The HTC EVO is Sprint's first 4G smartphone and offers super fast Internet access. I had the opportunity to access 4G service in NY, NY and Overland Park, KS. Using SpeedTest.net, I was getting 4mb download speeds with .5 up. That's fast!
- Gorgeous, 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen
- Great call quality
- HTC Sense user interface
- Wi-fi hotspot capability. This allows me to connect wi-fi-only devices to the hotspot (e.g. Apple iPad, laptop) and access the Internet. Integrating the capability into the smartphone reduces the number of devices I need to carry (e.g. I don't need a separate mi-fi device) and saves me money by reducing the number of data plans.
- Upgradeable, over the air, to Google Android 2.2. This is important to large, enterprise customers like IBM since the 2.2 release contains a number of enterprise security features
- The ability to install applications outside of the Android Marketplace (e.g. Lotus Traveler). At least one other carrier that I am aware of (AT&T) restricts this
- Supports Adobe Flash. Note: Apple iOS does not
- Battery life
- Google Android currently has limited options for VPN connectivity without jailbreaking. Note: this is an Android limitation and not a limitation of the HTC Evo
- Phone size and weight is at the upper limit for me in terms of comfort
In a related note, I will be presenting at IBM Lotusphere later this month on how IBM is leveraging smartphones and tablets to run its business. Details can be found in my previous blog post.