If you’re into the EVO 4G but aren’t too crazy about its bleak black stylings, cheer up! Best Buy has apparently locked down the exclusive rights to a super fresh looking white version of the popular smartphone. According to Phone Arena, the people that scored the image you’re looking at, the white model is now available for pre-orders and is set to go on sale as of July 11th. Any takers?
Apart from scattered complaints that the glass display on the HTC EVO has a tendency to separate from the devices housing, word from xda-developers is that the EVO likely suffers from the same poorly grounded capacitive display issues on another popular HTC device, the Droid Incredible. What this means that is if an EVO with an improperly grounded display is placed on a flat surface, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to operate. But complete the connection by placing a finger on the side of the display and — voilà! — the issue goes away. We should be perfectly clear and say that not all devices suffer from this issue, but from what we’ve read it seems that this is a real problem that needs to be jointly addressed by HTC and Sprint. How is your EVO’s display functioning?
There’s no denying that the Droid X floodgates are wide open now. Over at the Android Forums some new photos of the device have emerged by way of user matrix2004. Far more fascinating than the typical leaked images, what makes these ones special is that the show off the X next to EVO 4G, iPhone 3G and Droid Eris giving us a good idea of its size. No surprises here, but it’s absolutely massive. Other things of note in the image are some of the custom widgets that come along with “Shadow BLUR“, the (thankfully) tasteful update to MOTOBLUR. Hit the jump to check out the X next to the Droid Eris.
You snooze, you lose. That’s exactly what thousands of EVO 4G hopefuls are learning today as the smartphone that smashed Sprint sales records has gone out of stock across the country. So what can we learn from all of this? While sitting outside a retailer in a lawn chair the night before sale looks absolutely ridiculous, at least it pretty much guarantees that you won’t have to deal with the heartbreak of it being out of stock after 200,000 of them are snapped up.
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One of our reliable Sprint sources just let us know that Sprint sold well over 200,000 units of the HTC EVO 4G.
It certainly seems that way. All across the interwebz, proud new EVO owners are saying they’re having a horrible time when it comes to Wi-Fi signal strength. Some users claim to only have 1 bar of signal regardless of their proximity to a router, while others say that you need only be a few feet from a router to have the signal bottom out. It is not clear whether or not the issue is hardware or software related, although it appears that transmission speeds via Wi-Fi are relatively good when in range of a router. We’ve reached out to Sprint for comment, but so far all we’ve been told is that they’ll have their team investigate the matter and get back to us. In the meantime, how has your EVO been fairing in the Wi-Fi department?
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Turns out the ages old adage that a cutting-edge product plus hype equates to big first day sales, as Sprint today announced that the Friday saw the HTC EVO 4G smash the carriers records for first day handset sales. Not only did it outsell the previous two record holders in the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct, but in its first 24 hours of availability Sprint sold three times more EVOs than Pres and Instincts in their first 72 hours of availability combined. Of course we wish that Sprint would reveal the actual numbers, but we’ll cut them some slack. They’re in for a pretty tough week. More →
Sprint seems to be having a great deal of difficulty dealing with all of the rabid EVO 4G fans. Throughout the day we’ve been getting scattered reports sporadic crashes of the activation system, but now we’re hearing that the entire thing has bit the dust and that lots of customers are being sent home with partially activated EVOs. What’s the situation where you are?
It’s been exactly 10 weeks and 3 days since it was announced at CES 2010, but it’s finally here: The HTC EVO 4G is now available nationwide from Sprint. In exchange for two years and two C-notes, Sprint reps will be more than happy to hand over the hottest phone of 2010 that isn’t at the center of a criminal investigation. Just keep in mind that you’ll be paying a $10 premium for data whether or not you have local 4G coverage. And yeah, we know the policy is lame, but at least it’s unlimited data, right? More →
Remember how jubilant we all were the first time the EVO 4G was successfully rooted? Well we’re not smiling anymore. According to Matt Mastracci, one of the men responsible for the first successful root, customizations made to the UI at the request of Sprint have made the phone an easy target to a “whole suite of vulnerabilities” which “are so bad that an Android application could get access to [a user’s personal] data with very little work.” As a temporary workaround, Mastracci suggests that EVO 4G owners root their device and is planning to release on Friday a “painless root” too dubbed unrevoked. Mastracci also said that if “Sprint gave users root access to their phone, he and the two hackers he is working with would “be sending these vulnerabilities straight to Sprint.” But until Sprint abandons its “anti-user approach”, Mastracci said he and his team would “hold the exploits close to our chest.”
With one day to go before it hits stores shelves, the much talked about root for the HTC EVO 4G has been released to the public. All of the files needed to get the job done, along with a detailed tutorial, have been posted to the xda-developers forum, and by all accounts this works pretty darn well. Anyone planning to bring a laptop when you go shopping for your EVO? Just imagine the nerd cred you’d get for rooting your phone while walking out of the store!
Last year, Sprint wasn’t doing itself any favors with its absolutely awful Palm Pre TV ad campaign, but this year’s hero phone — the HTC EVO 4G — has an ad that people will actually “get”. Sure, it might be a bit too DROID Does for some, and others will likely be reminded of those “we are all one” ads played frequently during the Olympics and World Cup, but for our money the ad is great. Check it out after the jump. More →
Slightly ahead of schedule, the folks at iFixit are back with another on of their famous teardowns, this time focusing on the HTC EVO 4G. Taking apart the Android Wunderkind proved to be a breeze, which is no doubt a good thing as it means any unfortunate soul that happens to damage their phone won’t have too hard of a time repairing it all by their self. There’s a whole wealth of photos and technical information about chipsets and industrial design that are sure to get your nerd juices a-flowin’, so hit up iFixit for the rest of the pics. More →