Following Sprint’s announcement that they will be carrying the HTC Evo 4G LTE, many are wondering whether it could stack up favorably against other smartphones. The Evo 4G LTE to another device carried by Sprint, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Though the Evo comes in at 8.9mm thick, it has a remarkably solid feel to it. The Evo has its mostly metallic build to thank for that — while the glossy black top half of the Evo’s rear end is made of polycarbonate, the dark matte material below is actually anodized aluminum. The end result is a device that’s very light, but also manages to inspire some confidence in the user. HTC has had a great track record when it comes to the build quality of their devices, and that trend continues with the Evo in spite of their design tweaks.
The screen is bright and attractive, as you might expect from the high definition screen. Navigating through Sense 4.0 on the HTC Evo 4G and in and out of apps was fast and fluid, thanks to the 1.5GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It seemed, however, that I could almost zip too fast through the screens at times, making the HTC Sense 4.0 animations seem very sharp and boxy. The standout feature by far on the HTC Evo 4G is the 8-megapixel camera, which uses the same HTC ImageSense software and ImageChip as the company’s One line of phones. HTC says the design of the phone was inspired by DSLR cameras, The One X was plastic. The body of the Evo 4G LTE is a single piece of anodized aluminum. It’s nice. The back has a soft, brushed texture, and HTC machined off the edges to give it a little bit of shine. The famous Evo kickstand is back, and better—it now works at three different angles, and this time around, you can actually charge the phone while it’s propped up. The Snapdragon S4 is a muscular processor with imperceptible lag. The camera app opened quickly and fired off a burst of photos. They looked great on that incredible screen—and the screen really is among the most noteworthy features. One aside on that topic, for context: Despite having a far bigger screen than the iPhone 4S, the HTC Evo 4G LTE’s screen is actually thinner (8.9mm to 9.3mm) and lighter (133g to 140g). Impressive.