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Over 2 months after the HTC EVO 4G became available to Sprint customers nationwide, HTC has finally made available its official EVO 4G "car upgrade kit." What does it include? When you open the box, you'll find the actual phone "dock" which uses the EVO's micro-USB port to provide power to the phone, as well as the windshield-mountable platform/base. You'll probably also find a lengthy warranty and instruction document of some sort (sorry if we spoiled the surprise).

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Take note, no car charger or USB cable is included with this "kit" - they must be purchased separately. There are some additional issues to weigh before you purchase the car dock as well:

  • The phone's rear camera is blocked by the dock (dock blocked, if you will)
  • The USB connector is not capable of data transfer (will not work with your car's UBS stereo)
  • The SD card is inaccessible while the phone is docked (no SD apps, pictures, or music)
  • The "Car Home" app currently only displays in portrait mode

Given these issues, this may be the most disappointing "Car Upgrade Kit" ever released. Still, it holds your phone and (if you buy a charger) charges it while you're on the road. Something to be said for that I suppose.

Source: GoodAndEvo via Engadget

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Donato Orlando

    Download custom car home and your landscape issues are fixed. Plus you get the options to customize all the apps you want, and it has some great auto enable bluetooth and auto disable wifi options.

  • Jakub Glodek

    dock blocked...muahahahaha

  • http://www.ICTDroids.com Mike

    Another thing to add to the downsides list:

    Doesn't work with any case whatsoever. Boo HTC! Expected better of you.

    Wonder why SD content is blocked... Music in the car from my phone via Bluetooth is the only real reason I don't just leave the phone in my pocket.

  • Robert

    Looks pretty cool... I don't know why people expect it to work with a case? Do you know how many different types and styles of cases there are out there? The Seidio car dock will only work with the Seidio case and not the Active shock one.. Just the basic one. If you want it to work with a case you probably need a cheap and cheesy looking generic mount instead.

    Don't know why they would block the SD card.. I have Sirius radio in my car so I doubt I would use the EVO much once in the dock but I could see setting up play list and playing your own music through the EVO.

    No charging cable is another weird thing to leave off.. Specially for $60... The whole purpose (at least for me) to have the car dock/kit is to replace my Garmin and charge the phone while I travel....

  • http://charlieandmichelle.com Charlie W.

    "The SD card is inaccessible while the phone is docked (no SD apps, pictures, or music)"

    This can't be right... maybe the reviewer had his phone set to auto-mount the SD card on USB connect or something?

    Don't a lot of programs, namely Google Navigation, cache data to SD? Wouldn't this make them useless?

  • Hank

    Sounds like almost $60 of FAIL.

  • au0614

    You can acccess the SD slot. just exit out of the navigation panel.

  • tim045

    If you can't access the SD slot while docked that would mean the dock is usb enabled... right?

  • Rob

    This is a complete fail. I went with the SEIDIO dock and it works fine. I think it was about $10 cheaper too over at Amazon. The SEIDIO dock supports the stock battery/cover as well as the extended 3500 mAh battery and cover sold by SEIDIO for the EVO 4G. I can't believe that HTC took THIS LONG to offer a car dock, that, um, isn't even capable of charging your phone without an additional purchase. NEXT.