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As many of you know, I have had my blackberry for 2.5 years. It’s the same phone and is completely trashed. I have been holding out for a better blackberry, or a more useful iPhone. I finally decided to get purchase a new phone and it is….

An HTC Evo.

I am sad I lost my keyboard and BBM. But that is ALL I’m sad about. I like it for its faster internet, larger screen, access to helpful apps, customizable, syncing contacts with facebook, excellent google maps accessibility, and more. I had several opportunities to race friends to search locations of bars, restaurants and googling facts last week while I was in Chicago and even though I stayed on the 3G network, it was still INSANELY faster than the iPhone. And the iPhone was INSANELY faster than any of the Blackberry’s.

I thought I would hate the keyboard. I actually like it a lot. I’m still getting used to it but am almost up to the same speed of writing emails as I was with the BB keyboard. I’m sure I’ll be faster than I was before within a month.

My only beef is the battery. I’m a heavy user and prefer to keep my music playing whenever I’m doing anything… and I tend to make a lot of calls, emails, and search read online when I’m commuting or walking to perform errands. The battery needs to be recharges a little more frequently than my BB did but at least it doesn’t just kill the calls at 10% without warning like the iPhone.

A friend told me “Well you have Sprint, Sprint sucks.” She’s clearly an idiot. Sprint charges me $105 per month for unlimited everything, I have not had ONE dropped call in the 2.5 years I’ve been with them (that I can remember). AT&T is great if you have an iPhone… otherwise why would you pay more for slower speeds with a company that was a former monopoly which continues to tie up a contract with “the coolest phone?”

A few key apps I love:
• Yelp. Perfect for NYC and was very helpful in Chicago.
• NY Times. I loved that I could access pages and pages of news while underground and on the plane
• NY Subway Map. It’s just helpful to have, you know?
• EasySleep. I have never had a more soothing train ride than when I rode the PATH and listened to “Pink Noise”
• Advanced Task Killer. This just makes sense if you own the Evo. Get it and save your battery.

So there you have it. Good job to everyone at HTC!

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Written by Michael Donovan

30/07/2010 at 12:28 am

Posted in Design

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