microUSB v2.0 as well as an onboard GPS receiver with AGPS support preloaded with Google Maps.
Your Android apps will love its 512 MB RAM and 1 GB ROM to run smoothly even with multitasking of a few apps running on the background. It has support for micro SD expandability for up to 32GB and comes with a free 8GB micro SD card in the sales it. Preloaded software apps include an integrated Facebook, Twitters, Picasa and Flickr apps, along with YouTube, Google Search, Google Talk and Gmail right out of the box.
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