"Worth the Hype/Wait, Absolutely Love It!"5.0 starson by MarionMobileCrazy
Pros: + Gorgeous, gigantic, super bright, crystal clear screen.
+ Call quality is excellent
+ WiFi works very well
+ 8 Megapixel camera AND HD video camcorder
+ Touch screen is VERY sensitive and fast
+ Everything about this thing is just fast.
Cons: - Battery Life. This makes sense as the gigantic screen by itself likes to eat up juice when in use. WiFi, Bluetooth and certain auto-updating apps also drain the battery.
Summary: I've been on Sprint since 2005 and have experience using many of their smartphones: from the Mogul and Touch Pro to the Pre/Hero and Moment, and now the one that makes all those look like toys: the HTC Evo.
Let's start off with the battery life myth: Since the FroYo update, I am easily making it 30-40 hours without charging. I can drain a full battery in 5 hours if I'm trying to, but never with typical use. The negative reviews on battery are typically from not so savvy smartphone users and you will find these types of reviews on all smartphones.
Android is easy to use and you will love all the Marketplace apps to customize it as your own. The Evo has HTC's Sense UI, which looks decent and is user-friendly. A great thing about Android is that if you aren't happy with Sense UI, you can go to the marketplace for ADW.Launcher (my strong preference), or Launcher Pro. With these other launchers, you can add more rows and columns for apps and tweak everything to the way you want it.
Navigation works so well that I sold my Garmin Nuvi 265WT. It loads directions almost instantly, which is great because my biggest pet peeve with Garmin was waiting for the satellites.
Let's talk about media: For music there are several well designed apps but my favorites are PowerAmp (gorgeous and has an equalizer), Doubletwist (wireless air-sync), and TuneWiki (scrolls lyrics). For streaming, of course there's Pandora, Last.FM and Slacker. For viewing you loaded video files, I've only used Rock Player, which views AVI files. I like it a lot, so I haven't felt the need to search for any others.
Voice quality: I make a lot of calls, and usually 3-4 a day to people I've never talked to before. Calls are very clear and they need to be. I get 4-6 out of 6 bars from Los Angeles, all over Orange County, down to Chula Vista. I would be beyond frustrated with anything else. This obviously depends on your region, but in Southern California, I get excellent reception everywhere I go.
Camera: At 8MP and with 2 LED lights, it's better than most phone cameras but if you are expecting a phone to be on par with your point-and click shooter, that's a little unrealistic. I still use my Canon and however far these smartphones advance, if you take your picture quality seriously, you will always want a camera. As for the video recording, it gets the job done. I was considering a Flip type camera, but the Evo has 720p recording and makes that obsolete.
vs. iPhone 4: since many will make the comparison, it's fair to touch upon and since I've used it for several hours (I resell used ones), I'm qualified. If you already have an iPhone, it doesn't matter how glowing my review of the EVO is, you're most likely getting the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 is a sleek piece of hardware but you already know that. If you want things really simple, that's an area iOS, to it's credit, excels in. If you like to customize all the little details to your liking, chances are, you'll prefer Android. The display on the iPhone 4 does look nice but it's not really something you think of when you are using it, despite Apple embellishing this feature. I get why people love their iPhones, but I don't get why those in bad coverage areas (like Southern CA), would sacrifice the main feature of a device because they think it's a fashion statement. If you are a texter and rarely make phone calls, then I can understand somewhat, but it's a matter or principle for me. For AT&T to charge as much as they do, have subpar customer service, lie to you about rebates as standard protocol, and still have extremely spotty data and voice coverage in my region, no thanks.
For Sprint users, the Epic 4G is one many will compare the Evo to: I've used it for a week as my main phone. It has much more vibrant colors with the Super AMOLED screen. Physical keyboard comes down to your personal preference, but I prefer software keyboards now (something I didn't think would happen). If you plan on playing a lot of games with your phone, Samsung's Hummingbird CPU will leave the Evo in the dust. The Epic is a great phone and the SAMOLED screen is impressive. I would gladly pay the $50 premium to get that screen on the Evo, but I'll get over it. The Evo has the edge in everything else I prefer.
BOTTOM LINE: Shop for carrier coverage in your area, BEFORE the phone, unless you don't make that many calls. A great phone with poor coverage is not so great anymore. If Sprint sucks in your area, don't get the Evo. If Sprint is awesome, like it is in Orange County, CA, you are going to love the EVO.
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