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Techsnoop had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the HTC EVO 4G LTE recently.  The reviews don’t do this phone justice.

It can be argued that the original EVO kicked off the serious smartphone wars.  This phone was worthy competition that put Android on the playing field as a great OS.  Yahoo lists this as one of the best smartphones to buy and it truly is.

Weight; the new EVO is incredibly thin and light, but has a larger screen than the original.  This alone makes it worth changing if, like me, you still have the older model.  It is also very thin, but still feels like it will hold up over time.  Some of the recent thin smartphones seem like they will break if you hold them too tight.

Screen; the screen resolution is so crisp, you feel like you can walk into the picture.  The HTC Sense UI is intuitive and easy to use.  Navigation is speedy and multi-tasking is the whole point of this interface.

Camera; the 8MP camera on the original EVO spoiled me for all others.  The new EVO does not disappoint here.  An 8MP camera that takes HD video and allows rapid fire photo taking while in video mode is a game-changer.  This model also has built in photo filters that allow you to change angles without adding a lens.

Overall, all the things you loved about the original EVO are here on steroids.  Take a look from the Sprint launch event.  And of course, all this comes in an unlimited data package available only from Sprint.

HTC One XIf you follow Techsnoop, you know how I’ve been whining about the lack of upgrade to the HTC EVO. The EVO was a phone that brought Android into head-to-head competition with the iPhone.  Size and features combined to create a great tech tool.  Lately Samsung has been swamping the market with great smartphones.  Well, HTC has apparently not been taking this sitting down.  Enter the HTC One X (working name).

I love large screen phones and great cameras.  If this is you, then check out the new HTC One X/Jet coming to Sprint (around June, 2012).  It has a 4.7-inch screen, 1280-by-720 Super LCD 2 screen, 1080p HD video, and the most important for me, an 8 megapixel camera.  Sorry, 5 megapixels doesn’t do it for me anymore.  For you musicphiles, the One X sports Beats Audio.  Other goodies; 16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM and a blazing fast dual core processor which has been compared favorably to current quad core processors.

To give it even more punch, HTC has added a feature that lets you stream video and other content wirelessly to your TV.  The TV dongle plug in is sold separately.  This takes couch potato multi-tasking to a whole new level.

The form factor is “candy bar” or the long, semi-square familiar shape we are accustomed to in smartphones.  The interface is touch screen with HTC Sense for improved response and of course, Ice Cream Sandwich is the OS.  Techlicious says that the camera will offer “an estimated 0.7-second shot time and a 0.2-second autofocus — and a F/2.0 lens that HTC says captures 40% more light than other smartphone cameras”.  PC Mag calls it “Android’s hero product of the year”.  And Laptop Mag has labeled it “Best Smartphone”.

The HTC One X is a worthy successor to the EVO.  Now, I have the unfortunate choice between the Samsung Note and the HTC One X, providing Sprint adds the Note to its lineup in time.  Fortunately, Samsung has added a Galaxy Note 10.1 inch tablet to its lineup, so I may just opt for both.  Gratefully accepting donations to the cause.

HTC EVOTechsnoop has been so patient.  Waiting for the EVO to get it’s dual-core upgrade.  It’s all I could think about.  I never considered switching to another brand when I upgrade.  Fortunately, I still have plenty of time before my upgrade since HTC decided for some unfathomable reason to upgrade the EVO but downgrade its camera.  Um, Hello.  HTC redefined the concept of a camera phone.  The 8mp camera in the EVO created camera envy in phones all over the world.  My EVO pics consistently outshine even 12mp digital camera pics.

So why in the world would Sprint and HTC consider offering an EVO with a 5mp camera?  Didn’t they learn from the EVO 3D?  The camera is one of the reasons this phone is not a better seller.  People tell me all the time this is a dealbreaker for them in considering the 3D.  The smartphone market is highly competitive and there are more models out than can realistically be supported.  To be profitable, companies had better begin ditching some models.

HTC, please ditch the EVO 3D and the EVO Design.  They are not worthy of your brand, and a waste of good component materials.  You created the Amaze for T-Mobile with 8mp, the Rezound for Verizon has 8mp and the Vivid for AT&T has 8mp.  Loyal HTC and Sprint customers deserve 8mp and all the features of a dual-core EVO.

Here’s hoping this was just a blip, and HTC and Sprint have a better EVO coming out for us soon.

phonesSmartphones are almost taking over the mobile marketplace. The versatility more than makes up for the battery life trade off, and newer phones are gaining in this area too.

In addition, the warehouse of apps available for these devices makes them even more useful as all around tools. There are apps for shopping lists, making your phone into a scanner, games, music and even a remote control.

If cost is a concern, check out this article from CNN Money comparing costs of some popular models.  The real cost of a smartphone is in the use – how much do you use the majority of the features. If you only talk and text, these phones are not for you.  But as someone who is a power user, I can state that you get very comfortable having all that convenience at your fingertips.  I can update my blogs, take and edit photos and send tweets from my phone, read digital magazines and books and still have enough battery life for lengthy conversations and some text messaging.  Oh, and I can never be lost with my built in GPS.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Droid Bionic and wished for an update to Gingerbread on the EVO.  A couple of days ago my wish was answered and an update was downloaded to my phone.  This type of service extends the useful life of a smartphone and makes it a better investment than models which cannot be updated.

So, make your wish list of features and get to the nearest mobile provider or go on the web to Amazon or Wirefly to compare prices.
And if a large screen is as important to you as it is to me, check out the HTC EVO. Or, slightly smaller screen but with a keyboard, the HTC EVO Shift.

I’m interested in the experiences of people with other types of smartphones such as the Droid, iPhone (any model) and Samsung models.  Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts.

As posted here previously, I love my HTC EVO.  This is arguably one of the 5 best phones ever released.  However, I am quite exhausted with the sporadic service from Sprint.

For the past two months or so, many services I use have had a high “fail out” rate. Sometimes they work fine, sometimes they work poorly, and sometimes they didn’t work at all.

I at first thought my phone might be having problems.  But after talking to some other Sprint users, I found there was a high incidence of issues from call dropping to non-working features.  So, I contacted Sprint customer service to see what could be done.  The rep was very nice and had me run some firmware updates on my phone.  She then began to explain that some of the services I was trying to use were only available for 4G.  I then told her I had been using these services on 3G just fine until recently.  She was unable to explain this and referred me to go into a repair center.

Prior to going to the repair center, I did some digging around and found out that Sprint is currently converting some cell towers in the area from 3G to 4G.  The work is causing some connectivity issues and bandwith narrowing.  It should be resolved within the month.

Now, I’m all for updating equipment, especially since it will provide me with a feature I have been paying for nearly a year without having the actual feature.  However, why couldn’t Sprint simply announced the coming changes and apologized in advance for any inconveniences?  A little upfront transparency can go a long way in customer satisfaction.

Instead, like so many companies, Sprint choose the ostrich method.  Stick your head in the sand and hope most people won’t notice the issues.

Come on, Sprint, don’t go back to your previous last place in customer satisfaction.  Your customer policies are what put you behind your competition. After all, your phones and packages are very highly rated.  Make the 4G leap of customer care and put yourself ahead of the pack.

OK, I took the plunge and bought the HTC EVO cell phone. I absolutely love it even without having gone through all the tutorials yet. The screen size and resolution make this phone. If you are tired of squinting at your tiny screen, consider this phone.
But what do you need from a cell phone? Make a list of the answers to this question before you go into a store to look for a phone. There are so many new models, you can get overwhelmed. Do some web research also. There are currently web reviews for all the major new phones (droid, EVO, Epic, and of course, iPhone 4)
The HTC EVO is hands down, the best phone I have used. But it is not for casual users. The phone requires study and tutoring to optimize and use properly. Not an investment for talkers and texters. But if your phone is your lifeline or business tool of choice, strongly consider the EVO. I have happily learned to live with a virtual keyboard as the price of a crisp, clear screen, excellent signal for talking, uploading and web surfing. And the photos! Yeeha, retire your digital camera, you can leave it at home. 8 megapixels with zoom rocks and it is easy to use the touchscreen icons. If you don’t like a photo, the trashcan is handy to delete and move on.
Although the phone is larger than most, it can still fit comfortably in your hand. As for the battery life issue, it only took me three days to optimize my phone to get a full day’s use on one charge including talking, texting and photos. BUT if you are taking a lot of pictures or watching videos, get a back up battery or take a mobile charger.
Bottom line; on a desert island, I want electricity and my EVO.