HTC Evo 4G LTE review: Ticking all boxes
The HTC Evo 4G LTE is undoubtedly the best-spec'd smartphone currently on offer in the United States. The flagship handset offers all the latest smartphone tech in a neat, well-built package. We reckon that even the most demanding Android users will not be able to find too much to frown about as far as the smartphone's hardware is concerned - it simply ticks all the boxes.
While most of the Evo's features are already familiar from our encounters with the AT&T-bound HTC One X, the addition of a microSD card slot and a dedicated camera button, to go with a beefier battery actually take the device up to an even higher level. As we said, quite a few HTC One X owners across the Atlantic will rightfully feel jealous because of them.
The EVO 4G LTE's biggest limitation is hardly its fault - the limited coverage of the Sprint LTE network for the time being. The carrier's 4G network is still the early stages of its rollout, so it might be a while before you can enjoy the blazing transfer speeds in your area. The upside here is that your Evo will have a seriously great battery life when running on Sprint's EV-DO CDMA 3G.
The HTC Evo 4G LTE is priced quite temptingly at $199.99 with a two year contract. Sprint is great at offering affordable all you can eat plans, so the deal is really hard to resist. You will have an extreme hard time finding more smartphone for the money in the United States at the moment.
Still, we'll go over the alternatives just in case.
The HTC One X for AT&T is an arguably more stylish alternative to the Evo. It is priced at $199.99 and enjoys a much better LTE coverage, but lacks the three key features listed above. If 4G network access is a must for you though, you should take a very close look at it.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is also available in LTE flavor for Sprint Wireless. We would recommend it only if you are an Android purist, though. OS updates and a black levels of the screen aside, the Nexus is outgunned by the HTC Evo 4G LTE in just about everything.
In case you are not a fan of large screens, take a look at the HTC One S for T-Mobile. The 4.3" powerhouse will offer you similar user experience, while remaining way more pocket-friendly. However, the qHD AMOLED certainly lacks the Wow factor of the Evo 4G LTE huge HD LCD.
There has rarely been an easier smartphone to recommend in the United States. HTC and Sprint have created a package that's incredibly hard to resist, and the purchase of which you are extremely unlikely to regret. We actually feel sorry that HTC didn't choose this design for the internationally available One XL, instead of the AT&T version.