|HTC EVO 4G Android SmartPhone|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Phones | Handheld|
|Written by Written by Austin Downing - Edited by Allison Downing and Olin Coles|
|Monday, 02 August 2010|
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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.
+ Beautiful large LCD Screen
- Lackluster battery life without optimization
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