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Our friends over at Sprint have sent the HTC EVO 4G LTE for us to review. It is their latest 4G LTE device and this is their version of a HTC One Series device. At first it was delayed, and then it had a huge launch. It features an awesome design with a kickstand, Android 4.0, 8 megapixel camera and much more. But, should you go out and get this device? We will answer that in the full review which begins now.

Design

HTC’s One Series had devices such as the One X and the One S, and they all had amazing designs. And luckily for Sprint customers, they have an awesome design for the EVO 4G LTE. The EVO 4G LTE comes in quite thin at 0.35 inches and is light at 4.7 ounces. The device is very comfortable to hold in your hand. The main body of the device is a smooth aluminum, except for the area by the camera where it is a smooth and shiny plastic. The kickstand itself is red aluminum, which both adds some pop to the design and gives you a nice way to stand the device up. While we are on the back of the device you will find the 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, HTC logo, Sprint logo, and speaker grill. The battery on this guy is built-in and cannot be removed. One advantage that the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint has over the One series, is that it does have a micro SD card slot that can hold up to a 32GB micro SD card. The plastic cover going around the camera does come off, although it is quite difficult to get off. The micro SD card slot is located in there. There is also a red rim going around the camera lens it self, this adds some flare to a mostly black in color device. Above the screen on the front you will find the earpiece, HTC logo, and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. Below the screen you have 3 touch buttons, those being back, home, and multitasking. The left hand side is home to the micro USB port, while the right hand side is where you can find the camera shutter button and volume rocker. On the bottom of the device you have the main microphone and on the top you will find the 3.5mm headphone jack, power/sleep button, and 2nd microphone. Around the side of the device you have a strip of silver aluminum, this goes along well with the red and back. Overall, HTC really hit a home run with the design of the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

 

Hardware And Camera

Now, let’s move onto the hardware of the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint. It has a 4.7-inch HD super LCD display with 720p resolution. Viewing angles are pretty good, when the brightness goes lower the viewing angles decrease. Colors are vibrant and they have depth to them which makes the image more realistic. Watching videos looks great, it shows up in 720pHD quality. For speed you get a 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm™ Snapdragon S4 Processor with 1GB of RAM, I did notice that the Galaxy S III for Sprint was faster with the swiping of the screens. But overall, the response and speed of the EVO 4G LTE is up there with the Galaxy S III for standards. Multitasking is a breeze with that much RAM and the 1.5GHz dual-core processor. However, you don’t have 4G LTE speeds just yet. So, we are stuck on the very slow Sprint EVDO Network. As you can imagine data speeds were very slow, but you are future proofed with this device as it already has the 4G LTE antennas inside, so once it launches in your area you will be good to go. In fact they will be launching 5 cities with 4G LTE on July 15, 2012 and more will be launched after. Before you know it you will be covered by Sprint 4G LTE. It has the same amazing 8 megapixel camera was on the AT&T HTC One X, and the HTC ImageSense technology is who you should thank. HTC is just raising the bar higher and higher for what a camera on a smartphone should and can be. You have a full array of setting that would be found on a high-end digital camera, you get self timer, ISO, white balance, continuous shooting, shooting while recording video, effects like distortion, depth of field, and much more! And of course you can choose to have your flash set off, on, or auto and you can choose the focus as well. Be sure to check out the video camera test and gallery below. In terms of the front facing camera it works well when video calling (over WiFi) for now or if you’re taking “selfies”. However, I do think that the Galaxy S III had the better front facing camera here.

 

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE Camera Test

Software

No more waiting for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates, now you get it right out of the box and you also get the amazing HTC Sense 4.0 User Interface. HTC Sense runs great over Android 4.0 on EVO 4G LTE, this is thanks to it’s 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor and 1GB of RAM. It all runs very smoothly, the famous clock and weather widgets opens very quickly and the graphics work great. The new multitasking button, makes it super easy to access the applications that are running and close out the ones you don’t need any more. Just simple swipe up to close the application. You also have folders now, which makes it super easy to organize all of your applications. In terms of pre-loaded applications you get Google App Suite, Car, DropBox, Facebook, FM Radio, Instagram, HTC Mobile Guide, Internet, Media Share, Movie Editor, Personalize, Sprint Hotspot, Shopper, Wallet, Sprint Zone, Task Manager, Transfer, Voicemail, Weather, Watch, and YouTube. Please note that Google is currently working on getting Google Wallet to work on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. For all of the movie and TV fans out there be sure to check out HTC Watch, it will be your one stop shop to find some of the newest movie and TV shows. You can either rent or buy the movie, renting goes for around $3.99 and buying goes for around $14.99 . This is pretty much the standard pricing for this content. They can download, and while they are downloading you can start watching. And of course you get HTC’s great weather application, that offers stunning graphic and an accurate forecast. Inside of that application you can also find the latest news, and you can customize it to your liking. And as a special treat when you buy this device you get 25GB of DropBox free for the life of your 2-year contract! And using the DropBox application you can have it automatically upload your camera roll to the cloud. Overall, HTC did an amazing job with the software on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE.

 

Bottom Line

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is a great device! You get an awesome design, a great camera, and an awesome operating system that make for an amazing device. HTC Sense 4.0 makes using the phone such a great experience, I personally like HTC Sense 4.0 better than the Samsung TouchWiz Nature. It really is a hard decision between this device and the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III, but one thing for sure is that they are the best device on Sprint’s network. They both offer expandable storage, free DropBox space, a fast device, 4G LTE speeds eventually, a great camera, and more. I do recommend that you check out the Sprint Galaxy S II Review(Click Here) and after you read both, hopefully you will be able to make a decision between the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III. The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE retails for $199.99 with 2-year contract or $549.99 with no contract. For More Information On The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE, Please Click Here. We would like to thank Sprint for providing us with a copy of the “Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE”.

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