I honestly believe that the Evo is hands down the best smartphone on the market today. Yes, today
, not when it launched. It's not all about the phone. Here's a list of things that I think make the Evo the best choice aside from the actual phone features:
1) HTC's current commitment to excellence. They actually do care about the user experience, and they spend a lot of R&D trying to make their devices more friendly to use. They also have the best reputation for supporting their older models. Proof:
Android upgrades: Which manufacturers can you trust? - Computerworld Blogs
2) Sprint's current commitment to excellence. I've been a Sprint customer since 1999, and I've seen the company's ups and downs, but currently, they are getting it right. Their focus is on customer satisfaction, and while it's not perfect, it's trending in the right direction. Their infrastructure is excellent. Call quality is great. Rarely get dropped calls. Coverage is more than enough for my needs. Plans are unbeatable. Even with the silly $10 premium data charge, they are cheaper than other carriers and give you more usage.
3) The Evo was the last smartphone released to really push the boundaries of smartphone innovation. The iPhone4 was a total dud in terms of innovation. I'll give it props for aesthetic innovation, but I don't place much weight on looks. Technologically, it's not much better than the older iphones. The latest Droids on verizon are comparable to the Evo, but none are significantly better. And I deduct points for phones manufactured by Motorola. The Epic had potential, but it was plagued with GPS issues, and Samsung is ******ed when it comes to supporting their phones. The Evo Shift is like a Lite version of the Evo, not really a successor.
My Evo is far from obsolete, but when I look at the current smartphone offerings, there's nothing out there I would want to replace my Evo. Definitely looking forward to a direct Evo sequel, or a major OS upgrade like 2.3 and/or the new Sense UI.