Long anticipated, hugely specified and just plain huge: there’s a lot to like about the HTC EVO 4G. The first WiMAX phone in the US brings with it the promise of DSL-like mobile data access along with the flexibility of Google’s Android OS, complete with HTC’s now-legendary hardware quality and flexible Sense UI.
Specifications we’ve grown to expect from this high-end Android devices, with Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon chipset core to that experience. Here it’s paired with 512MB of RAM and 1GB ROM (the latter is – on Android 2.1 at least – the only place you can save your applications to), along with a microSD slot (there’s an 8GB card preloaded, held in with an unusual little peg rather than the traditional spring-loaded slot) and 1,500mAh battery. As well as WiMAX and EVDO Rev.A there’s WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and GPS, together with a G-sensor, proximity and light sensors, an FM radio and a 3.5mm headphone socket. On the bottom edge there’s a microUSB port – for charging and data – together with a mini HDMI output for hooking up the EVO 4G to an HDTV; unfortunately Sprint don’t supply the cable necessary to do that in the box.
On the back there’s an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash (on the front, meanwhile, is a 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls) together with a spring-loaded kickstand for propping the EVO 4G up while playing videos. Even packing all that in, the phone still measures a relatively thin 0.5-inches and weighs 6oz. You’ll notice it in your pocket, certainly, but it doesn’t protrude or bulge uncomfortably.
Once you factor in $199.99 for the handset itself, a 24-month agreement of $79.99 per month (for Simply Everything), $10 per month WiMAX surcharge and then $30 per month for the privilege of using the mobile hotspot functionality, you’re looking at around $110 every month and $2,840 over the course of the agreement.
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