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.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.