Pros I did multiple speed tests and achieved a stunning 9mbps down and 1mbps upload in town, and only 3mbps down, 1mbps up when I was leaving town using 4g in Wichita falls, TX. Fast, innovative, fits in pocket well, kickstand rocks, and highly recommend.
Cons When using 4G the battery does go down fairly quickly, but I did manage to play with it 3 hours straight on 4G. A simple toggle turns it off, then the battery easily lasted all day. Very Good Battery Life, Dont listen to CNET
Summary The writer of this review failed to mention that this plan even with the additional $10 is still $30 cheaper than the cheapest Iphone plan and cheaper than any other comparable plan with any other carrier. Also Sprint is not capping the data usage like Verizon and At&t, so think of the extra ten as a bargain. Horrible review, because that is not a con. And was not mentioned in the Iphone review provided by CNET. CNET is biased. Just like PCW and Consumer Reports. There So-Called Experts, never provide a fair review. How bout mentioning how great the Android OS is compared to the Iphone OS??
Pros Blazing speed. ANDROID!! You can "root" the phone to get free wifi hotspot and bypass Sprint's costly $30/mo. hotspot feature. Big, gorgeous display (different from iPhone's "retina" display, but just as nice IMO). I have 4G, which is FAST.
Cons Battery drains pretty quickly, but, unlike the iPhone's battery, it's removable, so at worst, you can buy a spare OEM battery for $30 on amazon (not ideal, but the perks of this amazing phone make it worth it). The HD video could look better.
Summary My wife and I traded in our iPhone 4's for Evo's and WE HAVEN'T LOOKED BACK.Update: turning off roaming might make your battery life much better. To do this, go to Menu> Settings> Wireless & Networks> Mobile Networks> Roaming> and change the setting to Sprint only. Seems to have helped mine quite a bit! ...and if you're in an area with good Sprint coverage, it shouldn't cause any problems (you can always switch it back on when traveling)
Once we started using the Evo, we realized that so much of the iPhone's appeal is asthetic. This phone is a workhorse, and it outperforms the i4 in nearly every category. ...and while it may not be as sexy as Apple's baby, it looks great in its own right (and you can hold it any way you please).
If you haven't used Android yet, you're missing out. In my opinion, it offers all the perks of iPhone's iOS, but with soooo much more (Android's much more open, whereas Apple has their "walled garden" method of only allowing what's most convenient for them. It offers more possibility out of the box, and you get the sense that it's infinitely more upgradeable than iPhone. Android is here to stay, and the Evo announces that with the voice of a giant.
I'm much more tech-friendly and I love this phone; yet my wife is only casually familiar with tech, and she loves it as well. I HIGHLY recommend the Evo. Spring $30 for an extra OEM battery and the only drawback will be null and void.
Updated on Jul 23, 2010
Updated on Jul 28, 2010If you're tech-savvy enough to 'Root' your phone, you can install Android 2.2 (Froyo), which will speed the phone up dramatically, uninstall all the Sprint and HTC junk (leaving you with pure Android awesomeness), provide free wireless and USB tethering, and improve battery life significantly.
Though they all require some know-how (or at least being really good at following instructions), SimpleRoot is probably the most straight-forward way to fully root your Evo, then the best ROM (custom firmware) to flash (install) is Cyanogen's, which can be found on xda-developers site. Instructions can be found via Google, just make sure you know what you're doing beforehand!!!
This will unlock much more of this amazing phone's potential.
Warning: not for beginners! It could void your warranty if you don't know how to 'unroot' it.
Pros It does everthing well; Sprint $69 all inclusive package is the best deal period. EVO vs. iPhone 4: Its bigger, has a better network, fast built-in hot-spot, more features, 8 gig HDcam, has 4G, cheaper & better plan. etc. iPhone 4 users r switching!
Cons Ear piece area gets hot. Battery life is not that great when using wi-fi and other apps but there are ways and programs to work around or fix that issue.
Summary It is ahead of the curve period!!! Even if you dont live in a 4G area it will smoke any other 3G phone. It's simply at the head of the class in smart phones. I left Verizon and I could not be happier; Sprint is competive; give you more for your money and is will to absorb/credit up to $150.00 of your early temination fee. It was too easy to switch. I now have the best smart phone on earth on one of the best networks, and with 4G capability. There is a $10 premium on the EVO 4G due to it 4G and faster 3Gccapability (worth it) you will more than make it up with the $69.00 unlimited all inclusive plan. The only thing that is limited is 450 anytime "land-line minutes" but even that is free from 7PM to &AM. Verizon cost more (with an employee discount) and anytime starts at 9PM (irked me). For $69.00 Sprint gives you: Unlimited cel to cell; unlimited texting & picture mail; free unlimited data plan, free GPS. I had the $69 plan with Verizon and got way less and more restrictions; I also had a separate $60 per month data plan for my netbook. Well I only pay $30 for my Built-in Hotspot that will host up to 8 wireless divices. That alone is saving me $30 per month. I could go on & on but I am still learning what all my HTC EVO 4G "CAN DO!!!" And I lived happily ever after!!!Forgot to mention the front & back cameras do video; the fron does web-cam!!!
Updated on Jul 17, 2010
Pros Beautiful Beautiful screen. So vibrant, so vivid.
Speed is Instant, so fast that you don't have enough time to think of what to do next:]
Battery seems to do very good.
Size seems to be perfect, very flat and fits very well in pocket.
nice weight to
Cons Don't like Shapewriter as much as Swype. maybe i'm just used to Swype.
But no biggie can dl swype when it comes out or get used to shapewriter
Really no cons like i said it has everything.
Summary Bottom line is stunning, amazing, and absolutely brilliant
Pros Onscreen Keyboard
Cons Must tweak settings in order to achieve reasonable battery life.
Summary Simply put, the EVO is the best phone I've ever used. It has great call quality, excellent Outlook synchronization (an absolute must for me), a great onscreen keyboard, excellent multimedia capabilities, and looks beautiful. For the first week and a half I had the phone there was only one drawback and that was the battery life. After 4 hours of moderate use the battery would be at least down to half, sometimes almost dead. So, I did a little research and realized that the phone was checking for updates on news, stocks, weather, email, etc. very frequently. I didn't even use most of these features so I disable sync for them. Second, I didn't realize that on Android once you start an app it doesn't stop until you kill it so I began manually killing the apps under applications in settings. That kind of helped but what really did the trick was downloading "Advanced Task Killer" and setting it to "Aggressive" for killing apps. Finally, I got really good battery life. The last time I had the EVO unplugged it was off the charger for 11.5 hours and was still at 50% battery with moderate use.
So, be prepared to have to tweak a number of settings and download a free application in order to get reasonable battery life out of this phone. If you're willing to do that I don't believe there's a better phone on the market right now.