HTC Evo 4G

    Introduction 

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If you liked the HD2 or the Droid Incredible, you will most likely want to get your hands on the HTC Evo 4G. This is a fairly large phone, but it includes quite a few features and the specifications are impressive. Many people were more than excited to see how this 4G phone was going to perform and most of them weren’t disappointed by the results. This is one of the best Android Smartphones around, but you don’t have to take my word for it: just take a look at the features.

Design

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The HTC Evo 4G comes with a 4.3 inch WVGA capacitive touch screen. The 800 x 480 resolution and very large screen are great for watching movies directly from your smart phone, but fitting the phone into your pocket won’t be easy. At 4.8 inches in height, 2.6 inches in width and 0.5 inches in depth, this phone will cause some size problems. However, it manages to get away with it thanks to the fact that it is quite thin, even if it weighs 6 ounces. If you don’t like large phones, you might want to look for something else, because the Evo is one of the bulkiest phones around.

A great design feature is the stand placed on the back of the phone. You can release it easily and place the phone on any flat surface if you want to watch a movie without holding it in your hands. From a distance, the design is quite simple and attractive. The phone is thin, there are only four buttons on the bottom side, the screen is very large, and the HTC logo is discreet. You will also notice the volume controls on the right side, the power button, the microUSB port, the HDMI port and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Features

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In the performance department, there is little to complain about. The HTC Evo 4G runs on a Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of memory on a microSD that comes in the package. You will have to expand your memory to 32 GB if you plan on recording 720p videos or if you want to watch movies directly from the phone. The Evo runs on HTC Sense, a slightly more advanced version than the one used on the Droid Incredible and the HTC Legend.

This is the first WiMAX smartphone to be released in the United States, so you shouldn’t be surprised by its very high download speed. When you go online, it can reach speeds of up to 12Mbps, but only if you are connected to a 4G network. If you plan on buying this phone only because it offers massive download speeds, you should check if your area actually has 4G coverage. If not, the phone will automatically switch back to 3G, which is still fast, but not as fast as it could be.

This phone comes with two cameras, one on the front, and one of the back. The 8-megapixel camera is quite useful since it comes with a dual LED flash that is perfect for taking pictures in any conditions. This camera is similar to that from the Droid Incredible, especially when it comes to the quality of night pictures. Every snapshot you take will look great on the phone, but once you copy it to your computer, you might notice some defects. This might be a problem for some people and we would have preferred a 6 megapixel camera that offers high quality photos instead of a 8 megapixel one that can’t live up to the expectations. For video calls, you will be able to use the 1.3 megapixel camera from the front of the phone, but this feature is not available at the moment.

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You can use this phone to record 720p HD videos, but the quality won’t be exceptional. However, thanks to the HDMI connector, you can plug your phone into your TV and play the videos at higher quality. DivX and H.264 is not available for now, but you can watch most of the movies you have on your computer without any problems. The speakers are powerful, there is plenty of space, and the video quality is impressive for videos that weren’t recorded on the phone itself.

Browsing the internet is easier than most people might expect, thanks to the large screen. Once you turn the phone into landscape mode, hitting the keys is quite easy, so you won’t have any problems when writing an email or a text message.

Flash Lite 3.1 is supported, so online streaming should be a breeze with the Evo 4G. YouTube videos are crystal clear and they will load quite rapidly if you have a decent subscription or 4G coverage.

Pros and Cons

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The HTC Evo 4G is a great phone when it comes to internet browsing or using it as an entertainment center. You can watch YouTube videos or movies at very high quality and even the 720p can offer reasonable video quality. The 4.3-inch screen is massive and it works great for watching movies. The Android system proves to be effective once again and you can easily browse the internet or use demanding apps like Office. However, there are a few problems.

You will have to carry your charger around if you want to use this phone as a music or movie player because the battery will run out in under 3 hours. If you plan on taking many pictures and you expect the highest quality possible, you might want to search for another phone, because the 8 megapixel camera won’t live up to your expectations.

Conclusion

In the end, the HTC Evo 4G is one of the best smartphones around when it comes to performance and download speed. Those who are interested in browsing the internet and watching movies will surely enjoy the advantages offered by the 4.3-inch screen and 4G connection. If you can get pass the minor problems, this might be the phone for you.

The HTC Legend is a super slick mobile powerhouse

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If the name is anything to go by, HTC think alot of there new Android smartphone. The HTC Legend is a super slick mobile powerhouse; the phone runs Android 2.1 with an HTC Sense paint job. The vibrant touch screen is super responsive and the aluminium casing is super durable, the device has been loaded with all the smartphone goodies would ever want; 3G, GPS and full social network management all play there part in the plentiful user experience.
The basic design of the phone was centred on the 3.2 inch capacitive, AMOLED display; the alloy uni-body casing frames the HVGA screen perfectly, with solid reliability. This device is incredibly pleasing to the eye and the single and has a luxurious feel to it.

The Optical track pad acts as the main action button for interacting with the phones interface; is both responsive and unique and contributes to the phones minimalistic design. The slight curve to the Legends casing makes it very palmable and the ultra-slim dimensions make it as much pocket-able as it is comfortable to handle. The HTC Sense interface is fantastic and the device seems to really get the best out of the 600MHz processor as it whips through pages without a hint of stammer. The home screen is standard HTC make up; with a huge clock dominating, you get a live weather feed, a settings toolbar and a selection of widgets providing shortcuts to the Legends key features. The Sense UI will allow up to seven individual home screens for users to work from, with each one delivering its own functionality.

To view al these screens at once, take advantage of the HTC Leap feature by pinching a home screen, now you can have a full over view on all screens. One of the several screens hosts the FriendStream application; it enables users to log into there Facebook, Flickr and Twitter accounts and check out there friends latest activities in one single stream of information; a clever feature for the many social networkers out there to keep track of there social circles on the move. Information from your friends is also integrated into there relevant contact information in the Favourites home screen. Favourites allows you to assemble you favourite friends into a grid with special functions automatically assigned to each; so if they update there profile picture on, lets say Facebook, there contact picture will also be changed. The Google based platform (Android) supplies Legend users with full access to the Android Market if they wish to build a collection of apps, there are also various other Google apps spread throughout the phone, with Google Maps covering navigation and YouTube supplying its services to the media conscious users.

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HTC have delighted messaging fans with integrated support for SMS, MMS, SNS, Exchange, Webmail and Instant Messaging. E-mail accounts are very simple to set up while; the IM client can be used for live chat via providers such as GoogleTalk and WindowsLive. The online aspects of the phone like the web browser and SNS compatibility are supported by 3G which is a welcome feature on any phone, but Wi Fi also has a place in the Legend, and both provide super fast download speeds. As for multimedia HTC have the Legend well prepared with a 5MP digital camera system equipped with LED flash, auto focus and a number of image settings. The camera can capture VGA quality videos at 30fps, this is more than enough and the sharing facilities allow you to upload to your social networks and YouTube. Both the music and video players will manage multiple file types while an expandable memory (up to 32GB microSD) and a 3.5mm audio jack provide there multi media support for space and sound quality.

The HTC Legend is the real deal, it is well endowed in all fields of mobile technology and boasts a superb user interface which is packed full of clever little goodies to keep the user experience fresh. HTC have provided the smartphone market with a gladiator of a phone; it is very good looking, very durable and will no doubt be a crowd pleaser with its customizability, pocket-ability and sheer classiness.