HTC EVO 4G - 4G vs 3G, A Tale of The Tape - HotHardware

HTC EVO 4G - 4G vs 3G, A Tale of The Tape

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The EVO 4G's large, 4.3-inch capacitive multi-touch screen covers the vast majority of the front of the device. Just below the screen, you'll notice four backlit buttons (Home, Menu, Back, and Search) that are flush with the screen and provide haptic feedback when pressed. Overall, the phone is relatively thin, measuring 0.5 inches thick. At 6 ounces with the battery installed, the EVO 4G one of the heaviest smartphones we've reviewed recently. Here's how the EVO 4G compares:

Samsung Captivate
4.5 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible
4.6 ounces
Apple iPhone 4
4.8 ounces
Motorola Droid X
5.47 ounces
Samsung Epic 4G
5.47 ounces
HTC EVO 4G
6 ounces

Despite the fact that the EVO 4G is heavier than some of today's other popular smartphones, many users will feel the extra weight is worth the added features that you wouldn't get with these other phones.

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The EVO 4G is a relatively boxy device with rounded corners and edges. Overall the handset feels solid.The EVO 4G's kickstand is a nice touch, especially since the phone has a large display and high-speed mobile broadband for streaming video.

You'll find many of today's must-have features in the EVO 4G, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an accelerometer, and two cameras. The first camera, a 1.3 megapixel fixed focus front facing camera enables Mobile Video Chat from Qik. On the back of the smartphone, you'll find an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash.

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Compared to other phones today, the EVO 4G doesn't have a lot of onboard storage (it has 1GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM). However, it also comes with an 8GB microSD card, giving you plenty of space to store music, videos, and documents. Should you require additional storage space, you can easily swap memory cards via the microSD expansion slot located under the battery cover.

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You'll find the EVO 4G's volume rocker on the right side of the device. The top edge contains the power button and a 3.5mm headset jack. On the bottom edge of the EVO 4G, there's a microUSB port and HDMI output. The phone's 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a kickstand are located on the back of the device.

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In your performance writeup, some of the high number are not just due to 2.2, but the Snapdragon chip that powers the phone.  Linpack for example under 2.2 with a Snapdragon cpu is far faster than any other 1Ghz cpu running 2.2.

One thing not covered in this review is how easy an Evo is to Root.  There are also dozens of ROMs for it, with and without Sense.  Pretty much every ROM will give you increased battery life and faster performance.  I personally run Baked Snack, which has greatly increased my battery life to the point that I've gone two days with light usage (phone & data).  The screen being on is the biggest killer for me now since it is a big honking chunk of glass to light up.

Also, changing out the micoSD card is a royal pain.  I just stuck a class 10 16GiB in there when I got the phone since the stock one is a slow class 2.  It improved the launch times of launching programs and media, as well as moving data over from my computer.

I think I'll hold onto mine until the Evo2 with the next gen dual core Snapdragon chip ships sometime mid next year.

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InfinityzeN1:
I think I'll hold onto mine until the Evo2 with the next gen dual core Snapdragon chip ships sometime mid next year.

It seems that a hardware race is heating-up in the cellphone market! I wonder if we will ever be able to overclock our cellphones!

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Of course you can overclock your cellphone.  Mine is OC'ed to 1.2Ghz right now.

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hey infinity, could you point me to a guide or something that will show me how to root my evo?  I don't know much about it, but my battery life sucks.

Also, are you able to post to the forums here?  I can't post anything here from my evo

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You want to check out www.bakedsnackshack.com/

They have a guide on how to root your phone, along to links to all the software needed.  Have you tried clicking "Reply" instead of that little "Quick Reply" button?  The few times I've posted from my phone that is how I had to do it.

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Hitting the reply button used to work, not anymore though.

And thanks for the link,  It seems over my head now, but hopefully I will be able to figure it out with some research.

My earpiece speaker blew out, So I need to replace that before I start messing with it.

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No problem.  It is not as hard as it looks.  Just follow everything step by step and if you have any questions just ask.

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