The HTC Evo 4G smartphone is basically Sprint’s answer to the Droid on Verizon and the iPhone on AT&T. The HTC 4G is boasted as the world’s first 4G phone, and that much remains true. According to HTC.com the specifications breakdown like this: 1Gz Snapdragon processor, 1 GB ROM/512MB Ram internal memory, 8 MegaPixel digital camera on the back, 1.3 MegaPixel Front Facing camera, and a 4.3″ WVGA Multitouch screen all put to the use of one of the hottest operating systems going these days: Android 2.1.
As a piece of technology the HTC 4G is impressive for sure. The high definition 4.3″ screen allows for some impressive visuals. The Snapdragon processor keeps the unit clicking at some pretty impressive speeds for a handheld computer, err, phone. The visuals are just extremely crisp and clean for everything from pictures to videos. The 8 MegaPixel camera supports pictures and videos, and records in stunning HD, while the forward facing camera makes things like video chat a realistic option. At 8 MegaPixels the camera has better resolution than the Droid or iPhone. The Evo also sports a micro SD card slot, and through Sprint comes with an 8GB card included. However, it can be uprgraded to some monster sizes like 32GB. In short, if you are looking for an extremely fast phone with great visuals this unit merits serious consideration.
4G speed is supposed be ten times what users experience on 3G networks. Which would be an all out impressive feature, if 4G was available everywhere. Since coverage of the speedy network is sporadic at best, users are generally left with using the existing 3G network. The image of having a Porsche that only goes thirty-five miles an hour comes to mind. Still when on a 4G network the download speed is incredible, however, until the coverage area is improved.
Network coverage not withstanding the applications for a smartphone like the HTC Evo 4G are fairly impressive. The unit acts a wireless hotspot for other devices that need Wi-Fi access, which means accessing the Internet from literally just about everywhere. Plus, the Android operating system means access to the thousands of apps available for the Droid. One interesting app allows for live streaming video to be shot from the phone, which makes real time video viewing a complete possibility. The HTC Evo 4G has a retail price of $449.99 from Sprint, but is currently available with a host of incentives and rebates, which do vary according to zip code so research them before any purchase is made. These rebates help make the phone more attractive, but this is not likely an entry-level phone. That’s right it’s a phone, and it even still makes phone calls.