Sprint 4G HTC EVO started selling Friday

Posted By on June 5, 2010

I’ve had my Palm Pre about a year now and have been pretty satisfied with the webOS smartphone. Unfortunately the news coming from the acquiring company, HP, isn’t a confidence builder android-evo-pre-5so it’s time to ponder the options …  still most likely a year away. The buzz at Sprint is the higher data speed from its expanding 4G service and the HTC EVO device hitting the market this past Friday. I expect it will be a big seller in that the “phone” (if you can still call it that) has a superb display, high performance processor and maturing Android operating system. This is the first major WiMAX phone and it will test the public’s tolerance at bigger sized phones, with higher carrier data costs and a shortened battery life (the Palm Pre is bad enough).

According to the PreCentral forums, especially this thread, “a sizable number of Pre owners are going to make the switch.” A photo comparison in their blog also highlights the difference between a smallish Palm Pre and the new HTC EVO smartphone (comparison photo above). For someone like me who prefers carrying their phone in a pocket, I’d be having  second thoughts if I was switching to the EVO.

Speaking of second thoughts, I was with my brother this past weekend and found myself pondering a smaller cellphone bill and while doing less with a phone. I actually enjoy checking out his LG Lotus; it was really a nice QWERTY flip phone and now that the newer Elite model is available (image below), it might be a decent phone to step back from the do-all smartphones that are “all the rage” today. Frankly having a clamshell phone that fits comfortably in a pocket, does text messaging and emails along with some social networking… and has both a decent camera and video makes some sense. Sure I’d miss the synchronization with Google Contacts and Calendar, but a lower monthly bill and better battery life would be appreciated. I might just consider going back to a more basic phone and “pad” or netbook instead of and all in one smartphone? But as a friend who just order the EVO tweeted a day before placing his order, “I’m very cell phone bipolar!”

LG-Lotus-Elite

Comments

  • Re: bipolar. When the time came, I figured I’d spent so many years developing the graphics that went into many of the Android phones and the Palm Pixie, I should finally break down and own one. Besides the Sprint rebates, my employer gives me an annual reimbursement if I buy a CDMA phone.

    If I hadn’t been here http://flic.kr/p/6vV7Re and had some up front cost reimbursement, I might have gone the Lotus route as well.

  • Roger of WC

    Scott and Rich,

    I’ve been thinking about upgrading my phone to an Android device. I’ll probably say with my current packaged carrier but have been interested in a smartphone. Do you recommend on of these HTC devices and if so which one would I pick if I wanted to stay with Cincinnati Bell.

  • Well Scott definitely has a good reason to opt for the EVO! If I were involved on the development side and had a “reimbursement” for the company, I’d opt for one too.

    As for Roger, I’m not sure I’m the right person to share advice. A good friend love CinciBell because he doesn’t have a contract and finds their Blackberry support excellent. As for Android phones, I’d personally wait a bit unless you really liked the HTC Google Nexus One phone and have a few dollars to burn.
    http://is.gd/cDXnp
    If you are really serious, two of my son’s friends have internships and are actively developing corporate sales leads this summer for Cincinnati Bell and I could put you in touch with them???

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