Nov 02 AT 11:33 AM Nick Gray 16 Comments

HTC EVO Design 4G initial hands-on impressions


The HTC EVO Design 4G is the latest WiMax enabled phone on Sprint’s 4G network. While the HTC EVO 3D and the new Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch flex their muscles with dual-core processors and large displays, the EVO Design 4G takes a more subtle approach, offering a 4-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz single-core processor, 5 megapixel camera on the back, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera (capable of HD video chat with Qik) and support for GSM global roaming.

The design of the phone is elegantly understated. Like most other HTC phones, the EVO Design 4G features a unibody aluminum casing that wraps around the screen, sides and the back of the phone.  The black finish of the aluminum shell gives the phone a sleek and distinct look; there are no color accents to highlight any of the phone’s exterior details. The HTC EVO Design 4G weighs 5.2 ounces, or about 15% less than the HTC EVO 3D. Holding the phone in your hand is very comfortable, and the 4-inch screen makes it easy to reach the far corners with your thumb without having to reposition your hand or compromise your grip.

If you’ve used the HTC Sensation, Amaze or the EVO 3D, you’ll feel right at home with the EVO Design 4G. The phone runs on Android 2.3.4 and features HTC Sense 3.0. The only real customization that Sprint has added is a new selection of wallpapers and their usual Sprint apps (Nascar, Sprint Hotspot, Sprint Mobile, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint Radio Sprint TV & Movies, Sprint Worldwide, Sprint Zone, TeleNav GPS and Sprint Visual Voicemail). While that may seem like a lot, it’s actually about half of what T-Mobile recently crammed into the HTC Amaze 4G.

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Thanks to the EVO Design’s 1.2 GHz processor and 768 MB of RAM, the phone runs extremely smooth. We even gave Wind-up Knight a try and were pleasantly surprised that it ran just as well as it did on the HTC Amaze 4G, which has a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. As you may know, benchmark numbers don’t always paint a complete picture of what a handset is capable of. But we know you guys like to see numbers. We ran Quadrant a few times and consistently saw scores between 1700 and 1900.

So far, we’re really enjoying the HTC EVO Design 4G. It may not feature the latest and greatest hardware, but it’s nice to know that Sprint is offering an upper-mid-range phone for only $100. We’ll have a full review of the HTC EVO Design 4G up in about a week, after we spend more quality time with it. Would any of you consider getting a phone like the EVO Design at a decent price? Or do you simply need to have the best phone money can buy?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Josh McAllister

    Less ram than my EVO3D? That stinks…

    • Josh McAllister

      Ok, so it’s 100 bucks… And if it gets CM7, 768MB of ram will be more than enough.

      • Nick Gray

        The 768MB of RAM seems to do the trick with HTC Sense 3.0. I have had no issues with slow performance with the phone’s UI or with 3D games and the browser is quite snappy in loading up web pages.

        • watbetch

          768MB of ram didn’t cut it with the Sensation 4G, it was always pushing the Sense launcher out of memory when mulitasking 3rd party apps.

          This phone will sell as poorly as the Evo 3D

    • Josh McAllister

      My coworker got one of these actually! He was telling me today that he got an EVO 4G and only paid 50 bucks for it! (it’s only 50 for Sprint employees I believe). I wanted to make a quick YouTube video of it, but he wouldn’t let me. It had prl 51082 (or something very similar, which is COMPLETELY different than the PRL on my EVO3D, and I even checked for a PRL update on his Design 4G) It’s a sharp little phone! I mean, for 50 bucks… that’s a good deal for a 55 year old male that’s only gonna use it to text and make calls!

  • Richard Yarrell

    This is something that many people should take the time to enjoy. It’s definitely something pointed at people who may not want to spend 200 plus dollars for another power house device. People who have been current Evo 4g owners as well as Evo shift and Epic 4G now has something that they can decide if they may want to purchase a newer more affordable device. With the EVO 4G facing END OF LIFE CYCLE this may be the perfect solution and it’s a world phone with a very nice build quality. Yeah the EVO 3D may be the best htc device on sprint from a spec standpoint but this device will fit in the EVO FAMILY OF DEVICES JUST FINE. How much it sells won’t matter to sprint because the Evo family brand of devices have served them well for close to two years now and have elevated sprint as well as android to an entire new level. People will definitely purchase this device it shows the HTC EVO BRAND Is alive and well in sprint land and future upcoming especially in 2012 will be very bright.

    • Sway_212

      I lol’d seeing how you used capital letters to emphasize points

  • snowbdr89

    dick does your keyboard resemble a glazed donut now?

    • Richard Yarrell

      Snowbdr89 is your momma bald yet??

      • snowbdr89

        Id have to say that’s the lamest comment I have heard but you can’t expect anything better from the ultimate troll dick yarrell!!

      • squiddy20

        FYI his “momma” *could* have cancer and *could* be taking chemotherapy and *could* actually be bald for “real world” reasons. How’s that even supposed to be an insult? It makes absolutely no sense and there was nothing even remotely funny about it. I laugh at you for thinking you’re so brilliant though. THAT’S an insult.

        • snowbdr89

          oh my mums doin just fine but by the looks of it dick is lacking not only brains but from what i can see hes lacking alot of hair aswell!!! is it me or does dick resemble the nutty professor?

  • Paxmos

    Too bad it’s on Sprint.

    • Franckk

      Oh shut up

  • Legend

    I feel like I’m the only one that doesn’t like the design :( maybe it will look better in real life

  • pritams

    I second you…