September 21, 2014

CTIA First Impressions: HTC EVO

HTC Evo next to the Cliq XT

I had a chance to sit down yesterday and spend a few minutes playing with the latest handset from HTC.  Previously touted as the Supersonic, the phone had rather lofty expectations to live up to.  Would it deliver? Like you need to ask.

Right off the bat, my first impression was that the phone had a substantial weight to it.  Although not too heavy, it feels like you have a quality phone in your hand.  I was told that the form factor we played with is not final nor was the OS build. I can’t imagine it changing too much as we looked as some accessories that appeared like finished designs as well.  The dock you see in the pictures will have HDMI output.

We watched a few movie trailers play in HD on both the EVO as well as on an 85-inch television via HDMI connection.  Stunning.  At 4.3-inches, I could easily see myself catching up on some television shows or movies.

We couldn’t test out the camera due to the lighting conditions but did sneak a peek at some pictures that were already on the phone.  At 8 megapixels, this handset features the best Android camera on the market (next to the Xperia X10).

Pairing up 4G with a front-facing camera just opens up the door to all kinds of possibilities.  I can’t wait to see what developers can do with this technology and how it advances Android.

Dock with HDMI output

The EVO works as a 4G hotspot for up to 8 handsets which just baffles the mind.  It’s hard to fathom replacing my home internet connection but that’s exactly what might happen.

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