The HTC EVO 4G has hit Sprint stores today. It runs Android 2.1 with HTC Sense on a 1Ghz processor. It has a 4.3-inch touch screen and two cameras: a 8-megapixel with flash on the back, and a 1.3-megapixel on the front.
Frills include a kickstand to prop up screen while watching videos and HDMI output for viewing content on a larger HD screen. It also can be a mobile hotspot and use Sprint's 4G network speeds, where available. (It's not available in Florida yet, but you can read this previous post to see what South Florida cities will get it later this year.)
The EVO's large screen leaves you breathless, and it's a breeze to keep up to date with the world with the HTC Sense user interface tools, like Friend Stream. Having two cameras gives you more ways to get creative with taking photos and videos. And if you like watching videos on travel, the kickstand would come in handy.
As much as I adore the EVO, it wasn't perfect. It could be that I got a defective model to test, but I experienced a few crashes (aka force closes) for no clear reason while having e-mail or the browser open. And there was a glitch in viewing my photos that was only fixed by restarting my phone.
I couldn't test the 4G because the 4G network isn't yet available in my area. But other reviews have said turning on the 4G tends to drain the battery. (It can be turned off and switch to 3G to conserve juice.)
Also, the camera's autofocus is mediocre, as well as the audio recorder.
The bottom line: It's a gorgeous phone, and it's got more frills than I really would need (like the kickstand and HDMI output). When comparing it to its close cousin, the HTC Incredible on Verizon, the extra camera, mobile hotspot and cheaper Sprint bill make it no brainer -- the EVO is the best choice. (That is, when it's not experiencing a glitch.)