Review: HTC EVO Shift 4G
The EVO Shift 4G tackles email, SMS, MMS, IM, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Picasa, Flickr, etc. with aplomb.
There are several different avenues to get your email. First, there is the HTC-made Email program, which was very specifically designed to support Exchange email accounts. HTC made this email program before Android supported Exchange. Now that Android does, this email program isn't a necessity for business users, but it offers a nice user interface for sorting through messages. Then there's the native Gmail client. The EVO Shift 4G also works with pretty much any POP3/IMAP4 email account you could throw at it.
There are two SMS apps on the EVO Shift 4G. One is the native Android SMS app, the other is the HTC-made Sense SMS app. The main difference is that the HTC app offers a widget that lets you page through your messages from the home screen.
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Google Talk is the only native IM app on board. Want more? Go fishing in the Android Market.
There are a number of ways to connect to social networks with the EVO Shift 4G. First, there's HTC's FriendStream. The FriendStream app reaches into your Facebook and Twitter accounts and pulls down status updates in a stream that you can look at quickly. You can also use HTC's Peep application for Twitter, though I prefer the official Twitter application. The native Facebook app is also better than FriendStream for really interacting with your account.
Hands-On: HTC EVO Shift 4G
The HTC EVO Shift 4G could be mistaken for a follow-up to the EVO 4G, but it's really a different phone entirely. Find out what's different, what we liked, and what we didn't in our hands-on preview.
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