Your questions about the HTC EVO 4G LTE answered: Part 3
For the past few days, I've been answering your questions about the HTC EVO 4G LTE, but more and more seem to keep on rolling in. You are asking really interesting things, so keep on submitting questions and I'll try to get to as many as I can!
If you want to see previous questions and answers, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.
Waldo: Can it play MIDI files as ringtones? I know that sounds super antiquated, but I've been using a unique ringtone for about 10 years and I don't want to change. Also, can you turn off the camera/camcorder shutter sound, or will we have to wait for root? Is it possible to add date/timestamps to photos?
John: Yes, I confirmed that the EVO 4G LTE does play MIDI files as ringtones and notifications. Concerning your questions about the camera, it is possible to turn off shutter sounds by simply muting the phone's media volume, although there's no specific sound toggle in the camera settings. I also did not see an option to add timestamps to photos, although this information is saved in the actual file.
etnpnys: Is the camera lens recessed at all? And are we able to turn off LTE via a widget or something?
John: Yes, the camera lens is recessed and is therefore not at risk for scratching and cracking just by setting the phone down face-up on a hard surface. As far as LTE goes, there's not a widget to turn it on and off quite yet, but that could very well be coming soon in a future software update. For now, it's possible to turn LTE off in the Mobile network settings menu.
Al-Boogie: How is the rate of web data and text loading compared to the OG EVO? Is it truly faster with the new processor? How is the music listening experience?
John: The new processor flies. Simply put, I have experienced absolutely no lag, no slow downs, and no force closes. Web pages load extremely fast on WiFi or 3G, and I haven't experienced any hiccups yet. The music experience is also great, especially since HTC integrated various cloud services into its stock music app. Beats Audio did make a small difference, even though my earbuds are a cheap $20 pair. I'm sure it's a more revolutionary experience with more expensive headsets.
As a nice added touch, HTC also integrated SoundHound into the FM Radio, so you can almost instantly get the title and lyrics to any song that's playing. Unlike Shazam, SoundHound works with your headsets plugged in.
Frank: Does it mount as a USB mass storage device or does it use MTP despite the divided internal partitions?
John: The EVO 4G LTE uses MTP, allowing you to browse the phone's internal storage on your computer while still being able to access it on the phone at the same time. However, as G&E reader Brett mentioned, the SD card (if you have one in there) can be used as USB mass storage. I haven't experienced any issues at all using MTP.
TA: I recall reading somewhere that the EVO 4G LTE has a Gorilla Glass screen. Is this true?
John: Yep! However, I haven't been able to confirm using official materials from HTC or Sprint whether or not this is Gorilla Glass 2, so I'll reach out to my contacts and see what they say.
Frank: I would like to see picture of the EVO 4G LTE and EVO 3D side by side.
Note: I know that many of you have been asking for shots with the original EVO 4G for comparison. That's a great idea, except for the fact that my EVO 4G is currently two states away. If I can get my hands on one in the next few days, I will certainly take some comparison shots, but no promises yet.
Brettbesa: Does the notification LED still do only the three colors? Or has HTC taught it to do more?
John: I've only seen the standard three.
Ruzario: Can it make burritos?
Vern G.: Can it eat burritos?
Keep your questions coming!