The HTC EVO Shift jumps on the 4G bandwagon with its smaller and lighter design, slide out keyboard, 5 mega pixel camera, Android OS and lightning fast Internet speeds. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review the $100 smartphone on Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need to Know
- It’s a little bigger than most new smartphones, about twice as thick as the iPhone and just a little heavier.
- It has one of the best keyboards we've used.
- The keys are big, widely spaced, and have a definite click to them, which makes it easy to type on.
- It's also backlit, and even has lights that tell you when the function or shift keys have been pressed.
- The touch screen is responsive, and it pinches and zooms like a champ.
- We're also fans of HTC’s sense overlay; there's real-time updates of your info at a glance, so you don't have to waste time hunting through menus, and there's a lot of useful widgets.
- The EVO Shift actually has a slower processor than the original EVO; when comparing it to the original EVO, it seems to be able launch apps just as fast, which is pretty amazing.
- When comparing to other smartphones in general, it's able to keep up just fine.
- The camera's picture quality is pretty good.
- Indoor shots tended to blur a bit, but otherwise pictures were clear and detailed.
- It'll also record 720p video.
- $100 with a contract on Amazon Wireless.
- Sprint is still charging the extra $10 fee for 4G smartphone data, but the total monthly price is still competitive with other carriers.
- 4 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
- Even though its design is a little bulky, $100 is a great deal for a next-gen phone like this.
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