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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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RE: No OLED screen
By bodar on 3/24/2010 4:34:30 AM , Rating: 1
What part of "definitely get" and "like the screen overall" was confusing? AMOLED -- aside from having better colors and less motion blur -- does not draw as much power since it has no backlight. But hey, why would battery power be a concern in a smartphone, right? TFT's do perform better than even AMOLED in direct sun.

Obviously, concessions have to be made to keep the cost reasonable, especially with such a large screen, 2(!) cameras, and generous hardware specs. I do realize that, and make no mistake, an EVO will be mine this summer.

RE: No OLED screen
By Aloonatic on 3/24/2010 7:10:34 AM , Rating: 2
The direct sunlight thing seems to be a bit confused. Some say that OLEDs are better, some say that backlit TFTs are better. Which is it on wise and knowledgeable DTers?

Oh well, I guess it doesn't really matter to me. I live in the UK, so the chances of ever being in direct sunlight for any extended period of time (in which I might want to use a device like this too) are somewhat slim anyway. :-D

RE: No OLED screen
By bplewis24 on 3/24/2010 11:07:23 AM , Rating: 2
This review/comparison sort of disproves some of your claims:

Droid kicks butt.


RE: No OLED screen
By Aloonatic on 3/25/2010 3:31:02 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the link :)

I'm not sure what claims you thought that I was making though. I was simply asking a question about OLED/TFT screens and their performance in day light.

I did sorta claim that the sun doesn't shine much in the UK, but I didn't see a great deal of evidence in your post to disprove that tho :-D

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