Hands on Review of the New HTC Evo 4G LTE


There is a lot to be said about HTC’s latest release, the Evo 4G LTE. HTC seems to be on a roll with new models, although similar to HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE, this one is closer to the HTC One X in how it looks and feels.

The Evo has decided to be an edge up from the Sprint, and to that end it has a variety of new features, cool specifications, and data speeds which HTC is hoping will bring the customers back to its base. There is a lot to be said about this phone, which distinguishes it from the One X.

To begin with, it has an easier grip because the phone is pretty thin – 9.5 mm at the thickest, where the camera is. The screen size is pretty much like the Samsung Galaxy S3 too, at 4.7 inches, and it appears pretty large because there are only three navigation buttons – back, home and menu. If you like the cleanliness of the look, this might appeal to you, but perhaps you might be left wondering why HTC decided to keep this model of buttons, especially since most Androids have the capacity to support touch navigation.

The newest feature this phone has is the kickstand, which allows it to sit prettily if you intend to click a picture. We expect very innovative advertizing because of this one feature. What the ads won’t tell you is this, because the charging port is at the bottom of the phone, inserting the charging jack will become an issue if you want to prop your phone up on the stand. We expected this to be resolved because HTC faced flak for this during the ThunderBolt time too, but obviously they consider photo shooting a bigger priority.

Which brings us to the camera and when you consider that, the HTC strategy will make more sense? Evo has five levels of flash, an f/2.0 aperture which gives you 40% more light than other phones, and probably a better camera than Samsung. A new feature is that you can click pictures even while you are taking a video. And all this with burst mode! There is also a physical shutter button which will make you feel like you have a camera in your hands, not a phone. HTC is known for its cameras, and this does not disappoint. Will the entire phone live up to this? That remains to be seen.

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