April 5, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The HTC Evo 4G LTE is almost everything that you want it to be. On a recent podcast that I co-hosted, I said it was highly unlikely that Sprint and HTC would have all of the rumored specs because it was too much to put in one phone. It’s a good thing that phone companies listen to their designers and innovators rather pundits because I’m very happy to report that HTC has proven me wrong.
At the unveiling in New York City, I toyed with the HTC Evo 4G LTE and found a device that does have a laundry list of checkmarks in the ‘Pros’ column. I’m sure we’ll discover some cons once this device is released, but on first impressions, it’s encouraging.
The top portion of the back is a removable piece of plastic that exposes the microSD slot and doesn’t match the solid aluminum of the lower half. The outer rim gets it right by having metal stripped of coloring and bringing out the round corners rather nicely. From a physical standpoint, it’s a nice phone.
HTC has included Sense 4.0, a newer version of its custom flavor of Android that is built on top of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). And while we’re on the subject of software, we have to talk about the ImageSense software, HD voice, and a lot more. We’re actually going to be posting multiple hands-on videos as a result. For now, here’s the main course. (We’ve already covered the specs of the device, which you can see here.)
Signs at the event encouraged attendees to “fall in love all over again,” invoking the memory of the original EVO. But the first EVO was a remarkable advancement that instantly outpaced anything we expected. The EVO 4G LTE faced higher stakes on the “Wow” factor, and I’m not sure it’s gotten there. On the bright side, it’s off to a heck of a start.