"An iPad mini (only better)"5.0 starson by richardlawler
Pros: Gorgeous screen. Super-fast. Plays most Flash media in browser. HTC Sense UI.
Cons: Kind of big. Sprint may not be your first choice for carrier (although I'm finding it works very well in San Francisco - Sprint EVDO 3G is easily twice as fast as AT&T 3G on Nexus One). $10 surcharge. The device's name.
Summary: I received a Sprint EVO 4G the other day. It's a super-fast Android phone with a gorgeous 4.3" screen. It has a cute little kick-stand. It plays most Flash. You can read eBooks. It's got a huge, rich browser. It's got me very seriously wondering if the dominance of the iPad (particularly the form-factor) is a fait accompli.
I don't think the EVO device will take over the world. (It's big. So it won't fit in your pocket if you wear skinny jeans. It's on Sprint and they charge an extra $10/mo more than other smartphones because it can use their new 4G network.) But playing with the EVO 4G for two days has made me realize this phone, in many ways, has more in common with the iPad than with the inch-smaller iPhone. And it leads me to think that perhaps there's more than one way to skin this cat (ie what defines a viable tablet computer and what are the limits of smartphones).
The Sprint HTC EVO 4G is a pockeable iPad mini (only better) and without the "curated" experience.