HTC EVO 4G reviewed by Mossberg

May 20, 2010
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    HTC EVO 4G

    HTC EVO 4G

    Over at All Things Digital, Walter Mossberg has recently spent 2 weeks with the HTC EVO 4G. Mossberg used the HTC EVO 4G in both Baltimore and DC. Most of his review focusses on the 4G capabilities of the device, as he rightly claims, this is what Sprint are marketing the device around. He does mention the HDMI and the 4.3-inch screen, but doesn’t really comment on their performance or ease of use. His main concern was the battery life, which barely lasted a full day with 4G turned on.

    To set the scene, the 4G network offered by Sprint in Baltimore is pretty mature and based on Mossberg’s tests, only offered 3.4 mbps downstream. This is just within the boundaries of what Sprint claim when they state that the average users will see downstream data speeds of between 3 and 6 megabits per second on the EVO when 4G is in use. In my mind, it is not particularly impressive given that Baltimore is meant to have the best 4G network.

    Sprint explains I never saw anything close to it’s top claimed speed by pointing out that both cellular reception and test methods can vary greatly, and that my sample was small.

    Mossberg mentions the fact that Sprint will advise users to turn of 4G when they are not using it in order to save battery life. Sounds horribly rough if you ask me. For a full account of the device head on over to Mossberg’s blog to find out more.

    Comments

    • Matt

      What’s so rough about turning off 4G to save battery life? Sounds just like what everyone advises for other phones when it comes to Bluetooth and WIFI. Just because 4G is new it’s wrong to treat it like WIFI?

    • Rico

      Isn’t Mossberg one of the first to test all new Apple products and always gives them great reviews. He always finds something wrong with competing devices such as the Evo and is a bias sob. He has zero credability and his reviews are garbage. The Evo looks like a killer phone, it’s big 4.3″ screen, 8mp cam with 720p video recording, removeable battery and HDMI out are features the the new iPhone won’t have.

      • http://www.mobileburn.com/ Michael Oryl

        I’m no fan of Uncle Walt’s access and love of Apple, either, but I don’t love the EVO. I think it is too large, has too little battery life, and its claim to fame is a WiMAX network that has proven itself slow and unreliable in a couple of personal tests in a couple of different markets (not to mention how few such markets exist in the first place).

        Todd’s going to do the full length review for us/MobileBurn, so maybe he will like it as much as the rest of the media seem to, but I just don’t get it myself.

    • http://www.androidauthority.com James Tromans

      I’m the first one to wish the EVO 4G was a killer phone. There is no denying the specification sheet is awesome, especially when compared to a phone like the iPhone (as Rico does). I see 4G like 3G, and not like WiFi. I wouldn’t turn my 3G off to save battery life as its a big part of my device and improves call quality. I don’t know when I’m going to receive a call. If anything, it is something I want the phone to manage for me.

    • http://Phonedog.com Noah

      “Isn’t Mossberg one of the first to test all new Apple products and always gives them great reviews. He always finds something wrong with competing devices such as the Evo and is a bias sob. He has zero credability and his reviews are garbage. The Evo looks like a killer phone, it’s big 4.3″ screen, 8mp cam with 720p video recording, removeable battery and HDMI out are features the the new iPhone won’t have.”

      Well said.

    • http://Phonedog.com Noah

      “Isn’t Mossberg one of the first to test all new Apple products and always gives them great reviews. He always finds something wrong with competing devices such as the Evo and is a bias sob. He has zero credability and his reviews are garbage. The Evo looks like a killer phone, it’s big 4.3″ screen, 8mp cam with 720p video recording, removeable battery and HDMI out are features the the new iPhone won’t have.”

      Well said, and don’t delete my post again.

      • http://www.mobileburn.com/ Michael Oryl

        I didn’t delete it the first time, Noah. I approved it last night….

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