I've looked around quite a bit and can't understand why this phone isn't more popular. Sure it's not necessarily a phone for developers and it's not winning the 3D or HD awards, but I think it's a great phone. The radios work great, WIFI is always good, The screen isn't SUPER Amoled, but it's a brilliant display overall.
I came from Blackberry (the dumbest smartphone ever) to HTC because of the original HTC Hero. I wanted one of those so bad but wasn't going to pay $500.00 for it. I found this phone at a discount through my employer and gobbled it up. Noone seems to hate the phone or to have had any real issues with it, they just don't regard it at all.
The only issues I've had are with apps downloaded from the market. I've tried 6 different battery saving apps and only one has actually made the battery last longer (Juice Defender, but you have to leave it on the basic default settings for it to work right). I have also had issues with clock widgets/apps. They all seem to suck ass. My only other issue is with the media/music widgets/apps (can't seem to find any that will sort the media correctly or display album covers consistently or that just look the part of a good widget).
I like my EVO Design and I don't think I'll pine for anything else for a long time.
It's a really good handheld.