HTC Evo 4G Review
Expert reviewers rave about the HTC Evo 4G (LetsTalk.com, Sprint), and it's not hard to understand why. Its performance and multimedia prowess are impressive, and it features a very large, colorful 4.3-inch display. At least one expert reviewer considers it the best Android-based phone on the market. Given that consumers can get it for free with a new contract, this phone is a steal.
HTC's Evo 4G (starting at $10/Letstalk.com and Sprint) is a leader of the pack. In an HTC Evo 4G review, PC World deems it the best Android-based phone out there, citing its top-flight camera and display, as well as its aesthetics and range of features. The display likewise pleases PC Magazine, whose Evo 4G review also raves about the smartphone's browsing and media-streaming prowess; indeed, the HTC Evo 4G earns the review site's Editor's Choice award. Accolades continue piling up in other Evo 4G reviews. Gizmodo, for example, calls it the "brawniest" Android phone available because it's big, fast, strong, and loaded with goodies, including WiMax (super-fast Wi-Fi that's still relatively rare on budget smartphones) and a camera for video chat. About the only drawbacks, say Evo 4G reviews are some harshness in voice quality and unimpressive battery life. That latter shortcoming is a dealbreaker for Mobilecrunch, although other Evo 4G reviews are willing to let it slide given the smartphone's outstanding features and performance.
Sprint is the carrier for the Evo 4G, and as the name implies, this smartphone is compatible with Sprint's speedy 4G network. It runs the Android OS and boasts the largest screen -- 4.3-inches with a resolution of 800x480 -- of all the budget smartphones we researched. It weighs a full eight ounces and the camera has a generous 8mp resolution. The Evo 4G is Wi-Fi-compatible and supports 802.11b/g Bluetooth connections.
We're impressed with the HTC Evo 4G for many reasons, and price is certainly one of them. As with most smartphones, Sprint's data plans aren't exactly cheap, but at least you won't have to spend a lot on the best hardware Sprint has to offer. The Evo 4G's large screen, excellent camera, 4G speeds plus WiMax, and smooth web surfing should satisfy the geekiest of phone geeks. Just make sure you keep a charger handy.
Other Recommended Smartphones
HTC Windows Phone 8X
If you're seeking an Android alternative and find this phone for less than $50, jump on it. While the Windows Phone app selection is limited, expert reviewers say the phone itself excels in nearly every way with the exception of its camera, which is still fairly good.Read more »
|Not ready to buy?|
Motorola Droid Razr M
It's surprising to find a phone this appealing for this price -- a mere penny. The Motorola Droid Razr M from Verizon may not have an HD display, but the screen still looks gorgeous. This is also a very fast phone with the new "Jelly Bean" version of Android.Read more »
|Not ready to buy?|
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
The Blaze 4G from T-Mobile would be easy to recommend as a top pick but for a few cons. For one, it's loaded with bloatware, or preinstalled apps that users can't easily remove. Still, this is a powerful phone with excellent battery life and call quality.Read more »