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HTC Evo 4G LTE review

The HTC One X gets a makeover

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Messaging is similarly identical to that found on the HTC One X - which is great, because it's awesome on both. SMS and MMS, as well as Google Talk and email, are available on the device from the get-go - no Google Play store needed.

Of course, inside the Play store are the familiar IM+, Skype, Facebook messages, and everything else, but it's what's already on the phone that's been so impressive.

Set up happens upon boot up and you'll be prompted to sign into Google, which will sync your Google mail - from there, you'll have to set up your other email addresses - including those pesky Exchange accounts and anything else mandatory for your phone.

The keyboard is one of our favorites, and we clocked some of our fastest non-Swype typing on the 4.7" HTC Evo 4G LTE. As with the HTC One X, accuracy seems to have improved from prior HTC phones - but if you must have a replacement keyboard there are a billion compatible options in the Google Play Store.

Landscape typing is a bit finicky still, and we're not fond of the way colons are used as alternative keys behind the period, but typing is overall an enjoyable experience on the Evo 4G LTE.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

We had mediocre luck with the voice dictation, with some texts loading flawlessly and others loading with more problems then it was worth.

It's no replacement for just typing out the emoticons and LOLs that are all the rage with the kids these days.

As mentioned earlier, the ability to open messages from the lock screen is a nice feature, and the ability to read them from the notifications pane without unlocking your phone means you don't have to go through the unlock just to read your messages, unless of course you have a passcode - which will keep your messages locked down.

Tangent: We did find the transition from Ring pull to passcode lock to be a bit ugly - it goes straight to a jarring black for no discernible reason (why not keep the wallpaper?).

The Evo also has a feature called Smart Sync, which figures out how often you check your messages and starts to sync at those cycles. A novel feature, but we didn't really notice any significant changes in the way our messages loaded (or our battery drained).

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.