HTC Evo View 4G (Import US)
We managed to snag ourselves a HTC Evo View 4G on import. Read our review to find out more about this all American Tablet PC.
By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012
Amazingly fast 4G connection
Very portable 7.0 tablet
Great HTC sense software
Durable construction. Very sturdy
Awful microphone when using skype
Poor audio from speakers
Not running the latest version of Android
Magic pen may not come included
The Evo View’s audio quality is almost at the practical-joke-level of bad.
Newly released last September, the HTC Evo View is, in many respects, the new kid on the Tablet PC block. Lets see how it handles itself against the market’s heavy hitters by taking a look at what’s good and what’s not so good about it...
Actually, as it turns out, the HTC Evo is very similar inside to the HTC Flyer. Both have 32 GB hard drives, a whole Gigabyte of RAM and a 1.5 GHz processor. These are all fantastic specs, and they ensure that the Evo View will run as effectively as it predecessor, if not more so.
As with all Tablet PCs, storage space must be considered, and it is important to note that a Tablet PC is not an effective replacement for a desktop, so, whilst the Evo has less memory than some of the larger iPods, its function is entirely different. There is no point loading up any Tablet, even the Evo, with too many files.
At 196mm x 112mm x 13mm, the Evo View is small, and it is perfectly portable at a lightweight 425 g. This (along with HTC’s trademark long battery life) makes the Evo an ideal commuter’s Tablet.
Like the HTC Flyer, the Evo View runs Android 2.3.3, by far the most popular Tablet PC OS.
This review was first written in February of 2012, when the Evo View was a bit too pricey, these days, however, the price has dropped considerably and the Evo View can now be considered pretty good value for money.
Similarly to the Evo’s distant cousin, the Flyer, this Tablet boasts a truly exceptional display screen, at 7 inches across and with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution; the Evo can assure you that whatever you watch on its screen will look great. A terrific display is to be expected from the makers of the Flyer, however, so lets have a look at how the Evo differs from its famous cousin.
The HTC Evo View has also made massive improvements to the Flyer’s camera, which was always the Flyer’s low point, so, although not equipped with the best camera on the market, the Evo can at least compete.
In addition to this, the Evo’s 4G is absolutely lightning fast, connecting extremely easily and with no problems whatsoever. The inclusion of HTC sense software (another innovation which works wonderfully on the Evo) is yet more evidence that HTC have taken on board complaints against the Flyer and dedicated every effort towards assuaging them.
Of course, even the Evo View isn’t perfect.
The Evo View is small, and it is perfectly portable at a lightweight 425 g. This (along with HTC’s trademark long battery life) makes the Evo an ideal commuter’s Tablet.
It seems that HTC may have closed a door (by fixing the bad camera quality of the Flyer) only to go out and leave a window open when it came to the audio. The Evo View’s audio quality is almost at the practical-joke-level of bad, while the microphone would be better if you bought a second hand karaoke machine on eBay and hooked that up instead. Such poor audio performance on an otherwise exceptional machine such as this is a blunder that will no doubt hurt the Evo’s sales in the months to come, though it may lead to a drop in price.
What Other Users Say
Upon its release, the response to the Evo View was generally positive. The best review I found online was posted on Engadget.com and was written by Dana Wollman. Despite being a popular choice, I have to admit that I cannot find this Tablet on Amazon any more. Either I’m missing it or it just isn’t there. However, it can be purchased from any number of other sites.
The Evo View is one of the best Tablet PCs on the market right now. HTC are certainly market leaders when it comes to the designing and manufacturing of Tablet PCs, but the nagging problems (bad camera on the Flyer, bad sound on the Evo) seem like enormous pitfalls when offset against the asking price of either machine.
The Evo is a faster Tablet that the Flyer, it runs more smoothly and connects to the Internet far more effectively, but away from all that, it is essentially the same machine. With the Flyer mercifully dropping down in price since the release of the Evo View, it seems timely to suggest looking into one of those instead if you’re looking to save a few pounds.
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