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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.

Well, AT&T has drawn first blood in the “unlimited” data usage wars.  They have started to slow down those they consider “heavy” data users.  FYI, some had used as little as 2.3 GB of data.  When users hit the arbitary target, they are slowed down for the remainder of their billing cycle to dial up speeds, making their “smart” phones useless.

Hey AT&T, talk to Netflix.  I am sure they can tell you how hard it is to win back customers after making an anti-customer business move.  Either upgrade your service lines to handle the traffic, or raise your prices.  Do not crush your customers who have paid for “unlimited” data plans with snail-pace service.  To heap insult to injury, when customers complain, they are told to switch to one of the “limited” data plans.  How in the heck is this an answer to the problem of unlimited service?  Tell the customer to do without or buy an even lower usage plan?

No one buys an iPhone or Galaxy class phone to use 2GB of data per month.  The entire point of a high-end smart phone is to have access to GPS, internet, streaming and other data heavy services.  Slamming a smartphone user with dial up speed service at 2GB is borderline fraud.  You basically have removed what the customer paid for.

Verizon just offers temporary slow downs based on the actual traffic in a given area.  When the lines clear, users are free to surf away.  This allows for peak usage slowdowns similar to cable and DSL internet usage.  Everyone knows there are peak periods just as there are rush hour traffic times.  If possible, customers avoid using the services during peak times.

If you want truly unlimited data service, Sprint is your only choice.  AT&T should consider if the stampede of customers leaving is worth it when placing restrictions on data usage.

Remember Netflix.

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.

Confused  about back to school supplies?  Check this article rounding up some of the latest trends in electronic school shopping.

In addition to all the items listed, HP Touchpad is selling at remarkable prices (tip; check with Best Buy first) and HTC has the new Flyer out which is also available on the Sprint network.

And remember, just because a student wants it, doesn’t mean it’s the best purchase for their educational needs.  Any questions, please post in comments, I will be happy to answer.

Well, here we are folks, now that the cell service providers have hooked us on all the fun and important things to be done on a phone other than talk, they want to limit us.  After years of pounding smartphones into our hands, cell service providers are crying “smartphone use is expensive”!  So, what you are saying is that the CFOs of these businesses did not run calculations and projections before pushing this product on the public.  Verizon is the latest to jump on the pay per use bandwagon for data with AT&T and T-Mobile.

Here is a great opportunity for Sprint to be the stand alone provider with a backbone to provide their customers with a clear and aggressive choice for service. They can also re-define themselves and create a completely separate and loyal customer base.  By keeping unlimited data plans and offering the iPhone, Sprint can re-capture some of it’s lost buzz as a premier provider.

The question is; will Sprint cave?  Only time will tell and they will surely attempt to make any change quietly so that they don’t get caught as one of the sheep, following placidly in the footsteps of the competition.

So, will Sprint make us proud?  Or, will once again, consumers bear the brunt of the shortsightedness of big business?

Well, it had to happen, Sprint is in negotiations to add the Apple iPhone to their line up of products. With the end of AT&Ts lock down of the iPhone, this was a foregone conclusion.  Sprint must keep up with the competition or die as a company.

This will be a boon to those Sprint customers who like Apple products but I don’t see it raising Sprint’s market share by much unless the following issues are addressed.

1. Sprint’s customer service must step up.  Poor support is not what Apple customers are used to or will tolerate.

2. Connection issues.  Verizon has done a better job of making the iPhone perform as a phone than AT&T did, but there are still some fixes needed.  Personally, I would never purchase a phone that did not perform the primary function at peak efficiency.

3. Product overload.  Sprint has a huge portfolio of smartphones now and should begin weeding out some of the lower end models.  Skip the mid range and concentrate on offering basic phones and high end models.  Use sales metrics and customer surveys to see which features are most wanted by Sprint customers.  You have a customer base, utilize it.