Yes, I was one of the lucky 5,000 people who received a Sprint HTC EVO 4G at Google I/O.
Several sites have already posted their reviews, but I believe the EVO is one of the most important phone launches in Android’s history. We want to spend the proper time with the device before posting our final thoughts, so look out for a bunch of mini posts this week that will cover all things EVO.
First up, I just wanted to cover the basics of the EVO for those new to the device. Sprint begins selling the EVO 4G on June 4th for $199 with a 2 year contract. Customers are required to pay $10 for the 4G premium data add-on and the mobile hotspot feature is an additional $29 per month.
From the moment I first held it, the EVO became my new favorite Android device based purely on the hardware specs. The 4.3 inch display is just massive and it is a joy to play with. HTC is using the new Atmel maXTouch sensor and the touch input is more precise than what I experienced on the Nexus One.
Powering the EVO is the 1 GHz Snapdragon. I’ve been the using the Nexus One which also features the same processor, so the performance between the two phones (and the HTC Incredible) is comparable. The only difference I can mention is that the Nexus One was noticeably faster when upgraded to Android 2.2, but we expect HTC will do the same for the EVO later this year.
The most notable feature of this phone (and most marketed) will be its 4G support. Sprint claims their 4G WiMAX network is 10x faster compared to other 3G networks (6 Mbps vs. 600 Kbps) and we will see how that promise holds up in a comprehensive speed test over the next few days. All I can say right now is that I think many of you will be shocked by my 4G speed results.
I’ve been out of town the last few days so I have yet to get an accurate reading on how well the battery performs. I will be taking a daily log this week and see how it does with 4G data left on and turned off.
I have barely tested the camera at all and there will be an entire dedicated post for picture and video quality. No micro HDMI cable was included with the unit, so I still need to locate one in town and film the results on my HD TV set.
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Highlights of the Sprint EVO 4G include:
- Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues.
- Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
- Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus.
- Two cameras — an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
- Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
- Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter(TM).
- Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
- Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3 inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience.
- A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go.
- Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
- Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.