HTC Evo 4G LTE review

The HTC One X gets a makeover

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The HTC Evo 4G LTE has a near identical media experience to the One X - which is to say, great. It has a the same identical, gorgeous screen to watch movies on, has the same Beats integration, and plenty of widgets and downloadable media-playing apps - but where it really shines is the improvements it makes to the One X.

Perhaps, most importantly, the HTC Evo 4G LTE has expandable memory up to 32GB via microSD.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Then there's that kickstand - the gimmick of yesteryear is a welcome addition to the Evo 4G LTE, chiefly due to massive improvements.

Other than that, things are unsurprisingly similar to what you'll find on the HTC One X, so if you're looking for a detailed account of all things media, check out the HTC One X review.

Music

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Opening the music app reveals four music apps (more if you've downloaded the likes of Spotify, Rdio, etc).

Those four apps are My Phone, Sprint Music Player, SoundHound, and TuneIn Radio. Except for "My Phone," each of these shortcuts can be removed with a simple long press (even Sprint's Music Player).

The SoundHound included is not a trial version - it's the real deal, and will help you find which song is playing over those loud speakers at the bar, or in the car, or on that TV show.

The HTC Evo 4G LTE has the same FM radio as the HTC One X, and while most people will fire up Spotify before a radio app these days, having the ability to listen to NPR's Fresh Air live from your phone is a treat.

HTC Evo 4G LTE music apps

Like the One X, you can't record or name stations, but the audio sounds fine. Obviously, this is more a novelty app for radio heads, but we're just happy to have it.

Video

Like all HTC phones, the Evo 4G LTE has opted to forego a videoplayer in favor of a photo and video integrated gallery. That's great for simplicity, but makes for a messy user experience that requires too many taps to get anything done.

This inevitably ends with too many similar-looking thumbnails. If you took four videos of a parade marching by, for instance, they'd inevitably look almost identical and with no real way of telling the difference between them, without actually watching them.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandDual Band
Service ProviderSprint Nextel
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEVDO
SAR Value0.72 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedCDMA 800, CDMA 1900, CDMA2000 1xEV
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelEVO Shift 4G
Screen Size9.1 cm (3.6")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)166 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height117.1 mm
Width58.9 mm
Depth15 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time146 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameEVO Shift 4G Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberBBM35TK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

It fits comfortably in your pocket. But with so many reasons to keep it out, it might not get the chance.

Express delivery. With an 800 MHz processor on Sprint's 4G network, you've got more brainpower on top of bandwidth than you'll know what to do with.

Slide it out. Spell it out. With the built-in QWERTY keyboard, you can crank out texts, emails and updates in no time flat. And you can say it precisely like you (not "U") mean it.

Socially skilled. It's got HTC Sense running Android 2.2. So every text, tweet, email, update and call is grouped by person for easy follow-up. And with the Friend Stream app, everything happening on your social networks happens in one easy place.

WiFi + 8 devices, wherever. Imagine instant WiFi access delivering 4G speed to 8 data-hungry wireless devices. Launch the mobile hotspot, and it will be.