Our friends over at Boost Mobile have sent us the Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G for us to review. This is Boost Mobile first 4G WiMAX device, this means you will be getting some faster speeds. Keep in mind that the Boost Mobile 4G network, is Sprint’s 4G WiMAX Network. This is the same network that provides 4G WiMAX speeds for Virgin Mobile USA. And this is a pretty high-end device for Boost Mobile, and the customers will enjoy it. But, is it worth it to get the device? We will answer that in the full review, which being right now.
Not, much has changed with the design of the HTC EVO Design 4G since we have seen it on Sprint. The main body of the phone is a plastic build, however in the middle of the back there is a nice piece of aluminum. This adds some flare to the design, the color is the device is essentially different shades of black. The aluminum portion of the back feels much different from the other parts of the devices. It also gives the device a high-end type of feeling. Along the top of the device you have a headphone jack, microphone and power/sleep button. The left hand side is home to the volume rocker and micro USB port. Along the bottom of the device you will find a microphone. On the back of the device you have a 5 megapixel back camera with LED flash, speaker, HTC logo, Boost Mobile logo, and with HTC Sense logo. Along the bottom of the device you have 4 touch capacitive buttons, those being home, menu, back, and search. Above the screen you have a HTC logo, earpiece and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. It is not too heavy, but does have some weight to it, as it comes in at 5.22 ounces. It is not a thin as the Droid RAZR from Verizon, at 0.05 inches. The HTC EVO Design 4G is very comfortable to hold in your hands. I do have to say that the Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G in my opinion has nicer design than that of the Virgin Mobile HTC EVO V 4G.
Now, let’s move onto the hardware and as expected it is very similar to when this device was on Sprint. And it did have good hardware than, and it still has good hardware now. It is great to see that they are brining some very nice features to pre-paid. The Virgin Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G has a 4-inch qHD display, that is pretty good. The orange background that is pre-set for this device really pops on the screen and colors are quite vibrant. The viewing angles are not to shabby also, of course the viewing angles are the best when the brightness is all the ways up. For speed you get a 1.2GHz Single-Core Processor, that keeps the device going. At times if you have a bunch of applications open it may slow down. But for the most swiping in between home screens is solid. The 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, is not the best. When shooting the photo there are lines going up and down the screen, but most of them do go away when you take the photo. The back 5 megapixel camera does pretty well, images are good. However, lighting does have an affect here if it is really bright the image will be washed out. However, you do get a full array of setting and effects int he camera application. In terms of internal space you get 4GB inside and you do get a 2GB micro SD card included with the purchase of this device. Overall, the hardware on the Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G is solid.
Now, here is where it is different from the Sprint variant. No longer do you have to wait to get upgraded to the latest operating system, the HTC EVO Design 4G for Boost Mobile comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. And it’s user interface is HTC Sense 3.6, HTC wants to keep Sense 4.0 just for the One Series it seems. As the HTC One V for Virgin Mobile will be getting HTC Sense 4.0 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I have to say the operating system runs pretty well on this guy, at times if you are using a really big application or if you are multitasking with many applications open it may slow down a bit. But, for the most part the single core 1.2GHz Processor keep this guy going. HTC Sense 3.6 is great and it makes the operating system easier to use. In terms of pre-loaded applications you get Boost Zone, Connected Media, Google App Suite, Dock Mode, Facebook, FB Chat, Friend Stream HTC Hub, HOOKT, Google +, YouTube, Media Share, Personalize, Polaris Office, TeleNav GPS Navigator, Transfer, Twitter, WiFi Hotspot, Visual Voicemail, and more. Also, on one of the home screens there are shortcuts to popular websites like MTV, CNN, Accuweather, E!, Univsion, BET, and GO2. I’m not sure why they choose to include these on the device. It’s nice to see that they didn’t put a lot of bloatware on the device, but website shortcuts I cannot figure out. I am quite happy that Visual Voicemail has finally made its way to Boost Mobile. And it works very well, the application runs quite smoothly and is similar to other ones on the market. Overall, Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 3.6 provide a nice operating system for the Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G!
The Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G is a great first 4G WiMAX device. It shows that they are committed to brining there customers the latest and greatest devices. It also brings 4G to pre-paid customers, which is important. It works on Boost Mobile’s Android Monthly Unlimited plan that features Shrinking Payments. It starts off at $55 a month, but for every 6 months that you have your payment on time it will got down by $5, until it is as allow at $40 a month. It features a nice design, a great 4-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz single-core processor, Android 4.0 ICS with HTC Sense 3.6, and more. The Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G will cost you $299.99 . If you are looking for a new Boost Mobile phone I would definitely recommend checking it out. For More Info On The Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G, Please Click Here. We would like to thank Boost Mobile for providing us with a copy of the “Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G”.