The idea behind the HTC EVO Design 4G is to bring you quality specs at a value price. The EVO branding is known for high-end devices from Sprint but can it also conquer the mid-range as well?
Hardware & Design
The EVO Design 4G comes with a 4 inch Super LCD display with qHD resolution, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 5 megapixel LED Flash with 720p HD video capture, 1.2 GHz single core processor, 3G global roaming, 4G WiMax and 8 GB of pre-installed micro SD card storage. It’s specs that would be top of the line one year ago and now provides a solid mid-range option for most out there.
The processor is fast enough to keep it going smoothly, the display is great to look at especially with the qHD resolution and while the camera is only 5 megapixel its good enough for uploading to Facebook, Twitter and picture messages. The 720p video is also comes with good image and audio quality. You can check out the same pictures and video at the end of the review The overall hardware package here for the price is great.
Software & Usability
Like most HTC devices the EVO Design 4G runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sense UI on top of it. Not much here is different here in Sense UI that from what you have seen before. There are 7 home screens to choose from that are customizable. You can also use HTC Skins to completely change the look and feel of Sense UI. The Skins have preset widgets and wallpaper but you can customizes those as well. For apps you have your standard android apps, HTC apps such as Watch, Hub, Footprints Peep and pre-installed Sprint apps like NASCAR, Sprint Radio, Sprint Music and so on. None of these apps can be uninstalled. Call quality is decent with good audio quality when you keep the volume a few notches below max. Battery life is ok. It’s better than what you usually get with Android but not by much.
HTC and Sprint have put together a solid middle of the road option that gives a good value for the price it’s offered at. It would be nice if the camera was better but it’s not a deal breaker. If you’re not looking to break the bank but want a solid smartphone the EVO Design 4G is a great option.