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Review: HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint

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Say It's Not So.

Slammer

May 14, 2012, 9:24 PM
It appears the wrap-up section was a little rough on the beaver.

As an original Evo owner since day one, I have not been more happier with a phone. It has performed excellently and kept up with the Jones' for the last two years. However, time has taken a toll on the charging port and I need to retire the old girl. I have waited for HTC's new offering of the HTC LTE.

I'm sorry Eric, but I am taken back by your review. It appears you're more angry at Sprint's 3G network and lack of LTE and have indirectly taken it out on the device by telling people to wait. I am sure many others are in a similar position as myself of hardware issues that have been waiting.

I didn't have WiMAX when the Evo came out and I will not have LTE as this ne...
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Dreyfous23

May 14, 2012, 9:39 PM
I'm in the same boat as you John and I too will be upgrading to this phone when it comes out. I have the Galaxy S 4G with Verizon for work and have decided to past on the Galaxy S 3 with Sprint for this phone. I enjoyed my Evo to much to pass up on this beauty of a phone for Sprint.
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Slammer

May 14, 2012, 10:04 PM
When it comes to news on the wireless industry and its products, I find Eric and Rich on Phone Scoop to be the most unbiased in their reporting. However, I found the innuendos of the wrap-up more directed towards network speed comparisons of carriers rather than the review of the product as it encompasses.

The phone industry has become the new PC industry. Some of us cannot always keep waiting for the next product release or latest technology. Quad-core is coming and so is a more wide spread coverage of LTE. However, many of us simply cannot wait. We need to upgrade very soon or now, or risk loosing our phones altogether.

So yes Dreyfous, this phone is another beautiful offering that I am waiting to purchase. It has amazing features t...
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MarryTheNight

May 14, 2012, 9:49 PM
It's not Eric's fault Sprint's 3G sucks. What do you want him to do, lie to the consumer like Sprint reps (mostly authorized dealers to be fair) by telling potential customers that they have sufficent amount coverage in their neighborhood when they actually don't? Give them false of hopes of WiMAX expansion?

It's well documented that Sprint's 3G has been having issues. There are many complants and not just from their customers but from tech reviewers as well. PhoneDog and Gizmodo have complained about it. Matter of fact:

http://gizmodo.com/5910015/htc-evo-4g-lte-lightning- ... »

Apparently Eric wasn't the only one who had problems in NYC. I have friends, relatives on Boost, Virgin (dont ask why...
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Slammer

May 14, 2012, 10:23 PM
Are we comparing network speeds or doing a review of a Sprint phone?

I didn't blame Eric for Sprint speeds. I know better than that. The review did convey that everyone should wait to purchase this phone. Based on the reasoning, it should mean that everyone should wait on ALL of Sprint's LTE phones. The logic of reality is that not everyone can wait. Some of us have surpassed our two year contract and have issues that need to be addressed immediately or risk loosing our phones. I'm not going to spend money on a phone that lacks features and will not take full advantage of LTE when it arrives. Currently, Evo LTE will.

Smartphones are the new PCs. Purchase the most of what you can afford at time of that purchase to be more equipped for ...
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Jacobsladder375

May 22, 2012, 12:08 PM
Interesting Info. Actually this Sprint 3G issue has been going on for quite long. Easy to provide an Unlimited (All you can eat Buffet) data when internet speeds suck.
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Eric M. Zeman

May 15, 2012, 7:40 AM
John - Thanks for your comments. Perhaps I didn't make my point clearly enough in the wrap-up.

Yes, the mobile broadband speeds are outright pathetic, and that's Sprint's fault, not HTC's. The point I was trying to make is that for some users, fast mobile broadband is just as vital as a good screen or a good camera.

If you've gotten used to using a WiMax (or other) 4G phone over the years, dialing back to 3G speeds can be frustrating and lead to a negative user experience. I used the One X and EVO 4G LTE side-by-side for 5 days. The comparison is like a race between a turtle and Danica Patrick in a Formula 1 race car. It's not even close. When I am in a hurry and want to get stuff done, I want the fastest phone -- and network -- poss...
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MrDev34

May 15, 2012, 8:52 AM
The Iphone 4 seems to work well on Sprints network and its 3G only.
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Slammer

May 15, 2012, 10:37 AM
Eric,

Thanks for the candid response. I really meant no disrespect.

There is no question that speeds are important to most people. I understand the speed annoyance. That's the problem with spoiling ourselves with the newest technology. Unfortunately, the 4G moniker is currently all transitional right now. Other carrier'sv"4g" phones cannot access 4G in many of their respective networks yet either, So I guess it's important to segregate the broadband technology from the internal aspects of the device reviewed until "4G" has made its way as a common ground for everyone otherwise it will be carrier vs carrier rather than the actual phone content.

I would like to thank you for understanding my beef. I just wanted to clarify that this ...
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ButtaKnife

May 15, 2012, 11:51 AM
I was a bit surprised myself when reading the review. The Signal section was mostly just complaining about Sprint's 3G service. We know it's slow, we don't need reminders. Smile I came to the article to read about the phone. If the signal performs on par with other Sprint phones, that's relevant to me. As for the speeds, we're all waiting to see how the Network Vision project plays out.

I bought the EVO 4G (and the EVO 3D) despite not having WiMAX in my area. They were still great phones, and it looks like this one will be as well. For that, Eric, thanks for listening to Slammer's feedback on the Wrap-Up.
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