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Many of the phones and features once reserved for nationwide major carriers have begun to trickle down to prepaid cellular providers. A case in point is the HTC Evo Design 4G for Boost Mobile. This pricey $299.99 smartphone appears to be a modern handset at first glance, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and offering 4G data. A closer look reveals the device's flaws living below the surface. A slow single-core processor, short battery life, and fuzzy call quality make it a tough sell even considering that its high price doesn't include an onerous service contract. With its deep black-on-black paint job and metal unibody construction, the HTC Evo Design 4G is darkly delicious and has a luxurious feel. That's quite a feat considering this phone isn't exactly new, first coming to Sprint last fall. The back and edges of the handset are coated in a smooth, soft-touch surface that wicks away moisture, repels fingerprints, and gives fingertips good grip. Measuring 4.8 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.47 inch thick and tipping the scales at a hefty 5.2 ounces, the Evo Design 4G is compact but on the chunky side. That's especially true compared with many ultrasvelte numbers like the current king of the Evo line, the HTC Evo 4G LTE (0.35 inch thick, 4.72 ounces).
The EVO Design 4G is an interesting curio in HTC's lineup. It boasts 4G data speeds, yet also attempts to overcome the thorny problem of how to travel overseas with a device tied to older CDMA technology from third-place U.S. carrier Sprint. Is the combination ultimately a win for consumers?Hardware-wise, the EVO Design 4G sticks pretty close to the usual HTC playbook. Nearly identical to an iPhone 4S in size (though slightly taller and more angular), the Design 4G is well built, weighing in at a relatively modest 5.22 ounces and 0.5 inches thick – downright anemic compared to many of the big-screen smartphones that seem to be the new standard. A 4.0-inch qHD Super LED capacitive touchscreen display packs 960 x 540 pixels nicely into the Design 4G's 4.8 x 2.4-inch black unibody frame. The front side features the same familiar horizontal earpiece used on many other HTC handsets, with a notification light tucked away at left and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat at right.On the back we've got soft rubber covering roughly two-thirds of the surface, with a handsome swatch of brushed aluminum in-between.
The HTC EVO Design 4G is a great affordable smartphone for Sprint. At $99.99 with a two-year contract, it's the second 4G smartphone on Sprint to launch for less than $100, though some older 4G phones now cost less than $100 up front. But the EVO Design is a significant step up from most of those phones—it's one of the best 4G smartphones you can buy on Sprint, and the price is just a bonus. Design and Call QualityThe Design is a black slab that measures 4.5 by 2.4 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.6 ounces. It's made of a mixture of black aluminum and soft-touch plastic and looks unassuming. The real focus is on the gorgeous 4-inch, 540-by-960-pixel (qHD) capacitive LCD touch screen, which looks incredibly sharp and crisp. There are four capacitive touch buttons beneath the screen. Typing on HTC's on-screen QWERTY keyboard was easy in both portrait and landscape modes, thanks to its well-tuned haptic feedback and predictive text algorithm. The Design 4G is a CDMA/WiMAX phone that runs on Sprint's 3G and 4G networks. It's also a GSM/EDGE 2G quad-band world phone (GSM 850/900/1800/1900).
The HTC Evo Design 4G ($100 with a new two-year Sprint contract, as of November 9, 2011) is the smallest phone in Sprint’s Evo line. It's also one of the more affordable Evo models currently available on the carrier, but the phone has a few issues surrounding the HTC Sense overlay. The Evo Design 4G, like other HTC phones, feels well crafted. The brushed-steel face brings a high-quality air to the handset, while the soft-rubber backing makes the Evo Design 4G comfortable to hold. Though it sports a good-looking 4-inch WVGA display, the Evo Design 4G never felt too bulky, and it fit comfortably in my jeans pocket as I walked around. One interesting thing about the Evo Design 4G is that, unlike with previous Evo models, the entire back plate does not come off. To get to the battery or MicroSD card, you need to remove a small panel on the bottom half of the phone. The panel detaches relatively easily, but putting it back on can be a bit of a hassle. Powered by a 1.2GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, the Evo Design 4G can handle most of the apps and games you might throw at it. While games such as Minecraft or Cordy won’t run as fluidly as they would on a dual-core phone, less-demanding games like Angry Birds Rio should have no issues.
The EVO's going global with Sprint's latest smartphone, the HTC EVO Design 4G. While this Android handset looks like a slightly larger version of the HTC Rhyme on Verizon, this EVO adds global connectivity and 4G speeds for a reasonable $99 (with two-year contract and mail-in rebate). Read on to find out how this mid-tier phone stacks up against the competition.At first glance, the EVO Design 4G looks like the HTC Rhyme minus the polarizing purple exterior. But closer inspection reveals key differences, including a larger 4-inch display that occupies most of the face, leaving just enough room for a thin earpiece and the 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. A barely there black matte aluminum strip wraps around the front, forming a thick brushed aluminum band in the rear with an etched HTC logo. Surrounding the metal are two black matte soft touch panels. The bottom panel slides off, revealing the 1520 mAh battery, while the top panel houses the 5-megapixel rear camera and a slim speaker.The EVO Design 4G has four capacitive buttons beneath the touchscreen (Home, Menu, Back, and Search).
When Sprint announced last year that the HTC EVO 4G was just the first in a family of EVO products we were a bit skeptical, but here you have the EVO Design 4G, the 5th member of the EVO family. The EVO Design 4G is quite the looker with an aluminum unibody design and 4” qHD display. Known as the elsewhere, the EVO Design 4G has WiMAX data and a dark paint job to set it apart. Other key features include a 5 megapixel rear and 1.3MP forward-facing cameras, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and DLNA for wireless media streaming. Included with the EVO Design 4G you’ll get the microUSB cable, AC adapter and a 8GB microSD card.As the name implies, there is a large focus on the aesthetics of the EVO Design 4G. Following in the footsteps of devices such as the Legend, Desire S and Rhyme, the EVO Design 4G is crafted out of a single piece of aluminum for a unibody construction. Unlike the Rhyme, the battery is still thankfully removable. From the second the EVO Design 4G touches your hands you know it’s going to be good. It feels wonderful in the hand - a perfect balance of weight and size. The smaller 4” display makes it more accessible to more petite hands.
The fifth to join the Evo family, the HTC Evo Design 4G is a slightly smaller, more budget-conscious version of the classic Evo 4G and more recent Evo 3D, complete with the family's typical Sprint WiMax 4G speeds. It also has the distinction of being the first globe-trotting Evo, with a GSM-friendly SIM card slot hidden beneath the battery cover (and yes, it will only work overseas.) HTC might have scaled back with the Design 4G, but that doesn't make it a mediocre phone by any means. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread device has a 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and comes with an 8GB microSD card right out of the box. It also has HTC's usual premium finishes and a price point that's hard to beat for all the goodies--just $99.99 with a two-year contract, after a $50 mail-in rebate. Yep, HTC's runtiest Evo is also its best value. HTC has an eye for design, and from the boxy to the curved, this cell phone maker knows how to make a pretty phone. The answer is yes, the Design 4G has earned its name. The Evo Design 4G pays homage to a lot of other HTC phones, with its boxy edges and wide metallic band across the back. There's also a soft-touch material above and below the band to create a black-on-black tuxedoed look.
Here we have the smallest smartphone to carry the legendary EVO namesake, and with a 4-inch S-LCD display with qHD resolution and price tag of under $100 right out of the gate, we've got to wonder if this is the perfect package for petite palms. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is powered by a 1.2Ghz single-core processor from Qualcomm, all inside a smartphone that's a scant 4.80 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches in size. It's tall, it's substantial, and it's made to be your everyday hand-sized EVO at an inexpensive price. First have a look at this device in-hand as it was given the hands-on treatment by yours truly a few days ago. Look how nicely it looks in the hand! First of all, the display on this device is sharp. It's not just sharp, it's qHD sharp - have a look back at our unboxing and hands-on with this device to see all the comparisons you could possibly want between the original EVO and this EVO Design - note that the amount of pixels are the same even thought the display size has been reduced in size. That means that the pixels are might tightly packed, resulting in some excellent sharpness. The EVO Design has both soft plastic and metal along the back, the bottom being able to be popped off with a LOT of effort for you to be able to access the battery, the SIM card, and the microSD card slot which comes packed with an 8GB card right out of the box.
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