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Review: HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint

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Browser

The Android 4.0 browser is decent enough, but Chrome Beta for Android is better. Whichever browser is your particular flavor of poison, be prepared for some slow browsing. Sprint's 3G network may have felt zippy back in the day, but it's painfully slow compared to the competing networks of 2012. Think I'm kidding? The fastest peak download speed I achieved over 3G with the HTC EVO was 0.94Mbps down. The average download was closer to 500Kbps. The LTE One X for AT&T, by way of comparison, peaked at 44Mbps down and averaged 21Mbps. Sprint's 3G network is a joke. Keep in mind, both the EVO 4G LTE and One X have the same processor, same RAM, same display, and same software. Sprint's 3G network is slow; that's all there is to it. Until Sprint gets around to launching LTE, be prepared to keep the Wi-Fi radio on and map out where the local free hotspots are.

 

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Customize

HTC's Sense 4.0 lets you fine-tune nearly every facet of the EVO's behavior and appearance. In fact, it probably offers too much flexibility.

The modifications that matter most to most people, such as scenes, skins, wallpapers, and ringtones, are a web of interlaced and related settings that take some time to learn to use properly. (Was that a skin or a theme that changed my wallpaper?) The most useful tool of the entire UI is the one that lets you customize the lock screen shortcuts and widgets.

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