Ask us about the Sprint Evo 4G
OK, OK. We got it. You guys still have plenty of (very good!) questions regarding the Sprint Evo 4G. So let's make things easier on everybody and get them all in one place. What else do you want to know about the Evo 4G? Post your Q's in this thread, and we'll get you some A's. Promise.
- 03-24-2010, 04:08 PM #2
In general, it seems like most smart phones struggle with battery life now a days, other than BlackBerry. But media rich ones like Palm, iPhone and Android seem to lose battery life quickly.
I have heard things about Sense UI taking more power, and that certain phones can't make it very long with Android/Sense UI on.
Since Android 2.1 is already out on one phone, the Nexus 1, with a 1400mAH battery, how do you see battery life performing with a 1500mAH battery with Sense UI attached? Any type of time reference with the Nexus 1 right now would be very helpful even though it doesn't have Sense UI.
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No trackpad or trackball on this phone. Is that even a concern? It's on recent (N1) and future HTC Android phones (Desire) there will be one - why take away screen real estate for a trackball if it's not necessary? So, is it?
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- 03-24-2010, 04:35 PM #10
I am very excited for this phone but am concerned about battery life, and for good reason.
When I purchased the Palm PreŽ last year at it's release, I had been watching it since Feb. Reading everything I could, asking questions, reading, reading, learning, etc. (i even had my hands on it 2 weeks prior to release) BUT battery life, seemed to "slip the list" as I, now looking back, just took it for granted. BIG MISTAKE.
My Co-Worker has a MotoDroid and is very satisfied with it's battery life. And yes I am aware that the EVO 4G has a slightly larger battery, but when you take into account all the additional features of this new device I kind of begin to cringe.
EXAMPLES of what concerns me...
- Sense UI
- WiMAX Radio
- 1GHz Snapdragon Processor (almost double the DroidŽ)
- The larger LEDLCD Screen (curious as to why no AMOLED)
- Does a higher quality Camera(8mp) need more Power?
- Front-Facing Camera (1.3mp)
- HDMI(mini) out
- MiFi Capabilities (WiFi Hotspot)
All these things are exactly what is going to make this phone/MID amazing! BUT IS the battery going to "Hang"? I know that the Specs on the EVO 4G are slightly more campaerable to the Nexus OneŽ, so maybe that would be a better example.
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1.) Why no AMOLED? For a multimedia powerhouse, why implement top-of-the-line everything else and take a step backwards with TFT LCD? Did the OEM not make 4.3" AMOLEDs? Also, is 65K colors the limitation of TFT LCD, or can this be increased with a software tweak? Viewing HD content is nearly lost on a washed-out screen that cannot achieve true-life colorization. Again, for a device whose main selling point (excl. 4G) is its video capabilities, why did they go cheap on these components?
2.) Why only 1GB ROM and 512 RAM? If the rumors of the HTC Incredible turn out to be true, it will have 6-8GB ROM and 1GB RAM; also, other HTC phones have already come out with 576 RAM. How can Sprint's flagship phone ship with less than other inferior devices and still manage to adequately handle the audio/video?
3.) I've heard gossip that the HTC EVO 4G shown at CTIA is not in its finished form, and that HTC, Google and Sprint are still tweaking various aspects of the device and its software. Please try to find out what, if anything, they are still working on; what might change; what is pretty much done to their satisfaction, etc.
Thanks for looking out for us. I look forward to the answers you receive.
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Here are my problems with the phone. While Sprint says it's 4G... it's not going to be much faster than 3G+ HSPA (AT&T). That's not really the phones problem however. The phone is most likely going to have a backbone of CDMA 1XEVDO REV A. Not going to be to quick on the net this way. If your lucky and are in a major metropolitan area you could access WiMax but chances are your probably not going to get speeds faster that 20 mbps. WiMax has been capped at 40 mbps in real use studies. Being that is will most likely be a serialized device and not SIM based, that means that us Canadians wont get to use it at all. The WiMax will probably run similar to a wifi connection, after all it is a protocal of 802.16e, just a variation of wifi protocal. So untill sprint moves their voice over to V o IP looks like that handset is staying on Sprint. So i guess most of my problems about this phone are with the network and not the actual device. Cuz let's be honest there has never been a phone this packed. This thing is the best of all world's... its like sidney crosby meets michael jordan... siiick!
- 03-24-2010, 05:24 PM #21
frankly i'm glad it's not AMOLED... have you used one outside in the sunlight? well I have (my Nexus) and it blows... it's seriously HORRIBLE... you have to jack up the brightness to 100% (can you say battery drain), and even then, it's still washed out and barely readable...
a serious flaw in my opinion.... unless it would be the new "Super AMOLED" that is said to resolve the sunlight issue (which, the Nexus/Desire DON'T HAVE, just regular AMOLED)... i'll gladly take TFT any friggin day... especially on nice bright sunny ones!!!***SOLD but not forgotten***
Google Nexus One
- 03-24-2010, 05:24 PM #22
I just read through the questions and I think many of them can be answered already based off of current and past information that is out there. Such as:
- Yeah, they're working on it right now and it should be available at launch (talked about in one of the many videos.)
- Price not yet announced, and if you had the same device with a keyboard it would be a completely different phone. Sprints answer: There are many more 4G enabled phones planned for the future, some of which will have hardware keyboards. Also regarding the price, several people are estimating between $600 and $800, unsubsidized. So a contract with Sprint should lower the cost.
- One of my concerns as well. As answered in a video, I'll paraphrase: "It's such a large screen with so much room, you shouldn't have any issue selecting the location on screen so there wasn't a need for a trackpad/trackball."
- Can any Sprint phone work in Europe? I don't believe so, so no.
- Multi-apps, that's just holding down the Home button on Android, it shows all the running applications and allows you to switch between apps. So yes, you can have multiple apps running at once (it's android, not the phone.)
- The camera and WiFi are going to be about the same as other phones. The issues are WiMax and the screen size comparatively. Sense isn't a factor really since it replaces the stock Android home screen. You aren't running 2 home screens at the same time (unless you start them both up and switch between them.) I doubt HTC will ever give a definitive answer regarding why no AMOLED.
- An easy battery comparison would be "How long will the battery last with video playback?" since it can be used to measure across all phones capable of video playback.
- No, and No.
- Summer, good luck getting anything else out of them right now.
- Good question, most likely it does though.
- I believe it does, simply because isn't it a requirement of all "Google" phones? And this is a Google phone as stated by HTC in a video.
- No, there is no SIM card slot.
- Correct, if no WiMax is available then it uses 3G, if no 3G then Edge, if no Edge then WTF are you doing with a superphone?!
- Not really a question for HTC.
- TFTLCD and not AMOLED unfortunately.
Hope this helps out a little. So far the most relevant question is regarding the battery life, release, and price. The last two are "To be announced" but the battery life question could be addressed.
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Ok. So they are saying is MiFi capable. What doest this mean. Will this come included with the unlimited data plan? or will you need to pay extra to use this feature? 4G, so LA will be covered under the 4G pretty soon. Does that mean better coverage on 3G if 4G is not available? or will the 3G remain the same? What would be the price on this? To be honest I was loyal to WM phones. I wanted to buy the touch pro 2, but when saw that pricing was $350 (after rebates) plus taxes, I decided to go with the Hero. I love android now n I dont see a reason to go back to WM. So, where do we stand in the pricing? will it be a more reasonable 200~? or are they gonna go crazy like they did on the touch pro 2? actually, you had to pay a $540 dollars for the touch pro 2 and later you would get the $100 dollar rebate. Not a good deal if you ask me.