HTC EVO 4G LTE Android Smartphone Review

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In many ways, you can tell the EVO 4G LTE is part of the EVO family. This phone has a look and style that resembles its older brothers, including red accents. One of the most-liked features from previous HTC EVO smartphones is the kickstand which props up the phone on your desk for viewing images, videos, and web pages. After removing the kickstand from the HTC EVO 3D, the manufacturer has brought back the kickstand with the EVO 4G LTE.

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The kickstand is nice and solid and props the phone in landscape mode on your desk. You can also use the kickstand to prop the phone in portrait mode, but it won't be nearly as steady. When not in use, the kickstand is flush with the back of the device so you'll need to use your fingernail to pull it open.

The EVO 4G LTE is competitive in terms of both weight and footprint. As you can see from the chart below, the EVO 4G LTE is just slightly heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S III and lighter than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G
4.2 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr
4.48 ounces
Nexus S
4.55 ounces
HTC One X
4.58 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible
4.6 ounces
Samsung Galaxy S III
4.7 ounces
HTC EVO 4G LTE
4.73 ounces
Apple iPhone 4
4.8 ounces
Apple iPhone 4S
4.9 ounces
LG Spectrum
4.99 ounces
Samsung Droid Charge
5.04 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
5.1 ounces
Motorola Droid Bionic
5.57 ounces
Motorola Photon 4G
5.6 ounces
HTC EVO 3D
6 ounces
HTC Thunderbolt
6.23 ounces

 
The 4.7-inch HD 720p super LCD (1280 x 720) display covers the bulk of the front of the smartphone. Below the display, you'll find three touch-sensitive buttons (Back, Home, and Recent Apps) that are flush with the phone's face. The front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera is located above the display to the right of the narrow speaker grill.

On the left side of the EVO 4G LTE, you'll see the microUSB port near the red stripe that houses the kickstand on the back of the phone. The right edge of the phone houses a dedicated camera button as well as the volume rocker. A power button and headset jack is located on the top edge of the phone.

 

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When you turn the EVO 4G LTE over, you'll immediately notice the red metallic kickstand which divides the back of the phone. Above this kickstand, you'll see the rear-facing 8-megapixel camera as well as an LED flash. You can remove the shiny cover above the kickstand to reveal the phone's microSD card slot. One thing to note about the shiny cover above the kickstand is that it will attract fingerprints.

The battery and SIM card are located below the kickstand which does not have a removable cover. This lower portion of the back of the phone has a matte finish that doesn't attract fingerprints. While the EVO 4G LTE's 2000 mAh battery should be enough to get many users through a day depending on how much they demand from the phone, we wish HTC would have made it possible for users to swap batteries and SIM cards.

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battery reset could be available with a key combination ... for htc I think you have to hold the power button down for 10 secs

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I can't help wondering how much of a game changer US users are going to find LTE to be. It's been available here in Stockholm for more than two and one-half years now, but when a major newspaper tested speeds in central Stockholm a few days ago (http://www.dn.se/ekonomi/din-ekonomi/omojligt-na-superhastigheter-med-4g - HH readers who don't have Swedish can use, e g, Google Translate on the article text), it was found that far from the «up to 80 Mb/s» advertised. downstream speeds lay in the 15 - 20 Mb/s range, i e, not so very much better than 3G. Guess I'll stick with my desktop and measured fibre-cable speeds of around 95 Mb/s for now....

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I'd really like to see users organise a general protest to put an end to this business of producers rendering it impossible to replace the original battery in their phones, before it becomes an unstoppable trend. Not surprisingly, this trend seems to originate with Apple, which does everything in its power save booby-trapping its devices to prevent users from «tempering» with them. This is carrying planned obsolescence just a tad too far....

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Lefties beware!

I have no qualifications to speak about the technical aspects of this phone. However, I just traded up from the HTC EVO 4G, and although the ringtone volume buttons are in the same position, I have been hitting them in error whenever I hold the phone in my left hand. The camera button is also on the right side of the phone so I'm also taking a lot of photos of my elbow. so my only complaint at this point is that these buttons are a little too sensitive.

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One of the worst cell phones I have ever used. Almost as bad as the first Windows phones. HTC Android operating system is nothing like the Samsung Android operating system. Sprint Business plan from my employer makes it free for me. I am ready to sell it on eBay and buy my own Samsung or iPhone. Apps are slow can't get voice commands to work. Now I understand when my friend told me, " Anything other than an iPhone is just a compromise."

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This cell is the worst I have used. The battery is horroble, so slow, always freezing, when I make a

phone call I can never hang up. So expensive no even worth one penny, I try to sell it nobody want to buy it don't even 50.00 Dls.

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