Jul 06 AT 10:19 PM Christopher Chavez 112 Comments

White HTC EVO 4G unboxing

My local Best Buy called this morning to inform me that the white Sprint Evo I had pre-ordered was available for pickup. This came as a shock to me seeing how they weren’t supposed to drop for another week (July 11th and August 12th for Sprint stores).

I rushed down there to return the black one I had added for someone on my Family Plan (seeing how I was within Best Buy’s 30 day return policy) and they swapped it out for the new white version. I’m not too sure if I actually like the new white color scheme over the black but its just something different. Different and newer always seem better.

Of course, the first thing I did upon powering it up was check to see if it had that “new” screen and sure enough…. it did. I’m not sure if ALL the white Evo’s will have these screens from here on out or if its a mixed bag like with the black versions. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Either way, this doesn’t make me feel too bad that I’m stuck with the black Evo on my personal line. Especially if mine has the screen I am more happier with.

If HTC is really awesome maybe we’ll see a switch to those new Super TFT screens they’re going to release on the Nexus and Droid Incredibles soon.

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Chris is a long time gamer and tech enthusiast. His newest passion is Android and its ever growing community. He loves people, food, life and lives by the philosophy that "you choose your attitude." He likes choosing a positive one. =)

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  • http://www.twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    The white with the black battery cover does look much better than the black with white battery cover. Too bad about the screen though.

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

      *sigh* I know… If HTC is using all these different screens we can only hope they make the change to Super TFT soon! Here’s to hoping! =D

      • cb7tuner93

        Hey Chris been following you since your G1 beginings, Will you be making a video tutorial to root the Evo???

        • http://Website Trebor

          There are plenty of how to root videos for the evo already, and with sprint patching every known exploit every chance they get, there are gonna be new methods to coincide with that. Look one up, man. damn

        • http://Website kesiha

          Specswise HTC EVO 4G is currently the superphone for Android smartphones. We love android, I can’t see any reason why any tech savvy-citizen wouldn’t? HTC EVO 4G Comparisson Matchup

      • http://Website Luis

        I think the black one is better =D and one more thing , I can’t believe you dumped the G1 just like that! :’(

      • http://Website molahs

        yo chris…. i just bought the white edition yesterday and im alittle confused with what do with this whole rooting stuff. i dont know which route to take when rooting this thing. and i dont know if any of your vidz or anyone elses apply to the white back. im not trying to turn this thing into a paper weight, especially cause i just bought it yest. please advise. i dont know what the diff. between revoked or cenogene (or whatever its called) is. i dont wana find out the hard way eithr, let me know please.

        thanx bro.

  • Bulgaro

    I think I like the Oreo cookie better, lol . Is the reason for the different screens, a shortage of the original screens?I Love the dog, I think he took the show (:

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

      Yeah! Its funny how many people are liking the Oreo Evo best. I didn’t even think it would look cool til I tried it =D

      Those dogs are always stealing the show… LOL

      • http://Website EUGENE MARTINEZ

        hey chris. well yea its funny me and my brother did the whole oreo evo thing before i saw the vid and deciede to keep them like that lol. i have the oreo evo . well i got my phone today and its weird the phone has some weird lines on it. ok like after the screen sits on for a while the screen starts showing some scribblely lines. its weird i havent dropped the phone or anything. i would just like to know if youve heard of people getting these weird lines. and i mean i just got the phone today. i will still be going to best buy and letting them look at it. if it cant be changed ill change back to the black evo. thanks for the videos chris. me and my brother have seen all of yours :)

      • http://Website Bobby Hall

        yea, it’s killing me man! I live in Maynardville TN so if want one the only ones that are available half the time are like three hours away…I used to just want the black one but lately the white isn’t so bad because it’s getting to the point I would take a purple one if it was available!!! lol The shortages have been driving me nutz because this is the only smart phone I really went crazy about and what do ya know they’re “unavailable”! I gotz some bad mojo lol

    • http://facebook.com/michael.t.sacco Kithmal

      Maybe the different screen has to do with a former manufacturer cutting off supply? Who did they use before?
      The Evo uses an LCD screen, right? It wouldn’t have anything to do with Samsung keeping AMOLEDs in house?

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

        No… They didn’t get “cut off.” They just couldn’t keep up with demand. So HTC got some more help. Only problem is most people didn’t like the change very much.

        It doesn’t have anything to do with Samsung’s LCD shortage (I originally thought the same thing at first). Its just because of the high demand of the phone.

        Now, the Droid Incredible and Nexus one are experiencing shortages due to Samsung’s AMOLED shortages. That’s why HTC is gonna be converting all those phones to “Super TFT” displays…

  • http://Website CJ

    Allow me to be the dissenting voice

  • http://Website Shane

    Have you noticed the backing being easily scratched? Main reason I wouldn’t get one if this is the case.

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

      Haven’t scratched it YET.. But it does look like it will scratch easily. Might need to get an Invisible Shield for it. Or just buy some replacement battery covers. =p

  • fathom614

    Great video Chris, Liking that oreo style. How can we get confirmation on what type of screens are or will be used on the EVO. First gen screens are great, but a possible dealbreaker on newer models. Keep up the great work. What rom are you using?

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

      Yeah, its pretty much unanimous across the board that people are favoring the “Oreo” style! Its so funny…

      There’s no real way to know unless you did what I did in the video. That hardware version stuff isn’t 100% reliable. =/

      I’m still on an old Fresh ROM. Been using it for weeks now. Today it started giving me trouble. Random reboots while making calls. =(

  • http://thehtpcblog.com Fernando

    Chris, first off, your hair is gay :)

    Secondly, I think the Evo would be much better in all white. I’m kind of disappointed it’s not. Another thing is I wish HTC they would keep coating the phones in the same material as the Hero and other devices. On the rare occasion that you drop your phone, having that coating really helps keep your phone looking new.

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

      Oh wow… Good point! I totally forgot about that coating! I remember they introduced it on the Hero right after the iPhone 3GS released something similar.

      That would be awesome!

      I freak out about dropping my phone all the time. I’ve been trying to pick up a new Evo with Best Buy so I can get their insurance. They will replace the phone for NO CHARGE up to 3 times in the year should something happen to it (doesn’t cover loss or theft though)…

  • http://Website LipGloss712

    i’ll just be the happiest ever if they come out with official hot pink battery covers.

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

      I was actually thinking different colors would be kinda cool. Like red or something else other than white =)

  • http://Website Acsteffy87

    It’s milk’s favorite phone!

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

      OREO EVO!!! =D

  • fathom614

    What no froyo for you??

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

      Soon. Cyanogen is getting his hands on the Evo which means we will have CM6 (Froyo)


  • http://casting.thetester.com/MomoRocks MOMO

    I’m loving my delicious Oreo EVO! NOM NOM NOM! ;)

  • http://@robotnoize1 robotnoize

    Yeah I think it’s pretty dumb that HTC is using those ugly screens now. My cousin got the evo last week and its nice cause of all the specs and stuff but the screen makes it look like shit. He was mad to see my nexus looks way better. I’d love the evo if it had amoled. More videos Chris! Even though o don’t have an evo you’re videos still rock. IE mo fucka

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


  • SliestDragon

    The only white phone I ever liked was the original Hero, other then that Black is the way to go for me, although I really love my Nexus One’s color combo. :)

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

      That’s neither black nor white. =p

      You Nexus One users are so smug…. LOL =D

      And the white G1 was pretty nice. =)

  • http://Website jckrayzie

    Nice review of the white evo. Oreo looks sick for me.

  • NSVillapana

    Oreo ftw :D

  • NSVillapana

    I havent looked at the Evo screen specs, but I know that on my G1, all ROMs (that I have tried) > 1.6 lack the brightness fade. Then again, I have only flashed a few variants of Éclair. Is the software different (even the slightest bit) between the new and old Evo’s?

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

      Yes. But even when the software is up to date and identical on both, the screen issue still exists.
      Its a known fact that HTC is using 2 different types of screens on the Evo. Epson and some other kind.. Can’t remember which one I prefer. One has the 30fps cap on it too which REALLY sucks =/

      • http://Website Trebor

        Whao, man. I’m hearing a LOT different. The 30FPS CAP isn’t due to an inferior screen. it coincides with the HDMI output. The processor needs the majority to use the HDMI feature. thus leaving the remainder (30FPS) to be allocated to the display. It’s Hardware related. There is a hacked kernel for it though. only on hardware revision 3. allows 60fps until you plug in the HDMI cable which then reverts the device back to 30FPS. :)

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  • http://myspace.com/airwavenukka Sketoe

    The black one looks better, but the “oreo” mix was pretty cool haha.

    & does suck about the “crappy screens”
    Still unsure to switch out of my T-mobile acount [still got my G1]
    To Sprint with the HTC Evo =]

    You’re hairs not gay, it’s straight! =P

  • http://Website Eric McBride

    Oreo FTW!!!!

  • http://Website BoyDetective

    So wait – the 30 fps cap is not only software based but is inherent on the “crappy” screen? I was going to pick up an Evo today from Best Buy, but that might be a deal breaker. Is there anyway to test the phone I pick before I active/own it?

    I was hoping this 30 fps issue was something HTC would solve with an update or I’d be able to root a fix – if it’s based in the screen’s hardware that’s not good in my opinion. How do you feel about this?

    Christopher, could you please explain the best way to tell which screen is which? Go to the power control widget?


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

      So wait — the 30 fps cap is not only software based but is inherent on the “crappy” screen? I was going to pick up an Evo today from Best Buy, but that might be a deal breaker. Is there anyway to test the phone I pick before I active/own it?

      I was hoping this 30 fps issue was something HTC would solve with an update or I’d be able to root a fix — if it’s based in the screen’s hardware that’s not good in my opinion. How do you feel about this?

      Christopher, could you please explain the best way to tell which screen is which? Go to the power control widget?


      Correct. The 30fps cap is based on the screen which I thought was REALLY weird. Root access or custom ROMs can’t change this. Yeah, they SHOULD let you test it before you buy it. If anything, you could always take it back once they get a new shipment in (you have 30 days).
      That is the NUMBER ONE reason I wont get a white one. I’m too scared it will have those crappy screens… =/

      The easiest way to tell which is which is to just look at it (I can tell just by looking at it). But other than THAT, Power Control widget is a sure fire way to check.
      If it fades brightness levels, then its the good screen.
      If it changes instantly, its the crappy screen.

      GOOD LUCK!!!

  • http://Website Leonard

    Htc blew their chance with white evo, like you said they should have used a soft touch instead of this plasticky version =/ and it should have been ALL WHITE , including the front .

    Im curious why led screens arent used in mobile phones, apple is the only one that comes to mind =/ , this would be a good solution to battle the amoled shortage , im surprised at the fact that samsung is THE ONLY AMOLED developer out there =/

    BTW we need a GSM evo ! i dont care if its only 3g :p

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

      A lot of phones have color without having the front glass matching. So I would be okay without the front being white. Would have liked to see that top rim white though… Have to admit. Either way I think its cool. I think HTC was really trying to copy the look of the iPhone. Why else would they make only HALF white. And why even WHITE? Could have been red or something =p

      • http://Website Bobby hall

        True that man! I was thinking more along the lines of a midnight blue ya’ know. That’s my color. I don’t care WHAT it is but if it’s midnight blue I want it!!! lol

  • http://Website H

    Apologies if you already answered this .. but what’s the diff between hardware version 0002 and 0003 … is one better than the other? also .. i do have some light leakage on my evo … should I get that exchanged ( will it become a bigger problem with time)?

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

      I’m pretty sure they all have a LITTLE light leakage from the bottom. I never noticed til someone pointed it out. I think its just how the phone is made. Not really a defect. Should definitely NOT get worse with time….

  • http://Website XpAcErX

    you don’t care that you MAC address it clearly visible in the video?

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

      Ummmmm… What does that mean? LOL Is that bad?!?!?!? =O

  • http://Website rob

    i miss the hilarious dance moves opening and the hair is sick but i like the black version better whites to iphone ish “shivers” down the spine eewww

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

      HAHA! I know, right? I wonder if Apple will attack HTC again cuz of the look of the phone now… LOL!!!

  • http://Website Ms. Matrix

    Just watched the video, I like how the black back looks on the white Evo. But if they were doing it white, it should have been the whole thing.

    Oh and you yelling at the dogs…Priceless LOL!

  • http://Website Richelle

    I knew it! HTC should have made the whole thing white or all of its side. Reminds me of my DirectTV remote… But the Oreo looks pretty good. If i had the white I’d buy a black cover for it.

    Darn! The “new” screen again? Did Best Buy let you power it up before purchasing?

    BTW, your dogs OWNED it! =)

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

      RICHELLE!!!!!!!! =D

      Yeah, I totally agree. ALL of the sides, not just half.
      Everyone seems to really like the Oreo. Hahahaha…
      I didn’t ask but I’m sure they would have let me power up before buying. Especially if you tell them that you’re gonna take it back if its the crappy screen.. LOL Either way, you have 30 days so you can even wait for a NEW shipment to come in and hopefully they’ll have the better screens…

      My stupid dogs are always messin’ with my videos!!!! =p

  • http://DroidDog.com CarlosGraves

    Like I said before, Oreo looks best! Not a fan of the white, you were right when you said that it would be better if the entire thing was white. Oh well..

  • http://Website NickR

    oh my i’m jealous.

  • http://Website Drewski

    YOUR CUTE! :)

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      • http://Website Bobby Hall

        AWKWAAAARD!!!! LOL

  • http://Website Dru

    Thanks… that was awesome. Chipotle Bowl…

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

      It actually came with carne asada but I ate it all prior to filming. =p

  • http://Website Glenn

    Personally, I would have liked if the whole thing was white, not just the side trim and the back. But I would probably get the black one anyway.

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

      Like the front too???? The entire touch screen?? Most phone’s don’t ever do that (area around the screen is always black). I think the iPhone 4 is the first I’ve seen where they change the color around the screen as well…

  • http://Website ben

    i love the dogs lol and how u screem at them!! and then u leave it in the vid lol classic!

  • http://Website ben

    oh and yea the dance moves in the spanish fly rom vid were pretty awesome too

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

      HAHA! Thanks! =p

  • http://Website harrington

    Nothing wrong with Epson! It represents colors better IMO. Some colors come out with a purplish tint with Novatec. And I think you’re spreading false rumors about Novatec being the only hackable screen. Epson was the first to be hacked and now Novatec. Proof please because you’re going to cause people to return perfectly good screens…

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

      Thats why I put “crappy” in quotations and in my Evo video where I compare screens I said its really a matter of preference. Generally, people are not happy with the Epson screens. Just a general consensus. =p

      Oh, have you actually held BOTH the Epson screen and Novatech together before you came to this conclusion??? Video doesn’t do it justice.

      Last time I read on XDA, the Epson model was NOT able to be hacked to the 60fps. Not sure if that’s changed and I stated that in the written part of my video. They may have found a workaround. Not sure.

      In any case. I appreciate your input. =)

      • http://Website harrington

        Hmm, Epson was the first to get hacked (for sure) and I believe ROMs already have the fix. Novatec was added next. Unless i’m missing a difference in the hack methods, I believe you’re confused about some differences between the screens. You sounded a little unsure in your video :p . I think it depends which forum you visit, I’ve seen people argue both ways regarding contrast. That’s the power of a thread or post being created saying that one is better than the other. That’s why I think you shouldn’t be telling people Epson is “crappy” because chances are they won’t even notice any differences unless put side-by-side. They’re both perfectly fine and chances are everyone will end up with Epson from here on out anyway. And yes, I’ve seen both :)

  • Manuel

    Why does this look like one of those soup packs from metal gear 3 lol
    I think the EVO is good dude, but from the last review, and you mentioning the battery, I think ill stay with my 3GS. It gets 2 days on a single charge, and I use everything on it from apps to 3G and vidoes. I think the only thing that would really make me jump to the Evo is not only the color oero lol but the fact it’s sprint and not doomful AT&T and its an apple phone. Two Rip off companies fused together. How I miss my G1 these days ;(

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

      I love Sprint! I made the switch from T-Mobile and it was the best decision of my life! =D
      Never been happier =)

      And everyone knows that Android is better than an iPhone =p

      I get about 12 hours on a single charge. Its no 2 days but definitely better than my G1! LOL

  • http://Website RiTcHi3m

    Sorry to be a PEST ! lol
    but i was wondering if you know any new Fast roms that have been out lately if you do can you pleaseeeeeeeeeeee tell me where to get them from and the requirements to flash them…..I’ve been looking for a fast HERO rom but no luck :(

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

      Wait- you want a ROM for the Evo but you don’t have an Evo yet??? I’m confused. Hit me up on Twitter. http://Twitter.com/GamerCore


  • http://Website A_GIANT_SMURF

    You should have showed the difference in effect when changing the brightness on YOUR evo. Like how you showed it was a direct change in brightness on the white one and you claimed on the older model it instead faded in and out. (I dont have an evo yet so idk)

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

      Watch the video I made right before this one. Evo vs. Evo. You can see it there =)

  • http://Website kevin

    I have a first gen screen, so yay for me, problem is… I already blew my speaker. I dont want to take it to sprint because they will make me swap it out. Any idea of how to get my speaker fixed without losing my 1st gen? I was gonna go white, thanks for the gen 2 heads up!

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

      Well, after a LOT of exchanges at Sprint and Best Buy I found out that its a mixed bag between ALL Evo’s no matter the color. No matter the hardware version.

      Only way to really tell right away is to look, or use the Power Control widget.

      Instant changes between brightness are Epson (washed out screen)

      Gradual faded changes are Novatech (brighter warmer colors screen)

      • http://Website kevin

        I followed your directions. I have a fading brightness setting and I’m running 002. So I def have a gen one, my real question was do you know anyone that will service my specific phone or do I have to swap it out to get my speaker replaced?
        I found 3 gen 1 evos at a local walmart so I snagged 1 up but now I only have sprint ins. and no geek squad support… My speaker is fully blown, 2 weeks old… Any other reports of speaker probs? I love my evo so I’m not going anywhere but still… : (

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

          I don’t like Sprint insurance. You just bought the phone so you should be able to get a full refund and exchange for another. I suggest refund and getting one at Best Buy. Their insurance is much better in my opinion. If you blew out the speaker again, they would replace the entire phone for FREE! Pretty awesome…

          On a side note, one of my LED’s blew out. Just giving you a heads up…

  • http://Website RiTcHi3m

    sorry i should not have came to the evo page i mean any new roms for G1

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

      Ohhhhh.. I think there is actually a Froyo one that dropped a few days ago. I was gonna flash it on my G1 and see how it worked =)

  • http://Website jrhmr

    Hey i can confirm that the White Evo doesnt always come with the set 30 FPS screen. My Evo does not change the power settings instantly but instead fades in and out.

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

      Yup. Looks like its a mixed bag with the white ones too. =/

      • http://Website jrhmr

        Im new to Android so i dont know how good or how bad this app is but i did get the Android system info app and it reads my screen at 60 under the refresh rate

        It reads like this:
        Resolution: 480×800
        Refresh Rate: 60.0
        X Factor for DIP: 1.5
        Density: 240 DPI
        Pixel per inch: 254.0 dpi
        Y: 254.0 dpi

        again i dont know how good or bad that particular app is but it did get good ratings in the market.

  • http://Website Autumn

    do u think its just on the ones that were released earlier than planned

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

      Nope. Has to do with 2 different types of screens. Got another one early and it was the good screen (Novatech).

      Epson is the crappy one. Someone should write to HTC and tell them to stop messin’ with those…. =/

  • rocrmami89

    OmG… Well im getting an Evo pretty soon and i kinda like the black one better but the white one looks nice too which one should i get???

  • rocrmami89

    for some reason i always get stuck with the crappy screens i really dont want that to happen with the evo im about to get…

  • http://Website JDS

    Your hair is gay

  • http://Website Kevin

    So do any of the black ones come with the better screen (Novatech) ???
    How can I find out which screen it has ??

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

      You should be able to tell just by looking at it.

      Easiest way to tell is if you change the brightness using the Power Control Widget.
      If it changes levels instantly, its the Epson (not good)
      If it gradually fades between levels, its the Novatech (good)


  • http://Website Germany M.

    hey would the froyo ROM work for the Mytouch?

  • http://Website eloy

    i have an htc hd2 would it be possible to run windows 7 through the android upgrade? if so how? if not would there be an easy way to upgrade to android?

  • http://Website Alan McGarrity

    I want that sorta sense espresso bar on my desire….

  • fenix337

    Hey Chris just a heads up picked up my white EVO 4g. I work at Best Buy just picked it up 3 days

    ago. My screen on mine is the 1st gen where the brightness has the dim effect compared to the

    instant brightness change. So I guess some of the white ones are also getting the original


  • JHildreth81

    Hey Just watched your video very good unboxing, i have the white evo as well, i think i like ur oreo cookie better !!!

  • http://Website imhere

    There is a hack for rooted evo’s that lifts the fps limit for both the novatec and epson screens. You should check it out at xda.

  • http://Website Seth

    How soon do you think that HTC will be converting the EVO to the super TFC screen?

  • http://Website Seth


  • http://myspace.com/joshua_536 Josh

    Why dont you have the original htc battery(red)?
    You have some black one thats not the original,

  • http://myspace.com/joshua_536 Josh

    If i got the evo in white and it had the “crappy” screen,
    can i exchange it for the “good” screen?
    And is there really any diffrence in video and picture quality between screens?

  • http://Website Jaz

    Hey chris,
    So how can you tell if you have the cheaper screen? You probably mentioned it already but I’m lost on how to find that out. I got my evo on july 23. Thanks

  • http://Website josh

    HEY I just got a black evo and Ireally want it in white. IV been looking all over the internet for white battery door but I can only find phone covers!D: anyone know where I can find one??? PLease I really want the phone in white!

  • http://myspace.com/bowdowntoyourfather wayway613

    what ROM was on your phone at the time?

  • http://myspace.com/bowdowntoyourfather wayway613

    what rom was on your phone chris?????

  • http://Website Chris

    Hey chris :) i was just wondering how i can get the b;lack battery door for my white evo because i loved the oreo evo and well yeah and im wondering also at this point are all white evos being shipped with tthe good screen or still mixed

  • http://Website Thomas

    lmao @ you flipping out at the dogs…QUIET!! LOL

  • jmizzle

    Can the evo be rooted to work on at&t ?

  • missirisx3

    thank you for your input for this phone! :) btw you are freaking hilarious and awesome at the same time, i enjoyed watching your video. Do you know…if you put one of those invisible shields on the screen…will it lose a lot of sensitivity to touch??

  • http://Website Serge

    youre an idiot k tanks

  • http://Website John R.

    this is off the wall question, your not from albuquerque are you? was just wondering i know a chris chavez when i was living there and you remind me of him lol