Conclusion: After hitting a few speed-bumps the last couple of years, HTC seems to be back in the game. When we reviewed the HTC One X from AT&T recently, we felt it had a lot of strengths. Similarly, the EVO 4G LTE has a lot of really great features and it performed very well in our benchmark tests.
Pros: 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch HD 720p super LCD (1280 x 720), Android 4.0
Cons: Non-removable battery, Limited 4G LTE connectivity until Sprint expands its network
Conclusion: The first WiMAX phone in the U.S. is a terrific platform for streaming media and Web browsing, and it gets your laptop online with Sprint's 4G network. Just keep an eye out for an outlet when you're only using 4G.
Pros: First WiMAX phone. Excellent Web browser with some Flash. Terrific 4.3-inch screen. Two cameras. Wi-Fi hotspot mode.
Cons: Not a great voice phone. 4G coverage is very limited. 4G-only battery life is unflattering.
Summary: The HTC Evo 4G is easily Sprint's best smartphone and one of today's top Android devices. It also shows the promise of 4G, which will grow as Sprint's WiMax network expands, but until there's broader 4G coverage, it's hard to agree with the mandatory premium data add-on fee.
Pros: The HTC Evo 4G delivered respectable 4G speeds, and the mobile hot-spot feature lets you connect up to eight devices. The smartphone has a front-facing camera for video chats and also comes with an 8-megapixel camera with HD-video-recording capabilities. The Evo ships with YouTube's HQ video player, Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, and an HDMI port. Other highlights include an extra-large 4.3-inch touch screen and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
Cons: Sprint's 4G network is limited at this time, making the mandatory $10 premium data add-on tough to swallow for anyone outside of the coverage area. The Evo lacks support for Bluetooth voice-activated dialing. The battery drains quickly with 4G.
Excerpt: The Apple iPhone jolted the collective cellphone world three years ago, bursting consumer expectations of what a cellphone could and should be able to do. While the HTC EVO 4G, available on Sprint isn’t quite the breakthrough the iPhone was, it does represent the future of cellphones.
Pros: 3G/4G connectivity, Built-in mobile hot spot, Bright, colorful, 4.3-inch screen, 8 MP camera with dual LED flash, Front-facing camera
Cons: Hot spot, 4G shorten battery life, No external dedicated camera activation/shutter button
Conclusion: The HTC EVO on Sprint easily earns a place at the top and competes very well with the HTC Incredible, HTC HD2, Nexus One and iPhone. Even with the $10 upcharge, Sprint's plans are a very good value, and their coverage is generally solid. The EVO is attractive, well made and the screen is to die for. Once you've seen the 4.3" display, it's hard to go back to something smaller.
Pros: Huge screen, very fast, Android 2.1 OS plus HTC Sense.
Cons: 4G signal ain't all that, 4G kills the battery.