Review: HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint
Color me surprised. Sprint is taking a new tack with its high-end Android devices moving forward. There's pretty much NO bloatware on the EVO. No NASCAR, no NFL, no Sprint iD, no Sprint TV; none of that garbage. Instead, you'll find the Sprint Zone, a single place on the device that owners can browse to download Sprint-branded apps and services if he or she so chooses. The Sprint Zone also doubles as the portal for controlling user accounts, managing features, paying bills, support, and so on. Good stuff, Sprint. I'm pleased to see this change in direction.
The EVO's Bluetooth radio works perfectly. It paired with every device I could find. Phone calls were somewhat crackly when sent through my car's speaker. Music sounded very good when sent to stereo Bluetooth headphones. I had no issues pushing files to/from the EVO.
HTC went overboard with the clock. There are a slew of clock widgets, any of which can be chosen as the home screen clock. The clock on the lock screen, however, is a smallish, digital job that is positioned at the top of the screen. It is readable at an arm's length, but can be hard to see in bright sunlight if you've chosen the wrong scene/skin/wallpaper.
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The GPS worked flawlessly. The EVO's GPS radio was able to lock on my position in less than 10 seconds, and was accurate to within about 25 feet. Paired with Google Maps, which is the only navigation tool on the EVO, the location capabilities are excellent. The one hiccup I encountered was network access. Despite solid GPS performance and processor power, a slow network connection could put the kibosh on navigation features. I had the network hang on me once, which wrecked the timeliness of the app's map.
Google Wallet is installed on the EVO, though users can ignore it if they wish. If you want to use it, though, it takes but a moment to set up an account through Google. Once the account is enabled, the EVO can be used for tap-and-go payments at a growing number of retailers.
Sprint's Latest EVO from HTC Adds 4G LTE, Brings Back Kickstand
Apr 4, 2012
Sprint and HTC today announced the EVO 4G LTE Android 4.0 smartphone. The EVO 4G LTE is a variant of the One X, but substitutes an aluminum frame and casing for the polycarbonate found on the One X.
Hands-On: HTC EVO 4G LTE
HTC today revealed Sprint's variant of the HTC One smartphone, the EVO 4G LTE. Though this smartphone closely mirrors the One X headed to AT&T, it has plenty to make it unique.
Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE Gets Its Dose of Jelly Bean
Dec 13, 2012
Sprint today announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ system updates are available for the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Users can update over the air manually via the settings tools or wait for the update to be delivered by Sprint.
Sprint's HD Voice to Launch Before Year's End
Aug 6, 2012
Sprint today indicated that it is preparing to launch its HD Voice service by the end of the year for the HTC EVO 4G LTE. The feature requires that both devices support HD Voice and that the local network to which the device owners are connecting be upgraded with Network Vision.
HTC Makes EVO 4G LTE Source Code Available
Jul 13, 2012
HTC recently made the source kernel of the HTC EVO 4G LTE available for download via its developer web site. The kernel will help developers adjust their apps/services to work better on these phones.