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Sprint hopes to knock it out of the park with the HTC EVO 4G

Microsoft has been making waves with its Windows Phone 7 Series operating system, Palm is battling the Grim Reaper with slow sales of the Pre and Pixi, and Apple is just on cruise control until the next generation iPhone and iPhone OS 4.0 hit later this summer. Forget the looming lawsuit from Apple, HTC and Sprint are looking to spice things up with some Android lovin' in the form of the HTC EVO 4G.

As its name implies, the new smartphone takes advantage of Sprint's advanced 4G WiMAX network. In addition, the phone supports EV-DO Rev. A, CDMA, and EV-DO.

"Sprint continues to lead the 4G revolution as we introduce HTC EVO 4G to give our customers an experience that is unlike anything available in wireless to date," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "Not only is this feature-rich device incredible on our Sprint 3G network, but Sprint 4G speeds will take mobile multimedia, including live video streaming, gaming and picture downloads, to a whole new level."

When it comes to the specs sheet, many people thought that the Google Nexus One had just about every smartphone on the market beat. The HTC EVO 4G simply crushes everything else on the market thanks to a 4.3" (480x800) TFT LCD, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8.0mp camera in addition to a 1.3mp front-facing camera for video conferencing, GPS, digital compass, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile HDTV, and HDMI (720p) output. When it comes to storage, the HTC EVO 4G has 1GB of storage built-in and can support up to 32GB via a microSD slot.

Being that the HTC EVO 4G is a flagship Android device, it is obviously running Android 2.1.

"HTC and Sprint have a strong history of working together to bring consumers technologies and advancements that make their lives easier," added HTC CEO Peter Chou. "We believe that the HTC EVO 4G represents the best of Sprint and the best of HTC working together to bring an unmatched device to the U.S. This combination of HTC and Sprint innovation will allow people to do even more while on the go, faster than ever on the Sprint 4G network."

Sprint has not announced pricing for the HTC EVO 4G, but the phone will be available this summer.

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The God of all phones...
By quiksilvr on 3/23/2010 9:52:30 PM , Rating: 3
This is the God of all phones. There's just a couple of minute things that are bothering me?

1) How come no n wireless support? I understand it's primarily going to be getting 4G, but that doesn't mean it isn't wanted. I find it strange that they pushed the envelope in EVERY possible area except for the wireles.

2) Why not OLED or AMOLED or even LED backlit? Wouldn't that really save battery life given the size of that almighty screen?

RE: The God of all phones...
By shabby on 3/23/2010 9:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
The samsung galaxy s has a 4" amoled screen
Near the end of the video they compare the quality of the screen to the iphone.

RE: The God of all phones...
By soydios on 3/23/2010 11:26:28 PM , Rating: 3
3) why no physical keyboard?

yes I know the form factor, but the Touch Pro 2's physical keyboard is so awesome. I want a Nexus One with the TP2's keyboard.

RE: The God of all phones...
By MrX8503 on 3/24/2010 12:34:22 AM , Rating: 5
2)4.3" screen
3)HDMI Out
4)Records/Plays 720P
6)2 Cameras (8mp back, 1.3mp front)

This phone is already breaking records, spec wise, I think you can live without a keyboard.

RE: The God of all phones...
By quiksilvr on 3/24/2010 1:07:44 AM , Rating: 3
That and the fact that the virtual keyboard is this big:

I mean, my GOD. How can you miss?

RE: The God of all phones...
By redbone75 on 3/24/2010 10:03:51 AM , Rating: 4
Arrow keys? Arrow keys?!? Be still, my beating heart :) I have found my next phone.

RE: The God of all phones...
By Blight AC on 3/24/2010 11:53:19 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget Swype, the new input method looks to really improve the way you use onscreen keyboards. Looks good enough to make me forget about the Droid keyboard, which I currently love.

Link for Swype infos (or just Google it):

This HTC phone is pretty awesome looking, spec-wise, though. I think the only thing I'd change is the CPU, Tegra 2 please, which should give it the power to do 1080p over HDMI.

RE: The God of all phones...
By noxipoo on 4/12/2010 5:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
don't forget

it's free on android and here now.

RE: The God of all phones...
By Motoman on 3/24/2010 1:45:53 AM , Rating: 4
No, no I can't live without a real keyboard. Any and all onscreen keyboards are permanently inferior to a real keyboard, and I will not ever buy a phone without a real keyboard.

...if this phone had a real keyboard, I'd buy one tomorrow. Not even kidding, not a little bit.

...but no real keyboard? It's useless to me. Just a toy.

RE: The God of all phones...
By PrezWeezy on 3/24/2010 2:26:08 PM , Rating: 5
Why did people rate down the fact that he doesn't like the on-screen keyboards? That's one thing I've been hating to see the trend of as well. I can't stand the on screen ones. My error rate on those things is 15 times higher than on a physical board. Not everyone has to like the on-screen stuff and he shouldn't be rated down just for his usage model. In fact, I think people like us should post MORE often so phone makers will continue to make phones with real keyboards.

RE: The God of all phones...
By Motoman on 3/25/2010 11:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
Why did people rate down the fact that he doesn't like the on-screen keyboards?

...because the magic box in the living room tells them that they *need* an onscreen keyboard.

That. Is. All.

There is no good excuse, ever, for an onscreen keyboard - technological niftiness is a poor replacement for fitness-for-purpose. it doesn't matter that a real keyboard will always be superior, in every way, to an onscreen keyboard - it's "old" and it's "not cool" and since onscreen keyboards are "cool" and "new" that's what the sheeple will buy.

RE: The God of all phones...
By Bateluer on 3/24/2010 7:21:12 AM , Rating: 5
No, I cannot. Physical keyboards are an absolute must. Touch tablets are smooth and sexy, but without the real keyboard, they will always play second fiddle to devices that do, like the Droid and TP2.

RE: The God of all phones...
By Gul Westfale on 3/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: The God of all phones...
By omnicronx on 3/24/2010 11:07:53 AM , Rating: 2
While once true, that trend seems to be changing. Furthermore are you seriously backing up your claims with two phones that have not sold in total what the iPhone sells in a quarter?

I too like a physical keyboard, but check your opinions at the door, as you cannot pass them off as fact (seems to be a reoccurring theme here). True touch devices are still in their infancy, just 3 years ago touch only devices accounted for a fraction of a percent of the market. Thats a lot of growth in such a small period of time. Especially when you consider that for the first few years, the iPhone was the only device with decent on screen keyboard. (HTC's is pretty good, but the resistive displays of the past are not on the same playing field and certainly don't compare to a physical keyboard)
they will always play second fiddle
You cannot possibly backup such a statement, so why even make it?

RE: The God of all phones...
By Motoman on 3/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: The God of all phones...
By Suntan on 3/24/2010 12:58:39 PM , Rating: 3
Run along now.

Don't be such a dink.

The previous poster you responded to was pretty much agreeing with your opinion that physical keyboards are prefereable. However they also offer significant downsides to a gadget in the way of packaging, space constrants, weight, etc.

I too would love it if a company could find a way to put a usable physical keyboard onto a gadget and still offer it with just as big of a screen, just as much processor and just as large of a battery without making it physically larger. However, that's not likely to happen.

Size up the gadgets and get the one that best fits your needs. But don't be a dork thinking you "schooled" someone because you managed to explain how physical keyboards have real keys... we got that already.


RE: The God of all phones...
By Motoman on 3/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: The God of all phones...
By foolsgambit11 on 3/24/2010 4:09:54 PM , Rating: 3
That's obviously false. To fit a keyboard, you have to either

a) make the screen smaller, which negatively impacts multimedia applications on the device

b) make the device longer, which negatively impacts the portability of the device

c) make the device thicker, with a flippable/slideable keyboard, which also makes the device less portable.

In miniaturization, there are always trade-offs to be made. Some like it one way, others another, which is why there is variety in the marketplace.

RE: The God of all phones...
By omnicronx on 3/24/2010 4:30:47 PM , Rating: 2
There's plenty of proof on the market right now that shows there is no space/size penalty for having a real keyboard. None.
Name two phones that share the same platform(or similar) one with a keyboard one without, that are the same size. Otherwise you are not making an Apples to Apples comparison. If you really think the droid could not be smaller if it had not included a keyboard, you are kidding yourself.

Of perfect example that contradicts your theory is the HTC touch pro vs the HTC diamond. Hardware wise they are almost identical, yet the TP is a much larger phone. In fact from the front view they look the same, its not until you stack them up beside one another that you can see the difference.
...and for the record, I think it's quite clear that many people really have not thought about the difference between a real keyboard and onscreen. I fundamentally don't believe that everyone "gets it already." If you want to call me a dink, then fine...but I am quite certain that the vast majority of consumers really haven't "gotten" it.
Wait what? If they don't know the difference, then why would it matter if it includes a keyboard or not? Either people care or they don't, if most people 'dont know better' then obviously a keyboard cannot define a consumers phone choice.(I'm just poking holes in your logic, it is clear to me that keyboards are still a big factor, but as I said previously, touch only phones are certainly gaining ground, thus you cannot make the claim that a phone cannot be successful without a keyboard, its just curtailing to a different market)

RE: The God of all phones...
By Motoman on 3/24/2010 4:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
Name two phones that share the same platform(or similar) one with a keyboard one without, that are the same size. Otherwise you are not making an Apples to Apples comparison. If you really think the droid could not be smaller if it had not included a keyboard, you are kidding yourself.

Sure, the Droid could be thinner without the keyboard. Doesn't matter. Fundamentally, it makes no difference in the form factor. Phones with keyboards are the same size as phones without keyboards. It's not an issue.

As to the other issue, it's clear that keyboards are not seen as a big factor by the manufacturers - or the public, which is buying non-keyboarded phones in droves. Phones without keyboards are wildly successful - my point wasn't about commercial success. It is about the suitability for purpose. Typing on a properly-designed physical keyboard will always be better than the best touchscreen, period. Consumers however don't really seem to care about fitness-for-purpose - they buy what the TV tells them to. And the TV tells them to buy an iPhone, or one of the other phones that gushes about how cool it's onscreen keyboard is.

Technically, it's nifty. I get that. That's what people are buying - marketing and gimmickry. The point I'm making is that, from a fitness-for-purpose standpoint, a real keyboard has been, is, and will continue to be a vastly better option than an onscreen keyboard. And, the engineering issue is trivial, as is any form factor concern, as can be seen by looking at what's already on the market.

RE: The God of all phones...
By PrezWeezy on 3/24/2010 2:35:36 PM , Rating: 2
I defended you above, but this post is way to snide. Besides, the Samsung with swype just won the Guiness world record for typing on a cell phone. I don't LIKE onscreen. Doesn't mean that no one can use it as well.

RE: The God of all phones...
By rudy on 3/24/2010 5:44:11 PM , Rating: 2
Most people who buy iPhones do not seriously work on them. If you seriously work on a device you want a separate keyboard so you can work faster.

RE: The God of all phones...
By adiposity on 3/24/2010 1:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
NES/SNES emulators without physical buttons suck. Other than that I could probably learn to live without a keyboard. But there are still issues, like no way to arrow around on the Droid unless you open the keyboard. If you aren't going to have a keyboard then you better provide a d-pad.

Just one example of what happens without a keyboard on the Droid: you want to select a previous google search for editing. If you arrow down, it puts the data in the search field and you can edit it. If you touch it with your finger, it repeats the search but gives you no change to edit it. Hopefully, this bug is fixed in 2.1. But as of now, there is no way to edit a previous search in non-keyboard mode.

RE: The God of all phones...
By adiposity on 3/24/2010 1:17:10 PM , Rating: 2

Editing, please.

RE: The God of all phones...
By Drag0nFire on 3/24/2010 9:45:14 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sold. Assuming it has decent battery life.

When does it come out for VZW?

RE: The God of all phones...
By wiz220 on 3/24/2010 5:05:57 PM , Rating: 2
The HTC Incredible comes out for Verizon very soon and has some similar specs (8mp camera, 720p video I think) as well as an AMOLED screen if I'm remembering correctly.

RE: The God of all phones...
By nafhan on 3/24/2010 9:52:27 AM , Rating: 2
I think the lack of 802.11n may have to do with the antenna diversity requirements of 802.11n. Without multiple antennas, I don't think 802.11n would help much. Here's a snippet from the wiki article:
MIMO is a technology which uses multiple antennas to coherently resolve more information than possible using a single antenna.

RE: The God of all phones...
By steven975 on 3/24/2010 5:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
plus, N wireless isn't really necessary, and requires more power.

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