HTC EVO 4G LTE First Impressions

As we near the launch of Sprint’s brand new 4G LTE network, and  we’re beginning to see LTE-compatible phones hitting the network. One of the most anticipated and high-profile devices slated to hit the network is the HTC EVO 4G LTE,  also being the first from HTC. Very similar to the One X on AT&T, the new EVO brings a 4.7-inch HD Super LCD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and a 8MP camera. The phone also is LTE-capable, although Sprint’s new 4G network isn’t live quite yet.

The fine folks over at HTC have been kind enough to loan us a review unit, and I’ve had it for about 4 hours now. Some of my initial impressions:

  • The phone feels good in the hand, but someone accustomed to a smaller handset may find the phone a litte slippery to hold.
  • When the phone was first announced, many found the design ugly. In my opinion, it’s most definitely not ugly, but it’s not the prettiest handset available either.
  • The 4.7-inch display is of the Super LCD variety, and does it look good. The HD resolution brings the pixels close, and the naked eye can’t distinguish them. There’s no PenTile to be found here, and everything just looks gorgeous.
  • Qualcomm’s S4 has been receiving a lot of hype as of late, and the EVO 4G LTE is a prime example. In my 4 hours of use, the device hasn’t stuttered once. Everything has been smooth as butter, and even the Galaxy Nexus couldn’t match this phone’s performance.
  • Sprint’s LTE network isn’t live yet, so I’ve had to deal with their slow 3G network. In the few speedtests I ran around town, I mostly got around 0.10Mbps down.  At one point I peaked at 1Mbps, but it appeared to be an anomaly. Until the LTE network is live, this is not a phone meant for data-centric features.
  • I snapped a few photos with the phone’s 8MP camera, and everything has looked fantastic. Check back soon for the full review, as I will post some sample shots.

These are just some initial impressions, but so far I’ve been very impressed with the phone. It feels sturdy, yet something I wouldn’t want to drop. I’ll be carrying the device with me all week, so check back for my full review.

Have any questions about the device? Feel free to tweet me @jlehto43 or leave it in the comments below.

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