HTC EVO 4G LTE impressions: A good reason to consider Sprint

Check out our full HTC EVO 4G LTE review.

Sprint unveiled the HTC EVO 4G LTE flagship phone in early April. Even in our first hands-on, we were quite impressed with the new phone. Sprint and HTC got a lot of attention with the first EVO 4G, which helped usher in the era of phones with screens exceeding 4.3 inches. It was also the flagship for Sprint’s WiMax 4G network. Still a distant third in the race, Sprint has seen its rivals kick it up a notch, pushing high-speed LTE networks and high-end exclusive devices, but because of its major investment in the iPhone 4S, Sprint may not have been able to afford to launch much else for a while… until now, that is. The EVO 4G LTE will be Sprint’s top 4G LTE device and the first phone to integrate HD Voice, a much clearer way to hear and be heard over a wireless network.

If you want to know the nitty gritty of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, look no further than our review of the HTC One X. The new EVO is essentially the same phone, minus some outward tweaks and the addition of HD Voice. Like its brother, it runs Android 4.0 and has all of the perks of the new One phones, including the HTC Sense 4.0 user interface and the ImageSense chip that aids the camera, providing some fairly stellar video and still shots (watch our hands-on with the One X camera). Thanks to a simple new UI, you can actually record a video while you take screenshots as well or hold down the on-screen shutter button to take a burst of up to 99 photos; you can save the ones you like or select to keep all of them.

On the outside, we’re not huge fans of the black and red design HTC has gone with, especially with the fingerprint-prone removable back cover, but it doesn’t look particularly bad when compared to other devices on the market. There is one big benefit too: Like the original EVO, the EVO 4G LTE has a kickstand on the back as well, allowing you to pull out the red band on the back and prop up the phone in a few different ways. This is especially helpful if you use your phone as an alarm clock or want to watch video. It’s too bad more phones don’t have a stand. The phone has a good feel to it, much like the other new HTC devices this year. At 4.7 inches though, it may be a little large for some users. 

There are undoubtedly many other benefits to the phone. We got a chance to try out HD Voice a while back, and it works quite well. The only caveat, of course, is that both people need to be on Sprint’s network and using an EVO 4G LTE. It will be a while before more carriers integrate the HD Voice standard and enough phones support it to make it useful. Still, it’s good to see Sprint marching forward.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE will hit Sprint on May 18 for $200, with a two-year contract.

Mobile

T-Mobile says Sprint merger will boost 5G speeds by up to 6 times

2019 will be a huge year for T-Mobile. Not only is a merger with Sprint likely, but T-Mobile is also in the midst of building out its next-generation mobile service. Here's everything you need to know about the T-Mobile 5G rollout.
Mobile

Worried about extra data charges? Here's how to check your usage on an iPhone

It's common to get a little nervous about nearing data limits. Keep your peace of mind by checking how much data your iPhone is using. Our guide on how to check data usage on an iPhone helps you stay in control.
Mobile

Sprint’s 5G rollout: Everything you need to know about it

Sprint is building its next-gen 5G network in preparation for a 2019 rollout, but it's taking a decidedly different approach than some of its competitors, including Verizon and AT&T. Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

You can now get Google Fi SIM cards straight from Best Buy

Google's wireless service known as Project Fi, now goes by the name of Google Fi. The company also announced the service is now compatible with a majority of Android phones, as well as iPhones. Here's everything you need to know about…
Mobile

Xiaomi Mi 9 will be one of the first phones with monster Snapdragon 855 chip

Xiaomi's next major smartphone release will be the Mi 9, and the company hasn't held back in giving us a good look at the phone, revealing the design, the camera, and a stunning color.
Wearables

Galaxy Watch Active isn't official yet, but you can see it in Samsung's own app

Samsung may be about to resurrect its Sport line of smartwatches under a new name: The Galaxy Watch Sport Active. Leaks and rumors are building our picture of the device at the moment.
Wearables

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

It’s been seven years since Google took the wraps off Google Glass. Now, we’re finally getting a modern-day equivalent we want to wear. North’s Focals combine subtle style with an intuitive interface to craft smartglasses you’ll…
Mobile

Stop buying old tablets, says Samsung, buy the new Galaxy Tab S5e instead

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S5e -- the E is for Essential -- a reasonably priced tablet that includes many of the features we like from the Tab A 10.5, and the Tab S4. Here's what you need to know.
Mobile

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.
Computing

What is Wi-Fi 6? Here's a look at the next evolution of the wireless standard

We're exploring the new naming convention for wireless standards, how it affects the devices you buy, and what the upcoming Wi-Fi generation is changing for the better.
Home Theater

Samsung accidentally leaks its new Galaxy Buds ahead of launch

It's been all but certain that Samsung would launch a successor to its Gear IconX wireless earbuds soon, but a newly leaked photo and recent FCC certification document seems to indicate that the debut is very close.
Home Theater

Hi-res streaming audio service Qobuz arrives in U.S., threatens Tidal’s monopoly

For several years, Tidal enjoyed a monopoly on hi-res music streaming in the U.S. Now, French company Qobuz is here to offer some competition with a variety of monthly plans starting at $10 a month.
Mobile

These 13 gadgets walk a fine line between ingenious and insane

The annual avalanche of devices and gadgets is astounding, but how many will succeed? A few are destined to spark new trends, while the majority fade deservedly into obscurity. We look at some gadgets on the border of brilliant and bonkers.
Mobile

OnePlus 6T vs. Honor View 20: We compare the cameras in these ‘flagship killers’

For less than $600, you can buy either the OnePlus 6T or the Honor View 20, two extremely capable smartphones with plenty of exciting features. But which one has the best camera? We found out on a recent trip to France.