After hitting a few speed-bumps the last couple of years, HTC seems to be back in the game. When we reviewed the HTC One X from AT&T recently, we felt it had a lot of strengths. Similarly, the EVO 4G LTE has a lot of really great features and it performed very well in our benchmark tests.
In order to compete with some of the high-end phones of today, a device must have a fast processor, adequate RAM, high-resolution screen, acceptable camera, 4G capabilities, and excellent battery life. With its 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.7-inch HD display, 8-megapixel camera, upcoming 4G LTE connectivity, and long battery life, the EVO 4G LTE meets this criteria.
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One of the biggest drawbacks to the EVO 4G LTE is the fact that it doesn’t have a removable battery. Although the 2000 mAh battery should get most users through the day, after a year or two of heavy use, battery performance degrades, so it can be nice to be able to replace the battery. In addition, there have been times where we've had to removed the battery in a smartphone to reset it, should it have locked up during a benchmark, etc. With a non-removable battery, you simply don't have this option.
Another potential drawback to the EVO 4G LTE is the fact that Sprint is just starting to roll out its 4G LTE network. If you're fortunate enough to live in one of the initial launch markets, the EVO 4G LTE should offer the mobile browsing and download speeds you desire. For the majority of Americans however, you will probably be waiting a while to use all of this phone's capabilities until Sprint further expands its LTE network.
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Overall though, we enjoyed our time with the EVO 4G LTE. It's a good phone that's very responsive and performs well. The kickstand is a nice added touch and the phone's camera is fast when you want to capture a burst of images.