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Review: HTC Evo 4G

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May 25, 2010, 8:14 PM   by Philip Berne
updated May 26, 2010, 3:41 PM

The HTC Evo 4G is the first WiMAX phone on the U.S. market. With high speed features like high quality YouTube streaming and mobile HotSpot capabilities, is the HTC Evo 4G the standard bearer for things to come? Find out in our full review.

The HTC Evo 4G would be an interesting phone even if it lacked access to Sprint's "4G" WiMAX network. It's a large (humongous?) touchscreen phone running Android 2.1 and HTC's sparkling Sense UI. Besides all that Android has to offer, the phone is packed with multimedia, social networking and other fun and useful features. It might be too large for some, and Sprint's nascent network was a mixed bag in my tests, but for Internet addicts looking for a flagship phone, the HTC Evo 4G covers most of the bases.


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May 26, 2010, 8:52 AM

I take my DROID over this anyday!

And the MOTOROLA SHAWDOW in a few months!
Unfortunately, my experience with the Sprint 4G network was less than satisfactory.

When it worked well, Sprint's 4G network offered fast, high quality video streaming from YouTube, faster Web browsing and, eventually, even video conferencing, a f...
Help me understand, Dan Hesse! How can you charge me for something that I can't use?

Your quote at CTIA 2010:

"4G, we can offer because we can produce a gigabyte cheaper, we actually offer more. A good analogy that has been used for 4G, and 3G, ...
LOL Motorola = FAIL

May 27, 2010, 12:59 AM

last time i visit this site.

Sub par review. Oh and if this site allows trolls like cell I'm sure a lot of others like myself will stop coming to this site.
Please do stop coming here if you can't offer anything worthwhile. Sub par review? Why don't you jump into the game and tell us all why the review is sub-par!
As you said in another post on this site: "have to keep people honest. if a big claim is made back it up!" 🙄

You made a big claim about this review, now back it up and tell us why you believe what you believe.
Someone call 9-Wa-Wa!! We need a WAMBULANCE!

but seriously, you wont be missed
My 2c:
The review was a bit lackluster. It's hard to describe, but the tone of the review was almost bored or annoyed at having to review the EVO. It was also a bit unpolished. I noticed at least one minor grammar error.

Even so, I'm going to k...
Dude, if you didn't already know that *any* time Rich reviews a Sprint device he can't help himself but to disparage the network in some way and assume we all must get the same coverage (or lack of coverage) that he does, then you need to brush up on ...

May 28, 2010, 8:44 AM

If You Keep giving wrong information over and over, someone will believe you.

The $10.00 Add-On according to Sprint is not for 4G service, its to ensure that there will be the bandwith available for this data hog of a device. It gives you unlimited data whether you use 3G or 4G.
^this. Sprint's plans are the best in the industry even with the $10 add-on.
I don't think I said it was $10 for 4G. It's not. It's $10 extra for all Evo users, 4G or not. Other users, like HTC Hero owners, get unlimited data without the $10. Sure, Sprint does have great plans, even with the $10 addition. But they set a high b...

Jun 7, 2010, 2:55 PM

What with the fanboys and this review?

I have been a long time reader of phonescoop and constantly use is for reference when I need precise information on features and the like. I never commented on the forums until now. I really don't understand what the deal with this review and the fanboys (cellenator being the most ridiculous) who hate on Sprint? The video review, in my opinion, was sub par compared to review of similar devices on other networks. If this had come out on AT&T, the review would have been completely different. Too bad they didn't name it an iEvo.

P.S- Can't wait until the new iPhone 4 review comes out, i'm sure the reviewer will be all hyped up and pumped and will give it a godly review. Shortly after all the AT&T fanboys will soil themselves and continue to ...
Aww, I thought it was a good review. The video is 90% positive, too. Did you hear what I said about HTC Sense? And, for the record, I've been a Sprint customer almost continually since my first mobile phone.

Oh well, we'll see if you're right when...

May 27, 2010, 3:28 PM

Not at all deterred....

For the most part - this is a Goliath version of my HTC Hero (which I love). Even though I'll more than likely own a different phone by the time I have access to 4G....this is more than enough to motivate me to upgrade now at full retail price.

Still excited & still buyin' it on day 1 😎
Whoa full retail 😲

May 28, 2010, 3:35 PM

Explain The Fee

The plans are still much cheaper than anyone else's.

Do you have websites demanding that AT&T and Verizon Wireless explain why their $69.99 plans ONLY include voice service, and why there is a "mandatory" $10 fee for navigation, and $20 for unlimit...

May 29, 2010, 1:24 PM

Micro HDMI cable

Has anyone found an HDMI cable for the EVO online anywhere? I was hoping to not have to pay retail for it if I didn't have to. Thanks.
Arrow Electronics is selling the cable for under $10. They are out of stock now.

http://app.arrownac.com/aws/pg_webc/0,1086,,00.html? ... »...
Hey all, I found a seller on Craigslist in the Dallas area that is selling a 2m long micro-HDMI to HDMI cable for $40! Not bad if you live nearby and can pick up same day (like me). Don't have to wait (a week or two) and pay shipping or tax. I've a...

Jun 1, 2010, 6:23 PM

HTC EVO4 or Android users, service question?

hey all
this is a general question for any carrier you may be with.

can some one answer if they know if this is true or not?

so I was told by ATT customer service that you are now required to always have a data plan if you use any smart phone w/any carrier at all times!

meaning if I buy a Nexus or HTC for cash and want to use it on there network I have to always have a data plan, that it's mandatory!

They said all carriers are now like this? Is this true?

The reason they gave me is because supposedly they need a data plan @ all times to be able to received phone updates! BS, hello! WiFi!!!

Can you all please provide input! Thanks fellow Geeks!
I don't know if it's official, but the major carriers have been doing this for awhile anyway...
I keep reading that this plan will be cheaper but is it?

I pay for 3 ATT phones
Family plan for 750 minutes, free night and weekend
2 iphones 2G + $40 for data for both (works fine!!!)
1 Motorola piece of crap.

We pay $125 per/month for all t...

May 30, 2010, 3:26 PM

This is a lousy phone

1) The phone lags like crazy. It's slower than my Nexus One by far.

2) The battery on 3G barely lasts a day, and you have to pamper it. My iPhone (which is almost 2 years old) and my Pre both run laps around it, as does my N1. If you turn on 4G You can kill the battery in 2 hours. . Friggin. Pathetic.

3) 3G is downright slow. I barely pull above 900kbps on this. My iPhone and Nexus One both pull in twice that speed on AT&T's 3G Network. The Pre even does a little better.

4) Sense stinks. I've already said it, but having Sense isn't worth the pain.
1. The phone had no lag when I used it, it was just as fast if not faster than the Nexus.

2. Any smartphone's battery will die fast when using data regularly including the iphone and palm pre.

3. AT&T's 3G may be slightly faster where it is avai...
🤣 @ lags like crazy, stop lying.
1) I experienced zero lag with this phone, and I tested it on several resource intensive applications.

2) just running 3g battery isn't any worse then droid, incredible (haven't messed with an N1 enough to compare), and you pretty much have to chal...

May 31, 2010, 12:58 AM

When I saw the calendar, that was enough for me to say no

I have anxiously been awaiting this phone as well as many others. The reason why I returned my first Sprint droid phone (i already forget what it's called) is because of the horrible calendar integration. When I saw that the EVO has has the exact same calendar set up as the other droid phone, I immediately said, "no thanks!" The calendar is horrible, it doesn't alert you of overlapping appointments and I do recall the alrms being faint.
I also do not want to pay the $10 fee when I can continue to perform everything in a professional manner through my BlackBerry.

I hated the first android based Sprint phone so I don't even think I will give this one a second look. Time to stick with what is tied and trued and just upgrade my BlackBerr...
if the main importance of a phone to you is a calendar, then this phone wouldn't be for you anyway

May 27, 2010, 11:45 PM

$4.99 for Qik

$10 fee for 4G is a bit much and know $5 bucks more for two way video chat is just stupid, I will pay the $10 fee for a little awhile and use skype for free!

Dumb Qik people..........
Sprint is blowing it with these extra 15.00 charges on top of the monthly plan. I mean wtf I was cool with the 10.00 tech expense thinking this is what would cover stuff like video chat. Now it seems more like a way to **** an early adopter of new tec...

May 26, 2010, 8:56 PM


...so we've established that Clear's 4G network needs work, and that this thing is absolutely humongous.

If I can't fit it in my pocket comfortably, I don't want it.
glad you know you don't want it, saves us from processing a return.
can you fit an iPhone in your pocket?

if no
don't get it

if yes
you'll be fine

May 29, 2010, 12:29 AM

Will the HTC CU S400 Upgrade Car Kit for the HD2 work with the Evo?


May 28, 2010, 5:43 PM

HTC Unlocked GSM version

Can anyone offer any REAL information on if this device will be gutted and used for an unlocked GSM phone with sim slot from HTC direct? I know the chipset offers GSM abilities but that does not translate into an actual use on GSM networks, if that makes sense.

May 25, 2010, 8:52 PM

sigh @ the battery

if HTC had been smart they would have put in a 2 to 3k mah battery these phones either need better energy usage or bigger batteries its getting annoying that a smart phones life is barely 8-10 hours a day
I bet it's worse than that. If you're like me and you use the features on your phone consistently throughout the day I imagine the battery on this phone wouldn't even last 6 or 7 hours at best. What I don't understand is why they make these awesome ...

May 27, 2010, 3:34 PM

Evo 4G + Froyo !!!

First time ever since I left Sprint 8 years ago, Sprint finally has a decent product.
If I were Sprint CEO, I won't loose this chance, they should update Froyo on Evo 4G ASAP and promote 4G with WiFi Tethering!
Obviously, they need to install 4G towers major cities faster than Verizon and other competitors!
I will recommend to anyone I know~

May 27, 2010, 12:50 PM

Whats the deal with the Add On Complaints?

I see some people bitching bout the add on fees. I notice we have not heard from the Rotten Apple FanBoys. Look at AT&t, to have an iPhone you have to have a current plan from $59.99 up, then there is the $30.00 REQUIRED iPhone plan, and that still does not include messaging. To get the unlimited messaging it is $20.00 a month. Plus for all you VZW Fanboys, read the news, VZW will not allow unlimited LTE, it will be a tiered price program, starting at $60.00 a month

May 26, 2010, 12:16 AM

HTC + Sense UI + Sprint

FAIL! 🤣 🤣

By the review Sounds like it. No thanks Sprint.

The Shadow will kick this thing in the teeth!
Cellenator said:
FAIL! 🤣 🤣

By the review Sounds like it. No thanks Sprint.

The Shadow will kick this thing in the teeth!

What are you talking about?

The reviewer had nothing but great things to...

This is the best phone out; period. He said even if its only 3G its a great phone. If you have good 4G coverage its even better.

Plus we all know Android always has software updates so just because its not mind ...

May 27, 2010, 11:06 AM

Couldn't sleep last night...

... and was thinking about everyone freaking out about the $10 charge for the EVO.

Could it be that when Dan said Sprint wouldn't charge extra for 4G that he was actually talking about the $59.99 connection plan, and NOT talking about a device like the EVO?

Just a thought.

~ miss chris

May 26, 2010, 12:50 AM

It's Micro, not Mini HDMI

Just wanted to pipe in and say that the review mistakenly calls the Micro HDMI jack (aka HDMI type d) Mini HDMI (HDMI type c). Just wanted to make sure people know that there is a difference and don't order a mini only to find out it doesn't work. Again to clarify, the phone supports Micro HDMI, not Mini HDMI.
are you sure?
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