There are not many smartphones that could command massive excitement around its launch since the annual iPhone release. However, HTC Evo 4G has been able to do just that. People are excited about the HTC smartphone which runs on Android and supports 4G connectivity.
Let us take a sneak peek at this new challenger in the highly competitive smartphone arena.
First, the overall design of the HTC Evo 4G. It is a relatively large phone, measuring 4.8 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide by 0.5 inch tick. The good news is that the engineers have rightly opted to keep it real thin, at least that way you could still call it sleek.
Users will probably be too mesmerized by the large and beautiful display to complain about the slightly large size of the device. It is an understandable sacrifice especially for people who use the device to view Web pages and read text. The device also has a built-in light sensor that will automatically adjust the backlight based on the ambient light, rendering the screen suitable for viewing in most environments save for very bright outdoor sunlight.
I don't think many will disagree if we were to say that the engineers place a lot of importance on the multimedia capability of HTC Evo 4G. It not only has a convenient Micro-USB port but also a Type D connecter HDMI port, making it easy for you to hook the phone up to your TV. When you don't have your TV handy though, you can always watch video and view photos right on the screen of the phone. The kickstand on back allows user to prop the phone up on a desk for a comfortable viewing experience.
The operating system of HTC Evo 4G is Android 2.1. Being the latest Android version, users not only have access to the standard Google services and Android apps but also advanced apps such as Google Maps with Navigation, live wallpapers and voice-to-text entry. We're also crossing our fingers, hoping that Sprint will announce Android 2.2 update which will have support for Flash 10.1 and other features.
The Evo has a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and a main 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting HD-quality video. There are plenty of apps to choose from in the Android Market. However, a few proprietary apps by HTC is thrown in for the users' benefits, such as the Peep Twitter client and Footprints (GPS). The Evo 4G provides 1GB of internal memory but you can insert external memory cards up to 32GB through the microSD expansion slot.
Powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650 processor and 512MB RAM, HTC Evo 4G performed reliably well under our test. It ships with a 1,500mAh lithium ion battery. As with most smartphone the battery life varies depending on usage and other factors. A casual test leads us to estimate 4-5.5 hours of talk time or heavy usage and 12 hours of standby time for the phone.