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

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The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor combined with the speed improvements from the Froyo update make the HTC EVO 4G feel very responsive. The EVO 4G is definitely a quick phone that had no problem with all of the apps we used during our review period.

The EVO 4G has two built-in cameras. The rear camera has an 8 megapixel sensor with auto focus capabilities and a dual LED flash. Within the camera settings, you'll find a variety of options to adjust your pictures – including the ability to adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation, and sharpness of your images. There are also various effects that you can apply to the images.

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Although you'll still get better pictures with a standalone digital camera than with most of the cameras that are built-in to phones, we were very impressed with the quality of images produced by the EVO 4G's rear camera.

         

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Perhaps our biggest complaint with the EVO 4G was its battery life. However, after adjusting a few of the wireless sync settings, we were able to make it through most days on a single charge with moderate use of the phone. HTC claims you should get up to 6.0 hours continuous talk time from the EVO's 1500 mAh Li-on battery.

We definitely appreciated the large screen found on the EVO 4G. Viewing angles were excellent and the screen was viewable even under direct sunlight, especially when the brightness was cranked. Like many of today's popular smartphones, the EVO 4G's screen attracts fingerprints, though fingerprints did not appear to affect the responsiveness of the display.

The kickstand found on the back of the EVO 4G is a nice touch, particularly if you plan to watch movies or other videos on the phone. During our tests, movies loaded quickly and played smoothly on the EVO 4G's large screen.

As far as call quality is concerned, we enjoyed clear conversations and did not have any dropped calls during our tests. Both the earpiece and the speakerphone were adequately loud, and the people we spoke with did not complain about the quality on their side of the conversation. Like many phones these days, the EVO 4G has a proximity sensor that will automatically turn the display on and off when you move the phone close to your ear and pull it away.

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