First Impressions of the Evo

My previous phone was a Pre, I’m so happy to see it go. If you follow me on Twitter or have seen me with it any time over the last year, you know how much I hated that thing.

These are my first impressions of the Evo – the short version – I love it!

Battery life – I heard rumors of the battery issues & after experiencing a Pre & iPhone the first thing I did was tweak my settings. I took brightness off of auto and dimmed it further, I turned off Background Data (you have to turn this back on to access the App Store so remember to turn it back off).  I hit App Killer frequently. I also believe I rule my phone & not the other way around so all push notifications are turned off.  I haven’t had an issues with the battery life. I used it like crazy the first day and when the battery died I was not at all surprised.  We’ll see how it holds up during a “regular” day at work and at an upcoming conference.

Size – its big. But that’s good. The display is huge making the phone its self huge. I carry my phone in my purse or hand most of the time so the size isn’t an issue for me. I could see where it might be for a man who carries a phone in his pocket. It feels comfortable in my hand, solid and I can easily type with the small keyboard when I hold it vertically.

Display – LOVE it! Its huge. The keyboard is nice sized the quality of the images and video are great.

Interaction – I didn’t get any instruction on the phone, I just entered my Gmail info and went for it.  Things seem pretty intuitive.  I like the different scene options and the ability to add widgets and shortcuts as well as apps. I’ve spent a lot of time rearranging these :-)

Speed – this baby is lightning fast compared to the Pre. I hear Froyo is gonna be even faster, Evo is rumored to get the upgrade later this year

Power button – I’ve read some complaints that it doesn’t stick out enough.  This hasn’t been an issue for me. Maybe because I immediately put a silicon case on it and the case provides a larger button than the phone itself.

Navigation – the four buttons at the bottom are easy to use and I find navigation a breeze. Even when I mess up it is so fast to get back to where I was that it isn’t that big of deal.

Price – even with the $10 add-on required for the Evo I still pay less than I would for a comparable plan elsewhere.

Apps – love them! Really wish there was a Kindle app. I’ve been using Kindle Desktop for reading books lately and I’d love to be able to read  them on the phone. I hear one is coming. All the other apps I used regularly on the Pre are available and more.

Storage space - I know you can insert a larger SD card and people are excited about being able to save apps to the card with Froyo, but honestly space is not an issue for me. And I would say I’m closer to a power user than an average user.

Camera(s) – AWESOME the 8 megapixel camera on the back takes great pictures, even allows you to do black & white, sepia, negative, solarize, posterize and aqua. The front facing camera is great. I know its supposed to be for video conferencing but I’m happy just to be able to take pictures of myself easier :-) As far as the lens sticking on the back it totally does. I could see it being an issue if you don’t put a case on the phone. With the silicon case I bought it isn’t a problem.

4G – is not available in my area and I didn’t buy it for the 4G connection.

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6 comments for “First Impressions of the Evo

  1. June 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Bobbi – I can’t get the EVO until July 18 and it’s driving me crazy! I’m glad to hear that you like the features and the size of the phone. I finally got to look at one in person this past weekend. I love it! I’m glad to hear it’s still fast even without 4G because it isn’t in my neck of the woods yet either. Which case did you get for the EVO? I will want to buy one when I get the phone. Do you use a screen protector? Thanks!

    • June 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Judy – I got the silicon case in hot pink :-) and yes I put a screen protect on it, they have one that fits the Evo perfectly.

  2. June 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Are there any Apps you would recommend?

    • June 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      The main ones I’m using are Twidriod, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Gowalla, Jorte, Evernote, Dropbox, Barcode Scanner, USA today, NYTimes, News, Google Goggles, Layar, Shazam, FXcamera. I’m sure I’ll add more.

      Oh and Advanced Task Killer is a must.

  3. June 9, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    @librarianbyday Cool. Thanks for the #evo review.

  4. TechNTools
    June 10, 2010 at 1:33 am

    RT @librarianbyday: Still loving the Evo, forgot to charge it last night and it made it thru the whole day today – my review http://bit

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