When it comes to features the HTC EVO 4G has got everything. For a start there is the support for the new network standard 4G. This is limited in terms of availability right now so if you don’t live in the right place it probably won’t make a difference to you. Going forward it’s going to make movie downloads far faster and web surfing speeds will be vastly improved. You can even use the HTC EVO as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices. This means you can share the data connection with up to 8 other devices, so as long as you have your phone you can get online with your laptop. Check out our HTC EVO Tethering Guide for more on that.
The HTC EVO also supports 3G, CDMA 800/1900MHz, EVDO Rev A, Wi-Fi (802.11b, g or n) and Bluetooth 2.1 so there are no problems with connectivity. The phone is lightning fast for web surfing and you can set up email or access social networking accounts with ease.
It is powered by the 1GHz Snapdragon processor and you’ve got 1GB ROM (358MB free) and 512MB of RAM. It also comes with an 8GB microSD card which is fitted underneath the battery. You can upgrade to a 32GB card maximum.
The phone supports GPS and A-GPS and it has a Digital Compass. You’ll find that Google Maps comes pre-installed and it should cater for all your navigation needs.
For entertainment the HTC EVO can handle various audio and video formats and it has a built in FM radio. The rear speaker and kickstand make it ideal for watching movies and you can always plug in headphones or use a Bluetooth headset.
The 8 megapixel auto-focus camera offers an improvement over the 5 megapixel version in the HTC Desire, but even with the dual LED flash it is tough to get great pictures every time. Any motion in the subject is going to result in blurry results and since there’s no quick camera access you’re going to struggle to capture spontaneous moments before they pass. The front facing 1.3 megapixel camera should be ideal for video calls but this is still relatively new tech, so few people use it (that will change over the next couple of years though).
For video recording you can capture HD footage at 720p and the HDMI out port allows you to plug it straight into your HDTV to watch the results. You can select MPEG 4 or H.264 output but it doesn’t look great and certainly doesn’t match the standard of a stand alone HD camcorder. Still, for a phone, this is impressive.
Since the HTC EVO is an Android phone you’ll find tons of great apps and games at the Android Market.