30-AUG Update: It's live on the store. Get em while they last!
Our Director of ECommerce just posted:
I wanted to follow up on my previous post regarding EVO. I manage the online store at sprint.com and I know many of you are starved for specific information on where you can get your hands on EVO. We continue to work closely with our partners at HTC to get more EVO devices as quickly as possible. On that note, I can share a bit of good news…while we continue to see inventory constraints, we expect to be able to make EVO available on sprint.com again for a limited period of time beginning early next week. Please spread the word and know that we are working to get our EVO online sales channel open completely in the future. Thanks for your patience.
The software update (1.47.651.1) for the HTC EVO 4G, that was temporarily suspended, is again available for download. HTC and Sprint have implemented changes that eliminate the issue that a small number of HTC EVO 4G customers experienced. Owners should not hesitate to accept the software update when prompted.
There are several differences between a feature phone and your new HTC EVO 4G phone that can impact your battery life.
" HTC EVO 4G has more radios to power (3G, 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS)
" HTC EVO 4G has a larger screen than most typical feature phones
" HTC EVO 4G has more capabilities than most typical feature phones
Management of multiple email accounts and syncing
WiFi access point
WiFi Router capability
Access to several 3rd party applications through the Market
Applications and Processes running in the background
These new capabilities all require more power than your previous feature phone. Because of all these new wonderful capabilities and features it is up to you to manage your battery life experience. Here's how!
The multiple radios on this device will use battery life even when you are not using them.
" To improve battery life, turn off your Bluetooth, GPS, 4G, WiFi, and WiFi Sprint Mobile Hotspot if you are not using them.
The 4G radio should only be turned ON when the improved network speed is required for an application, such as YouTube, Web Browsing, or Sprint Mobile Hotspot. When not in use, its important to use the built-in 4G widget (preloaded on Home tile left of center) to turn the 4G radio OFF.
If you have your 4G radio ON, but are no longer in 4G coverage then your device will be scanning in an attempt to re-acquire the 4G network.
Your battery can be significantly drained by the scanning processes, so if you know you will be out of 4G coverage for an extended period of time or if you are not acquiring a 4G signal as indicated in the task bar, it would be important to turn your 4G radio OFF.
As with other radios there are widgets you can place on your Home screen which allow you to turn your 4G radio ON and OFF.
Even when in 4G markets, particularly when mobile, you may be going in and out of 4G coverage. If you notice that you do not have a 4G signal at any point in time, then turning off the 4G radio will save you significant battery life. Simply turn it back on to check for 4G coverage when you believe to be back in 4G coverage.
Live Wallpaper uses significantly more battery than standard wallpapers when your screen is ON
" Ambient Light Sensor - controls backlight brightness based on your ambient lighting condition.
Settings -> Sound and Display -> Brightness
You can use your Power Control Widget to easily adjust your backlight intensity with a simple touch.
Tools to view battery usage
" Before you are ready to charge your phone you can view what has been using your battery during this charge cycle.
Settings -> About Phone -> Battery -> Battery use
Email Applications Settings
" Email settings allow you to setup peak and off-peak hours for email sync on each email account
Mail -> Menu -> More -> Settings -> Send & Receive -> Set Download Frequency
Mail -> Menu -> More -> Settings -> Send & Receive -> Schedule
Generally, less frequent syncing = Better battery life
Manual Sync allows you to receive emails only when you choose to
This can be optimal for battery life if you don't necessarily need emails as quickly as they arrive.
While in the email client, sync by selecting Menu -> Refresh.
Shorter polling frequencies (5 minute, 10 minute, 15 minute) can actually be worse for your battery life than As Items Arrive, especially if you do not have high volumes of email.
Bottom line, email synchronization settings can have significant impact to battery life and the ideal settings are going to vary by person. Try different configurations that achieve the best compromise between convenience and battery life.
There are several preloaded applications which update based on frequency settings. Here are a few of those applications:
These applications have a settings menu that typically can be accessed by using the Menu button while you are in the application. In the settings menu there is an item called Update Schedule
Menu -> Settings -> Update Schedule (this may slightly vary from App to App)
In General the less frequently you allow these applications to update the better battery life you can attain.
If you find that there are applications you don't use at all then for the best battery life experience configure the application to either not sync at all or to sync at the lowest frequency. You can also end the application or service by going to the Running Services Widget mentioned above.
As soon as you sign up for the Google Market or Gmail with your Gmail account information you are also signed in to the Google Talk instant messaging application.
The Talk application tracks the presence of your Google Talk contacts in order to let you know who is available to instant message. Each presence change uses a small amount of power even if you do not have the Talk application open.
If you have numerous contacts who are changing presence throughout the day all of these small impacts to your battery can add up to significantly shorten your battery life.
If you do not use Talk on your device or do not mind that it is only operational when you actually have the application open, then you can eliminate this extra battery consumption by:
Go to All Apps -> Talk -> Menu -> More -> Settings. Uncheck the "automatically sign in" box.
Make sure you exit the application by going to Menu -> More -> and selecting "Sign Out".
In order to again receive Instant Messages through the Talk application all you'll need to do is open the Talk application again and it will automatically sign you in.
Make sure you always exit the application by selecting "Sign Out" (above) to reduce battery consumption. Exiting the application by use of the back or home keys will not sign you out and battery life will not be improved.
3rd Party Applications
Be especially cautious with all 3rd party applications that you download from the market place. Often times these applications have not been designed with battery life in mind. Many of these applications significantly impact your battery life and quite often they remain running even when you exit the application. It's important for you to understand the behavior of all the applications you download.
Know how to close the application so that it does not continue running (often times via the Menu key while in the application)
Learn how to use the running services application (Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Running Services Widget) to end user installed applications that are still running but no longer needed
If the applications synchronize data, make sure you optimize the synchronization settings for improved battery life.
The HTC EVO 4G Qik application now has an update available for download in the Android Market. The update delivers the Video Chat functionality and an updated UI. This new version (3.51) replaces the current Qik application loaded on the device.
Some of you may experience an error message when taking pictures or trying to access the microSD card. Your EVO will display an error message that reads: "Unable to save file to SD card due to insufficient file permissions". This has been corrected in an over-the-air update available today (6/4/10).
Please go to Settings > System Updates > HTC software update. You will be prompted to download and install a system update. The download will occur in the background, but during installation the you won't be able to make phone calls or use the phone. The actual update will take approximately 5 minutes and will resolve the SD card issue.
Lets parents tuck their kids in while away on business through Mobile Video Chat,
Become an independent filmmaker with HD video capture,
Stay connected with up to eight devices with Mobile Hotspot capability And so much more with innovative features
History will be made across the nation today as anxious customers get their hands on America’s first 3G/4G wireless phone – HTC EVO 4G.
For the first time ever, U.S. customers can buy can buy a 3G/4G wireless phone – HTC EVO 4G – at Sprint Stores, online (www.sprint.com), through Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), Sprint business direct, as well as RadioShack, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. It’s only $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes not included) with a new line activation or eligible upgrade.
HTC EVO 4G brings capabilities U.S. wireless customers have never experienced before, including a new video chat service providing two-way voice and video capability included at no additional cost with the preloaded Qik app.1 Qik Video Chat allows you to experience events as they happen, even if you can’t be there. Attend a meeting across the country and feel like you are truly there, watch your child’s performance live on your mobile phone, or pick up a Qik Video Message from a friend who wants to share an exciting adventure. The Qik Video Chat app enables interactive, real-time sharing with almost anyone, whether the other party has Qik installed or not.
Innovative Features Beyond Compare
HTC EVO 4G features the increasingly popular Android platform, Android 2.1, offering more than 50,000 apps, as well as amind-blowing list of features, including:
·Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G or Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues
·Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles™ works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels
·Superfast 1GHzQualcomm®Snapdragon™ processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus
·Two cameras – 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera
·Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device
·Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook®, YouTube or Twitter™
·Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately)
·Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3-inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience
·A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go
·Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen
·Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views
HTC EVO 4G is this summer’s must-havewireless experience as itcontinues to win their accolades and endorsements.
HTC EVO 4G earned Best of Show awards when it was announced at CTIA this spring from:
HTCEVO 4G was recently recongized on MobileTechReview’s
Best Smartphones list
Best Touch Screen Phones list
After spending some time using HTC EVO 4G, the endorsements speak for themselves:
The Evo 4G packs practically everything a geek could dream of in a mobile device…. The Evo 4G richly deserves our Editors’ Choice award. It’s a no-brainer for Sprint customers, and a tempting choice for those on other carriers. – Laptop Magazine
Overall, the HTC Evo 4G is, hands-down, the best smartphone that Sprint has to offer and certainly ranks as one of the best Android phones on the market today. – CNET
It's so far ahead of other Sprint phones in so many ways, it's in a class that only contains the HTC Incredible, Google Nexus One, iPhone 3GS, and itself. The EVO is Sprint's "super phone," the ultimate handset for its network. – PC Magazine
And size, it matters. It's actually staggering how different the experience is of using a phone that has over 4 inches of display, diagonally, versus more conventional screens, which run closer to 3.5 inches. – Gizmodo
Put simply, its magnificent list of specs reads as though it was scribbled on a napkin after a merry band of gadget nerds got tipsy at the watering hole and started riffing about their idea of the ultimate mobile device… – Engadget
HTC EVO 4G users will have an assortment of accessories (sold separately) to select from beginning today:
Variety of stylish carry and protection solutions to protect the 4.3-inch screen
Range of hands free headsets·
Extensive selection of charging solutions so that they never run out of power whether at home, office or in the car
Sporting an Eco-Friendly Box
The innovation applied to HTC EVO 4G goes beyond the device and also applies to the eco-friendly packaging. Sprint designed the box and tray to align with its commitment to sustainability working with HTC to produce a superior environmental solution that also protects the phone.
HTC EVO 4G’s package is 100 percent recyclable and partially made from sugar cane, a highly renewable material that serves as a great alternative to plastic or foam. Sugar cane pulp is becoming a popular choice for sustainable packaging because of its reduced environmental impact as it is a renewable resource, decomposes relatively quickly in the waste stream, can be recycled in the conventional paper stream and its flexibility for an array of shapes and sizes of packages.Sprint has also significantly reduced in-box materials encouraging users to find details online and usedcertified soy inks and water-based coating on the sleeve.
Although HTC EVO 4G was developed prior to the development of Sprint’s green specifications for devices, it already meets several of Sprint’s eco-criteria:
RoHS compliance (the strict European Union standard for the restriction of hazardous substances)
Energy Star Level V qualified charger, use of a micro-USB connector for charging
Inclusion of a recycling envelopefor customers to easily recycle their previous phone model
Getting More for Less
In order to provide the best experience, HTC EVO 4G requires one of Sprint’s industry-leading Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. A $10 per month Premium Data add-on is required for all HTC EVO 4G users enabling aricher data experience than ever before on both 3G and 4G speeds.
HTC EVO 4G customers can pay just $69.99 for Sprint’s Everything Data 450 plan plus the $10 Premium Data add-on, totaling just $79.99 per month for unlimited Web, texting and calling on the Sprint Network with any mobile in America, as well as the most robust multimedia experience and fastest data speeds in wireless today. That’s a savings of $40 per month vs. Verizon’s 3G-only plan with unlimited talk, text and Web.
An optional charge of just $29.99 per month turns on HTC EVO 4G’s mobile hotspot connecting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital cameras, simultaneously at 4G speeds where available and at 3G speeds anywhere on the Sprint 3G network.
“With HTC EVO 4G’s advanced features, like video chat and 3G/4G capability, customers may find themselves using a lot more data, so a plan with unlimited use is key,” said Carrie MacGillivray,program manager at industry market research firm IDC.“Customers are looking for simplicity in their voice and data plans. Unlimited plans offer new EVO users the flexibility to use the device as they desire without any worry about exceeding a predetermined limit."
Let Sprint Help You Set Up Your HTC EVO 4G
Sprint is the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to personalize their HTC EVO 4G, set up features and demonstrate how it works before the customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time atwww.sprint.com/storelocator.
Blazing trails with Sprint 4G
Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service today in 33 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G3, giving HTC EVO 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.
As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Today, Sprint 4G covers 43 million people and expects to have up to 120 million people covered by the end of 2010.
Sprint currently offers 4G service in 33 markets:
Georgia– Atlanta, Milledgeville
Hawaii– Honolulu, Maui
Missouri– Kansas City
Nevada– Las Vegas
NorthCarolina – Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham)
Oregon– Portland, Salem
Pennsylvania– Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, York
Texas– Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft.Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls
With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of HTC EVO 4G for 30 days and if not completely satisfied, may return the device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.2
1A$4.99 per month subscription fee will apply for a new range of advanced premium features, including unlimited video archiving, downloads to computer, and Video Mail. As a special introductory offer, all Premium services will be free until July 15, 2010.
2Refund excludes usage not associated with the monthly service plan, premium content, third-party billing, international charges and associated taxes and Sprint surcharges.
3“Up to 10x faster” based on downloadspeed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps).Actual speeds may vary.Sprint 4G currently available in over 30 markets and counting, and on select devices. Seewww.sprint.com/4Gfor details.Not all services available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G unavailable.
The HTC Evo 4G Android phone has hit Slashdot - interesting discussion going on there about capabilities and functions along with debate about the Voice / Data channels for the phone:
Re:Voice? (Score:5, Informative) by ircmaxell (1117387) writes: on Wednesday March 24, @01:19PM (#31600112) Homepage Well, yes and no. Voice still goes out over CDMA. What this means to you though, is that when voice is using CDMA, EVDO can't operate (since it uses the same radio). However, it can still use WiMAX and 802.11... So you can use voice and data at the same time, but only if you're in the range of either WiMAX or 802.11... Cool, but not groundbreaking (yet).
Here are some early (and very impressive) quotes from respected industry sites about the HTC EVO:
"Sprint Evo 4G, now at the top of the Android mountain. Sheer domination. There's really no other way to describe it." - Androidcentral.com
"Sprint changed the landscape for Android devices by announcing the HTC EVO 4G, a handset whose specs make it the top handset, cross-platform, on the market today. The EVO 4G one-ups almost every other handset in the Android platform."
- Boy Genius Report
"Everything that relied on the 4G network, from pulling down Youtube videos to browsing, seemed to clip along at breakneck speeds. While it could very well be due to the fact that there aren't that many devices on Sprint's 4G network just yet, this thing was simply soaring.'
"The HTC EVO 4G is a monster of a smartphone, and having gone hands-on with it here at CTIA Wirless we've only just grazed the surface of its potential."
"HTC EVO 4G is Sprint's Android-powered knight in superphone armor. Everything that we saw was simply breathtking."
"Meet the new terrific. Sprint's first WiMax/4G phone is everything we hoped it would be. The HTC Evo combines the "perfect specimen" hardware of the Touch HD2, the Sense-on-Android smoothness of the Legend, and unprecedented download speeds. It's a beast."
"The Next Best Phone: HTC's Evo 4G Smokes the Competition."
- Popular Science
"HTC Evo 4G: America's First 4G Phone Is Also the New Android Champ ."