Video: Sprint HTC EVO 4G Review

by James on 06/15/2010

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After 4 1/2 years of using the same cell phone, I finally made the decision to enter the smart phone arena because I knew it could allow me to be more productive. I chose the most powerful cell phone currently on the market… the HTC EVO 4G on the Sprint Network. I have put together a video overview of my brief experience with my new device. Check it out!

Video Review of Sprint HTC EVO 4G – FreedomBy40.com on Vimeo.

What do I like about the HTC EVO 4G?

1. 4.3″ screen. Wow! That is all that needs to be said!

2. 4G capability. It is fast… very fast!

3. Mobile Hotspot. Connect up to 8 devices to the EVO wirelessly to access the Internet.

4. 720p video recording. Plug the phone directly into your HDTV and watch your high-definition videos!

5. HTC Sense UI. Fantastic layout and design. Customizable.

6. Integration of Gmail and Google Apps. It took less than 2 minutes to get my email setup and contacts imported.

7. Free turn-by-turn navigation from Google.

8. Video chat. Use Fring to video chat with other Fring users and Skype users for free.

9. Voice-to-text. Use your voice to input text messages, emails, searches and more!

10. True unlimited data plan. Use up as much bandwidth as your like for no extra charge.

What would make the HTC EVO 4G a phone better?

1. Longer battery life. The phone will last all day if I use it for email, text messages, phone calls and surfing the Internet. However, if I watch lots of streaming video and play videos games, the battery runs out within a few hours of constant play.

2. More quality apps. There are plenty of nice apps to download, however, Apple’s App Store wins hands down.

Why didn’t I wait for the iPhone 4?

1. Price. Monthly charges are higher for the iPhone through AT&T.

2. No unlimited data plan. It will be interesting to see how much bandwidth iPhone 4 users consume and how high their cell phone bills rise.

3. Smaller screen. Yes, the pixel density of the iPhone 4 screen is higher, but the screen size of the HTC Evo 4G is breathtaking.

4. No Adobe Flash support. No Flash videos on the iPhone.

2010-08-09 – Update:

After about 2 months of use, I am in love with this phone! I will admit, it takes a little more time to learn the Android OS as compared with the iPhone OS (based on my iPod Touch experience), but this is simply due to the vast capabilities of Android. There is so much freedom to customize everything to your liking! In addition, with the update to Android 2.2, battery life has been noticeably better (lasting all day with moderate use), there is now full Adobe Flash support and the new ChromeToPhone functionality is amazing! And, did you know that you can sync your iTunes music to an Android phone?! Love it.

What is ChromeToPhone? It allows you to automatically open a web page that you are viewing on your computer, on your phone! For example, if you are looking at driving directions, you can send them to your phone with a click of a button!

BTW, did I mention that I have been more productive, too? :)

2011-01-20 – Update:

I have no more battery life concerns with my EVO. I just got over 3+ days of moderate use out of it after purchasing the Seidio Innocell 3500mAh Extended Life Battery! Yes, the bigger battery adds some bulk, but it is surprisingly comfortable in hand and pocket. Now I can use this phone the way that it was intended… lots of use!

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