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Now that 30 days have passed, I'm "at peace" with my Evo

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jeffeynboo, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. jeffeynboo

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    Sorry in advance for the long post.

    Ever since I got my Evo on launch day, I ran the gamut of emotions, both positive and negative that has been chronicled on these message boards.

    During the first week, the positives outweighed the negatives, but there was one negative that really put a damper on my enthusiasm, namely the abysmal battery life I was getting. After reading the tips on prolonging the battery life, along with purchasing a car charger, I was able to (barely) make it the whole day (~11 hours) with the Evo dying on me before I got home.

    The next week, Steve Jobs announces/demos the iPhone 4. With the introduction of the Retina Display, a bigger battery, a "better" antenna and the fact that my family has a Mac, iPod Touch and iPad, the pendulum swung towards checking out the new iPhone. Had they been available when I tried to preorder, I would have. After reading the issues have been reported, and how poorly Apple is addressing them, being shut out may have been a blessing.

    With the iPhone unavailable and having more time to play with my Evo, I got to appreciate the Android OS and its openness vs. the Apple OS. Android is defintely not as polished as IOS, but it has come a long way, and it will only get better, I assume, with Froyo.

    I was back to leaning towards keeping my Evo, but there was one physical issue I had with it; the infamous light leakage. It was not that noticeable at first but got progressively worse. I had called Best Buys a few times during the month checking to see if they had any in stock only to keep getting the same answer of "no". Last Saturday (day 30), I decided to call one more time and to my surprise, the Best Buy I originally purchased my evo from had 3 available. I drove over, went through the exchange process and verified that my 0003 hardware version has no light leaking through! I downloaded the update and put it through its paces on the 4th and was very happy to make it through the day with 26% battery life left!

    I now have an Evo with no light leakage (I hope it stays that way), and much better battery life. And now that the 30 day return policy has lapsed, I can finally enjoy my phone and not obsess over whether or not I should return it and wait for the Droid X, the iPhone 4, or any of the Samsung offerings... at least until early next year when more "latest and greatest" phones are announced for release next Sping/Summer. Then the obsessing and anticipation starts all over again. One big plus for me to stay with Sprint: I love being a Premier Customer so that I don't have to wait two years to upgrade. With the pace of these phones with more bells and whistles being released, upgrading once a year seems long enough as it is!
     

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    Amen! Fortunately the latest OTA update fixed the only issue i had with my rev 0002 hardware; the grounding issue. I too am very happy after my first 30 days.
     
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    Other than the shit video/camera quality, I love mine.
     
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    Before I had my Hero and then bought the Evo, I had a Blackberry and a Palm Treo before that...the picture and video quality is so much better than the devices I used to have.
     
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    Ok, well my iphone 3G takes better photos/video, so it was a bit surprising that this device wasn't at least on par with that.
     
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    Same here. I was actually messing with my Sprint Mogul last night, I upped the frame rate to 25 FPS, and upped the bit-rate, but couldn't get the bit rate to stick. It was a little choppy, but quality wasn't actually that bad lol. 2MP camera :D
     
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    This...
     
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    jeffeynboo, glad to hear your battery is treating you well! Do you mind describing what's your typical device usage is and recap what steps you took to improve your battery life? Thanks!
     
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    I've got a launch day 0002 Evo with light leak and no other issues. I'm very happy with it!
     
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    I was aways at peace with mine.
     
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    I couldn't disagree more with people saying the camera is shit. It is no Nokia but it is the best camera phone I have ever owned. Beats my old 3GS IMO for sure.
     
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    i"m only married to it for a year then its off to bigger greater things so I didn't really care in the first place, unless i couldn't make calls. But I do like mine.
     
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    Ya I have NO idea what people complain about... They expect $900 SLR camera quality from a cell phone.. :shrug:

    The camera and video quality are just fine for a phone...
     
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    sad to hear that the OP had such a bad experience. the best buy launch day evo 002 nova screen'ed EVO i use takes pretty good video and images.

    here i just snapped this photo at home depot just today to show the lady at the store.

    [​IMG]



    she was about to move to ATT and get the iphony. she didnt want to renew her sprint contract (she stated she was with sprint since 2003). after i gave her a brief demo on the evo she was amazed and said she plans to get this phone.

    ive been at peace since 10:37am Friday June 4th... *sigh*..... :)
     
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    Since I brought up the camera quality in this thread. Please show me where I said anything about expecting SLR quality photos. Maybe you should read my post again. This time, slowly.
     
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    I"m looking forward to the 30 day mark. You just explained exactly how I feel. Minus the iPhone part (never wanted one).
     
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    most of us aren't expecting camera quality to be compared to that of a $900 camera, but it doesn't even compare to a $200 digital camera :\ like I said on one of my posts, I don't really mind (that much) the video quality, but the sound quality is horrible, horrible, horrible.
     
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    I love my EVO... Im so glad is paired with Sprint too. IMO the Everything Data 450 is the best plan on the market. The EVO is the first cell phone I havent had second thoughts on. :)
     
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    Maybe I got a different lens, because mine takes great quality images and videos...

    No complaints whatsoever here... Love everything about the EVO...
     
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    Thats on par with what I am seeing for image quality... Who can complain about that????
     
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    yeah cause your evo happens to be different to the rest, take videos and post it, with sound. Pictures are good, videos aren't that good, audio is horrible.
     
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    Why on earth would I go to all that trouble because a few will NEVER be happy with anything?

    Some will and do find anything and everything to complain about... Enjoy the device, if you don't like it's feature set, return it for something that makes you happy...

    Life's to short...
     
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    thought so ;)

    Evo:
    [​IMG]

    (to be fair though, the lighting was horrible in this pic, and the evo does horrible in low lighting)

    Digi Cam (costs less than $200)
    [​IMG]

    it's okay to love a device, but it's not good to just completely forget all the problems it has and think it's a perfect device, the evo clearly has some camera issues (mainly video, but still). I'm enjoying my device, but I'm also aware of the problems it has, and if it's not addressed and is forgotten then who is to say that HTC won't pull another bullshit like this? I know HTC won't fix the evo, obviously, but that doesn't mean I''m going to just keep quiet. And yes i'm going to keep my evo, and no I don't think the phone is flawless.
     
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    Wow just wow.... I don't know if I should feel sorry for you or laugh over the fact that you get yourself so wound up over a phone...

    Enjoy it or bring it back and get something that will lower your blood pressure...

    :shrug:
     
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    lol, and I haven't seen anyone so far in lala land. To each his own I guess =]
     
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