My verdict: The HTC EVO 4G, when used on Sprint’s 4G network,
offers the highest consistent downstream data speeds I have ever
seen on a cellular network. It also has a number of other strong
features: a front-facing camera for video chatting, and the
ability to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot (for an extra fee of $30 a
month) that can simultaneously connect up to eight laptops or
other devices to the Internet.
However, the data speeds I got in my tests weren’t
spectacular, or anywhere close to the typical maximum Sprint
claims, even in Baltimore, where the company’s 4G network is
mature. And, when using 4G, the EVO’s battery runs down
alarmingly fast. In my tests, it didn’t last through a full
day with 4G turned on. The carrier, in fact, is thinking of
advising users to turn off the 4G network access when they
don’t think they need it, to save battery life. This undercuts
the whole idea of faster cellular speeds.