HTC's EVO 4G LTE goes on sale at Sprint retail stores on May 18th for $199.99.  I've had hands-on time with my unit since HTC's media event on Wednesday evening in New Orleans, and I'm pretty stoked about this Android powerhouse.  It's an exceptional Android device that's paired with some great improvements over the One line.

EVO 4G LTE is my favorite iteration out of the series because it takes a great feature set and makes it even better, with a 2,000 mAh battery, kickstand, and a physical camera button.  The kickstand is a nice feature, but the added battery capacity and physical camera button compliment two of the best features on this handset: the HD display and the exceptional camera.

Here's what I've discovered so far:

  • Along with the blazing dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and beautiful 4.7-inch HD display, EVO 4G LTE takes it a step further and offers a higher-capacity 2,000 mAh battery and a kickstand.  Weighing in at a relatively light 4.7 ounces, it's a beautiful device.  I love the industrial, flat display and metal accents (my least favorite feature about the One X is the curved display), though I'm not a huge fan of the two-toned look on the back.
  • The left side of the unit houses the microUSB charging port, while the right spine has the volume rocker.  Power button and 3.5mm headphone jack can be found on top, and the red kickstand is on the back.
  • EVO 4G LTE comes with Ice Cream Sandwich (that's Android 4.0) and HTC Sense 4, the newest iteration of the manufacturer's UI.  Throw out the preconceived notions of Sense based on past versions, because Sense 4 is a whole new animal.  The UI has been pared back and seems to compliment Ice Cream Sandwich far better.  The wild animations have been replaced with more toned down alternatives.  You're reading that right: no more crazy carousel animation when you flick between homescreens too hard.

  • The smartphone packs the same 8-megapixel shooter as the One X and One S, and it's equally impressive.  In fact, it's downright amazing.  Image quality is absolutely fantastic, rivaling the iPhone 4S and offering awesome features like burst mode.  You can also take still images while shooting video.  Other devices offer similar features, but the implementation and overall quality on the EVO 4G LTE are second-to-none.
  • Because of Sprint's odd 3G to WiMAX to LTE path, the EVO 4G LTE (and any of the LTE handsets, for that matter) could be an odd transition for many that live in WiMAX markets.  In my case, I essentially went from 3G to 4G (WiMAX) back to 3G before I get to return to 4G (LTE).  LTE is a better technology, but the idea of going taking a step back in technology to take a step forward is odd in 2012.  And I think it'll confuse consumers.

EVO 4G LTE has taken a formula that was already popular and added a few needed features to make it even better.  But at this point, I can't recommend the whole package due to Sprint's horrendous 3G network speeds in many metropolitan markets across the country.  Unfortunately, Sprint's 3G network is at the point of being unusable in many metro areas.  During traditional office hours, it has taken me as long as seven minutes to download an app and six minutes to send a tweet; unacceptable in any circumstance.

Since there's no real indication of where Network Vision will improve coverage (outside of a vague site that doesn't provide a great deal of information), it's challenging to predict when the issue will be resolved.  And there are markets that seem to be relatively unaffected.  When I was in San Diego for CTIA Enterprise & Applications last year, Sprint performed admirably.  But the fact is that Sprint is having serious issues in many metropolitan markets.  I can personally vouch for the sluggish speeds in Charlotte, Dallas, New Orleans, and Seattle, and there are multiple threads on the topic scattered about the Internet.  Expect Sprint's 4G LTE rollout to alleviate some of this, but until the nation is 100 percent covered, this will likely continue to be an issue.

Sprint offers an excellent value proposition, and I admire them as a company.  Their scrappiness is an admirable trait in today's almost-duopoly market, but they have to work quickly on their network issues.  At this point, I'm surprised more customers haven't voiced their frustration.

Outside of the network woes, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is an awesome Android handset, and given the $199.99 price, it's a smartphone I'd recommend to anyone looking for a high-end handset.  I'm struck with the sense that this is a near-perfect Android phone for right now; a great combination of features in a great package.  And it's $200, which is better than the $300 tier that the top two carriers have started to adopt with their high-end devices.  Just watch out for sluggish data.

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David Marshall
David Marshall could you please do a video of HTC Evo 4G LTE vs. Samsung Galaxy SIII? - for all us Sprint users out there!
Danial Mus
Danial Mus Absolutely One X . Sexiest phone ever
Dimitri Morgan
Dimitri Morgan I'm so confused about why so many pick the One X (AT&T) over the Evo 4g LTE. Correct me if I'm wrong but other than the looks which is a matter of personal opinion, It seems that the evo has literally everything the one x has and more.
Bill Mckee
Bill Mckee Titan 2
Logan Nally
Logan Nally @nickgreen. wut? there r no hoods on phones
Nicholas Green
Nicholas Green Rezound but I sold mine for DROID RAZR maxx the battery simply couldnt handle all the power under the hood.....
Aaron Mitchell
Aaron Mitchell None. They all blow...
Dane Davis
Dane Davis ONE X
Nic Gruwell
Nic Gruwell One x because unlike the evo, mine comes with a network.
Aqib A. Shah
Aqib A. Shah One X. Surprisingly, the AT&T version and not the GSM. That Quad-core didn't live up to the hype. ):
Spencer Craven
Spencer Craven One X
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. EVO LTE without a doubt. But I played with the Galaxy Nexus today and I love it. EVO is better spec wise but the GN software is just beautiful. This should be a no brainer but damn. Disicions...disicions.
Walter Manuel Bonilla
Walter Manuel Bonilla One S. Awesome
Steve Mallon
Steve Mallon My first HTC was the EVO4G. This has been the first phone that has made it the full 2 year term with no complaint and is still running strong. Looks like its going to be the 4GLTE for me and for once I am in no rush.
Felix Tran
Felix Tran HTC Sensation :D
Daniel Cuadrado
Daniel Cuadrado Titan II
Rick Conrad
Rick Conrad I don't get these posts from phone dog?? Like everyone has every HTC device sitting at home lol you guys get the phones for free to review, everyone in here has to buy 1 phone maybe 2 if you have the money to blow. How the hell would we know what HTC device is the best or favorite?
Ole Rubio
Ole Rubio One X,but for now,I love my xe:)
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago Ill stick to my gs2 epic touch. HTC phones battery life really sucks!!!
Eduardo Ordaz
Eduardo Ordaz One X.
Mark Fisher Jr.
Mark Fisher Jr. When are you going to the review video about the new Evo?
Ashwin Kannoth
Ashwin Kannoth HTC, hmm... the HTC GALAXY NEXUS HUR
Mahael Abdul-Qawi
Mahael Abdul-Qawi One S
Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams The Evo 4G LTE is the best looking one, as far as I'm concerned. However unfortunately for me, I'm still using last year's Amaze.
Dominique Ingram
Dominique Ingram Amaze 4g
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey There's all lackluster in my opinion. The One X would be my fav if I absolutely had to choose.
Oscar Alejandro Trujillo
Oscar Alejandro Trujillo Htc trophy
Mobi Techie Gonzalez
Mobi Techie Gonzalez Sorry I noticed this topic is about which HTC device is your favorite and I thought it said which device in general is your favorite? Sorry everyone! :)
Dalton Aeschlimann
Dalton Aeschlimann One X!
Shawn Harlow
Shawn Harlow I have an upgrade for Sprint and one for at&t ill probably wait for Sprint to anounce there LTE markets .the one x will be a done deal though. Next week.
Yaseen H Al Ghadeer
Yaseen H Al Ghadeer Using the one x and so far the best phone I had
Mobi Techie Gonzalez
Mobi Techie Gonzalez The... (Samsung Galaxy S 3) Hopefully it comes to T-mobile usa The spec's are equal to that of the (Htc One X) if not ever so slightly better!.. But once the Samsung Galaxy S 3 comes to T-mobile usa the spec's will most definitely be better than that of the htc 1 x or any phone out in the usa ...
Paul Alexandru
Paul Alexandru HTC ONE X
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski None, the battery life consistantly sucks. Ill stick to samsung.
Robert Salender
Robert Salender Who likes HTC? Probably Three Days Grace...
Steve Bergamo
Steve Bergamo One S and X
Bronson Chad Thomas
Bronson Chad Thomas Right now my EVO 3D! But It's the only one I've ever owned! LOL
Dan Bittner
Dan Bittner I have the one x and its by far the best HTC so far this year
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama HTC EVO 4G LTE, the original One X is a close second. I'm deciding if i should stay with Sprint or jump to ATT for the One X... I really want some LTE and don't feel like waiting for Sprint
Ahmad Abdel-Aziz
Ahmad Abdel-Aziz HTC One X - The international version off course
Nicholai Cascio
Nicholai Cascio Epic 4G Touch or HTC EVO 4G LTE?? I'm upgrading friday and don't know...
Bojan Sakotic
Bojan Sakotic ;)
Bojan Sakotic
Bojan Sakotic I have one x, with no doubt!
Mikael Soltaniha
Mikael Soltaniha HTC Diamond. A little outdated, but still the sexiest HTC. ;)
Fonzy Paniagua
Fonzy Paniagua Without a doubt, The One X
Kyle Adams
Kyle Adams Not sure, they aren't all out yet. It's only may ;)
Sean Brian
Sean Brian htc one x
George Takacs
George Takacs One X, hands down!
Steve Bachman
Steve Bachman It WOULD be the One X if they would bring it to Verizon! As of right now NONE!
Vice Radica
Vice Radica one x

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