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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

SmartPhone Final Thoughts

Four years ago, a phone of this power and ability would have been unthinkable. Contained within is what previously would have taken multiple devices - a GPS, camera, video recorder, mp3 player or iPod, a computer with internet nearby, and much more. Just like a desktop replacement laptop is not expected to set records for battery life, neither should a phone that contains the latest and the greatest. If users expect to be able to use many of the features on this phone full bore, then they should also expect that these features will use up battery. What this means is you need to do proper planning and management, making sure if you are going to be out for 12+ hours you carry a second battery, and that as you use features you turn them off when you are done. With the Froyo update coming in the near future for this phone and 3.0 sometime next year, this phone still has a long life ahead of it.

HTC EVO 4G Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

For a phone, the performance is wonderful, easily taking care of any task given to it. It can be bogged down by running too many at the same time, but generally, the OS does a good job of keeping things running quickly and efficiently. With a performance boost coming with Froyo, hopefully the efficiency will go up helping the EVO be able to do more while sucking up less battery.

I like the appearance, but this is personal preference. Many people will feel this phone is too large size, but for those who want a minimalist look with a large amount of screen real estate, you need not look any further then the EVO.

Construction is superb with no dead pixels, no loose parts, the few buttons there are can take abuse, and I have seen them dropped from standing height with no visible damage. I would still be careful since as wonderful as the large screen is it also makes it more susceptible to damage if dropped.

Everything works. Phone calls sound good; GPS gets a good signal everywhere; 3G speeds are adequate.

With a new two year contract or an update to your contract, this phone only costs $199 through Sprint or $599 without a phone plan. If you think about what you get, it is a good deal. The camera, navigation, phone, web browsing, and many others things this phone can do would cost a lot more if everything was done by individual products. Its functionality is brought down by its lackluster battery like the Achilles heel on...Achilles.

If you are on the Sprint network and in the market for a cutting edge phone with a large screen, then this phone is for you. In addition, if you are in a city with 4G your Internet speeds for web surfing will be exceptional, and you can use the hotspot function for free, further sweetening the deal. Finally, as of early August 2010 the HTC EVO 4G SmartPhone will receive the Google Android 2.2 'Froyo' operating system update through Sprint.

Pros:

+ Beautiful large LCD Screen
+ Powerful 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
+ 4G Network capable
+ Free 4G Hotspot capability
+ Decent multimedia capabilities

Cons:

- Lackluster battery life without optimization
- Camera performance in low light could be better

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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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