Review: HTC Evo 4G
Form Basics Extras Video Tour Wrap-Up Comments 100+
Menus Calls / Contacts Messaging
The HTC Evo 4G comes with the normal assortment of Google apps for messaging, as well as a nice selection of social networking apps. Google provides email support for POP and IMAP accounts, as well as a specialized app just for Gmail with support for labels and other advanced Gmail features. There's no instant messaging on board except for Google Talk, though plenty of other IM apps are available from the Google App Market.
Text messaging uses HTC's own Messages app, not the stock Google messaging app. HTC's app looks great, displaying messages in a threaded, conversational style. Even pictures from MMS messages show up in the conversation stream. In addition to pictures and audio files, HTC's Messages also lets you send vCard contacts and vCalendar events, as well as location data in the form of Google Maps links or even Latitude and Longitude coordinates.
For social networking fans, the HTC Evo 4G comes with the official Facebook app pre-loaded, plus a couple of extra apps exclusive to HTC. Peep is an above average Twitter app. You can check status updates, add pictures and location data to your tweets and browse the list of tweeters you're followed by and following. Peep doesn't allow you to check trending topics, though, and updates could be a bit sluggish. Friend Stream provides a variety of updates from your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Not only does it give you status updates, you also see when friends have posted new photos and albums and it even gathers the Web links your Facebook friends have posted to their walls.
Advertisements article continues below...
The onscreen keyboard on the HTC Evo 4G is very well designed, and HTC's software QWERTY is my second favorite keyboard on any touchscreen phones. It's very useful with some cool features. If you want to type a number or symbol, you can just hold down the corresponding letter and the keyboard will offer the symbols for that key. You can also access speech-to-text features from the keyboard. It isn't perfect, but Google's speech-to-text is very useful in a pinch, like when I wanted to send an email while walking the dog. Even with these great features, I found the HTC keyboard less forgiving than the QWERTY on my Apple iPhone 3GS. The Evo 4G's keyboard is obviously larger, but I ended up with fewer mistakes on the iPhone because Apple's auto-correct feature is better than HTC's.
Feb 9, 2022
Samsung today announced its lineup of flagship phones for 2022: the Galaxy S22 series. The top-end S22 Ultra sees the biggest changes as it essentially absorbs Samsung's Note series with an integrated S Pen stylus and a more Note-like shape and design, instead of the Contour Cut design of the other models.
Sep 7, 2022
Apple has revealed the iPhone 14 series, with new features, improved specs, and new size options. In place of a Mini option, the iPhone 14 will come in the same 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screen size options as the Pro models.
Mar 23, 2021
OnePlus today announced the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, its newest flagship phones. The 9 Pro is a true flagship-class phone with a QHD AMOLED display with variable refresh from 1 to 120 Hz, and IP68 water rating, starting at $969.
Aug 4, 2011
Skype has provided an update to its Android application that adds the video chatting feature to a large number of new Android handsets. Skype notes that Gingerbread is required to use the video chat feature, so owners of the following phones are encouraged to make sure their system is up to date.
Jul 14, 2011
Hulu recently updated its Android application making it compatibile with four more handsets. All four are made by HTC, and include the EVO 4G, Droid Thunderbolt, myTouch, and G2.