Jun 09 AT 12:30 PM Taylor Wimberly 55 Comments

Android Evolved: The Sprint EVO 4G review

Since the iPhone came to AT&T, every carrier has longed for a flagship smartphone that could generate the same buzz and result in new, higher-paying customers. Sprint hoped that device would be the Palm Pre, but it failed to attract the number of customers (and more importantly developers) in order to become a major success.

Sprint was looking for other options so they got their toes wet with their first two Android phones last year. Both devices were a success, ranking 7th and 8th in the top 10 U.S. smartphones according to AdMob, but Sprint knew they could do better. The carrier needed a hero device to show off their high-speed 4G WiMAX network and they decided early on that Android would be their mobile operating system of choice. Enter the EVO.

The HTC EVO 4G is the first Android phone to wow me since I got my hands on the Nexus One. Both phones have similar internals, but the EVO packs on so many extra hardware “firsts” that it turns into a superior device. The EVO is the most feature-rich and visually pleasing smartphone I have ever used.

Android phones turnover quickly, but Sprint and HTC can now claim the best Android phone on any carrier. There is always a better Android phone coming 3-6 months down the pipe, but the EVO offers enough significant features to be at the top of anyone’s list (whether they are looking to purchase their first Android phone or upgrade that aging G1).

Hardware

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As you may have heard by now, the EVO is the first 4G WiMAX phone in North America. Sprint has made 4G support the focus of their marketing campaign, but the device also features many other exciting new features. Additional firsts for the U.S. Android market include a 4.3 inch display, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 720p video recording, HDMI out, and a kickstand. These features alone should grab the attention of any gadget fan and tempt those holding out to upgrade their first-generation Android device.

Dimensions The EVO is a big smartphone (4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches), but it does not cross the line on size for me. Even though the display is a half inch larger than previous Android models, the overall phone height is not that much taller than previous models. The EVO is almost as slim as my Nexus One and about the same weight as the Motorola Droid. I had no issue fitting it into the front pocket of my jeans.

Processor Powering the EVO is Qualcomm’s 1 GHz Snapdragon platform, which is the best Android has to offer. The Snapdragon leads all other platforms in overall system performance benchmarks, but its Adreno graphics processor trails behind the Motorola Droid (PowerVR SGX GPU). The EVO still manages to play 3D games quite well, but the Droid will have the fastest GPU till the Samsung Galaxy S comes out.

Display How big is too big when it comes to displays? Each person will have to answer that question, but I believe the EVO hits the sweet spot at 4.3 inches. I was using the Nexus One which featured a 3.7 inch display, but that extra half inch made a big difference to me. Web pages were easier to read, the on-screen keyboard felt more accurate, I noticed more detail in games, and videos were a joy to watch.

HTC is using a TFT LCD display instead of the newer AMOLED type, but the shear size of the screen made up for that loss. I prefer the better colors and brightness of the AMOLED, but the TFT LCD is easier to see out in direct sunlight. Samsung has had a hard time keeping up with the demand for AMOLED displays which has led to Incredible shortages, so that is why HTC likely passed on them.

Touch Sensor Earlier HTC smartphones suffered from some multitouch issues which were related to the Synaptics touch sensor being used. Thankfully, HTC upgraded to the newer Atmel maXTouch sensor which supports unlimited touches, lower power consumptions, and superior performance. This touch sensor felt more accurate when typing on the virtual keyboard and I had no issues when playing games with multitouch controls.

Memory and Storage Inside the EVO you will find a 1 GB ROM, 512 MB of RAM, and an 8 GB MicroSD card. The large ROM size only allows a couple hundred MBs for app storage, but Android 2.2 adds support for applications to be installed to the SD card. The 512 MB RAM is the current tops for Android and users will notice increased multitasking performance thanks to the extra memory. Sprint includes an 8 GB MicroSD card, but users can upgrade to 32 GB if they want to add some extra storage space for all their media.

Camera Dual-cameras have finally made an appearance on an Android phone. The EVO features a main camera with 8 megapixels and LED flash, while a 1.3 megapixel camera is located on the front of the device. This opens the door to a new wave of video applications and we have seen that already with Fring and Qik. The 8 megapixel camera takes beautiful photos with some tweaking and the front facing camera is more than adequate for video chat and snapping profile pictures.

Kickstand One of the most unique hardware features is the metal kickstand, which allows the user to easily prop the phone on any flat surface. The kickstand performs quite well on a level surface, but users will still need to hold the device when they want to operate it. Just pressing around the corners could cause the phone to fall over. I was worried the kickstand might be too loose, but it has a nice springy feel and snaps back into place when closed.

HDMI Out The EVO is the first Android phone in the U.S. with a micro HDMI port (Type D), which allows you to send a 720p signal to your HDTV. This feature is so new that you will have a hard time finding the correct cable at your local retail store and will probably need to order it online. Best Buy and others are planning to eventually sell the cable, but it might not be available till July.

The thought of sending high-definition video to your TV sounds really cool, but our experiences using the HDMI out were a mixed bag. For starters, I was only able to get a video signal to my TV when using the Gallery app. Users have the option to display photos in a slideshow or playback HD video they recorded. Several videos I recorded that were not in 720p would not playback on my TV.

YouTube HQ is supposed to support HDMI out, but I have been unable to make it work. When I attempt to play a video, my TV (Samsung LN46A650) just says “mode not supported”. We have heard there could be compatibility issues between HDMI 1.4 and older HDMI 1.1-1.3 devices, so that might have been my problem.

Finally, the Android SDK does not offer native HDMI support so Sprint has coded their own solution. Developers can support the feature, but the way it’s implemented will not benefit real time apps or games. As our developer friend Mike Leahy put it, “Lets just say it’s a big hack and not the good or useful kind.”

Operating system and software

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The EVO ships with the latest Android 2.1 and HTC’s updated Sense UI, both of which we have seen before so I’m not going to spend much time on them. I’ve been pretty hard on different flavors of Android in the past, but I actually enjoyed the Sense experience and the extra features it offered.

I found myself using the pinch-zoom homescreen option (called Leap) quite often and I prefer it over the hover cards used to preview homescreens in the stock version of Android 2.1. The Scenes feature, which allows users to create custom themes for their different moods, also impressed me. It was cool to have one desktop that had the icons and widgets needed for work and then be able to easily switch my theme back to normal for when I was at home.

Normally I suggest that people purchase Android phones with the expectation that they might never get upgraded, but with the EVO that should not be a problem. Sprint already rolled out a minor software update on day one and many more are in store. The phone ships with Android 2.1, but an update to Android 2.2 is already in the works and should appear later this year.

The only downside to Sense UI has been the extra waiting period when HTC had to upgrade their software to support the latest Android firmware. Since the EVO is already using Android 2.x, hopefully the next couple of updates should see reduced hold times. However, those devices with stock versions of Android like the Motorola Droid should always see Android updates before their cousins with custom UIs.

Android 2.2 offers a major performance boost that we have measured in recent benchmarks and the battery life improves as well. I’ve been running Android 2.2 on a Nexus One and I can say it’s the most complete version of Android yet. Virtually all of the major Android complaints have been addressed and I’m having a hard time coming up with feature request now. For complete details on Android 2.2, watch the official announcement video or check out Sean’s highlights.

Sprint apps More pre-loaded apps come with Sprint phones than any other carrier, but most of theirs are actually useful. The EVO includes Sprint exclusives like Sprint TV, Nascar Sprint Cup Mobile, Sprint Football Live, Sprint Hotspot, Sprint Navigation, and Sprint Zone.

Qik Thanks to the front-facing camera, users can now video chat with their friends. Basic video calls are free using the pre-loaded Qik app or users can pay $4.99 per month for premium features. It all sounds really awesome, but I have yet to complete a video call since using the EVO. Qik first had issues getting their app listed on the EVO Market and then their servers were overloaded when 20x the normal traffic crushed their servers. The problems have been so bad that Qik unpublished the application from the Market until the issues are resolved. In the mean time, check out Fring which allows video calling EVO-to-EVO or even with your Skype friends.

Google Navigation I’m sure some of you know this is now included with Android, but Google Maps Navigation is the best GPS app and the service is totally free. Each release brings new features that continue to make this a must-have location application.

Hackers paradise If it says HTC, then you can hack it. The EVO has already been rooted and custom ROMs are starting to appear on xda-developers. With the popularity of the EVO, I believe a strong development community will support the device. If you like owning a phone that allows you to load custom versions of Android, overclock the hardware, and use the device in a way not intended by your carrier, then the EVO (or any HTC phone) is a great choice.

4G Speeds

The 4G data speeds of the EVO are the fastest I have experienced when using any Android phone, but they don’t quite live up to the expectations we had. Sprint claims on their site that the EVO 4G is 10x faster than current 3G phones and can average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.

In our own 4G testing across multiple Texas cities, I was never able to top 3 Mbps and my max download average was typically around 2 Mbps. For uploads, I was able to hit the 1 Mbps cap that Sprint has set. These speeds are definitely fast, but I’ve been able to achieve similar results on other carriers’ 3G networks. I expect that speeds will differ based on your location, but other 4G testing in northwest states produced similar results.

The major benefit of Sprint’s 4G is likely to be the reliability of the network speeds. Other carrier networks bog down in the daytime during peak hours, but 4G WiMAX was fast every time I used it. In my testing it rarely (if ever) dropped below 1 Mbps downloads. It might not be “10x” faster than 3G, but if you need a consistent internet connection that can be shared with other devices, then give 4G a try.

Unfortunately, many readers will not be able to benefit from these faster speeds until Sprint grows their 4G WiMAX network to cover more markets. Sprint hopes to cover 120 million people with 4G service in 2010 and keep expanding that next year. To check your coverage area, please visit Sprint.com/4G.

Battery Performance

Reading a couple of the other EVO reviews, I can see that the battery life is the biggest concern for most reviewers. Some wished it lasted longer, while others proclaimed it flat out sucked.

As an avid Android user, I can honestly say I have no issues whatsoever with the EVO’s battery. Its performance is on par with other Android phones I have used, which means you need to charge it every night.

There are situations where a rogue app can drain the battery in a couple of hours, but this is an Android issue and has nothing to do with the EVO. For example, one day I noticed my battery near 20% after only 3 hours of normal use. When I checked the battery log, I found the game Drop7 had been constantly running in the background eating up CPU so I quickly uninstalled the app. Random things like this will happen with Android, so it never hurts to keep a spare charger in the car or at your work desk.

New users should also not be alarmed if they experience poor battery life during the first 48 hours. Almost every Android phone I have owned requires some kind of calibration phase and users will see performance increase after several cycles of fully draining the battery and re-charging it.

Going forward, battery life is still expected to improve with future software updates. Android 2.2 includes the new JIT compiler which reduces CPU load and I have seen a noticeable improvement in battery life when I installed it on my Nexus One.

Battery test So how well does the EVO’s 1500 mAh battery perform when under load? To test the battery I gave it a full charge and then measured how long it would last when doing something stressful to suck the power down.

First I made sure I was connected to 4G and then I launched the mobile hotspot application to tether the internet connection with my laptop. Then I started downloading a 4 GB file via uTorrent and counted down the hours. To my surprise, the EVO went a full 3 hours before I heard the low battery warning go off. I allowed the download process to continue and the phone did not shut off till 3 hours and 33 minutes after I began the test (and transferred over 1 GB of data).

This might not sound like much, but using both radios is one of the most draining tests and I’ve been lucky to get around 1 hour when testing WiFi tether on my older HTC Magic. If you plan to use the mobile hotspot feature, it is always wise to plug your phone in, but it’s good to know you can still squeeze a couple hours when you are in dire need.

System Performance

Users should expect top of the line performance from their EVO that is only guaranteed to get better over time. The 1 GHz Snapdragon processor offers the best overall system performance and that is expected to increase 2x-5x when Android 2.2 comes out. The only downfall to the Snapdragon, is its graphics processor which falls behind the Droid as we mentioned earlier.

To provide a reference for comparison, I ran a couple of the more popular Android benchmarks and provided the scores below. The EVO tested in the range of other 1 GHz Snapdragon phones in system performance, which places it just ahead of the Motorola Droid (using the 550 MHz OMAP3430 processor). However, when it came to games the Droid was still the better performer with its faster GPU.

  • GLBenchmark: PRO ES 1.1 – 3.4 fps ,PRO HD 1.1 – 28.8 fps
  • Linpack: 6.896 MFLOPS
  • NeoCore: 24.8 fps
  • NenaMark1: 10.1 fps
  • Quadrant: 546 points

Have suggestions for other Android benchmarks you want us to perform? Please leave a comment.

Camera & HD Video Capture

An 8 megapixel camera is included with the EVO, which is similar to what we saw in HTC’s Droid Incredible. I’m not a real camera buff, so this area of the review will be revisited later after we spend some extended time with the EVO. Check out our Nexus One vs Incredible camera test for a sample of what to expect from HTC cameras.

In the meantime, fellow contributor Dylan Anderson has uploaded a slew of EVO test shots to his flickr, and there is even a growing flickr pool of EVO photos. The camera is capable of taking crisp, clean shots, many examples of which can be found on flickr.

The one area I did try out was HD video recording, which the EVO captures at a maximum resolution of 1280×720. Video files are saved in a 3gp file format which makes them easy to upload to YouTube and I found it took up about 40 MB for every 1 minute of HD video (or around 1 GB for 30 minutes).

To test the camcorder I recorded two quick video clips, one during the daytime and one at night. The video quality was not as good as a dedicated HD camera, but it still topped anything I’ve seen from a smartphone. When I played it back on my HDTV I noticed some blocking, but the video was very viewable even at 46 inches.

You wouldn’t want to shoot a whole movie using the EVO, but it’s perfect for those moments when you least expect it. Thanks to the speedy 4G connection, users can capture events around them and quickly share them with their friends (or the world) via YouTube only minutes later.

Nighttime video samples were a little disappointing because there is no option to force the LED flash on. I’ve seen this feature in the (un)official Android 2.2 running on my Nexus One, so hopefully it finds its way to the EVO sometime soon.

Pricing options and calling plans

Sprint stores are selling the EVO for $449.99 regular price or $199 with 2 year contract (that’s after a $100 mail in rebate). I’m disappointed the carriers have turned to mail in rebates so they can advertise a lower price, but you can find the EVO at many other retail partners who offer an instant rebate. If you are willing to wait a couple of days for shipping, the best deals are always found online.

Sprint offers some of the most competitive smartphone plans around, but customers will still pay a premium to use the EVO 4G. Customers are required to have a $10 data add-on to whichever plan they pick, but Sprint claims customers can still save around $40 compared with AT&T and Verizon’s unlimited talk/text/data plans.

The combination of features and services on the HTC EVO 4G provide capabilities that were never previously available on a wireless device so Sprint assumes customers will likely have higher data usage and this is the reason for the extra $10. It does not matter if you live in an area where 4G service is not available, this monthly fee is mandatory.

Customers who opt for the mobile hotspot feature, which provides wireless internet tethering for up to 8 devices, will be charged an additional $29.99 per month. There is also the option for free wired tethering, if you want to take the time to download one of tether apps from the Android Market and configure it to work with your PC.

Final Verdict

The Sprint EVO 4G offers the best hardware of any Android phone currently available. It’s amazing when you think of all the capabilities stuffed into this phone that can replace other devices. The EVO 4G can act as a smartphone, portable gaming device, camera, camcorder, FM radio, GPS, HD video player, and a TV remote (when Google TV launches later this year). All of that is in addition to the endless possibilities that can be performed when carrying an always-connected mini computer in your pocket. There are over 60,000 applications in the Android Market and that number continues to grow at a blazing pace.

I’m a huge fan of the Sense UI, but I’ll always prefer the stock version of Android. HTC’s Sense presents a great experience for those new to Android, but I’m more of a power user and I like the simplicity that comes from the plain old Android. Thankfully, those who truly wish to hack their phone and load a different version of the OS can still achieve that.

    Things we liked

  1. Huge 4.3 inch display is the sweet spot for Android phones. I hope this becomes the standard on new high-end phones. The Atmel maXTouch sensor handles multitouch much better than older HTC phones.
  2. Fast 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM. This is the king when it comes to overall system performance and it will only get faster with Android 2.2.
  3. The 4G download speeds were the fastest we have seen on an Android phone. They might not meet Sprint’s “10x as fast” claim, but the connection was reliable.
  4. Dual cameras. It’s nice to see a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera to match the 8 megapixel camera on the back. Video calling should be a huge selling point after the apps are fine tuned.

    Things we didn’t

  1. We are not a fan of the $10 premium data add-on and find it confusing. If the fee is for 4G data, then it should be limited to 4G markets. I feel like im paying for the hardware twice with a mandatory $10 “Android tax” added on every month.
  2. Users with older HDTV’s might experience issues with the HDMI out feature. A TV with HDMI 1.4 ports is recommended.
  3. We experienced major issues with the video chat service Qik. They featured this app on the front of the box, so there is no excuse for all the issues people have had. Hopefully things get sorted out soon.

Even though I love the EVO, at the end of the day I’m still sticking with my Nexus One for daily use. Both phones have the same 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, but the Nexus One is currently faster since it’s running Android 2.2. Yes, that might be an unfair advantage, but that is one of the benefits of owning the Nexus One. We know the EVO will eventually get this update, but there is no official time frame and users could be waiting several months.

The 4G speeds were some of the fastest I’ve experienced, but it’s not the huge leap I was expecting and I don’t have an immediate need for it in my daily life. Early testing on T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network shows it offers “4G speeds” and it has outperformed Sprint 4G in several test markets. We also know Verizon will begin their transition to the faster 4G LTE this year and likely have a matching handset next year. If your contract does not end for another 6-12 months, then sit back and watch as the carriers upgrade their networks in your neck of the woods.

I’m also still a major fan of T-Mobile’s Even More Plus (no-contract plan) where I currently pay $59 per month. The wireless landscape changes every six months and I don’t want to be tied up in another two-year contract and have to worry about early termination fees. I enjoy my freedom on T-Mobile and I’ll likely stay there until more carriers offer better no-contract options. If you are a customer who is switching to Sprint for the EVO, then a contract is required.

The beauty of Android is that you can own a superphone no matter what carrier you prefer (minus AT&T for now). If you are a die-hard Sprint fan, then the EVO is your obvious choice. AT&T and Verizon customers who are looking to join the Android party and save some money should also consider the Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, Anytime.

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As long as Sprint can keep up with demand, we fully expect the EVO will become the best selling smartphone in company history.

In recognition of the superb build quality and innovation, we are giving the Sprint EVO 4G our first Android and Me Editor’s Choice award. This is a new badge we’ll be awarding to the best that Android has to offer, both hardware and software.

If you’re interested, you can click to see the price of the EVO in our Android phone store. We also sell EVO accessories if you’ve already purchased the phone.

Note: If you are viewing this on the mobile site or in a feed reader, please consider visiting the full review on the desktop site. It’s packed with all sort of expanded content, charts and photos we just couldn’t fit here.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • Lane

    Yes Android 2.2 allows for installing apps to SD and would get around this phone’s ROM limitations, but this phone ships with 2.1.

  • http://Website D

    Sprint’s $69 plan consists of 450 anytime minutes not 400.

  • http://Website Wayne

    I haven’t even fully read the review but I just had to say that this is a wonderfully formatted review.

  • http://Website Byron

    What camera were those pictures of the Evo taken with at the bottom?

  • http://Website russ

    i agree, this is an awesome review, but wouldn’t it be better to try and push this BEFORE the release date? seems kind of superfluous to release this after they’ve already sold 200,000 units – all of those people’s personal testimony will speak more than any review can. still, I applaud the effort, guess we’re still waiting on your detailed Nexus One review…

  • http://jim.nuttz.org Jim Nutt

    Just as a side note, a Moto Droid overclocked to 1GHz and running a leaked version of Android 2.2 gets about 1352 on Quadrant. It actually does better than the N1 running 2.2. The 2.2 release of Android makes a HUGE performance difference.

  • MnM

    I really like the format it looks really nice.

  • http://Website derick

    The evo sounds like a great phone.. I just wish it was on a better network.. I had Sprint last year and if I left the city limits, I would lose signal completely, while my wife on Verizon had full bars. maybe 4G will fix that issue.. but I’m perfectly happy with my Droid incredible on Verizon for now. great review. very well written!

  • http://Website Enrique

    Tmo has way better packages such a $79 for unlimited Data, any time minutes and 400 text.

    • http://Website Wayne

      Not if you use more than 400 texts, which a lot of people with Smartphones do.

      • http://plankhead.com Zacqary Adam Green

        You mean there are Android users who don’t have Google Voice?

        • http://Website Wayne

          I find that using Google Voice to text on my G1 causes unbearable lag and also I text with my regular number, not my Google Voice number. Google Voice is strictly for voicemails (for me).

  • http://gautch.com gautch

    So is that $69 plan including the required $10 data add-on. so really its $79/mo?

    • http://Website adizzle

      Yes, that is correct. $69.99 for the unlimited plan (unlimited calls to any mobile carrier, unlimited text and unlimited data) plus an additional $10 for 4G.

  • http://Website Josh H

    You might want to clarify that the $10 dollar data add on is for uncapped 3G/4G data. So if a user is in a 3G only area the still get the benefit of no data cap, specifically nice if using the USB tethering.

  • http://Website Sparki

    Awesome review.. When you mention that Nighttime video is “disappointing because there is no option to force the LED flash on.”… I saw a tip on androidcentral to fix this, with easy/no root required app solution specifically for the EVO… (infact its titled “Evo 4G help: Using the LED light application with video recording”). The app is basically a LED light on/off button. I get my EVO on fri/sat and this will probably be on my list of first downloads…

    http://www.androidcentral.com/evo-4g-help-using-led-light-application-your-video-camera

    • http://Website cbf

      Thanks for the tip. Will come in Very Handy on the 4th of July before the fireworks. Thanks again.

  • http://Website Billy

    I agree with most of the review from my EVO experience thus far. I want to add a few things not mentioned in review.

    There was no mention of voice (talking) in the review.
    I find the Sprint network (in Austin) to be very clear. Much happier with the network than ATT. However, the internal speaker on my EVO cracks and pops sometimes … especially with higher pitch. Is this normal? I have never had this problem with previous phones. Also, I am not very impressed with the external speaker for handsfree or music.

    The FM radio is a nice feature … but terrible reception (maybe I need different headphones). The wi-fi range is weak but amazingly fast. I am hoping a 2.2 update fixes this.

    The battery has not been an issue for me and since this is my first Android .. I have been on it like crazy!!

    note: Longtime BB user … so some of my comparisons come from previous BBs.

    -Billy

  • krazytrixxxsta

    i am so jealous of sprint user right now. im seriously thinking about leaving tmo behind. samsung new phone and the mytouch slide isnt appealing to me. come on tmo you guys seriously need to step your game up. HELL, even at&t are getting some bad a$$ android phones. i have this feeling in my bones that im about to jump ship. verizon and sprint are looking real good right now.

    • http://Website adizzle

      Sprint is awesome for the fact that everything is truly unlimited for $80 a month. And if your employer offers an employee sprint discount (usually at least 20%), that’s $64 a month. That’s a steal.

  • http://smartic.us bryanl

    I’ve never seen 6Mb/s, but I just saw these speeds just a few minutes ago.

    http://img.skitch.com/20100609-f3wdw1ae3tcy6mtm5id7kkbhwc.png

  • http://Website Parker

    Question for hard keyboard fans, have you switched over to a software keyboard and how do you feel about. I do most my emailing on my G1 and Im not sure if I can take not having a physical keyboard. Has anyone switched to the N1, EVO, etc and been happy?

    • http://Website Billy

      I am a long time BB user and really love the hard keyboard. Honestly, I miss the HW keyboard because I could do so much on it in terms of shortcuts and navigation. In regards to typing .. I think the HW keyboard was faster but I am quickly getting used to the soft keyboard. After another couple weeks I should be a soft keyboardist pro.

      • http://Website cbf

        try using the swype beta at there website since it is open to all android phones for a limited time. downloaded it to my evo and it is slick as snot.

  • http://Website brad

    If you wanna force the leds to stay on get led light from the market it works great and its a widget

  • http://Website Sergio

    Taylor,

    I think you are too attached to your phone, you are way subjective. Your claims regarding the performance of Snapdragons unfortunately are NOT true (eg: “Qualcomm’s 1 GHz Snapdragon platform, which is the best Android has to offer”). Well, if you compare with an old 550Mhz CPU, then yes, you’re right. But why not compare with the 1Ghz Hummingbird from Samsung? Also, Motorola users who overclocked the CPU claims it’s faster than Snapdragons.

    Please see: http://www.frandroid.com/19581/samsung-galaxy-les-differents-benchmark-impressionnant/ . It outperforms the Snapdragon in EVERYTHING, not only GPU (where the Hummingbird is so much powerfull than OVER HYPED Snapdragon)

    And BTW, the quality of the video is pathetic. But that’s was something to be expected from an HTC device.

    Really, because of similar articles SNAPDRAGONS is so over hyped :(. No offence, I like this site, this is one of the first I got touch since I switched from WM to Android… but people should know the true always.

    PS: In Quadrant benchmark there is something interesting, it seems that Motorola Shadow is the most powerful there, beating even the Galaxy S. We don’t take Nexus One since it’s running 2.2. Imagine those 2 beats powered by ARM Cortex 8 + PowerVR with Android 2.2..

    Anyway, hope you will take in consideration my comment. Thanks

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      My claims about the Snapdragon were for the current phones that are available to purchase in the United States. There are always faster CPUs coming, including the Hummingbird and newer OMAPs, but Snapdragon is still king in the US for another couple of months.

      • http://Website Sergio

        I see.. but the world it’s not limited to US, what about the rest of the world? :P. Samsung Galaxy S is available in some countries.

  • dcair23

    I have a few complaints about my EVO, one video calling, will they be an app for that, two when will 2.2 come out, and three battery life sucks.

  • SamuraiKevin

    probably one of the bests reviews ever.

  • http://Website manly man

    Wait a min…… Taylor are u saying if a customer who is switching to Sprint for the EVO, have to o get a contract for this phone?

    • http://Website adizzle

      You don’t have to get a contract. You can buy it without contract for $450. But if you want the discounted price of $200, then yes, you’ll have to sign a two-year contract.

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        I was saying that a new line of service with Sprint requires a 2-yr contract. You cannot walk into Sprint with an EVO you got online and get a month to month plan on a new number.

  • http://Website RRT2010

    Love this phone…no issues with sd card whatsoever…only real issues I have found are: WiFi is horrible..i could be sitting right on top of a router and no signal. iPhone or other droid phones no issues with that. Luckily 3G is fast and WiFi not needed..Other issue phone slows down…Downloaded Advanced Task Killer…frees up apps running in background but also says apps that you have never turned on are running as well(any help on that will do)…If anymore issues I will just return phone and head to Verizon…

  • http://Website Sined

    Sorry hit enter after putting in email.

    Great Article Taylor. Very nice presentation.

  • http://Website Sined

    Ohh and what ever happened to the other writer who is supposed to write app reviews?

  • http://www.techwave20.blogspot.com karthics4

    An excellent and detailed review with some great pics. It is true that Sprint is making people pay double just to use 4G even if you do not have 4G. Why can’t Sprint just make the premium data option an extra and offer the regular prices plans with data.

    • http://Website adizzle

      I agree. This bothers me as well. We don’t have 4G in Boston (yet), but I still have to pay the $10 a month. Bothersome but I guess its still worth it since I get so much for $80 a month.

    • http://Website Kamyar

      I was told by a Best Buy employee that with the $10 premium data add-on, you get “truly unlimited data”, as opposed to other carriers who claim unlimited data, but have some unspecified usage cap. Also, AT&T and other carriers have recently done away with “absolutely unlimited”, but Sprint’s $10 extra guarantees it.

      Again, source came from a Best Buy employee, not anyone from Sprint, so take it with a grain of salt.

  • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

    NAILED IT.

    Best review I’ve seen from ANY site. Covered everything and it was totally accurate. =)

  • http://telecominformatics.com atics

    great review, its great and excellent and detailed review with some great pics. The FM radio is a nice feature … but terrible reception and The wi-fi range is weak but amazingly fast.
    The battery has not been an issue for me and since this is my first Android

  • http://audiosphere.org Afner

    Excellent review! Very complete and illustrative! Keep it up!

  • http://Website Eric

    I work for Sprint directly and can confirm that there is no data cap whatsoever on the device. I didn’t see it mentioned it the excellent review but I find the voice-to-text feature to be outstanding on the Evo. Don’t like the keyboard or want to send a text while driving? Hit a single button and just talk into the device. Awesome! Maybe its there for other devices not on Sprint but its not on the moment or hero with 2.1. It’s a great feature I use quite a bit.

    • http://Website linda

      if you work for sprint maybe you can help cause i bought this htc evo 4g off ebay from a lady from what i understand all she did was astivate it. It is one that had a month free service supposedly ending june 20 well it is july 23 and it is still activated under that number and i can’t activate it on my sprint account can you help me out

  • http://Website Chancy

    T-mo, PLEASE, step your Android game up. You were the grand-daddy. The Master! Now, look at you…smh.

  • http://Website linda

    i bought the evo from a lady on ebay with the free month supposably til june 20 and it is now july 23 and i still can not use the phone on my service cause it is still activated on the other number i have tried to contact her and sprint so far no good sprint just says it is already activated on another number and i can’t use it i would love to the bestthing i can say is don’t buy a phone that is been i guess you call a tester cause you can’t use it and i can’t seem to find any one who can help me

  • http://Website Paco

    I desporately need to know where I can download the softwear that commects the Evo to my PC so I can move files from one to the other???

  • http://Website Thomas Glover

    I am getting a phone for the first time. we will be shopping from verizon, and i want my first phone to be the one that lasts the longest, unlike my ipod touch (some “aluminum protection” apple says)
    I am 13 years old and i cant choose between the droid X or droid 2???!!!

    Which one?

  • http://Website Ariel

    http://twitpic.com/2j2p1y These are the speeds I’m getting on 4g on my EVO in St. Louis. Pretty snappy more than the weak 3mb you weren’t hitting. I’m so happy with my EVO. Everytime I use it I fall in love with it even more.

  • http://Website Ryan

    Girl in the photo is super sexy.

  • gayborg1

    Love my HTC Evo … it’s awesome. The only issue I have with it is the battery life … it sucks, literally sucks the juice. I was recharging about 2-3 times per day. I recently bought an extended battery from Seidio. Now, I only need to charge once a day … much better. Also, I don’t have 4G, WiFi, GPS, and Blue Tooth turned on all the time, only when I need it.

  • http://twitter.com/semitex ne0

    BEAUTIFUL phone, but I dont like sense lol. And I have ROM adhd and there arent nearly enough ROM’s out there to flash on the EVO just yet. Hopefully the Incredible HD resembles the EVO in some ways because I really like both of those phones.

    big ups, android and me. you guys rock!

  • Krystin

    Couldn’t have asked for a better phone!

  1. Yes Android 2.2 allows for installing apps to SD and would get around this phone’s ROM limitations, but this phone ships with 2.1.

  2. DGuest 5 years ago

    Sprint’s $69 plan consists of 450 anytime minutes not 400.

  3. WayneGuest 5 years ago

    I haven’t even fully read the review but I just had to say that this is a wonderfully formatted review.

  4. ByronGuest 5 years ago

    What camera were those pictures of the Evo taken with at the bottom?

  5. russGuest 5 years ago

    i agree, this is an awesome review, but wouldn’t it be better to try and push this BEFORE the release date? seems kind of superfluous to release this after they’ve already sold 200,000 units – all of those people’s personal testimony will speak more than any review can. still, I applaud the effort, guess we’re still waiting on your detailed Nexus One review…

  6. Jim NuttGuest 5 years ago

    Just as a side note, a Moto Droid overclocked to 1GHz and running a leaked version of Android 2.2 gets about 1352 on Quadrant. It actually does better than the N1 running 2.2. The 2.2 release of Android makes a HUGE performance difference.

  7. I really like the format it looks really nice.

  8. derickGuest 5 years ago

    The evo sounds like a great phone.. I just wish it was on a better network.. I had Sprint last year and if I left the city limits, I would lose signal completely, while my wife on Verizon had full bars. maybe 4G will fix that issue.. but I’m perfectly happy with my Droid incredible on Verizon for now. great review. very well written!

  9. EnriqueGuest 5 years ago

    Tmo has way better packages such a $79 for unlimited Data, any time minutes and 400 text.

  10. gautchGuest 5 years ago

    So is that $69 plan including the required $10 data add-on. so really its $79/mo?

    • adizzleGuest 5 years ago

      Yes, that is correct. $69.99 for the unlimited plan (unlimited calls to any mobile carrier, unlimited text and unlimited data) plus an additional $10 for 4G.

  11. Josh HGuest 5 years ago

    You might want to clarify that the $10 dollar data add on is for uncapped 3G/4G data. So if a user is in a 3G only area the still get the benefit of no data cap, specifically nice if using the USB tethering.

  12. SparkiGuest 5 years ago

    Awesome review.. When you mention that Nighttime video is “disappointing because there is no option to force the LED flash on.”… I saw a tip on androidcentral to fix this, with easy/no root required app solution specifically for the EVO… (infact its titled “Evo 4G help: Using the LED light application with video recording”). The app is basically a LED light on/off button. I get my EVO on fri/sat and this will probably be on my list of first downloads…

    http://www.androidcentral.com/evo-4g-help-using-led-light-application-your-video-camera

  13. BillyGuest 5 years ago

    I agree with most of the review from my EVO experience thus far. I want to add a few things not mentioned in review.

    There was no mention of voice (talking) in the review.
    I find the Sprint network (in Austin) to be very clear. Much happier with the network than ATT. However, the internal speaker on my EVO cracks and pops sometimes … especially with higher pitch. Is this normal? I have never had this problem with previous phones. Also, I am not very impressed with the external speaker for handsfree or music.

    The FM radio is a nice feature … but terrible reception (maybe I need different headphones). The wi-fi range is weak but amazingly fast. I am hoping a 2.2 update fixes this.

    The battery has not been an issue for me and since this is my first Android .. I have been on it like crazy!!

    note: Longtime BB user … so some of my comparisons come from previous BBs.

    -Billy

  14. i am so jealous of sprint user right now. im seriously thinking about leaving tmo behind. samsung new phone and the mytouch slide isnt appealing to me. come on tmo you guys seriously need to step your game up. HELL, even at&t are getting some bad a$$ android phones. i have this feeling in my bones that im about to jump ship. verizon and sprint are looking real good right now.

    • adizzleGuest 5 years ago

      Sprint is awesome for the fact that everything is truly unlimited for $80 a month. And if your employer offers an employee sprint discount (usually at least 20%), that’s $64 a month. That’s a steal.

  15. bryanlGuest 5 years ago

    I’ve never seen 6Mb/s, but I just saw these speeds just a few minutes ago.

    http://img.skitch.com/20100609-f3wdw1ae3tcy6mtm5id7kkbhwc.png

  16. ParkerGuest 5 years ago

    Question for hard keyboard fans, have you switched over to a software keyboard and how do you feel about. I do most my emailing on my G1 and Im not sure if I can take not having a physical keyboard. Has anyone switched to the N1, EVO, etc and been happy?

    • BillyGuest 5 years ago

      I am a long time BB user and really love the hard keyboard. Honestly, I miss the HW keyboard because I could do so much on it in terms of shortcuts and navigation. In regards to typing .. I think the HW keyboard was faster but I am quickly getting used to the soft keyboard. After another couple weeks I should be a soft keyboardist pro.

      • cbfGuest 5 years ago

        try using the swype beta at there website since it is open to all android phones for a limited time. downloaded it to my evo and it is slick as snot.

  17. bradGuest 5 years ago

    If you wanna force the leds to stay on get led light from the market it works great and its a widget

  18. SergioGuest 5 years ago

    Taylor,

    I think you are too attached to your phone, you are way subjective. Your claims regarding the performance of Snapdragons unfortunately are NOT true (eg: “Qualcomm’s 1 GHz Snapdragon platform, which is the best Android has to offer”). Well, if you compare with an old 550Mhz CPU, then yes, you’re right. But why not compare with the 1Ghz Hummingbird from Samsung? Also, Motorola users who overclocked the CPU claims it’s faster than Snapdragons.

    Please see: http://www.frandroid.com/19581/samsung-galaxy-les-differents-benchmark-impressionnant/ . It outperforms the Snapdragon in EVERYTHING, not only GPU (where the Hummingbird is so much powerfull than OVER HYPED Snapdragon)

    And BTW, the quality of the video is pathetic. But that’s was something to be expected from an HTC device.

    Really, because of similar articles SNAPDRAGONS is so over hyped :(. No offence, I like this site, this is one of the first I got touch since I switched from WM to Android… but people should know the true always.

    PS: In Quadrant benchmark there is something interesting, it seems that Motorola Shadow is the most powerful there, beating even the Galaxy S. We don’t take Nexus One since it’s running 2.2. Imagine those 2 beats powered by ARM Cortex 8 + PowerVR with Android 2.2..

    Anyway, hope you will take in consideration my comment. Thanks

    • My claims about the Snapdragon were for the current phones that are available to purchase in the United States. There are always faster CPUs coming, including the Hummingbird and newer OMAPs, but Snapdragon is still king in the US for another couple of months.

      • SergioGuest 5 years ago

        I see.. but the world it’s not limited to US, what about the rest of the world? :P. Samsung Galaxy S is available in some countries.

  19. I have a few complaints about my EVO, one video calling, will they be an app for that, two when will 2.2 come out, and three battery life sucks.

  20. probably one of the bests reviews ever.

  21. manly manGuest 5 years ago

    Wait a min…… Taylor are u saying if a customer who is switching to Sprint for the EVO, have to o get a contract for this phone?

    • adizzleGuest 5 years ago

      You don’t have to get a contract. You can buy it without contract for $450. But if you want the discounted price of $200, then yes, you’ll have to sign a two-year contract.

  22. RRT2010Guest 5 years ago

    Love this phone…no issues with sd card whatsoever…only real issues I have found are: WiFi is horrible..i could be sitting right on top of a router and no signal. iPhone or other droid phones no issues with that. Luckily 3G is fast and WiFi not needed..Other issue phone slows down…Downloaded Advanced Task Killer…frees up apps running in background but also says apps that you have never turned on are running as well(any help on that will do)…If anymore issues I will just return phone and head to Verizon…

  23. SinedGuest 5 years ago

    Sorry hit enter after putting in email.

    Great Article Taylor. Very nice presentation.

  24. SinedGuest 5 years ago

    Ohh and what ever happened to the other writer who is supposed to write app reviews?

  25. An excellent and detailed review with some great pics. It is true that Sprint is making people pay double just to use 4G even if you do not have 4G. Why can’t Sprint just make the premium data option an extra and offer the regular prices plans with data.

    • adizzleGuest 5 years ago

      I agree. This bothers me as well. We don’t have 4G in Boston (yet), but I still have to pay the $10 a month. Bothersome but I guess its still worth it since I get so much for $80 a month.

    • KamyarGuest 5 years ago

      I was told by a Best Buy employee that with the $10 premium data add-on, you get “truly unlimited data”, as opposed to other carriers who claim unlimited data, but have some unspecified usage cap. Also, AT&T and other carriers have recently done away with “absolutely unlimited”, but Sprint’s $10 extra guarantees it.

      Again, source came from a Best Buy employee, not anyone from Sprint, so take it with a grain of salt.

  26. NAILED IT.

    Best review I’ve seen from ANY site. Covered everything and it was totally accurate. =)

  27. aticsGuest 5 years ago

    great review, its great and excellent and detailed review with some great pics. The FM radio is a nice feature … but terrible reception and The wi-fi range is weak but amazingly fast.
    The battery has not been an issue for me and since this is my first Android

  28. AfnerGuest 5 years ago

    Excellent review! Very complete and illustrative! Keep it up!

  29. EricGuest 5 years ago

    I work for Sprint directly and can confirm that there is no data cap whatsoever on the device. I didn’t see it mentioned it the excellent review but I find the voice-to-text feature to be outstanding on the Evo. Don’t like the keyboard or want to send a text while driving? Hit a single button and just talk into the device. Awesome! Maybe its there for other devices not on Sprint but its not on the moment or hero with 2.1. It’s a great feature I use quite a bit.

    • lindaGuest 5 years ago

      if you work for sprint maybe you can help cause i bought this htc evo 4g off ebay from a lady from what i understand all she did was astivate it. It is one that had a month free service supposedly ending june 20 well it is july 23 and it is still activated under that number and i can’t activate it on my sprint account can you help me out

  30. ChancyGuest 5 years ago

    T-mo, PLEASE, step your Android game up. You were the grand-daddy. The Master! Now, look at you…smh.

  31. lindaGuest 5 years ago

    i bought the evo from a lady on ebay with the free month supposably til june 20 and it is now july 23 and i still can not use the phone on my service cause it is still activated on the other number i have tried to contact her and sprint so far no good sprint just says it is already activated on another number and i can’t use it i would love to the bestthing i can say is don’t buy a phone that is been i guess you call a tester cause you can’t use it and i can’t seem to find any one who can help me

  32. PacoGuest 5 years ago

    I desporately need to know where I can download the softwear that commects the Evo to my PC so I can move files from one to the other???

  33. Thomas GloverGuest 5 years ago

    I am getting a phone for the first time. we will be shopping from verizon, and i want my first phone to be the one that lasts the longest, unlike my ipod touch (some “aluminum protection” apple says)
    I am 13 years old and i cant choose between the droid X or droid 2???!!!

    Which one?

  34. ArielGuest 5 years ago

    http://twitpic.com/2j2p1y These are the speeds I’m getting on 4g on my EVO in St. Louis. Pretty snappy more than the weak 3mb you weren’t hitting. I’m so happy with my EVO. Everytime I use it I fall in love with it even more.

  35. RyanGuest 5 years ago

    Girl in the photo is super sexy.

  36. Love my HTC Evo … it’s awesome. The only issue I have with it is the battery life … it sucks, literally sucks the juice. I was recharging about 2-3 times per day. I recently bought an extended battery from Seidio. Now, I only need to charge once a day … much better. Also, I don’t have 4G, WiFi, GPS, and Blue Tooth turned on all the time, only when I need it.

  37. ne0Guest 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL phone, but I dont like sense lol. And I have ROM adhd and there arent nearly enough ROM’s out there to flash on the EVO just yet. Hopefully the Incredible HD resembles the EVO in some ways because I really like both of those phones.

    big ups, android and me. you guys rock!

  38. KrystinGuest 4 years ago

    Couldn’t have asked for a better phone!