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So i wanna know is the evo actually worth it?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jersey221, Aug 12, 2010.


Is it worth paying the $200 and $10 extra monthly?

  1. Yes

    100 vote(s)
  2. No

    4 vote(s)
  1. novox77

    novox77 Leeeroy Jennnkinnns!

    The evo has 4 G's. Other phones only have 3.


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  2. Droidone

    Droidone Android Enthusiast

    Got my early upgrade moved up two months last night so I will be trying the epic and I already have the evo. Best ting to do is a real side by side...not one at the store because there is no comparison when it comes to coverage, gps and web browsing. The evo rocks even with a few issues with the new update. I really don't think the epic will replace it for me but I may sell the epic for a profit.
  3. jersey221

    jersey221 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    so i was trying to get one at sprint and they said the earliest i would get one would probably be in about 2 weeks.wow why cant they make them quick enough for the demand is it the screens or what?
  4. EasyEEE

    EasyEEE Android Enthusiast

    The reviews were written prior to or just after release.

    Since then, we've received 2 updates. 3 weeks after release and 2.2. The 3 week after release update fixed a lot of the battery issues. 2.2 added things, and even HTC added stuff on top of that.

    Even with the +$10, it's still cheaper than other comparable plans. The Epic will have the +$10 as well.
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  5. ThatNewAndroidGuy

    ThatNewAndroidGuy Android Enthusiast

    Honestly if you've waited this long and still debating if it's worth it, I would wait until around December when new, better specced(hardware) phones come out, although it wouldn't be too much of a difference. But I will say the Evo is a one of a kind phone itself, and I love it. What other phone has a kickstand? I also like the fact its mostly screen and not a large bezel(border), unlike iPhone and some other phones, such as the epic. Then again if your the type that needs a physical keyboard, go for it. I came from a Sprint Mogul, and was always the physical keyboard type, but having the 4.3 inch screen makes typing on the Evo a breeze. Just my 2
  6. aburgthing

    aburgthing Well-Known Member

    Amongst my friends and co-workers who took the plunge into the world of Android and specifically the Evo, I find an interesting dichotomy of user experience. In my opinion, the group breaks into two camps; those who are more tech oriented and those who are not. My experience with this phone is somewhat different and probably puts me square in the middle. I love technology and learning new things. Reading these forums and XDA forums one realizes there are truly some brilliant people out there who spend their own time delving into the intricacies of Android and manipulating it in ways that are really amazing. Yet there is another camp that just want “a phone” that worked like my Blackberry or iPhone. This phone is neither of those. It is an EVOlution of smartphones that blazes new trails in a new and what I consider exciting way. That being said, I am a distinct middle grounder. Have not yet rooted, waiting for a root for 2.2 and all the dust to settle. Because I too am new to Android, I didn’t want to screw it up and will just cautiously proceed until all the bugs are worked out and I figure out what is best for me. But that is what is amazing about Android. I ditched the Sense UI long ago and personalized my Evo to suit my needs. And it has not disappointed in any way. It does everything I want fast and flawlessly. FPS cap, and other flaws noted has not affected me in any way.
    Long story short, this phone is amazing and I know I have still only scratched the surface of it’s potential. If something is better I don’t know what it is. The learning curve can be as long or as short as you want it to be. You can take it out of the box and use it stock and be completely happy. You can go middle ground and use stock ROM no root but modify it’s UI, or go whole hog and modify everything and unlock it’s true potential. Now I ask, what could be better than that? IMHO it is worth every penny.
  7. JoshUng

    JoshUng Well-Known Member

    As a prior Sprint customer, yes it was worth it. You said you had a Hero, so I guess that means you're Sprint already too. I don't know if it's so worth it that I would have switched from another carrier that I liked.

    I got the Evo because my upgrade was due, and it was the best phone Sprint had. I can't honestly say I would have switched carriers just for this phone. I do really like it, but I can't say I like it more than I would have the Incredible or Nexus one, etc.
  8. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
    VIP Member

    This absolutely required an encore:

  9. AsItLies

    AsItLies Member

    Haven't you heard? It can turn into a god damn plane, grant you 3 wishes, create an Island and fockin fly u there?

    Isn't that enough?
  10. kingme23

    kingme23 Newbie

    Every 4G phone on Sprint from now on will come with the $10 premium, just to throw that out there.
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  11. novox77

    novox77 Leeeroy Jennnkinnns!

    This is just bad marketing strategy. If they had just presented 1 price to the customer, it wouldn't have looked like they were nickel & diming us, and we still would have thought it was a good deal.

    Currently, we feel it's a good deal, but we feel ripped off at the same time. Pretty boneheaded decision to separate out some nonsense fee.
  12. JoshUng

    JoshUng Well-Known Member

    This way they can raise rates without giving you the ability to leave your contract early. They can say what they want, but that's what they are doing.

    I'm not judging them, and odds are they are still cheaper than other carriers, but since the fee only affects people getting a phone, and therefore have to opt in, nobody can say "you changed our rates, I want to cancel without the etf"
  13. BenChase7

    BenChase7 Android Expert

    Yes, without a doubt. 200 dollars is on par with all other high end devices and 10 dollars 'extra' per month is still far less money than a comperable plan on VZW or ATT. If I had to do it over again.. I would pick Sprint and the EVO every time.

    Edit: Sent from my EVO 4G.
  14. broken1i

    broken1i Member

    I think the 10$ charge also applies to the epic. I actually conducted a survey among fifteen 6 year olds and thirteen said the evo was sexier.
  15. flyjbaker

    flyjbaker Android Expert

    Will you pay $10 for unlimited data????
  16. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    great.. your point??
    we should sell phones to six yr olds...
    or sexy is something 6 yr olds should be marketed with??

  17. SebastianX

    SebastianX Android Enthusiast

    Take the Evo for a test drive that's the only way you'll know if it's for you. Having been there done that MY opinion is that the Evo really isn't all it's made out to be but that's just my opinion, that phone could have been great if the phone wasn't locked at 30fps and they used something better than a Snapdragon/LCD combo.
  18. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
    VIP Member

    My counterpoint view is that rooting is the way to go - and while at present, the exploit for that isn't available for 2.2, if you get a phone with 2.1, root it, then upgrade it to 2.2 and a custom kernel of your choice.

    Even without overclocking or going nuts, I'm now at 50+ fps and my overall Quadrant benchmark score (1350 or better) is well above the original published value for the Droid X running 2.1 - and I think the Droid X is way decent hardware.

    The EVO with its _lowly_ Snapdragon processor is now at the point of hitting graphics records with a custom kernel and rom.

    The truth on processors is that Android was originally designed with lesser processors in mind and Google upped their own game with the OS when they released their own phone just to give developers some sort of standard for expectations for Android (the Google Nexus One uses the same Snapdragon processor with a radio-control difference only).

    The greater truth is that based on paper, many claim the Snapdragon is inferior to things like the Samsung Hummingbird or the TI OMAP processors. (Virtually every news blog I've seen is still publishing a key graphic metric for the Hummingbird that's in flat disagreement with what Samsung specifies for that chip and is highly exaggerated.)

    The greater-greater truth is that beginning with the Snapdragon, as far as I'm concerned, any phone using it or the other processors I've just named should be categorized not merely as smartphones but superphones - and _no one_ has nailed down the true capability of any of these processors.

    Here's a link to that record-setting performance chart - and a post or two later the colored sub-blocks are explained -


    FWIW, I'm regularly surpassing the published Nexus One value now - and I'm running Sense, just a custom kernel.

    I did not root to outdo the stock kernel or get to get a better benchmark - I carry a phone, not a benchmark - and a lot of people will say you shouldn't have to root to overcome these problems.


    I rooted to get the Sprint add-on software off of MY phone - because it's my phone, not Sprint's.

    And while I was in the neighborhood, I decided to upgrade the kernel.

    The big three processors you read about (that I've named above) are ALL already obsolete - by their own makers, and it's just a matter of time-to-market to see better.

    But as the linked graph shows, the EVO has enough horsepower to customize and enjoy for as long as you're likely to own it.

    I happen to like the EVO's LCD display - but it's nothing to write home about in strong sunlight. No phone I've seen allows full color adjustment and while various reviewers rave about one screen compared to another - the thing to do is to compare them to a calibrated or well-adjusted HDTV display: at that point, the differences all become kinda moot in my opinion.

    No phone is perfect - so go with your gut.

    I chose the EVO based strictly on gut instincts - they told me the phone was going to hyped and a little problematic being the newest thing out there at the time (Sprint/WiMAX) - and that was true.

    With a bit of finagling of settings and a few customizations - and a few updates, it now far surpasses every expectation that I never had originally but developed over the weeks I've owned mine (since 6/6 - I'm not one to wait in any line for any reason if I can help it ;) ).

    (edit and ps - Expect the other communities to also develop custom solutions to surpass the EVO's surpassing capabilities - leapfrog is the name of processor/custom-software game, and you know you've been watching that happen with desktops and laptops for years - same thing here.)
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  19. t1jordan

    t1jordan Android Enthusiast

    Honestly I didn't even read your post. The Evo is kick ass. Hands down. The screen size alone takes the cake. The speed of the Evo is really good. Oh yeah, did I say it makes phones calls too.
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The HTC EVO 4G release date was June 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 8MP camera, 512GB RAM, Snapdragon S1 processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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