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    Htc EVO

    I think I finally found a phone that is worth replacing my iPhone. This thing is an absolute beast.

    Monster 4.3" screen, 8.0Mp HD camera/video camera, HDMI output...

    4G network - 10x's as fast as current 3G (granted, it isn't in Indy yet, but it will come)

    Crazy impressive phone.

    http://now.sprint.com/evo/?id9=SEM_MSN_C_Sprint_HTC

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    Here's a nice little comparison chart to the other 2 big boys of the Android world.

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/23/h...arted-field-o/

    Does anybody here have an Android phone? I've never really used one, but would love some honest feedback. I don't expect leaving the user-friendly iPhone OS to be an easy transition, but I'm hoping the Android OS has been developed enough now to be worthwhile.

    Feedback would be appreciated on the Sprint network, as well.

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    They've finally got phones that have everything. No more missing pieces.

    WiFi, GPS, 4G, Motion sensing, Touch screen, Micro SD, honestly I can't think of anything I'd want added. Not even pie in the sky stuff. What else is there?

    Probably get one for the wife and let her try it out first...

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    There are a couple of nice video links on this page, as well as the review below.

    HTC EVO 4G is Sprint's Android-powered knight in superphone armor, we go hands-on


    We've been rumoring a WiMAX "HTC Supersonic" for a while now, and Sprint just dropped the hard news: the phone will be dubbed the HTC EVO 4G, will be released this Summer and it's easily the best specced phone we've ever witnessed. The hardware is of quite obvious HD2 descent, but with Android onboard and some nice aesthetic tweaks, the EVO 4G takes on a life of its own. The handset is centered around a 480 x 800 4.3-inch TFT LCD, with a Snapdragon QSD8650 1GHz processor under the hood (the CDMA version of the QSD8250 in the HD2 and Nexus One), and even a helpful 1GB of built-in memory and 512MB of RAM -- hello app storage! Even the battery is bigger than the HD2, and the camera is an 8 megapixel monstrosity with flash, that's capable of 720p video, and is augmented by a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for good measure. The phone features HDMI out (though you'll need an adapter for turning it into a TV-familiar HDMI plug), 802.11b/g WiFi, and an 8GB microSD card. There's that still-rare Android 2.1 underneath an updated version of HTC's Sense UI. But... despite all these wild features, what actually sets the EVO 4G apart is the fact that it's Sprint's first 4G phone. The handset runs a combo of EV-DO Rev. A and WiMAX, with calls still being made over CDMA and the EV-DO / WiMAX options for data. Interestingly, it sounds like concurrent data and voice use might be possible for the first time on CDMA carrier in this way (killing AT&T's well-advertised differentiator), though Sprint says that's still in the testing phase. One other new feature is the Sprint hotspot app, another MiFi-style connection sharing number, which is obviously aided greatly by the WiMAX on board and can support up to eight concurrent users. Follow after the break for our hands-on impressions and videos of the phone in action, including an up-close-and-personal test of the touchscreen keyboard. Below you'll find galleries of the phone by its lonesome and up against the Nexus One and iPhone 3G.


    We got to play with the phone for an all-too-brief matter of minutes, but everything we saw was frankly breathtaking. The camera does seem to be indeed of a high quality (though we'll still be holding on to our compact shooter, thank you very much), the screen is naturally gorgeous, and the Sense UI was as responsive as we've seen it, and frankly delicious at this jumbo size. The capacitive face buttons are flat and almost a little difficult to see due the thin chrome icons, but the physical buttons (a volume rocker and a power button up top) are very large, tactile and friendly. Around back there's strong, chrome kick stand, and when you pop off the cover the battery is surrounded by beautiful "Ferrari red" plastic. The touchscreen keyboard is positively ginormous, though we're not sure we're feeling some of the recent things that have been crammed in there like huge cursor buttons and the voice recognition button -- just because you can fit stuff in there doesn't mean you should, and they look a little comical at this size. In our testing we weren't really able to get a feel for the browsing speed on WiMAX, but at this point we're primarily enthused that it's even an option, and obviously the theoretical speeds are far beyond 3G, with a bunch of new markets due to go online this year. Battery life is stated as "comparable."

    Our biggest questions at this point are availability and pricing. Sprint is keeping mum, just stating a "Summer" availability, and interestingly clarified that not only is it not announcing device pricing, but it's not announcing plan pricing yet either -- sounds like a 4G-on-a-phone surcharge could be somewhere in our future.


    http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/23/h...perphone-armo/

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    Another great video of the EVO in action:

    http://www.brighthand.com/default.as...G+WiMAX+Sprint

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gomer Simpson
    Does anybody here have an Android phone? I've never really used one, but would love some honest feedback. I don't expect leaving the user-friendly iPhone OS to be an easy transition, but I'm hoping the Android OS has been developed enough now to be worthwhile.

    Feedback would be appreciated on the Sprint network, as well.

    I have the HTC Sprint Hero which is a google phone. I LOVE IT. The reason I went with a droid from Sprint is that I get a 25% discount on my monthly bill and their pricing plan is good to begin with. There are very few places in Northern Indiana with the 3g network though and that sucks. The town I work in does have it and I can just use my wifi at home. Smartphones with built in wifi are incredibly cool. I love all of the apps I can download on my droid. But I've heard the iphones are even better with more apps.

    I have no info on the 4g stuff.
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    Think the new Garmin phone will be pretty cool and likely a better gps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ventman
    Think the new Garmin phone will be pretty cool and likely a better gps.
    http://gizmodo.com/5374720/garmin-nu...iew-do-not-buy
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    Wow, sounds like Garmin might have gotten in a little over their heads trying to develop a complex operating system. I imagine they took a look to the future and panicked a little bit. The reality is, their entire business model is based on software that, relatively speaking, isn't all that complex. If they can't break into the hardware business, their future is selling their navigation software for $5 at the App Store, Android Marketplace, and wherever you buy apps for Windows Mobile devices.

    The next generation of phones will have near laptop specs. The EVO could easily run a 3D virtual world style GPS, if somebody wanted to develop it. Since these phones are full fledged computers, you will have the option of downloading many varieties of GPS software, and can pick and choose what you like best. The old stand alone GPS units simply don't have that flexibility and will be practically extinct in the not too distant future, as a result.

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    I have one line that is out of contract July 3rd and one on August 5. One of those will be used to get the EVO.

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    Fancy - but can I run windows apps on there like my synched outlook, word, and lotus, like I do on my ol' htc mogul?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turn13 View Post
    Fancy - but can I run windows apps on there like my synched outlook, word, and lotus, like I do on my ol' htc mogul?
    I don't know, but since it is open source, I don't think there is anything to stop someone from writing apps that do those things. The negatives of Windows Mobile far outweigh any benefits, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turn13 View Post
    Fancy - but can I run windows apps on there like my synched outlook, word, and lotus, like I do on my ol' htc mogul?
    Hey, I've got a Mogul too (Verizon XV6800). Decent device, but significantly lacking in sex appeal (and some other useful functionality) compared to today's phones.

    I'm told that the new Android devices will sync with Exchange, etc. but I doubt you'd be able to run any Windows apps.

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    I can sync with Exchange on my iPhone, but I'm not sure that's the same as syncing with Outlook. If I delete an email from my Exchange account on my iPhone, it doesn't delete the email in Outlook.

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    Best Buy is taking pre-orders on these now. You have to put down a $50 deposit to reserve it, but they are making the $100 mail-in rebate an instant rebate. I reserved mine in Avon. The guy said he's already gotten more pre-orders for this phone than any other they carry.

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    The new killer iPhone is supposed to be out in June and rumor has it that a Verizon version will be out some time in July.

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    I am a 12 year sprint customer. I wonder how their 5GB/mo limit on data cards will play out as their phones are still unlimited. I had a 2007 era MotoQ and it and its Windows OS was still the best runner I have used in my limited smartphone era. My current blackberry is a sorry excuse, for even the Window OS 5.0. Unfortunately, due to my plan restrictions (my folks phones ), I am stuck with the BB as the only smartphone solution until my folks decide to emancipate themselves.

    Laugh at Windows OS for desktops, but if you want a good phone runner, it has worked like a top for me. Like Gomer, I am very interested in the new android HTC line for Sprint as my next phone. I wanted the PPC6800, but they slowdragged it long enough I had to bail for a working phone.

    Folks rag on Sprint, but they have been very good to me. Never had a dropped call. If you are in an urban area, you'll be fine. I have been cell only for a dozen years. Heck, 10 years ago when I signed on at TF when the IRL used to run ovals, I paid a local only phone bill just to have a dialup connection with no phone attached
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Wilke View Post
    The new killer iPhone is supposed to be out in June and rumor has it that a Verizon version will be out some time in July.
    Any news about an iPhone for Sprint? My Samsung Rant was killed by my recliner. I like the Samsung Reclaim enough I got for free, that I'll use the line expiring on July 3 to cancel a line and get me a new phone with the line expiring on August 5. Being able to get an iPhone on Sprint would be the only thing stopping me from getting the EVO.

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    As with everything, there is a catch... and it's a doozy.

    Mobile Broadband Connection Plan - 3G/4G

    Satisfy your need for speed with our superfast 4G connection in select cities. Outside of the 4G area, we’ve still got you covered with our nationwide 3G network. Check out 4G coverage and speeds.
    This plan includes


    • Unlimited 4G usage. Download mammoth files, watch streaming videos and video conferencing without the lag. More coverage locations coming soon!
    • Peak download speeds of over 10 Mbps and average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
    • 3G coverage nationwide: 5GB/mo. in total or 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming. Additional monthly usage over 5GB costs 5¢/MB. You may not use more than 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming. You can check your usage online anytime. Log into www.sprint.com/mysprint and click on usage details.
    • Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or amount of data transferred. See what you can do with 5GB or 300MB a month on a 3G connection plan.





    Basically, if you're not in a 4G area, you won't be able to use the data... So much for the hotspot. If you fire it up and go over 5GB a month (who won't) you're screwed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Wilke View Post
    The new killer iPhone is supposed to be out in June and rumor has it that a Verizon version will be out some time in July.
    A) Don't count on Verizon. at&t has an exlusivity contract with Apple through 2012. Is it possible there's an out in that contract?..sure, but again, don't count on it.

    B) Neither at&t or Verizon have the infrastructure in place to get 4G out to the mass market anytime soon.

    C) I'm not really sure I care that much anymore. I've had an iPhone for 3 years, and all 3 years my contract has been up. I haven't gotten anything better because there hasn't been anything better. I'm pretty satisfied now though that the Android OS has caught up sufficiently to make a change worthwhile. Would it be nice to have the new iPhone OS that will come with the new phone? Sure, but is it going to have a 4.3" screen? Is it going to have an 8 megapixel HD video camera? Is it going to have an HDMI output? Maybe, but I doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crispy View Post
    As with everything, there is a catch... and it's a doozy.

    Mobile Broadband Connection Plan - 3G/4G

    Satisfy your need for speed with our superfast 4G connection in select cities. Outside of the 4G area, we’ve still got you covered with our nationwide 3G network. Check out 4G coverage and speeds.
    This plan includes


    • Unlimited 4G usage. Download mammoth files, watch streaming videos and video conferencing without the lag. More coverage locations coming soon!
    • Peak download speeds of over 10 Mbps and average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
    • 3G coverage nationwide: 5GB/mo. in total or 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming. Additional monthly usage over 5GB costs 5¢/MB. You may not use more than 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming. You can check your usage online anytime. Log into www.sprint.com/mysprint and click on usage details.
    • Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or amount of data transferred. See what you can do with 5GB or 300MB a month on a 3G connection plan.





    Basically, if you're not in a 4G area, you won't be able to use the data... So much for the hotspot. If you fire it up and go over 5GB a month (who won't) you're screwed...
    It's all about picking your plan.

    Everything Data - with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM
    Introducing Any Mobile, Anytime, forget about restrictive calling circles. Our Everything Data plans give you unlimited data, messages and calls to any mobile, anytime while on the Sprint Network. That’s access to over 250 million U.S. mobile phones nationwide. Take advantage of unlimited Nationwide messaging, Web surfing, and nights and weekends with nights starting at 7 p.m. Learn more about how our $69.99 plan compares to the competition.

    This plan includes
    Any Mobile, Anytime: Unlimited domestic calls from the Sprint network to and from ANY U.S. mobile phone regardless of carrier. Any network, any time.
    Unlimited data: Web surfing, email, BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS), GPS Navigation, Sprint TV and Radio, NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM
    Unlimited Direct Connect: Direct Connect and Group Connect (for capable phones)
    Unlimited messaging: Text, pictures and video
    Talk: Night calling and weekends starting at 7 p.m., nationwide long distance and no roaming charges
    > Learn more about what's included in this plan
    The above plan is $69 a month for a single user.

    It is another $10 a month to have unlimited access to 4G, but even with that, Sprint's plan is still dramatically cheaper than Verizon or at&t.

    There is also an option to pay an extra $30 a month for the "wireless hotspot", which I will likely do when 4G becomes available in Indianapolis. With 4G transfer rates that average 3-6 Mbps and peak at 10, there really isn't much need for cable/dsl. $30 a month is cheaper than what cable/dsl offers, and you have the bonus of being able to tether 8 devices to your EVO wherever you go.

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    hmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by crispy View Post
    hmm
    The family version of the "Everything Data" plan is even cheaper, btw. $129 a month for 2 lines - 1500 minutes.



    edit - Here's a link discussing the 4G/hotspot plans: http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/12/s...une-4-for-199/

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    Just pulled the trigger x 3.

    My Best Buy had 10 pre-order sheets for the 10 phones they're getting. They had four left. Now they have one.

    $199 just too good.

    Edit: I just hope that the power connector is the same 5v USB connector that I have dozens of all over the house, office, car and travel computer bags and not some proprietary connector like Apple.
    Last edited by crispy; 05-15-2010 at 01:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crispy View Post
    Just pulled the trigger x 3.

    My Best Buy had 10 pre-order sheets for the 10 phones they're getting. They had four left. Now they have one.

    $199 just too good.
    Weird. The manager-guy of the cell area at the Avon BB told me he could order them according to how many pre-orders he got.

    As for the $199, it's worth if for the 8 megapixel camera and HD video camera alone.

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    That's funny. I never use the camera/video options of the phones I've had. That may change of course with an 8 megapixel.

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    I don't use mine much iphone camera much either, but I plan on retiring my Sony Cybershot on June 4'th.

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