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Roundup: Hands-on with the new HTC EVO 4G LTE

Today is the day! The HTC EVO One HTC EVO 4G LTE is official and while no one from our CrowdGather family attended the HTC/Sprint event, I've found some of the best hands-on videos and galleries for those interested in checking out the new phone from all angles. 

To start, we have the best source of experience: hands-on videos. We have a very noisy run-through by MobileBurn above, though f you prefer a quieter walkthrough, CNET has a nice, unbiased video. Engadget, on the other hand, appears to have a video narrated by an HTC employee.  

Join me below to check out some of the best pics that show off the EVO 4G LTE's beauty.


First up is a beautiful press shot of Sense 4.0 running on the HTC EVO 4G LTE from BGR. All aesthetics and extra features aside, this new EVO is going to be running brand new software, from the new lightweight and sexy Sense 4.0 to the latest version of Android 4.0.3.


Gizmodo has thrown together a decent gallery. In the image above, you can see the new back of the phone. The two-tone black doesn't look that bad to me.


Next up we have some photos from PCMag's EVO 4G LTE gallery. On top is a pic from the side showing off the aluminum trim. Does this remind anyone else of the newer iPhones? Below that photo is one that shows us what hides under the shiny polycarbonate top of the phone: the radios (including the integrated LTE radio) and the microSD card.

The choice to transition from aluminum (which the rest of the rear of the new EVO sports) to polycarbonate is to provide the best reception as possible. I think we can all thank HTC and Sprint for this move now . . . even though many of us still wish it looked a little better. Oh well. 

Kickstand land

The Verge's gallery gives us a pretty look at the EVO 4G LTE's kickstand. Of course it will work well in landscape when viewing movies, but the middle image shows us how it works just as well in the other orientation. The old EVO could do this orientation, but not well. The new kickstand is spring-loaded, so it does! 

For those worried about being able to charge while using the kickstand, check it out in the bottom pic: you can use the kickstand in a third direction and take advantage of the MHL/microUSB charging port. 

The photos also confirm the dedicated camera button, which allows you to go straight to the camera even when the screen is off. It also lets you half-press the button to focus the image on the EVO 4G LTE's bad-ass 8MP camera with ImageSense. 


I think this summarizes many people's thoughts after all of the press surrounding the HTC EVO 4G LTE's unveiling. We have finally seen every corner of the new EVO and witnessed how buttery smooth the latest version of HTC's Sense and Android's Ice Cream Sandwich run together on this device. 

Oh, and don't forget the incredible sound experience from Beats Audio. Sprint also introduced amazing sounding HD voice quality. With all of the incredible internal specifications this EVO will be touting, this really is Sprint's (and quite possibly America's) best smartphone yet. 

On the flip side, the battery is not removeable and it's only 2000mAh (still better than AT&T's HTC One X but not as much as we hoped/expected). Luckily, the Snapdragon S4 processor should give us some sweet battery life – even with 4G LTE. I think most will agree that phone isn't quite as sexy as the original One X, but still think the fact that HTC and Sprint put features and functionality first is the more important. 

And just in case you forgot, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is priced at $199.99 (with a 2-year contract) and $79.99/month with unlimited LTE. Who else is going to pre-order one on May 7th?

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Sam Sarsten

Sam Sarsten is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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