Review: HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint
To me, the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint presents a conundrum. HTC and Sprint took everything I liked about the One X design and killed it. They kept all the important features and capabilities the same, though. The guts of the device are mostly the same, the software is identical, and the overall performance and daily user experience are great.
Sprint is obviously hoping the owners of the original EVO, which went on sale in June 2010, will go straight from that EVO to this EVO. The original EVO uses WiMax, which is still operational. The EVO 4G LTE uses LTE, which won't launch until later this year. Even when it does, it will only grace six cities at the start, and won't ramp up to cover 120 million people until the end of the year.
The question is, do you upgrade now or wait for LTE? If you've come to rely on the faster mobile broadband speeds available to your WiMax device, then perhaps you should stick with it until LTE is available in your neck of the woods. Downgrading mobile broadband from WiMax to EVDO could be jarring and unpleasant to some users.
AD article continues below...
However, if network speeds aren't that important to you and you're pining for some new hardware to love, the EVO 4G LTE is the (near) total package. I don't care much for the design, but that's just me. Maybe it's right up your alley. The EVO 4G LTE is a fantastic phone, and the best in Sprint's line-up at the moment. It'll be that much better once LTE is available.
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.