After a couple months of following Sprint's first 4G device, I was anxious to finally give the EVO a test run, and after a few minutes with a bolted-down test unit, I'm already quite impressed.
First off, it feels different than any other phone I've ever held. Its 4.3-inch screen seems so much bigger than my current personal handset - the Droid - yet the device was not bulky at all.
The screen looks spectacular, and HTC's version of the Android OS is my favorite. It was nice using a multi-touch device that isn't made by Apple. For the most part, it ran like a standard HTC Android phone but everything was much more visually pleasing.
Sprint has not rolled out 4G coverage in New York City yet but they claimed to have "brought it with them" for last night's event. I'm not sure what that means, but it felt a little artificial. So I don't know how the download speeds on my trial run will actually compare to someone using it in a real 4G market, but I have to say I was not extremely impressed although pages and apps did load faster than what I'm used to. Again, it was not running on a real 4G network so I can't pass too much judgment.
My favorite part was when I got to see a demo of the phone's navigation features. Equipped with a couple third-party apps, the phone is able to instantly get your location and shift in real-time based on the way you move the device - e.g., point it east and it knows you're facing east. The G1 was supposed to be able to do this, way back in the launch days of Android, but it was always sluggish and unreliable. The EVO looks to be an awesome phone for navigation purposes.
The accelerometer, though still not as nice as the iPhone, is extremely more responsive than any other Android device I've handled and I'm hoping this means we'll see some cool accelerometer games and apps finally make their way to the Android Market.
All in all, I was impressed with the EVO 4G. Unfortunately I'm not with Sprint and we don't have 4G here in New York, so I won't be getting one on launch day...but in different circumstances, I probably would.
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