May 19, 2012, 7:50 AM — HTC's Evo 4G was one of Sprint's first breakout smartphone stars. Now, after some lackluster follow-ups, the carrier is hoping to bring the sizzle back to the Evo name with its HTC Evo 4G LTE.
HTC Evo 4G LTE
The HTC Evo 4G LTE, launching in the U.S. on May 18 for $200 (with a new two-year contract at Sprint), works hard to reach the rock star standard established by the original Evo. The device is based on HTC's |critically acclaimed One line of smartphone devices, but it's no mere copycat: The phone combines the One's standout qualities with features that made the first Evo shine, resulting in a new yet somehow familiar piece of technology.
While impressive at first glance, however, the Evo 4G LTE has some serious issues that keep it from achieving true greatness. After using the phone as my own personal device for several days, I find it difficult to recommend.
Body and display
On paper, the Evo 4G LTE seems quite similar to HTC's One X: The phone is basically the same size -- 5.3 x 2.7 in., with a thickness of 0.35 in. -- and shares the same 4.7-in, 1280 x 720 Super LCD display. (It has a lot of the same internal hardware, too; we'll get to that in a moment.)
Make no mistake about it, though: The new Evo doesn't look like a One-series phone. The device follows the original Evo's design, with a dark gray and red color scheme and a bright red kickstand on its back. The kickstand may seem like a gimmick, but it's actually a nice little touch -- and a sturdy one, too: I found it to be quite useful for propping the phone up on a desk or coffee table for easy hands-free viewing.