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First Look: HTC EVO View 4G (Sprint)

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First Look: HTC EVO View 4G (Sprint)

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The HTC EVO View 4G gives Android fans a fast, midsize tablet with a unique digital pen, but it is overshadowed by larger, equally affordable competitors running Google's tablet-optimized Honeycomb operating system.

Hey! I'm Donald Bell and today we're taking a first look at the HTC Evo View 4G. This is a 7-inch tablet running Android 2.3 and running on a Sprint's 4G network. It's going to set you back 399 dollars plus a 2-year commitment to a data plan which starts at 34.99 a month. But if tablet contracts give you the heebie jeebies, there's a Wi-Fi only version that sells for 499 dollars called the HTC Flyer. Either way, I think the price is a little stiff for an Android tablet that's not running Google's latest Honeycomb tablet OS. The Evo View is more or less just like a super-sized HTC Android smartphone and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Personally, I like the way HTC skins Android with their own interface and this 3D design style but I don't love it enough to pay this much, especially when most of the interests these days are with 10-inch tablets that are running Google's Honeycomb. The thing that really does make this tablet special is the Magic Pen or the HTC Scribe Pen. Usually as stylist as a [unk] but the tablet is using a cheap resistant screen but this one is different. You don't need the pen to use the tablet and in fact you can't even use this pen for navigation. It's really just here for taking notes and signing documents which might sound dull but the whole thing is very well thought out and includes integration with Evernote, to store your notes online. For a limited time, Sprint is bundling this pen with the tablet. But if you want to replace it, it still gonna cost you 80 dollars. So, expect that you probably will lose it because the round design here has a tendency to roll off tables. So, that's the Evo View 4G from HTC and Sprint. Now, with all the great 10-inch Honeycomb tablets out there for under-500 dollars, it's tough to justify the cost. But, if you have your minds set on a 7-inch tablet and the pen technology in a 4G wireless speed somewhat something you really use, the Evo View 4G could be the perfect fit. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell.

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