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HTC Evo 4G LTE review

The HTC One X gets a makeover

HTC Evo 4G LTE

If specs are the HTC Evo 4G LTE's strength, then Internet is its Achilles' heel. It's not any worse than any other 3G-only phone on Sprint, but that's just it - it says 4G LTE right in the name! Why is it neither WiMAX-capable, nor connect to any LTE?

Well, unfortunately, because these features are just one of many future-proofing promises the HTC Evo 4G LTE is based upon.

As we mentioned in our Best Carrier in the US article, Sprint's LTE is due to begin a very slow roll out in mid 2012 (so, soon).

That very selective LTE roll-out will certainly change browsing speeds on the HTC Evo 4G LTE (and, inevitably, the battery), but until then, it's best to gauge the HTC Evo 4G LTE as what it is: a 3G phone.

This one limitation may irk some people, but we were a little relieved to have a phone that could last an entire day.

Of course that surge in battery comes with a pretty steep price - Sprint's mind-numbingly slow 3G network. Our download speeds rested around 2.25Mbps or worse, while our upload speeds rarely surpassed 1Mbps.

HTC Evo 4G LTE

A bookmarks tab and Google search widget make it easy to find what you're looking for on the internet. And then, of course, the HTC Evo 4G LTE's native browser has all the bells and whistles of the HTC One X, including a wonderful text reflow.

That text reflow feature makes it frequently just as appealing to view classic sites as their mobile counterparts.

Simply double-tapping on a column of text will fit it to your screen, and if you want, you can pinch in to zoom even closer to the text and it will reformat itself to fit inside your new column.

You can set the phone to automatically bypass the mobile site in favor of a desktop mode in the Settings (it's called "Desktop mode").

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.