HTC EVO 4G LTE Review
By Tommy Rebik
- May10, 2012
Pros: The HTC Evo 4G LTE rideís the Sprintís fast 4G LTE network. It offers this mobile hot-spot feature that really works as advertised. It runs on the latest Google OS, Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense, and is powered by a Qualcomm dual-core processor.
Cons: The HTC Evo 4G LTE does not support Bluetooth voice-activated dialing. And just like other smart phones, its battery drains quickly with 4G LTE.
There are many Android Ice Cream Sandwich smart phones to date, and the latest is the HTC Evo 4G LTE! Actually, it is the brandís successor to the HTC Evo 4G and as its name suggests, it rides Sprintís 4G LTE network which promises nothing but blazing fast internet connection. It runs on the latest Googleís Android OS - 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and comes with HTC Sense 4 as well. It is yet another super slim smart phone from HTC which is also stylish & elegant. Just like its predecessor, it comes with a kickstand and aside from that, its OS is the latest and is powered by a Qualcomm dual-core processor that is paried with 1GB of RAM. There are tons of new features that have been added as well(more in this later) and just like the HTC EVO 4G, it comes with a kickstand! With my short moments with the new Evo 4G LTE, I was impressed with its design and build as it's supeslim and is presented elegantly. It sports a massive 4.7-inch Super LCD display, and runs the latest OS Ė Android Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense UI 4.0. Just so you know, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is now available over at Sprint, for only $199.99 with a 2 year pact. Design wise, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is a prrof that HTC has strayed from tried and true design playbook. Instead of the usual aluminum unibody build, the new HTC device has been crafted from a piece of polycarbonate plastic. Well.. for me, it is a good thing since the plastic material that HTC has chosen feels premium & high-grade. It does not feel cheap as well and the material is different from the cheap stuff that I have seen in other smart phones. Hidden in the device's red stripe on back is a trim kickstand. For me, I found it tricky to flip the thin stand out of the slot, I am not sure really as it could be just me since my nails are short. But still, I am glad that the kickstand is there. The HTC Evo 4G LTE boasts with a huge 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 that can render up to 1280x720 pixels of resolution. The display looked bright and just above it sits a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video chats and for taking vanity shots. Below its Super LCD 2 display are the 3 capacitive buttons for back, home, and recent apps. On the right side, you will see the controls for volume. On the left side you will find the Micro-USB port and up top sits the deviceís power button, its micro-SIM card compartment, & the standard 3.5mm headset jack. On the back you will find the 8 megapixel camera & LED flash. The HTC Evo 4G LTE is powered by a dual core processor and though it is not a quad core powered device, it still is fast, and by fast, I mean it zooms. I tried to load apps and launched games, and they fired up almost instantly. I also tried navigating through the app tray and menus, and boy it was effortless. Thanks to the latest Google Android OS - Android 4.0 along with the new and smarter HTC Sense Ė 4.0! The HTC Sense gives Android a much better UI and improves on the deviceís core functions by simply integrating some of the most commonly used features. It comes with a redesigned mail widget, new Group Contacts widget which allows you to organize your contacts by groups, Friend Stream, better UI, and the Leap screen feature. Just like with other HTC smart phones, social media integration is as strong in Sense 4.0 as in previous versions. Google +, Facebook, and Twitter are preloaded along with a Friend Stream widget that takes all your social media updates across multiple social media platforms in just 1 location. Moreover, it has this People app that will analyze all your contacts list automatically and suggest possible links between say Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter. Cool huh? Whatís more is that within a friend's contact details, I was able to view the albums that my friend posted to Facebook including the recent updates, the new messages as well as missed calls.I even tested the dual band HTC Evo 4G LTE in our area using Sprint service and the call quality was ok. My friends' voices came through clear and loud. However, I noticed little to no background noise. On one occasion, I called using my BlackBerry Curve and I met with patchy & static sound, so I called back using the HTC Evo 4G LTE and it was like night and day. My friends also reported good results, saying that there was no kind of static and no voice distortion. Its speakerphone call quality was OK as well. Though the audio quality is not that loud, I had no problems pairing the HTC Evo 4G LTE with my Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset as well as with my Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active headset. I also tried plugging in my Bose On-Ear Headphones and I was able to enjoy the tracks with a nice balance of treble and bass. Sprint really did a good job this year, and for sure that 2012 will be a very prominent year for them. Now, the question is, ďis the HTC Evo 4G LTE the right smart phone for you?Ē You decide. Others are saying that they will just buy the $99 Nokia Lumia 900 for a change since it runs on Windows Mango. Well, itís their decision.. but if you want a fast, and a modern device that boasts LTE and the best Android available, just add 100 bucks to that and get the new HTC EVO 4G LTE!