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HTC Evo Shift 4G hands-on (photos)

AT CES 2011, CNET takes a close look at Sprint's new HTC Evo Shift 4G.

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The Evo Shift has a 3.6-inch display and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). You can populate the seven home screens with a variety of widgets.
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Slide up the phone to show the full physical keyboard. Four rows of keys mean that numbers share space with letters, but you'll also find a large space bar, a navigation toggle, and a fair number of shortcut keys.
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The main menu has an icon-based design. Below the screen are the four touch controls (home, search, back, and menu) that are common on most Android phones.
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By pinching your fingers on the display you can see all seven home screens at once.
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And on one screen you can add your favorite contacts and access the Evo Shift's connectivity features.
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The Evo Shift 4G also has a virtual keyboard, though we suspect most users will stick with the physical keys.
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The phone dialer interface features large buttons.
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The music player interface is attractive and user-friendly. You can flip among the various album art to find your track.
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Since it has a full keyboard, the Evo Shift 4G is a bit bulky. The volume rocker and Micro-USB port are on the left spine, and the power control and 3.5mm are up top.
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You'll find the camera lens and flash on the rear side. Unfortunately, the microSD slot is behind the battery.

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