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It's no secret that HTC has had a rough time competing with other big name smartphone manufacturers in the last couple of years. It looked like the company might be turning things around with its One series and the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, but then the company got hit with another delay thanks to a U.S. Customs review. The EVO 4G LTE is finally here though, and Sprint customers can finally pick up this new, highly anticipated smartphone. The HTC EVO 4G LTE sports many of the high-end features you'd want in a smartphone today including Android 4.0, a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and 4G LTE connectivity. The phone also comes with the well-liked kickstand built-in to its back. Like many of HTC's newest high-end devices, the EVO 4G LTE also features Beats Audio to provide an improved audio experience versus generic offerings. Although Sprint hasn't launched its 4G network yet, the EVO 4G LTE will be ready to connect as soon as the wireless company flips the switch. Initially, Sprint plans to offer LTE service in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio.
The EVO 4G LTE sets a new standard for phones on Sprint, offering compatibility with the future of its voice and data networks and cutting-edge specs.In 2012, HTC finds itself in a defensive position. Apple continues to carve out a larger share of the smartphone market, and Samsung has stolen a lot of the momentum HTC gained in the last two years. Though it's not part of the HTC “One” series of phones, the EVO 4G LTE is one of the new devices HTC hopes will turn users back in its favor with fast data speeds, hot specs and unique features like a kickstand. But is that enough? Preferences in phone size and feel vary from user to user. Generally, the larger your hands, the more comfortable you will be with larger phones. Like almost every top-tier phone lately — including the HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD, and Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8 inches) – the EVO 4G LTE has a 4.7-inch screen. Because of the flexible way Android is designed, using a larger screen is possible even though few of you will be able to reach its edges without uncomfortably stretching or adjusting your hand.
The Sprint Wireless exclusive HTC Evo 4G LTE is the latest smartphone to come from the close and rather prolific collaboration between the carrier and the Taiwanese manufacturer. The handset is bound to take its spot as the flagship for Sprint's newly launched LTE network. While its name might lead you to believe otherwise, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is rather closely related to the HTC One X for AT&T. It sports practically the same internals as its polycarbonate sibling, but with a few extra touches, which are bound to make a lot of HTC One X owners pretty jealous. The abovementioned extras include a microSD card slot, a dedicated camera button, as well as a metal kickstand, which harks back to the glory days of the original HTC Evo 4G. In short, the HTC Evo 4G LTE offers the same top of the line functionality, which we came to love in the HTC One X, while addressing most of its shortcoming. On paper the HTC Evo 4G LTE is the best equipped smartphone to hit the US market so far this year. The handset simply packs everything an Android junkie can possibly demand, wrapped up in solidly built, good looking package. In fact, we really can't help but wonder why arguably the best smartphone that HTC currently has to offer is available exclusively from the third largest carrier in the United States.
The most powerful Sprint cell phone (but just by a nose), the HTC EVO 4G LTE ($199.99) is both fabulous and frustrating. It has a powerful processor, the best camera on Sprint, and a long list of great little convenience features that make it our Editors' Choice for a Sprint phone. But not knowing where Sprint is installing 4G LTE is getting old. Physical Features and Call QualityThe EVO 4G LTE is a large, slim phone at 5.3 by 2.7 by .35 inches (HWD) and 4.7 ounces. The front is a typical black slab, dominated by a 4.7-inch, 1,280-by-720 Super LCD screen. It's bright and not PenTile, if such things matter to you, and colors are a bit less saturated than on OLED screens. The back is a little more controversial. The bottom half is anodized matte black, all well and good. But above that you have a bright red stripe, a glossy black panel and a red ring around the 8MP camera; I've heard that called garish, but it doesn't bother me. The red stripe flips out to become a metal kickstand. The black panel at top snaps off to reveal a microSD memory card slot, and the camera's actual lens is recessed so it won't scratch. In any case, this feels like a premium device, and it's considerably slimmer than the LG Viper ($99, 4 stars) or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus ($199, 4 stars).
Rewind to early 2010: RIM had an iron grip on the enterprise market, Window Phones still required a stylus, Google was still trying to make an impact with Android and the iPhone was the undisputed king of the smartphone kingdom. The Motorola Droid no doubt sparked interest in Android, but the unapologetic angles and massive heft of the phone made it hard to love. The Nexus One had everything you could want except a place to try it and buy it. There were whispers of a superphone coming to Sprint from HTC, but other than a few blurry pictures of a white slab and some rumored (hoped for) specs no one really knew what to expect.Then it came: the HTC EVO 4G. The original EVO was the nation's first 4G phone, the first phone to have a 4.3” display, the first phone with a kickstand, the first domestic phone utilizing a front-facing camera allowing for video chat, and the first phone to make Apple really take notice. It won universal acclaim, Phone of the Year honors and opened the flood gates for Android. Though the EVO has spawned a family of phones and the flagship EVO 3D was launched a year later, many saw the 3D capabilities as a gimmick and have patiently waited for a true successor to the original EVO 4G.
Sprint's original HTC Evo 4G was the carrier's very first 4G WiMAX phone. Two years (and a few other Evos) later, we have the HTC Evo 4G LTE ($200 with a new two-year contract from Sprint; price as of 5/10/12). But despite the name, this smartphone is currently just a 3G phone until Sprint builds out its LTE network. Outside of this issue, the Evo 4G LTE is a solid phone. The display, camera, design, and multimedia features make it the best phone currently coming from Sprint. Sprint will have the HTC Evo 4G LTE available on May 18. The Evo's kickstandThe HTC Evo 4G LTE might share a lot of specs in common with the One X on AT&T, but its design is totally different. With its black body and red accents, you might mistake it for a Verizon phone; it looks an awful lot like the newly announced HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It holds onto the Evo design legacy, however, with a bright red kickstand. You flip the kickstand out and set your Evo on a table for some hands-free video watching. The kickstand is a little difficult to open, however. You'll need some nails to get it out. The kickstand divides the Evo's battery cover, which is part glossy black plastic and part matte, soft-touch rubber. Measuring 5.3-by-2.7-by-0.35 inches, the Evo is slightly smaller than the One X, which measures 5.3-by-2.8-by-0.4 inches.
As HTC ushers in their next generation of smartphones with their hero series of HTC One devices, so too does the impact spread to their other hard-hitting brand lines like what we're seeing here in the HTC EVO 4G LTE. What we've seen of this device thus far is that it's not just similar to the HTC One series we've seen so far, it's basically the same in very many respects - right down to the HTC ImageSense chip for the camera. Where before we'd assumed that this chip and many other features in the HTC One series were the bits that made the series special, the HTC EVO 4G LTE makes it clear that HTC is perfectly willing to spread the love to the rest of their brand lines. The device you're looking at right now is essentially as thin as the HTC One S with as large a display as the HTC One X, and is extremely flat compared to the whole HTC One series thus far. This device feels much nicer and more powerfully built than any HTC EVO in the past and indeed does take on a lot of what HTC has promised for the whole HTC One series.
The HTC Evo 4G is perhaps Sprint's most important phone ever. When it was released in 2010, it was Sprint's best phone by a long shot, and one of only a few truly great Android devices. Two years later, Sprint's in dire need of another winner, and it's searching far and wide: the company paid dearly to carry the iPhone, and is also now selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Sprint's next flagship phone, though, might be another Evo. HTC recently released its One series of devices, the One X (available on AT&T) and the One S (for T-Mobile). Sprint gets the Evo 4G LTE, a variant of the One X with some Evo-style design and feature tweaks, but all the same specs that made us think the One X is among the best smartphones ever made. The $199 (with contract, natch) Evo 4G LTE has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, a huge 4.7-inch Super LCD... and a freaking kickstand. It also has an LTE radio inside; that won't do you much good for now, but Sprint's currently readying its LTE network, and this phone will be ready for it on day one. The sum of those parts in the One X (minus the kickstand) made for one of our favorite phones yet — can lightning strike again with the Evo 4G LTE?
With its new HTC Evo 4G LTE, Sprint is the latest U.S. carrier to jump on the HTC One X bandwagon. Like its HTC One X cousin on AT&T, the Evo 4G LTE offers a sleek design, a quality camera, and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. To say the HTC Evo 4G LTE is a looker is, well, a serious understatement. Clad in black anodized aluminum, glossy premium plastic, flashy red accents, and ringed by a sophisticated silver trim, this phone is drop-dead gorgeous. You can tell HTC put a lot of thought into the Evo's design, right down to its retro transistor radio-style buttons. Frankly, the phone screams luxury on par with -- dare-I-say -- the BlackBerry Bold or even the iPhone 4. Measuring 5.31 inches tall by 2.72 inches wide, there's no denying that this new Evo is a handful. At just 0.35 of an inch thick, though, the phone is a hair thinner than the One X. That's trim enough to make you forget its sizable footprint. Additionally, somehow the Evo 4G LTE manages to weigh a light 4.73 ounces despite its laundry list of powerful internal hardware. Sporting a gigantic 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 (1280x720 pixel) display, the front of the HTC Evo 4G is almost all screen. Similar to my experience with the HTC One X, the Evo’s screen gets very bright and creates vivid colors.
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