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Written by Written by Austin Downing - Edited by Allison Downing and Olin Coles   
Monday, 02 August 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
HTC EVO 4G Android SmartPhone
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: HTC EVO 4G
Size and Battery Life
HTC Sense User Interface
HTC EVO Camera Photo Quality
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: HTC EVO 4G

The Android OS seems to be all the rage right now with carries making phones of all shapes and sizes running this OS. From the minuscule HTC Tattoo all the way up to the EVO, HTC has in its short existence quickly built a market for itself using many different OS's but with many of its most profitable phones using the Android OS. These pocket-able powerhouses are even more powerful than many of the first computers readers will have had (Intel 486DX anyone?). With the ability to never lose touch with the electronic world, it should come as no surprise that some users want the larger 4.3" screen for surfing it.

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From the front you can see the 1.3MP camera, the beautiful 4.3" screen, and the four capacitive buttons. Although these look great and generally work well, I have found some problems with them, the largest being that the home and search button are located just close enough to the bezel that you can quite easily hit these buttons, many times closing the program you are using.

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On the back, you have the 8MP camera with dual LED flash. This camera has perfectly adequate quality for day to day life. We will look into the camera a little bit more later. On the bottom of the phone, you have a kickstand which is well suited for a phone that can quite easily be used as a miniature video device while traveling.

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Under the sleek black cover of the back is the fiery red interior which contains the speaker and user replaceable 5.55Whr battery.

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Under the battery, you have the MicroSD slot and the standard 8GB card which you can replace for up to 32GB of storage. Right now, this can only be used for data storage, but with the upcoming Android 2.2 Froyo update, this limitation will be removed.

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Back to the kickstand. It has many uses, but I mainly use it to set the phone on my night stand where it is at the perfect level to read while I lay down. Currently I use this so that when my alarm on my phone goes off in the morning, it allows me to instantly look at my daily agenda that has been set on my calendar.



 

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# App for slower CPU, etc?Greg Zeng 2010-08-03 01:08
Obviously you have not tried Android apps. But these are coming, new daily.

Retired (medical) IT Consultant, Australian Capital Territory
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# No camera controls at all?Greg Zeng 2010-08-03 01:14
My smartphone (Nokia N82) has complete camera & video control. Android has third party controls?
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# RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhoneJason 2010-10-02 00:59
It's funny that the EVO is only about 25% bigger than the Hero but the screen is basically twice as big.
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# RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhonejedics 2011-09-22 17:06
My n82 is over 4 years old and still wipes the floor with nearly every phone camera on the market in 2011, even the $1000 iphone4 is a complete joke next to the n82 images in any situation.

Im not paying that much for a 'smart phone' that takes dumb pics, especially knowing the tech has been around for over 4 years, until someone brings out one that at least matches mine Im keeping my money and my old school phone :(
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# RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhoneDavid Ramsey 2011-09-22 17:15
Each person has their own priorities on what they'd like a phone to do. For example, if you want your smartphone to actually do smart things, the iPhone (which costs nowhere near $1,000; it's $200 with contract and $600 without) is way better. The iPhone can also take and edit video, which the N82 cannot, so there's that. Still, the N82 does have a superior camera, and if that's your main criterion, it's the way to go. Or would be, if any major US mobile provider still sold Nokia phones...
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# RE: RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhoneOlin Coles 2011-09-22 17:38
How's the reception on that iPhone 4 again? Also, "way better" is a subjective term. Android phones can also take and edit video, btw.
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# RE: RE: RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhonejedics 2011-09-22 18:02
ahh, when the iphone4 came out, to buy it from apple it was over $900 aus.

Yes it takes video etc, but so the hell it should, 4 years is a staggering amount of evolution in the tech world.

Way better is not at all subjective and entirely measurable (which is why it isnt subjective), you would have to be blind not to be able to see the differences on a decent sized monitor of images taken even in good light. At night the flash on the iphone is so useless they shouldnt have even bothered, and only did to sell the phone I suspect. I could EASILY go on about how stupidly over compressed the images are but wont.

I would even settle for a 3mp sensor IF the final image was not compressed to buggery and shot on a decent lens with a real flash and it would still look better than most 8mp - 12mp pics from a phone. Thats never going to happen of course as more = better in the dumb ass consumer world.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhoneDavid Ramsey 2011-09-22 18:09
I don't have an N82 to compare with, but the iPhone 4's 5MP camera is considered quite good, and the image quality in good lighting compares favorably to my Nikon D7000. If you Google "iphone 4 camera comparison", you'll find that it rates quite highly against other existing phone cameras.

Again, I'm certainly willing to believe that the N82's camera is better, possibly way better, but the iPhone 4's camera is still pretty good.
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# RE: RE: RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhoneDavid Ramsey 2011-09-22 18:04
"Way better" isn't too subjective when you're talking about the difference between an iPhone 4 and a four-year-old Nokia as a mobile Internet device. Really, they're not even close. And I never claimed that Android phones couldn't take and edit video, but the N82's a Symbian (rhymes with "dead mobile OS") phone, so who cares?
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhonejedics 2011-09-22 18:15
well if you want to take pics that you dont just look at once and then delete because they suck then it matters, sure i would like a computer in my pocket but to me surfing the net on a phone is not my idea of a good time so it would be used in a pinch rarely like when in a foreign town for google maps.

but yes if you travel a lot and dont mind carrying a real camera then its the 'smart' way to go.

but for me, I cant be assed carrying a dedicated camera, and while i dont need much from picture quality for taking pic of my mates at the pub etc I do have some standards....eg for the pic not to be more blurry than my blurry memory of the night before :)
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# RE: HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhonejedics 2011-09-22 18:04
Not that I consider myself smart, I do own a nokia n82 still after all :)
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