It's not often that one phone can cram in as many buzzwords as the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. Next-gen 4G network speed? Check. One-gigahertz processor? Yup. Google Android 2.1? Of course. That phrase so oft-repeated--iPhone killer? Well, at least an exceedingly capably alternative... Yes, when Sprint and HTC unveiled their handset earlier today it was hard not to take notice.
The wind has been blowing more and more towards Android over the last several months, starting with the Motorola Droid right on through to T-Mobile's Nexus One. Still, neither of these handsets has truly triumphed, leaving me skeptical about whether or not an "it" handset will ever be anything other than an iPhone. But if the reception so far is right, the Evo is a full-on Android tornado. It's no wonder Apple is worried and flung a patent-infringement suit at the Taiwanese company earlier this month.
Taken together (or even separately) its specs are impressive. Its guts center on a 1GHz processor, one gig of built-in memory, 512 megs of RAM, and a battery larger than even the most advanced HTC handset out there. On the outside are a 4.3-inch, 480-by-800 pixel touchscreen LCD, and eight-megapixel camera capable of 720p high-def video, and an additional front-facing 1.3-megapixel lens. And what would all that media love be worth without an HDMI out port, so it's got one of those, too.
Not bad, huh?
What pushes the Evo over the edge, though, is seeing what those components can pull off on a wireless network that can be as speedy as some wired connections. Running on Sprint's 4G network in a demo this afternoon, the Evo played high-def YouTube videos completely jutter-free--and it did so alongside the Droid, which sputtered through the clip.
It also has the oomph to create a mobile hotspot stronger than any other. Past phones limited tethered devices to 5, but the Evo ups its count to nine.
What we don't know, however, is what could torpedo the Evo: Sprint hasn't released any pricing information for the phone or its 4G data plans, and hefty price tags on either end could hold sales back. We'll know more as we approach the Evo's Summer release.
If Sprint keeps the 4G prices of today ($59.99/month charge for their 4G Mobile Hotspot devices that doesn't include voice), then I don't see a lot of people switching over. With voice, it'll jump up to $99.99/month.
If Sprint does the brave thing and keep the $69.99/month everything plan that includes 4G, you'll see tons of people (including myself) flocking over to Sprint.
$79.99/month is more reasonable and could get many new subscribers, but it'll probably be $99.99 and then nothing will really change.
This phone shouldn't cost more than $299.99 (after subsidies). The higher the cost, the less people they'll attract to make the switch.
I say nokia n900's numbers are better
No doubt about it dude, HTC is the one to watch!
Next best nothing. Looks as if this can go toe to toe with the I-phone and win. At least if Sprint doesn't get the Pre Plus, I can ditch my Pre and get this.
BTW nice commercial PopSci.
I would expect Sprint to avoid zeros in the base price. So I'm thinking that their current plans will shift down $10, and the base 4G package will slot in where the current unlimited everything plan sits: $99.99 / month.
Looks like a great phone !
Dell apparently is coming up with its own Aero 4G phone
How about we all just get computer chips implanted into our brains, so we can have phone and internet access 24/7 whenever we want, since everyone loves phones and the internet so much.
I'd get this in a second. If only they hadn't named the phone after that damn Bolivian dictator wannabe, Evo Morales.
It's no iPhone killer until it gets some space. 1GB? Please!! That's not enough for even my traveling playlist, much less all the apps, books, movies, pdf manuals, etc that I routinely carry around. I've only got an 8GB iPhone, and wish like crazy I'd gone 32GB. The way to kill the iPhone is to come up with something BETTER AND CHEAPER. Just cheaper won't do, cause nobody's going to downgrade and your 1st timers will want to upgrade to the real thing instead of going next gen poor imitation. I was not a believer in the iPhone until 2 days after I bought one. Now I don't know how anybody lives without one.
@renaissancenerd The 1GB internal storage is for apps, the EVO 4G accepts MicroSD cards up to 32 GB.
The evo doesnt have 1 GB of memory it's a 1Ghz processor, it has 32GB's of memory. Another thing is that HTC phone have microSD cards which means you can upgrade or have several microSD cards. Whats this mean one hand Iphone stuck with only 32GB max Evo default with 32GB and not limited by it. Ill go with the EVO. DOnt believe me check my source go to the sprint website it's right there.
Also the iphone doesn'y have HDMI out it doesnt have WiFI hot spot you have to pay for every daggone app...except the few free ones. Iphone is donethats why they are trying to sue anything that even looks remotely like them. Every other carrier is adopting the android system..even ATT sorry to say but apple needs to come up with something new and not rehash and old product.
sorry up to 32GB, even still it is not limited to just the 32 GB
TMo has already announced a faster network and phone. We'll see if it comes to pass.
Can we please all agree to refer to RAM as "memory", and whatever media is used to store applications, music, videos, etc. as "storage"?
Saying that the phone has 1 gig of memory and 512 MB of RAM is just confusing.
I must agree witn NCWOOD, why oh why must HTC throw their support towards a rutheless South American leader...please HTC...PLEASE...stop supporting tyranny abroad, I would consider this phone if you named it something like the Gordon Brown!!!!
LOL, Please, the iPhone done? Can't wait to see what Apple's answer is to this phone. I've been waiting for someone to light a fire under apples butt, and with this new string of "competitive" phones being released, I believe this will. The reason the iphone is so much better is how easy, and seamless it's use is. Many people have said that apple merely "rehashes" an old phone. Partially true, they only keep adding the latest technologies, 4g, processor upgrades, etc. There is a reason its taken 3 years for the rest of the industry to catch up to apple, and now when apple releases the "iPhone 4G" in the upcoming summer, it will blow all these other phones away, and it will probably take another 3 years for the industry to catch up again. LOL, funny how after 3 years, it's taken people till now to barely put itself over a "Rehashed" iPhone.
I still have my original I-Phone from late 2007, I have an 8GB version. That is my current phone and I have not had a need to upgrade until about now and I will be waiting until Apple releases the next version (hopefully this Summer). I think there will always be the different camps of Apple Faithful vs. Apple Haters. I myself was an Apple Hater until 2005 when I actually bought one of their products, a 21 inch I-Mac. I stopped being a hater in 2005 and wished I did not let my ignorance hold me off until 2005 from being the Apple lover I am now.
I choose Apple products over any similar product in whatever field they enter due to one primary reason...THEY ARE THE BEST!!! I will never buy a PC again, I will not purchase another brand of phone, and while I am not running out to get an I-Pad right away, I probably will eventually buy one of those too. The thing about I-phones is that they have: the best screens (much like Apples computers), they have the best browser (sorry Android, my fiance has an HTC G1 that runs on Android, and Safari is superior from my experiences with both thus far), they offer better Apps (of which I am running about 32 and I have NEVER paid for one), and it is much more user friendly and prone to less freeze-ups than Android operated phones.
Love it or hate, that is up to you, but I chose the I-Phone becasue it is an Apple product, and like every single other Apple product I have bought over the past 5 years, I have not had one disappoinment or regret at all. If you don't like I-Phones, then that is your choice, but for my money, there is no other smart-phone out there (once again, this is my opinion as one of the Apple Faithful <aka Reformed PC/Windows/Google user since 2005>). Keep up the good work Mr. Jobs and all the others in Cupertino, CA, your faithful will keep supporting you as long as your products continue to be superior to all else in their field!!!
No, there will not be an iphone 4g this summer because every major network besides Sprint will not have a 4G network for another 5-10 years.
@NCWOOD: nice reference ;) HTC is probably the only one that would make me hesitate over an Iphone... www.tendances-de-mode.com/en/news
I had the HTC Mogul, then I went to the HTC Touch Pro... Now I am salivating over the Evo. The equivalent of this phone (minus the 4g) went to T-mobile in their first quarter, the Nexus One. I cried. Ok, not literally but I called my friend who works for T-Mobile and told him to go jump off a cliff. HTC phones are amazing and even though my contract is up and I can get a new phone I will wait patiently for this one. If the HTC design wasn't such a thorn in the side of Apple, then why are they suing them for idea infringement? Guess they are angry that someone else can do it better, more efficiently and cheaper.
None of these "new" great phone reviews ever include information on how well the input works. I have had all 3 iphone generations and there touch input is by far decades ahead of every other phone I have tried. This is evidenced by studies on the accuracy of the touch panels used in most of the other "iphone competing" handsets. If HTC is using the same crappy touch panels as usual, then even the best features will not matter if you can not easily and assuredly navigate them with the input mechanism.
I was an Apple hater, then lover, now...I'm waiting. I am really sick of Apple telling me what I SHOULD want and what is really not good for me. I have the orig iPhone, I can't multi-task, watch TV, see Flash, etc. I am hoping the new iPhone has the capabilities of this EVO, but if not, I'm gone.
It makes less and less sense for me to keep shelling out top dollars for less capable products. Apple knows that their brand is such that fanboys will rationalize all of their deficiencies; so they can keep spoon feeding us tech.
WHY? 'Cause if it don't make dollars, it don't make sense. They wanna give you enough to want more; then they've got you. Kinda like a drug-dealer. It's funny how the Apple devotees all look like addicts, praying to Steve Jobs on Mt. Cupertino.
Really, Apple geeks? It's NOT possible that there are smart manufacturers outside of the Bay Area? Everything Apple is best? Such closed minds...you're like Repubs and Democrats.
Free your mind.
Sprint announced "Coming Summer 2010".
Summer 2010 will be from June 21 to September 21. That's 91 days of summer and 91 different possibilities.
Right now I want to say 7/24/2010 as a possible release date. Its just a hunch, I don't have any inside info or own a crystal ball (even though it will be pretty cool)
What do you think the release date will be? Share your opinion at w w w. Evo4GForum . net take care.
I just hope they didn't do anything apple stupid. Like not include a micro sdhc slot.
Well no one will have to wait for me to switch , Sprint,Nextel) service here is worthless , with many dead zones and dropped calles I couldnt afford to switch , I like Verizon's new Devour ! will be getting one wed. !
I can't believe the amount of money you people waste on these toys.
Time to clear up the inaccurate/silly comments.
No, the N900 doesn't have better specs, 600mhz processor and a lower resolution camera. It has more internal memory. HDMI? No. Smaller battery and less ram? Yes. It's hardly a competition. It's more comparable to the Droid. In fact it's nearly identical to the Droid.
4g will not cost extra, but the hotspot functionality will cost $10 to $20 a month extra, a bargain by industry standards.
I'm tired of the disparaging, "Sprint's network sucks" crap. Every time I read that I think one thing, and one thing only, "You sir, are an idiot." Sprint and Verizon have lease agreements for their towers... so long as CDMA coverage exists in your home town, you're good to go. Now, there are some cities where GSM has the better coverage, fine, that doesn't mean Sprint's coverage sucks. There are cities where you can't make a call with a GSM network at all. Verizon is generally considered to have the best coverage, and therefore, Sprint has some of the best coverage. Get over it.
iPhone with better specs will be better huh? The iPhone is rumored to have a front facing camera huh? So... what the heck are you going to do with it on a 3g network? Video conference? I don't think so. Increasing the resolution won't help a lot, the dpi for these phones is already very impressive. AMOLED? Great, have fun in the sun guys. Multitasking? Yeah, we've had that. Flash? Nope... still not making any headway there. 5mp camera? That's cool, too bad you can't shoot 720p video though. The one thing the iPhone may have better is storage... I'll be getting a 32gb microsd card for my HTC Evo 4g, but perhaps the new iphone could have as much as 64gb of internal storage. Guess what? I don't care, I have 4G!!!! I can literally access my home computer on the go... that's terabytes worth of storage. Basically the iPhone could kill this phone on specs, and it will hardly matter... because the iPhone will be on a 3g network. I can stream hd content... you can't. I can upload live video at 800x480, you can't. The future isn't in better devices, but better cloud connection.
Finally, T-mobile hasn't announced a faster network and phone, they've announced a faster network. HSPA+... with a theoretical limit of 21mbps. It's launched in at least one city right now, and people get around 6mbps on it... around about what you get on the Clear WiMax network. They said they are working on a phone, they haven't told us anything about it. WiMax has a 100mbps theoretical limit on the go, and as much as a 1gb theoretical limit stationary... that won't be the case on the HTC Evo 4g, which will probably top out at around 10mbps... but it will exist come mid-June, something no other company can say. What's more? Let's say that HSPA+ connection does happen to be twice as fast as my Evo 4g... good for you, T-mobile just enabled you to hit their 5gb cap all the faster. Enjoy that. WiMax is more spectrally efficient... which is why we'll get unlimited data. T-mobile can't offer that, because they just don't have the spectrum position to give away all that data usage with HSPA+.
So, Sprint will have the fastest uncapped data plan come mid-June, something NO OTHER CARRIER will offer that soon... in fact Verizon has already said 1H 2011 at the earliest for a LTE phone, but since they haven't even proven the commercial viability of the network yet... I'm not holding my breath. T-mobile will have HSPA+ phones within a few months of Sprint releasing the Evo 4g... with a data cap. Good for them. AT&T won't have 4g for a long long time.
Apple creates a great product... a great, dumbed-down product. Why did it take the iPhone so long to get 3g? Because Steve Jobs considered 3g an unproven technology that caused battery drain well after it was a standard. Seriously to the poster who said other manufacturers are struggling to keep up... they ARE NOT! The iPhone is just getting multitasking, it still won't have flash, it finally may be getting user replaceable batteries and storage, finally may be getting a front facing camera (these have existed for years in Asia), but it still won't have HDMI out or the 8mp camera of the Evo 4g, or a faster network.
All the iPhone is, is old tech that's tried and true so it doesn't give people issues. Tech issues scare users into avoiding new technologies... if you're tech literate you see the environment for what it is... the HTC Evo 4g is innovative, and demolishes the 3gs. It will at least compete with the iPhone HD, and with a better network I'll be able to do more with my device than someone else could do with the iPhone.
The iPhone is great, I would buy the latest one for my girlfriend who's not a fan of technology, but is a fan of Apple products. Steve Jobs is a genius at catering to those people, people who just want things to work. He believes in the old design adage, "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." That's not for me, I want the latest and the greatest, and I'll deal with the difficulties of being a first-adopter. Don't take away functionality for ease of use... I want my multitasking... I'm no idiot, I understand that apps use energy and that leaving them open drains my battery, I can manage my tech.
So if you can't manage your tech, or you don't want to, fine, enjoy the iPhone, it's a GREAT device. Just don't tell me it's the best device. It's the easiest device, but not the best. They don't have the latest and greatest technology, and they won't have it in this generation either. They usually do have the best screen, and probably will step it up this time too, but like I said, the dpi for the HTC device is going to be plenty good for me. Other than that, refer back to everything missing from the 3gs and the upcoming iPhone HD and then shut up about Apple having the best tech.
By the by, here's a note to end on. Steve Jobs did not enable multitasking, because he was concerned that the end user would experience serious battery drain and blame it on shoddy workmanship. Steve Jobs thinks you're too stupid to understand that multitasking requires more from the battery, so he didn't give it to you.
As a former Macintosh Field Engineer.....
Here is the deal....Apple has and always will be the company of inovation...IPOD.Apple has always attempted to keep a grip on developers but offer them tools that will create applications f f f ast!
In two years none of this will matter....the phones in the future will create a less expensive service that will continue to have great WoW factors with each new form!
Seriously, people? The iPhone is way behind! I have had Sprint for 5 years. In the last 3 years, I've had the Sanyo Katana, the Samsung Rant and the HTC Hero (which I returned purely so I could upgrade to the EVO as soon it's released). I'm back to using my Rant in the meantime - which totally sucks after using the amazingness that is an HTC Android phone. My point is that, even with my Katana and my Rant (which were $29.99 after rebates), I could multi-task. I can listen to music while texting people, checking my email and using Sprint navigation. How much did you pay for your iPhone? $300-$400? Yeah and you can't multi-task until the upgrade is released in the coming months. You don't have access to nearly as many free apps that the Android Market has. Oh, and you can't add or remove storage. I'd say you got ripped off pretty badly.
My HTC Hero was awesome! The touch screen was very responsive, the camera quality and video quality were great, the contact organization and linking was awesome, and I thoroughly enjoyed having 7 screens to personalize for each "scene" I had. It made the programs I use the most so much easier to access in a heartbeat and I could personalize it for home or work. And, again, I could multi-task.
I showed my Hero to my aunt (who has an iPhone and works in IT) and she even conceded that my phone was better. She likes her phone, but the functionality is severely limited. What j.harper12 was saying is correct. "Steve Jobs did not enable multitasking, because he was concerned that the end user would experience serious battery drain and blame it on shoddy workmanship. Steve Jobs thinks you're too stupid to understand that multitasking requires more from the battery, so he didn't give it to you."
I'm a fan of streamlining tasks. I like to be able to use as few products as possible to do what I want or need to do. Really, who needs an iPod anymore? My phones have always been the only mp3 players I own and they work the same as, if not better than, an iPod - minus the severely inflated price tag and having to carry a separate thing around with me. Using my phone as an mp3 player might eat up the battery a bit, but that's why they give you chargers. :) Apple phones and products are fads. They make money because people believed the commercials that told them they HAD to have their mp3 player or their phone. Because of this, they can severely overcharge for their products and people believe that the higher price tag means it's "better."
I can't wait for the EVO to come out!
@NiMedina31 You are a FUCKING IDIOT. The iphone will NEVER HAVE FLASH, therefore, it will ALWAYS FUCKING SUCK. This is why it is irrelevant what happens with the iphone 4g, because the web will still be complete fucking shit on it. The primary feature of a smartphone is???? THE INTERNET. If the internet experience is fucking shitty and terrible, then why would anyone even seriously consider buying it???