115 of 120 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Cell Phone I Have Ever Owned
I upgraded to the EVO 4G Shift about 2 weeks ago from my Blackberry 8330 Curve. I was a loyal Blackberry user for several years and was concerned about upgrading to an Android phone. I wanted a bigger screen, a faster processor, and 4G internet speed. I almost bought the EVO, but considered it too big and expensive, plus I wanted a physical keyboard. So I was excited...
Published on February 22, 2011 by T. Soptick
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ARGHHHHHH!!!!
I have had the shift for just under a year now (Since Jan) and I first started getting problems after about 3 months. Let me list everything that has gone wrong in order;
1. All the silver letters on the back of the phone had fallen off by the 3rd month
2. A few of the clasps (I guess you would call them) on the battery cover snapped off and the cover is loose...
Published on November 4, 2011 by Christopher Lee
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe its me ...,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)I have this phone through CREDO (look them up on the web), but CREDO uses Sprint's towers. Since CREDO is in San Francisco, I can't get face to face technical support. Also, I believe my phone is stuck at Android 2.2, although I say at least one horror among these reviews about an upgrade to 2.3.
So this is my first Android phone, and the learning curve has been steep. I am pretty familiar with technology in general, but my previous phone was a Palm Pre Plus, and I actually found Web OS pretty easy to use. I like the keyboard of this phone, and mostly I like the way the various apps I have downloaded (maybe 30 or so) work. Videos seem to work pretty well on this phone, although I feel like wearing my reading glasses when I do watch stuff. It works well with a bluetooth headset or a plugged in headset. I have not been able to load music onto the phone yet (someone here said I need to have my music in MP3's?).
On the minus side, I do charge the phone obsessively. Maybe that hurts the battery, but it's what I do. And even though I put a 16 gigabyte micro SD card in the phone, some apps refuse to load there, and between that and that I don't clean out texts all that often, I ran out of memory once and it always seems low. This bothers me, makes me like the phone less.
Still, it has a keyboard, the processor is fine, the 4G works fine at home, at my girlfriend's and at work (although I rarely use it because the 3G is also fine) and I have some amazing apps, so all in all I can't complain too much about this phone. CREDO now offers it for free (with their services, including a data plan) at Android 2.3, so it seem like a decent deal.
3.0 out of 5 stars No the best!,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)You will have any time of issue with this cellphone. It's no too fast, sometimes it takes too long to load the home page, freeze up many times, force closure many times.
The battery life sucks! Be ready to buy a extended one. Otherwise, it won't last more than 24 hours (no gaming, no texting).
If you play or text a lot with the original battery, it will last approx 4 hours.
I AM SERIOUS!!!!!!!!
This is what happened to my many times after doing an updated: Every-time I was trying to text something, the damn phone was doing something different. Example, If I touched the keyboard "S", it asked me if I wanted to save the text message.
NO IDEA how I fixed this issue but I did not do anything.
I am not happy with my phone (I got it one year ago) but as soon my contract expires/ends, I will get an iphone or Samsung Galaxy 2.
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely reliable and easy to use Android phone.,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)This is my first smartphone, so obviously you can take my opinion with a grain of salt. I love this phone. It was very easy to learn to use---seems a bit easier than my wife's Samsung Epic. The voice call reception is almost as good as my old flip phone, and the voice quality is good. Battery life is about what you would expect, but I have no complaints. It does help to turn off stuff you are not using, which is very easy to do on this phone---just slide one screen to the left. It's easy to see what apps are running and shut them down as well, without using an app killer. I used one for a week or two then deleted it, and haven't missed it.
What I like most is the reliability. In contrast to some of my friends' phones, this one is nearly always very responsive, with no weird delays or hangs. If it ever feels a bit sluggish, I just restart it, which takes about 15 seconds, and it's like it came out of the box again.
Obviously there are more expensive phones with more power and features, but this one has most of what you can get---4g, hotspot, etc.
It's exactly what I expected and I have zero complaints after three months of heavy use.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)This is my first smartphone, though I've played with other people's iPhones. I love it. I decided to go with the Shift because I have arthritis and tremors in my hands and I thought a keyboard would be easier to use than just the touchscreen. So far it's worked very well. The interface is very intuitive. A number of incredibly useful free apps are available for even more functionality.
I use to carry a fairly large planner with me everywhere to keep track of appointments, medication, contacts, etc. The EVO has replaced all of that. While direct syncing with a Mac is not possible, it's been very, very easy to work around that by using Google Calendar for appointments and other apps to sync iTunes.
I've been pleasantly surprised by the photo quality, even with shaking hands most of my shots have turned out beautifully. Audio quality for music play is also nice. It can be a bit awkward to hold up for long telephone conversations, but the speaker phone features works quite well and a headset or earpiece would be another viable solution.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT !,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)I absolutely LOVE this phone! This is my 1st smartphone, and I am definitely excited to see what all it can do. And I must say that if you experience any issues with your phone at all, customer service is WONDERFUL! I am thankful to have bought my phone from this vendor. :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Phone,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)This is my first Smart phone and I have to say that I'm very imppressed with it. It's very easy to set up and use with most of the apps used on a daily basis free. The touch screen is nice but would be a hassle with someone with big fingers. You can purchase a stylus but it's just another thing to get lost!
I would say my bigest complaint is the roaming screen that comes on when I'm at home and it's on the kitchen counter...don't know why it keeps asking me if I want roaming charges. When I hit cancel and don't ask me again, I'm ignored which is frustrating as this occurs almost on a daily basis!
All in all, it's been fun to own and mess around with.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible phone after Gingerbread update,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)When I first bought this phone, it worked perfectly, no flaw and no lag. However, since the 2.3 gingerbread upgrade this phone is outright schizophrenic. It is constantly reloading and rebooting every time you exit an application, whether using the back button or the home button, it doesn't matter. It also has a heat problem when used for more than 30 minutes. The only solution has been to install the android assistant widget which allows you to clear the cache memory, which inexplicably fills up your memory within minutes. I have used task killer, juice defender, ect all apps associated with performance and nothing works. Not only that an exhaustive search of the internet revealed this is a problem unique to this phone and there is no fix for it, and there will not be a fix for it. So the only thing you can do is constantly clear the cache memory and history eraser in order for this phone to function, and not even function good. It lags between screens, pushing buttons at the edge of the screen and send you to anything from the web search, to text messaging, to reloading. Also, when texting, sometimes when I reply it goes to someone completely random on my phone list and not the person I am responding to! Auto-correct keeps turning on, even when I have disabled it many many times. Sometime, after the cache and history eraser doesn't work, I have to remove the battery, so I can't have a protective case just because of having to remove the battery very often. The battery trick works best, but by the next day its malfunctioning again. I am done, will upgrade to a windows phone in November!
Stay away from this phone, there is a reason its free! They have to give them away!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I doubted I would like the phone and I was SO WRONG,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)I ave used cell phones for the past 13 years, and used them to make phone calls. The camera's all stunk, and I was dragged kicking and screaming into texting. Additionally only two years ago with my first blackberry did I decide to get my email via phone.
My kids talked me into going high tech with the EVO shift and even then I hedged my bets with the slide out QUERTY keyboard.
I LOVE THE THING. Now I use it for everything, and have used the Keyboard MAYBE ONCE since I bought the phone.
Did the touch pad take getting used to. YES. Is it frustrating not having 4G service everywhere[and I AM IN NEW YORK CITY] Yes, now that I enjoy the phone as much as I do, it is frustrating.
But I like Sprint Service and I love this phone.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)I've owned many smartphones on many platforms (webOS, iOS, Android) and I'm quite happy with the HTC Evo Shift. Everything is perfect besides the 4G coverage, which is spotty even in areas with coverage.. but thatKs due to Sprint choosing WiMAX instead of something like LTE. The volume and power buttons are strangely placed, but you get used to them quickly.
I highly recommend this phone to anyone looking for a great Android phone with a physical keyboard.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE!!! Save your Money!!!,
This review is from: HTC EVO Shift 4G Android Phone (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)I have owned 3 of these phones in the last year. I am SO DISAPPOINTED! The keyboard wore out on my first one and started double, triple + entering letters when I tried to type. The charging port went out on my second one. This apparently is a known issue that HTC is not standing behind. I have had my third Shift for approximately 2 months. The keyboard is already starting to double enter letters. I am trying not to plug and unplug the phone end of the charger cable and instead unplug the USB end. I had a Motorola Droid for over a year before my series of HTC's and never had a single issue with it. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED with the quality and will not buy another HTC product and can not stress enough how POOR the WORKMANSHIP is.
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