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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: The God of all phones...
By Motoman on 3/24/2010 1:22:13 PM , Rating: -1
There's plenty of proof on the market right now that shows there is no space/size penalty for having a real keyboard. None.

Visit any Verizon store and compare, say, LG phones and the Droid (although the physical keyboard on the Droid is the worst I've ever seen) and compare them to the size and weight of an iPhone.

Clearly this isn't an engineering issue.

...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.


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
quote:
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.
quote:
...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
quote:
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.


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