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Review: HTC Evo 4G

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Aside from the troubles I had with the Sprint network, the Web browser on the Evo 4G is top notch. Pages looked great on the Evo's screen, and layout, images and text came through perfectly. The phone can handle multiple windows in the browser, and moving between open windows was a snap.

The Evo 4G even gets some rudimentary Flash support with Flash Lite. It's a far cry from the Flash 10.1 beta I'm using on my Google Nexus One, but this is definitely the best browser I've seen using the earlier Flash Lite software. It still had a tendency to crash the browser or stall on some intense Flash-based sites, but for displaying simple banner ads and filling in the blanks on popular Web pages, Flash Lite on the Evo 4G did the trick. It wasn't as fast or stable watching Flash videos. Better to watch YouTube videos on the dedicated YouTube app, and skip the rest until Flash 10.1 rolls around.

Navigating pages was also a breeze. The phone responds very quickly to touch, even pinch and zoom gestures in the Web browser. The phone did a fine job resizing text frames quickly to fit the width of the screen as I zoomed in to get a closer look. The Evo 4G also gives you a deep settings menu to fine tune your browsing experience, turning Flash on or off, controlling whether a page is loaded in its mobile or desktop version and plenty more options.

 

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There are loads of customization options for the HTC Evo 4G. You can set up the perfect set of home screen panels for traveling, then save your layout and build your perfect setup for a day in the office. HTC offers a few preset suggestions, or you can customize your own. Besides all the shortcuts and widgets you can add to the home panels, you also get multiple designs for almost every widget, including about a dozen different clock designs. You can use live wallpaper with the Evo 4G. You can also set up notifications and ringtones to your own specifications, assigning a different alert sound for different events or different callers.

You can't change the color of the device theme, and the dark black interface can seem a bit stern at times. It also didn't help viewing in bright sunlight. I'd like to see some color themes pre-loaded to liven things up a bit.

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