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Review: HTC EVO Shift 4G

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Apps

The EVO Shift 4G can access all of the nearly 100,000 apps in the Android Market and more. Support for Android is not lacking. If you want apps, they are out there.

Bluetooth

The EVO Shift 4G can connect with mono and stereo headsets with no problems. I didn't encounter any issues when pairing different devices, and sound quality through both mono and stereo headsets was quite good. The EVO Shift 4G can also be used to push pictures (and other files) between devices.

Clock

If you know anything about HTC devices, you know that HTC is serious about the clock. It's there, it's huge, and it is mated to HTC's animated weather application. Even when you wake the phone from sleep, the time is easy to find and read. There are also a host of different digital and analog clock faces from which users can pick. The HTC Clock app is off the hook. Basically, every clock-related function you can think of is packed in, such as stopwatch, countdown timer alarms, world clocks, etc. The weather is thrown in for good measure. It looks classy and is a breeze to use.

GPS

Both Sprint Navigation and Google Maps are installed on the EVO Shift 4G out of the box. Sprint is generous in offering its navigation software for free. Both offer voice-guided turn-by-turn directions between points, and can re-route you if you get lost. Google Maps 5.0 is particularly impressive because it now offers offline use (in case you roam out of network coverage) as well as 3D maps for a limited number of cities.

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