Happy EVO Day!

This guest article was written by Daniel Alexander.

Evo-day Today is June 4th, 2011. And, as many of you are sure to remember, this is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint.

When first officially announced in March of 2010 at CTIA, the EVO was simply a hardware lover's dream. It was the first device to incorporate any number of ground-breaking features into a single phone. Beginning with its 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch TFT LCD display, two cameras including an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash and a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat, micro HDMI-out, and the innovative kickstand, the EVO was also the first US phone to feature a WiMAX radio, making it the first 4G phone available in America.

While many devices have come (and gone) with a number of these features, the EVO remains a remarkable device for having put them all into one handset.  A feat so remarkable it was immortalized in a very humorous animated clip on YouTube that has gone onto become a sensation in its own right.

And the EVO remains viable today with yesterday's update to the latest Android for phones, version 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

The EVO may be legitimately called the first of the Android superphones. HTC and Sprint must have suspected they had a hit on their hand when the EVO 4G was still on the drawing boards, as the project and leaked devices were known by their internal codename "Supersonic."

As the first 4G WiMAX handset available in the United States, the original EVO was not only the premier Android powerhouse for Sprint, it was also marketed as the nation's first 4G device and remains first in line of all of the subsequent mobile phones to be marketed that way. Now with the EVO 3D looming for debut any day now, I thought it would be a good time to honor the original. So I wanted to wish all of G&E's readers a very Happy EVO Day!

Now, one year later, what are your fondest memories of your days with the Sprint EVO 4G?

Are you still happy with your first-generation EVO or are you waiting with baited-breath for the EVO 3D? Has the quality of your life changed once you moved to the 4G fast lane? Has 4G been deployed in your primary calling areas, or have you been enjoying your Sprint halo phone from their more pedestrian 3G coverage areas?

What are some of the unique things you have been able to do with all of the features of the EVO 4G that would have been impossible—or improbable—with any other device before last year: HDMI-out, the massive 4.3-inch TFT LCD display, the FM radio, etc.? Have you found any of theses features particularly time-saving, fun, or even life-saving?

Please comment below on your year-one experiences with the HTC EVO 4G, and remember to wish everyone you see today a Happy EVO Day!

This guest article was written by Daniel Alexander.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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