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First EVO 4G Review Hits The Web!
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Looking for a tasty little news snack before the big keynote at Google I/O tomorrow? Well, you’re in luck, because it appears that Walt Mossberg over at All Things D dropped his EVO 4G review tonight.

First EVO 4G Review Hits The Web!

The review’s fairly short…it’s almost more of a preview than a proper rundown, but I’m sure the usual suspects (Engadget, Gizmodo, MobileCrunch), will cover the device in greater detail in their reviews. Until those start popping up though, what can we glean from Mossberg’s?

  • It’s fast. Walt says the phone’s 4G capability ‘offers the highest consistent downstream data speeds I have ever seen on a cellular network.’
  • 4G use significantly reduces the battery life. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as we see a similar problem on 3G networks, but Mossberg notes the battery runs down ‘alarmingly fast’.
  • The phone’s massive screen, predictably, makes it a bit larger and bulkier than most

That’s pretty much all the review says. He mentions, in passing, the phone's other features, but avoids going into greater detail about his experiences with them. Instead, since the phone’s biggest claim to fame is the 4G capability, that’s what he focuses on.

While he enjoyed the speedy 4G access the phone provided, he also noted that he didn’t see anywhere near the Sprint’s advertised speeds:

Sprint claims that average users will see downstream data speeds of between 3 and 6 megabits per second on the EVO when 4G is in use. In my tests, in the heart of Baltimore’s popular Inner Harbor district, I averaged 3.4 mbps downstream over 4G, and just under 1 mbps upstream (the upstream speed is capped by Sprint at 1 mbps.) That downstream speed was double the EVO’s speed when using 3G, and the upstream speed was about triple.

In D.C., where the Sprint 4G network is still being completed and tuned, downstream streams varied widely, from under 1 mbps to a high of around 4 mbps.

The EVO was much faster than an iPhone using AT&T’s network, which in Baltimore never got to even 1 mbps downstream and in D.C. averaged about 1.8 mbps. Verizon’s new Droid Incredible, another HTC Android phone, did well in both cities, averaging about 2 mbps downstream, but that was still slower than the EVO.

Sprint explains I never saw anything close to its top claimed speed by pointing out that both cellular reception and test methods can vary greatly, and that my sample was small.

So, while he wasn’t seeing advertised speeds, 3.4 mbps down from a cellular network is still mighty fast.

I really would have liked to see more in-depth coverage of the phone's other features, so I’m really not sure why he chose to overlook those.

Not to start a flame war, but it’s been mentioned in the past that Mossberg leans more towards the Cult of Apple than most, and while I’m not saying that necessarily had anything to do with it, compare his review of the EVO 4G to his review of the iPhone 3GS. Notice anything?

Source: All Things D

Chris Dehghanpoor
Chris is an Android devotee based out of Houston, TX. He enjoys indie rock, general geekery and long walks on the beach. If you can't find him online, he's probably playing Plants VS Zombies.
  • Ron Amadeo

    *sigh* Walt Mossburg.. Good on you for keeping your iPhone Tourette's down to only 1 mention. (probably because it would crush the iPhone in a direct comparison, but still)

    The review is still insanely irrelevant. 13 of the 15 paragraphs are about the 4G data. I'm speechless. This man is just insane.

    4G is in something like 10 cities, It should be a footnote in the review; seeing how it will effect a very small percentage of readers. Theres a million things a sane person would mention before the 4G. Just off the top of my head, theres: The screen, general hardware quality, HTC Sense, the camera, HD out, etc etc.

    This was a modem review. I'd be ashamed to employ Mossburg as a technology pundit. It is amazing and shocking to me that this man allowed to post this drivel in a major publication.

  • Informed

    Please disregard the Mossberg review, he is so partial to Apple it’s ridiculous. Go over to Engadget, that is a great review. http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/19/htc-evo-4g-review/

  • Moana

    Why are we focusing only on the 4G technology. 95% of the people buying this phone won't have 4G for many months. Are we scared of diving into the other features? The article is irrelevant for most potential buyers.