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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

Size: How big is too big?

One of the comments I have heard about this phone is the matter of physical size. For some, this is a plus. For others, this is a major flaw deterring them (ed. this includes me) from the purchase of the phone. The truth is that this is a matter of personal preference. I like to use my phone to replace a whole host of devices including GPS, a point and shoot camera, a music player, and a daily planner. For me, the size is a plus as it makes it easy to type and read while at the same time making, in my opinion, making a very good media platform for it size.

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Even in my relatively small hands hands, I do not find that it is cumbersome even when you add a hard case for protection. One problem you may run into is that if you enjoy wearing skinnier jeans then you may find it difficult to insert this in your pockets.

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When you compare the size of the EVO and HTC Hero from the rear, you can see that they don't really have that much difference in thickness. One of the major differences is the EVO's ability to connect with a smaller USB connector and the mini HDMI.

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Again from the side, the general size difference is not as apparent. Both phones use a rocker button to control volume, one of the two physical buttons on the EVO (the other being the power button).

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From the top, the difference in these phones becomes a bit more apparent. The size of the EVO is kept in check somewhat with it only being slightly larger in physical size then the Hero. This is done by the use of a smaller bezel around the screen, having no roller for menu navigation, and keeping the buttons in line at the bottom.

Battery Life: Management is key

Unfortunately, this is where the EVO is lacking. Even with a 5.5Whr battery, running all out the battery life of the EVO is abysmal managing only to last 4 hours. This is the price you pay to work the best technology, running the fastest possible, on the largest screen you can get right now.

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Thankfully, this is only the worst case scenario. With correct management of the systems on this phone, you can easily coax 12+ hours of life out of the phone in a day. One of the big things you need to do is turn off the radios when you are not using them. This means when you are home, use the Wi-Fi connection; when in a 4G area, turn off the 3G line; when in a area with 3G, vice versa. Also, unless necessary, make sure to turn off the GPS. The other major things which will extend you battery life are to shut off unnecessary programs when not in use, and most importantly, slow down the update process of many of the programs that are running. If you have your Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and other social applications running updates every two minutes, then you will quickly drain the battery by both preventing the system from going to sleep and by using the radios constantly.

If you think that the battery life is still too much of a hindrance but you must have this phone, you can buy a higher capacity battery or a second battery which you can charge while using the one in your phone.



 

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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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