If acronyms were awesome features, then the HTC Evo 4G LTE would be aptly named. The gorgeous Evo has everything you could want in a phone.
The first thing we really noticed about the phone was the gorgeous 4.7-inch display. At 1280 x 720p resolution, the screen looks absolutely gorgeous - a fact propounded upon with the HTC Sense UI 4.0 overlay, which gives Ice Cream Sandwich a sense of depth.
The phone can handle any number of animations without slowdown, due to its impressive 1GB of RAM and 1.5GHz S4 dual-core processor.
HTC Evo 4G LTE design
In typical Evo fashion, the Evo 4G LTE comes with a kickstand - but this one goes beyond a novelty design decision. Unlike the disastrously designed last Evo's kickstand - you can actually charge your phone while you prop your phone up - and even better - the Evo 4G LTE allows you to position your phone in any number of ways.
This might seem like a moot point if you don't see the utility in a kickstand, but it's really not. The spring-loaded kickstand is wonderfully useable and feels strong and actually pretty professional.
It also forms one of the HTC Evo 4G LTE's biggest design decisions - a red band that sweeps across the black frame of the phone and gives it a strong contrast.
The top half of the phone is a black plastic that allows for NFC payments, but it also smudges easily. If you can't tell from our photos, the top half was constantly smudged, while the bottom, which is made of industrial aluminum, is never smudged.
The top half can be popped off for easy access to the battery and a MicroSD slot, which allows the phone to be upgraded to 32GBs of internal storage.
The speaker on the bottom half of the phone is also one single slit, as opposed to other HTCs with dotted speakerphones. This increases volume and looks pretty slick.
What we didn't expect was just how thin and lightweight the Evo 4G LTE would feel in the hand. It feels absolutely fantastic.
We didn't have a chance to test out HD Voice today, but we'll go back later this week to give it a shot and report back to you.
As you may have read, the technology has been rolled out in select markets of Europe, but up until now hasn't been brought to the States.
HTC Evo 4G LTE camera
We wrote previously about the HTC Evo 4G LTE's awesome 8MP rear-facing camera (which is the same one as equipped on the HTC One X), but the camera's awesome features don't stop with its hardware.
One of the new Evo's coolest features is its camera software. You can take continuous photos by simply holding down the camera button. As soon as you lift your finger, you'll be presented with an option to choose the best photo. Doing so will delete the remaining photos. But what if you want to keep them all?
The HTC Evo 4G LTE has a great, brushed metal dedicated camera button.
Simply ignoring the prompt will allow you to keep all of the photos - and keep your photo library clean. The Evo knows which photos were taken in burst mode and will only display a single thumbnail for any group of photos captured in this manner.
HTC Evo 4G LTE release date
The HTC Evo 4G LTE is available for preorder, and it'll set you back $199 and a two-year contract with Sprint. but there's still no word on official release date. One HTC employee hinted that we might see an official release date sometime this week, so we'll let you know when we know.