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Review: HTC EVO Shift 4G

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Jan 14, 2011, 12:12 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC's EVO Shift marries Android, Sense, WiMax and a physical keyboard in one, chubby little smartphone. In Phone Scoop's full review, we tell you want works, and what doesn't.

Don't be fooled by the EVO name, the EVO Shift 4G is not a follow-up to the flagship EVO 4G. Instead, it is its smaller, less capable cousin. The EVO Shift 4G packs HTC's Sense user interface on top of Android 2.2. If Android, WiMax and a keyboard are what you're looking for, there's no better place to start than with the EVO Shift 4G.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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Jan 15, 2011, 2:45 PM

The Keyboard...

That's two phonescoop "reviews" I've read saying that the keyboard was not very good. One from Eric and one from Rich... what gives? The keyboard won't win any awards, but I love it. I think the keys are well placed and easily used. And I also like the fact that you have to move the keyboard without the spring action. I've seen several spring loaded keyboards fail miserably. This one feels like it will last for years. Oh and as far as the video calling...
I'm pretty sure it was abandoned on purpose for 2 reasons. 1. Qik being bought by Skype. 2. Everyone bitches about Vid calling on anything but WIFi. The fact is, like you touched upon in one of your articles, Vid calls aren't perfect even on a pc, so I'm not really demanding my cell phone ...
I stand by my opinion and agree with Eric. It's a crappy keyboard compared to many, many other phones.

The Cliq 2 keyboard, for example, may look funny and feel kinda cheap, but the keys are a much, much better shape that makes them easier to feel ...
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Jan 14, 2011, 1:25 PM

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Jan 16, 2011, 2:53 PM

What research?

The processor is the newest version of the Snapdragon processor (the same one in the g2) and is much faster than the Evo's, not to mention a better graphics processor. This phone is essentially the g2 without the trackpad, and Sense on top. Please do your research!
Agreed, the megahertz myth is in full effect here...if clock speed meant that much, we'd have 10 GHz processors in our computers by now.

Jan 14, 2011, 6:30 PM

Nice review--

--and you have rugged, manly hands.
muchdrama said:
--and you have rugged, manly hands.

muchdrama! lol
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