First Thoughts About the EVO

The HTC EVO 4G, EVO as in EVOlution, is quite an amazing device. Packing a GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.3 inch capacitive touch screen, 8 mega pixel camera on the back with 720p HD video recording, front facing 1.3 mega pixel front facing camera for video chat, a kickstand for easy media viewing, mini HDMI output, 1 gb of onboard memory, and a MiFi router to connect up to eight WiFi-enabled devices, as well as a huge list of features I really don’t want to write, and it all runs on Android 2.1 (or 2.2, as some reports indicate), HTC Sense UI 1.6, and either 3g or 4g, depending on service coverage in your area. It will be available exclusively at Sprint starting next month. Pricing details have not been released, nor has a firm release date. It was first June 13th, than rumors suggested Labor Day, September 6th, would be the release, but the most likely date is June 6th.

The EVO will also pioneer some 4g apps, some of which have not even been mentioned. Sprint has announced that it will have many of the most used apps for Android pre downloaded and ready to go right out of the box. One of the apps that has been announced is Qik, a video client that lets you broadcast your videos live while you are recording them to the Qik site or Facebook. This app is going to be very good for Zephaniah and myself for video blogging with the front camera, and the HD video recording on the back camera will look very nice on the Qik site and YouTube. Speaking of YouTube, the HTC EVO has a special YouTube app called YouTube HQ. When you have 4g service, the app will automatically stream the video in high quality if available. And you wouldn’t have to worry about download speeds because 4g gives you 10x faster speeds than 3g. 4g is really just one step down from WiFi.

One of the most bizarre apps i have seen that will come on the EVO is called Layer Reality Browser. It allows you to see what people are doing on Facebook, twitter, MySpace, ect that are in the same room as you or relatively close to your location. It uses the accelerometer to show you where the post is coming from by moving the device around. It almost is a privacy issue, but it is really cool and i am very excited for it.

4g is also amazing. Here in the seattle area, we have some really good 4g coverage. It is pretty much solid from South Tacoma all the way to Mukilteo on the I-5 corridor, and it is pretty good around central Vashon Island and Bremerton areas. Sprint currently has 4g up and running in most of the major cities across the US, and many more will be added this year. With the MiFi router feature, 4g speeds can be shared to up to eight devices. How nice is that?!

This phone also has a very low price tag for what it can do. For a two-year contract, it has been rumored that the EVO will go for $200 just like pretty much all of the other smartphones on the market today. What is truely amazing is the price of Sprints monthly plans. For unlimited standard and picture messaging, unlimited web, unlimited mobile tv, and unlimited calling to any mobile in the US, plus 600 minutes for calling to landlines, Sprint asks for only 69.99$/month. But we have some bad news attached to that EVO fans. Some screenshots suggest that the EVO will have a specialized plan because of 4g, meaning we will end up paying more. Maybe I was reading into it too much and the purpose of these special plans was to include MiFi service (confirmed that it will be $10-20 more a month). I sure hope so.

This thing is wicked, I mean how could anyone fit so many amazing features into one palm sized device? Sure Stevie Jobs could in a few years but the Super CEO here is Peter Chou of HTC Taiwan. This phone is so incredible and so innovative, I will ditch my droid next month to join Sprint and get this. My brother will get the droid so I don’t have to pay $200 to break the contract, and I will jump onto my neighbors Sprint plan as long as I pay my end of the bill. That will be anywhere between $20-$50, and it all depends on if I have to pay for their upgrade to unlimited everything plan.

I want to hear from you, what are your thoughts on this amazing and revolutionary device? Are you getting it? Leave your response in the comments.

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