The Droid Incredible Has Some Major Competition (It’s Called the Evo 4G)

June 1, 2010 at 12:24 am Leave a comment

So far, I think my HTC Incredible so far is an incredible phone except for one area (typing text).  Well, Sprint  has just rolled out a new phone that might be better than the HTC Incredible.

From the San Jose Mercury

Sprint and HTC on Friday will release what I consider to be the world’s best smartphone. They should enjoy that status while it lasts, because three days later Apple is likely to announce its next-generation iPhone.

I can only speculate about what Apple will unveil. But after carrying around Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G for the past week, I can say with certainty that it’s the best phone I’ve used to date — and that includes the current iPhone 3G.

The Evo 4G, which runs the Google Android operating system (version 2.1), features not one but two cameras — an 8-megapixel back-side camera for taking regular pictures and a front-side camera for video chat. The picture quality of that back-side camera is quite good and, as with other smartphones, once you take a picture, you can easily e-mail it to someone or post it on Facebook or other sites. I had the phone with me at the Maker Faire in San Mateo and had fun using the camera to update my Facebook page with photos throughout the day.

I’m writing this column from a hotel that charges $15 a night for Internet access, so I appreciate the phone’s ability to create its own wireless hot spot. When you configure that optional feature, you can use it to provide Internet service for up to eight devices.

At the moment, I’m using it with my laptop and iPad — both of which are getting online at about 900 kilobits per second. That’s pretty good, but the phone is capable of speedsup to 6 megabits, nearly seven times faster, when using Sprint’s fast 4G network.

Sprint currently offers 4G in Las Vegas, Baltimore, Portland, Ore., and several other markets. The company plans to roll it out in other areas, including the Bay Area, later this year. Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walter Mossberg tested his Evo 4G phone in Baltimore, where he experienced “the highest consistent downstream data speeds” he had ever seen on a cellular network. Sprint plans to charge an extra $30 for the service above whatever voice and data plan you already have. That’s about half the monthly cost that Sprint and other carriers charge to use stand-alone wireless adapters”

Spring 4G has not come to Los Angeles yet, but as reported by CNET, it will come out later next year.  Now, I somewhat regret getting the HTC Incredible but Verizon Wireless has proven track record of excellent customer service.  Since Verizon has proven track record, I decided to stay with Verizon than take my risk with Sprint.

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