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HTC EVO Shift Review

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January 4th, 2011

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The HTC EVO 4G on the Sprint network has been a hit for several reasons, but especially because it was the first cell phone to connect to the Internet at 4G speeds. Now the 4G lightning is striking HTC and Sprint again with the release of the HTC EVO Shift, which brings a slide-out keyboard to the HTC EVO family.

In addition to a slide-out keyboard, the EVO Shift differs from the EVO 4G by having a 3.6-inch screen – the EVO 4G’s screen is a massive 4.3-inch display. Both versions of the EVO run the Android 2.2 operating system.

Wirefly was able to get the EVO Shift to review, which you can view by clicking on the window to the right. The bottom line is that the HTC EVO Shift combines solid hardware with a fine display and the performance benefits of Android 2.2. If the EVO 4G was too big for you, or if you wanted a physical keyboard, the EVO Shift gives you smaller size and a physical keyboard in a well-engineered package.

The HTC EVO Shift on the Sprint network is now available for pre-order on Wirefly.

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8 Responses to “HTC EVO Shift Review”

  • Just left sprint for t-mobile. Can I get my evo shift unlocked and use it with the other carrier?

    • Lynn, the HTC EVO Shift can be unlocked, but it is incompatible with T-Mobile’s network. It can not be made to work on T-Mobile — for a start, the EVO Shift does not have a SIM slot, and T-Mobile requires the use of SIM cards.

      That’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope the information helps you plan for the swap.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Does anyone know if the Evo Shift can be used to make and receive calls outside of the U.S.? If not, is there a 4g smartphone out there that can?

    • Rod, Sprint does have some agreements and networks outside of the US. However, you should check with Sprint regarding coverage and costs. Depending where you go, the coverage may be minimal and the costs huge, so it always pays to check with the carrier (Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T) first. I have heard several horror stories about people charged $5 for texts and $3 per minute for voice calls.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • To Sam Love, try going to the Sprint Store and telling them your battery is suckish. They will give you a new one. same thing happened to me and got a new one that works great

  • Battery life is terrible. With minimal internet searches and only a few phone calls I get five hours. Doesn’t even get through the day.

  • In response to Taylor’s problem….

    If the keyboard sprung out it is a lot easier to break. But since it just simply slides it is less vulnerable with no spring action.

  • I have the evo shift and i have only one cpmplaint..the keyboard. It slides to slowly, it does not pop out like every other keyboard phone. other than that, its awsome

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