Reviews and Problems with HTC EVO Shift 4G / Knight / Speedy
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HTC EVO Shift 4G Review
11 April 2011
Conclusion: That said, the HTC EVO Shift 4G is one of the major accomplishments of HTC, pivoted against the other 4G phones in the market like the Samsung Epic 4G. The feature rich smartphone is company’s well priced less- intimidating 4G mobile that slots in nicely into your expectations. Performance wise, the EVO Shift 4G is fast and offers seamless navigation through the menus within fractions of seconds.
Conclusion: In case you couldn't guess, I'm not a big fan of this phone. While I love other HTC phones, especially the myTouch 4G, the EVO Shift 4G is a let down when compared to the Samsung Epic 4G. And whether it was issues with the phone or Sprint's network, the EVO Shift 4G did poorly at the two key things I need my phones to do—make calls and download information.
Excerpt: Sprint continuously brags about its flagship 4G Android phone the HTC Evo. It is a great piece of hardware , but it is also a relatively large device with a premium price tag. Enter the HTC Evo Shift, currently Sprint's least expensive Android 4G phone. The Shift runs Android 2.2, includes a slide-out keyboard and is noticeably smaller than the EVO and Sprint's other slide-out 3G/4G phone, the Samsung Epic (see specs below).
Pros: 4G connectivity, Vibrant 3.6-inch touchscreen, Slideout keyboard, Mobile Hotspot capable, 800MHz Snapdragon CPU that seems faster, Lower price than Sprint's other 4G phones.
Cons: No front-facing camera, No HDMI output, Additional $10 fee each month for "Premium Data" service, One of the heavier phones available, 4G coverage is still somewhat limited
Conclusion: Conclusion The HTC Evo Shift 4G is definitely a great smartphone (especially since there always seems to be a lack of QWERTY devices) and can compete with other devices in terms of performance, but at the price, there are better alternatives. The Epic 4G, for example, costs the same $149.99 with a contract and has more features than the newcomer, despite being considered older.
Summary: The EVO Shift 4G is an excellent addition to the EVO line of devices, and with a smaller form factor and physical QWERTY keyboard, appeals to a crowd left out by the original device. That said, Sprint has to work on making their 4G speeds more consistent. When they were the only 4G outlet on the market, it was less of an issue, but with Verizon's 4G LTE pulling a consistent download speed of at least 10 Mbps (with bursts of 18-22 Mbps), they have to up the game a bit.
Pros: Great specs for the price; HTC Sense is a great user interface for a wide range of users.
Cons: 3.6-inch display may be too small for some; Sprint's 4G speeds are often erratic.
Excerpt: The HTC EVO Shift 4G running on Sprint’s WiMax network may seem logical to compare with the first HTC EVO 4G, but to compare the two would be like comparing pineapples to cumquats. The EVO Shift could be construed as more of a business device, with a full QWERTY keyboard combined with a professional looking design. The metallic-blue and chrome accents keep this device sophisticated but may appeal to a more specific group.
HTC EVO Shift 4G for Sprint review - powerfully functional
18 January 2011
Summary: The ECO Shift 4G is HTC's second 4G capable smartphone for Sprint. Like the original EVO 4G, the EVO Shift runs the Android smartphone OS and offers fast data speeds when hooked up to Sprint's 4G WiMAX network.
Pros: Large display, great keyboard, clear call audio, 4G data
Cons: 4G service is spotty, awkward power button position, no forward facing camera