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First Look: HTC Evo Design 4G (Sprint)

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First Look: HTC Evo Design 4G (Sprint)

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Roll up a great design, the Android Gingerbread interface, and solid features, then slap on a price tag you can feel good about, and you have the HTC Evo Design 4G.

Hey, everyone. I'm Jessica Dolcourt with CNET taking a First Look at the HTC Evo Design 4G. This is a new phone for Sprint. If you're already familiar with the other members of the HTC Evo family, this one looks really, really similar but it is a little bit smaller. Still, it's not that small because it has a 4-inch WVGA screen with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution. As usual, HTC does a really beautiful job making the hardware feel very high end. It's got this brushed black metal along the sides and here on the back. It also has a soft touch rubber finish on the back as well. So, it's definitely got this understated elegance. And in hand, it's got about the right weight too so it definitely feels like a premium phone. It's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0. And I'm a huge fan of this custom UI because it is smart. It's graphically rich. It has a lot of convenience with the pull-down menus and with the lockscreen. It's also in the app tray. And wallpapers and there are some additional HTC apps that you can download as well. HTC Sense even makes an appearance in the camera applet some of the editing tools. Overall, I think that HTC does a really fantastic job enhancing Android and it shows on this phone. Okay, so on to the cameras. There is a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. This phone takes pretty good photos as well. It also records in 720p HD video. Now this is not a dual-core device, but it does run off of a single-core 1.2 gigahertz processor. I have no complaints with the speed here. For other speeds, it is a 4G phone so it's running off of Sprint's WiMax network. One of the interesting things that you can't see just by looking is that there's actually a dual mode on here. There is a CDMA and GSM chip that makes it a world phone so you will be able to take it outside of the country and slip in a GSM SIM card. So overall, this phone has really solid quality. It's a great value. There's not Ice Cream Sandwich on it, of course, but it should eventually be upgradeable. So if you really need something right now on Sprint, this is an absolute steal. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET and this has been your First Look at the HTC Evo Design 4G.

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