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HTC Evo V 4G FM Radio

To use the Evo V 4G built-in FM radio, you have to download an apk app file from Phandroid which you can find by Googling “Evo V 4G FM radio apk”. Creating an account may be necessary on Phandroid… Once you have the file from the site, install AndroZip from the Play Store. Run AndroZip, navigate to the Downloads folder on your Evo V 4G, press the file, and choose Install.

The radio will only work if you have earphones or a stereo 3.5mm patch cable plugged in as an antenna. Enjoy!

How iPhone ruined HTC

HTC is essentially an Android iPhone producer. They pay attention to style, but also get wrapped up in the negatives of trying to emulate the iPhone.

I once owned an HTC Wildfire S, and it was a beautiful phone, and the UI was really fantastic. I remember thinking to myself that it looked very refined and that I would be a happy user and be able to impress those around me. Well, how wrong I was. The battery lasted about two hours from full charge down to critical, which is one reason I don’t use iPhone… There is limited room for the battery.

Application memory was abysmal, and total RAM available after boot was a joke. This was back in the days of Android 2.3, when Google was gaining momentum but far behind Apple. In order to make an iPhone knockoff they skimped on components to achieve the form factor they needed.

More and more other manufacturers are trying to make a svelte phone while ignoring the fact that batteries just can’t be reduced in size any more than they are already, and this results in a high spec phone that needs a new battery after 3 to 4 hours. The battery testing most review websites use must factor in an assumption that we won’t use our phone half the time.

Kudos to Motorola for their MAXX line of phones, they are the only company who make a phone for a power user out of the box. So far, iPhone style makes for iPhone capability, even in the Android world.

A Quick Review of HTC Evo V 4G

The specs of this phone may be off putting to people used to contract phones but with a little work this phone can go from mediocre to grand. This phone can still be found on eBay and Amazon, though it has been removed from the VM Beyond Talk section of their website. Herein are a few select points about the phone.

The screen is, perhaps, the biggest plus the phone has, compared to most other offerings by VM. 4.3 inches means fewer mistypes than the Galaxy Victory. The 3D aspect of the phone is likely not to be used by anyone for an extended period of time, and it is a chore to manually upload your 3D pictures. However, YouTube will supposedly take 3D video from the phone, but perhaps not the format the phone outputs at first… so there IS potential usefulness to this feature, and perhaps a place online to store and view your 3D movies, if not without conversion. The file extension at least, is consistent with the YouTube documentation.

The single dimension photo taking has fair to decent pictures, and I at least find the photographs to make the grade to share on G+ and Facebook. Make sure to clean the lens before taking a photo thoroughly. Finally, on one occasion, 4 out of 5 pictures taken of a major weather event had been adjusted by the phone, but one remained consistent with the actual event, so be sure to take a few photos of individual subject matter in challenging lighting scenarios.

The worst thing about this phone is a near useless battery as shipped. I ended up buying an extended battery and while it has more heft now it is more than made up for by the general usefulness of the phone. I charge once a day now, if that, and can go up to 3 days if it stays idle, with a ton of background apps running. Again, you won’t have the slimmest phone, but you will have a more useful phone than your friend’s phones, and you simply don’t need to carry a charger everywhere you go.

Android 4.0 works a treat, the 32 Gigabytes of storage from the SD card I have makes it more useful for podcasts and listening to music than my 16 GB Nexus 7!, and there is a special treat to the Android version on the phone, it plays Flash! In practice this phone is more useful than many 4.1 and 4.2 phones precisely for this reason… out of the box, anyway. Also, 4.0 still allows you to store applications on the SD card, which is handy to say the least since on board storage is a potential problem with this device.

SenseUI 3.6 is a decent UI and doesn’t make itself much of a nuisance. Phone call quality is decent and dropped calls are usually due to the person I am talking to. 4G WiMax has decent speeds and available in quite a few markets, including mine. An odd aside, Sprint does not list my city of residence as having 4G WiMax, but it exists here nonetheless.

All in all a good phone with some style to boot. As of July 4th, it is still one of the better phones that can be used on the Virgin Mobile service, and as previous top of the line phone on Sprint, as the Evo 3D, there are plenty of accessories to be found. I am actually considering keeping this phone until they no longer make apps for 4.0, which I feel is unlikely to happen for some time. I thoroughly enjoy using this phone and it has been a good companion thus far.

If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments section.

 

UPDATE: I purchased an HTC EVO 4G LTE because I was so pleased with this phone, I thought I would pay for another HTC device. After that, likely an HTC One 32GB when the prices drop in about a year.

HTC EVO V 4G Virgin Mobile phone, $150 ( HTC EVO 3D)

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I am now the proud owner of an HTC Evo V 4G through Virgin Mobile. I manage to get 1 to 2 bars of 4g Service in my apartment , even though the coverage map shows no 4G in my town, which was a pleasant confirmation of my experience with my VM MiFi device. I half expected the phone not to register with the 4G coverage, and initially it didn’t, but once it received its service updates everything was fine and in working order.

The UI is amazing, I am not a fan of the pure Google UI since I really feel it lacks style. HTC I think manages to capture all the finesse of both worlds, and while not perfect , is a treat to use. The weather/clock widget is, I think, one of the major pluses of the phone, along with its other widgets. If I remember correctly this is Sense UI 3.6, so this is the heavy HTC experience… I find it to be very serviceable.

Battery life is terrible on this phone. I am going to upgrade to a double capacity battery, HTC phones seem to lack in this one area and I’m afraid to say it is going to make me think twice about buying HTC in the future (Ed: The new extra battery capacity of 3750 mAh is phenomenal). I love HTC style and technology, but really I can’t much use out of this phone unless it is fully charged. Other than this problem it is a great device overall.

4G service in my apartment reaches 5 Mbps down and a few hundred Kbps up, which is more than adequate for what I intend to use the phone for, but obviously WiMAX can do much better than this. I suppose Virgin Mobile simply doesn’t get the full speed of the network, which would make perfect sense given the small amount of money I pay for the service every month.

4.0 Android was very welcome since now I have Flash, which is missing from my Nexus 7 Chrome  browser. Hopefully soon websites will start coding and encoding for non flash enabled devices, it can’t come too soon. The day I can use my mobile devices on all of the same sites I can visit with my Windows PCs will be an ‘appy day…