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Review: HTC Evo 4G

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HTC devices shine when it comes to calling and contacts features, and the HTC Evo 4G is no exception. Making calls is very easy on this phone. There's a large Phone button at the bottom of the home screen that takes you to a dialpad. You can dial a number or start typing a name into the number keys, and the Evo 4G will search your contact list for you. When the Evo 4G rings, you can set the phone to quiet down the ringer a bit when the accelerometer feels you pick up the phone.

Once you're in a call, you get buttons to mute your microphone or activate the speakerphone. Pressing the menu key on the call screen gets you three-way calling, and it was easy to connect a third party.



The contact list on the Evo 4G is spectacular. You can save as many phone numbers, email addresses and street addresses as you like for each contact. Once saved, you can then start a call, send a message or open a navigation session from that person's contact page. You can assign contacts to a specific group, or even tell the phone to always send that person's call to voicemail.

Once you have synchronized the phone with your various social networks, the Evo 4G will also give you the option of linking address book contacts to your online friends. The phone gives you a nice level of control, so you can add contacts from Facebook, Twitter and even Flickr, and then choose which picture to use as that person's avatar. Once you've linked a contact, you can also see more information on their address book entry. The Evo 4G pulls updates and events from Facebook, as well as online photo albums from Facebook and Flickr. That's all available in the address book, mind you, not some extra widget or mobile Web site. The address book also gives you useful information like recent messages from that person and your complete calling history.


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