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    Unhappy Disappointments abound with the EVO.

    I really had high hopes for the EVO. The anticipation drove me crazy for at least a month. Now that I've had one for a few days, I feel foolish for being so excited. I love Android, but the EVO itself doesn't live up to the hype. The light leakage in the display, the less than stellar Wi-Fi reception, the FM tuner that can't seem to pick up a single station with my headset (Seriously, a headset as an antenna?), and the terrible video recording quality, are all negatives that make this phone feel like HTC used cheap internal parts. I'm not ready to leave the EVO just yet. However, if some software updates aren't forthcoming to improve some of the issues with this phone I will certainly be on the lookout for a new Android phone.
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    lol, what phones out there DON'T require a headset as an antenna for FM tuning? Yeah, the iPhone 4 supposedly won't... but it's not out yet.

    As to terrible video recording... from what I've seen, it's far better quality than my videocamera which is only a few years old.

    No offernse, but methinks your expectations are/were a little unrealistic.
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    light leakage

    wifi

    fm tuner??? (who listens to commercial radio anymore?)

    Video capture


    Whit the 100's of features on the EVO, if these are the only 4 you can find then the phone is probably not as bad as you make it out to be.
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    Sorry to hear that I've been loving mine and haven't had much sleep since launch. It exceeded my expectations
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    I must agree. For being a mobile device the Evo is rather stellar. But you cannot us high end shielded headphones for the radio. The Evo needs the signal leakage to use as an antenna. A standard set should do.
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    Its a phone. Return it for something better or deal with whatever perceived short comings there are.

    Also why the hell do you need high end shielded ear buds for fm listening?
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    While theres a few things i dont really like AT THE MOMENT, as I came from an iPhone 3GS, its really not that big of an issue to make me want to go back to $98.00 a month service from AT&T that was riddled with dropped calls etc.

    I dont have a light seepage issue
    The wifi, yeah its alittle flakey
    The FM Tuner..umm I had no intentions to use this as a radio lol
    The video quality is fine with me

    The major issue I do have atm isnt with the phone, but with Android market and its lack of really viable apps and or games from well known companies, like the Apple App Store. But im sure as more android headsets come out and its gains more momentum, more will jump on board.

    The phone itself, it gets the job done and looks awesome to boot
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    Sorry to hear about your disappointment! The FM tuner isn't fantastic but in all honestly, internet radio has gotten so good that I only turned it on to try it out. Video recording quality isn't half bad too at 720p, you might check your settings on your camera?? I'm personally having an awesome time with the phone, but then again, my previous phone was a Pre and the build quality was total crap on that.
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    A2.2 [Froyo] has already been benchmarked on the EVO and Wi-Fi reception and speed have both been markedly improved upon.

    Some early benchmarks show as much as 400% improvement!

    Simply have some patience and when an updated ROM is let loose in the wild you'll have your chance to update and enjoy your new phone.
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    Why would you listen to FM radio when you can use Pandora?
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    I bought a special antenna on eBay, that won't pull a single station. But ever pair of headphones, iphone or other pulled stations. I even pulled a station from Indian Springs that no other radio besides my car can pull, which is saying something.

    The only thing disappointing me is the 4G. I think my phone is faulty because other people in Vegas seem to have epic speeds, but I'm getting damn near dial up speeds. I still have to test it in a better area.

    As for wifi.. it performs the same as every other wifi device I own, so perhaps not everyone has that problem.

    I have no light seepage. This is the best phone I have personally ever seen visually both because of its size, and that it has a resolution sufficiently suited to its size. Every phone ever made will disappoint you if you don't manage your expectations. I suspect, beyond the light seepage issue some people have, that all issues are fixable. I just pray that this phone remains the flagship phone long enough for us to get priority on the updates. That or we get a full root. Viva El EVO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mightymouse68 View Post
    I really had high hopes for the EVO. The anticipation drove me crazy for at least a month. Now that I've had one for a few days, I feel foolish for being so excited. I love Android, but the EVO itself doesn't live up to the hype. The light leakage in the display, the less than stellar Wi-Fi reception, the FM tuner that can't seem to pick up a single station with my headset (Seriously, a headset as an antenna?), and the terrible video recording quality, are all negatives that make this phone feel like HTC used cheap internal parts. I'm not ready to leave the EVO just yet. However, if some software updates aren't forthcoming to improve some of the issues with this phone I will certainly be on the lookout for a new Android phone.
    No light leakage on my EVO (get it replaced). Wi-Fi reception's poor signal seems to be a display issue (it's functioning as my Palm Pre and other phones and laptops did; speed is there, range is there). The FM radio hasn't given me the problem with the sensitive headset although it doesn't pick up some stations but it is not uncommon nowadays to use the headset as the antenna (Zune HD does it, for their HD radio too). Also, at least you have an FM radio, right? Not many phones will give you that. Finally, video recording is not as great as people thought it would be. But, honestly, whoever thought it would be that good (720P good) are simply oblivious. We are yeas away from getting that much performance out of something so small and thin. Sure, the Flip cameras and the like do it, but that's all they do. Their entire internals are dedicated to that and only that. I guarantee you the iPhone's will disappoint many as well. The EVO is still superior in recording than anything currently out, and that is a fact. I just hope they give us 30FPS recording with 720P soon (that can easily be done via a software update).

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    BTW, I used the earphones that Marlboro was giving out with my FM radio and it was fine.
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    I posted my only disappointment yesterday and that was with asphalt 5. the game didn't play well so i uninstalled it.
    no light leakage around capacative buttons; WiFi is fine everywhere in my house and outside as well; video looks pretty good to me (it's a phone); don't use the fm tuner (loaded about 10 gigs of my own music on an adata 16gb class 6 sd card). It doesn't matter how good a phone is some people will complain about something (as i did about asphalt 5) simple fact of the matter is you can please some of the people some of the time but you can't please all the people all the time.
    this is the first phone i've been extremely happy with since my treo 700p over 3 years ago.

    Treo 300>Treo 650>Treo 700p>Samsung Instinct>Palm Pre>Evo 4g
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    I hope you and your phone start to get along better soon but i just wanted to say one thing re the fm tuner, and i know this is silly - but i was actually a little annoyed that this feature was included at all...i know that's silly - but i HATE modern FM radio... the music stations are deplorable (F. you Clear Channel, what you have done to the music industry is an abomination) and any of the public radio or talk radio stations that i listen to stream or podcast... i think it's a neat feature but i could do without it...

    although living in NC it will be nice during basketball season to be able to listen to Woody Durham on my phone... go tarheels!
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    Default Re: Disappointments abound with the EVO.

    As far as video recording goes check your settings cuz I wasn't too happy either till I read to change the settings. By default the settings ARE NOT set to 720p so try changing it to 720 and see if u can tell the difference. I sure did. Hope this helps.

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    " Im gonna return my phone because the FM radio doesnt work" wow! I bought this phone to use as a phone mostly. People are just way too picky. I could see if you bought a radio that didnt work but c'mon!
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    Did you really just say "disappointments abound". I am hoping you return your phone. It does not deserve to be in your ungrateful hands or held in your insanely critical gaze. Get an IPhone, I am sure it will blow your hair back. That statement is absurd. You should've read my last post it was meant for people like yourself.
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    Why would anyone buy this phone? Extra for the privilege of owning it
    Extra charge for Video chat. C"mon will anyone really use this?

    People you have to power to send a message to Sprint and what you are telling them is that you will buy anything at any price. You people that bought into this hype have given up your right to ***** about any problems this phone has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by android614 View Post
    Why would anyone buy this phone? Extra for the privilege of owning it
    Extra charge for Video chat. C"mon will anyone really use this?

    People you have to power to send a message to Sprint and what you are telling them is that you will buy anything at any price. You people that bought into this hype have given up your right to ***** about any problems this phone has.
    It was a misconception about being charged for video chat. There is no charge for Qik video chat standard. There is for premium. The only difference is resolution. The free service is 640x480 which should be perfectly fine for normal use.

    As far as being charged to own the phone. You are entitled to your opinions, but that doesn't mean they are correct. I didn't [pay] for any privilege.

    I have my Blackberry 9700 on T-mo's network and pay the same for each phone on 2 different networks.
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    There are so many people complaining about little stuff like light leakage and the $10 surcharge. Because you're letting a little thing like that take away from your overall enjoyment of the phone. For this phone, the video quality is superb. Fm tuner works great if you're in an open area but come on you should have your own music downloaded to your sd card all ready. Btw, video chat is free.

    For all of those complaining about the $10 surcharge, to set up 4G towers and have the people to do it cost money. With Verizon charging Android users $10 a month for Vcast, no one complains about that. You had a choice not to get the phone if you didn't like the surcharge BUT you got it anyway. Stop crying about it and deal with it!! Better yet, go get an Iphone and complain about how much MORE you're being charged and dropped calls.
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    Using the headphones as an antennae is a pretty common affair.
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    The standard complaint's issued on every forum for every smart phone ever released... Yada, yada, yada... RETURN THE PHONE IF YOU"RE NOT HAPPY!
    Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?
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    I have to agree that these complaints are SILLY.

    I switched from ATT and have used a Blackberry Bold 9000 for the past year as my work phone and an Iphone 3GS as my personal line and my only complaint about the EVO so far has been I cannot adjust to typing on it! Although using Swype has calmed most of the issues I had at first, but again that complaint will subside since it takes time to adjust to the keyboard.

    As far as battery life goes, what did you expect with such an awesome huge screen? I had a spare battery for my 3GS, I expected the battery to go quickly and didnt mind having the spare battery cured all my issues...I will be buying spare EVO batt soon....My Berry always had good Batt life but then again I never wanted to surf the web with it, only when I had to, the EVO I find any excuse to browse the web that pops in my head.
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