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HTC EVO Design 4G Android Phone (Sprint)

3.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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  • Affordable 4G-enabled, Android-powered smartphone with high-resolution 4.0-inch qHD touchscreen TFT LCD display
  • 1.2 GHz processor; GPS for navigation and location services; Wi-Fi networking (with optional hotspot capability)
  • 5-MP camera with HD 720p video record; 1.3-MP front camera; Bluetooth 3.0; microSD expansion; corporate e-mail
  • Up to 6 hours of talk time; released in October, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 8 GB microSD card, USB cable, quick start guide
  • Affordable 4G-enabled, Android-powered smartphone with high-resolution 4.0-inch qHD touchscreen
  • 1.2 GHz processor; GPS for navigation and location services; Wi-Fi networking (with optional hotspot capability)
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5.8 inches, 2.4 inches, 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 5.28 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 360 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 355 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

The HTC EVO Design 4G is an Android smartphone featuring a 4-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, and WiMAX 4G data speed. It also comes equipped with a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and LED flash, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, multi-format music player, FM radio, microSD slot, and DLNA wireless streaming. The EVO Design 4G is enabled for international use, and offers access to thousands of apps, games, movies, books, and music on Google's Play Store.This device may require a data plan for activation. Please contact your cellular provider for details. This is a brand new product, it has never been used, it includes all new accessories, and should be in its original box. This product has been carefully audited, is certified to be 100% functional, and ready for activation.

Affordably priced, the HTC EVO Design 4G from Sprint is perfect for helping you stay in touch with friends, family, and business colleagues nearly anywhere in the world. Powered by Android 2.3, it features a high-resolution 4-inch qHD capacitive touch display and a powerful 1.2 GHz processor. Its aluminum unibody design gives the phone a slim, streamlined profile--guaranteed to get attention and nicely compact in your hand, pocket, or bag.

The powerful, affordably priced Android-powered EVO Design 4G.

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HTC EVO Design 4G
At a Glance:

  • 3G/4G connectivity

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

  • 1.2 GHz processor

  • 4-inch qHD touchscreen

  • 8 GB microSD card

  • 5-MP camera + 1.3-MP front camera

  • HD 720p video capture

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • World phone capabilities

  • Personal/corporate e-mail
At a Glance

It runs on Sprint's expanding 4G network, offering simultaneous voice and data connectivity and download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, the phone can still connect to 3G data services in areas not currently served by Sprint's 4G network (learn more about Sprint's 4G network below). The phone also includes Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking plus Mobile Hotspot capability for sharing your 3G/4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.

And whether traveling to Europe or Asia, the EVO Design provides globetrotters the freedom of reliable global connectivity to GSM and 3G UMTS networks via Sprint Worldwide international services.

The Web browser along with Sprint 4G speed delivers a full, no-compromise Internet experience. Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen. Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.

It also boasts a 5-megapixel camera on the rear with HD 720p video recording as well as a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for on-the-go video chats over 4G or Wi-Fi. You can watch movies and TV shows on the go via HTC Watch as well as view HD content on a compatible HDTV via DLNA wireless streaming.

Other features include an pre-loaded 8 GB microSD card (with expansion up to 32 GB via optional cards), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, GPS for navigation via built-in Google Maps and location-based services (plus access to the optional Sprint Navigation turn-by-turn service), personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 6 hours of talk time (see full specifications below).

HTC Sense Experience

Boasting the latest HTC Sense experience, the EVO Design features a customizable active lockscreen that transforms the lockscreen into a real-time window to the most important information and content, such as social updates, photos, weather, or stock updates that are viewed by simply waking up the display.

The Personalize button gives you access to all the stuff that makes the HTC Sense device truly yours--widgets, apps, Sound sets, and more. New options include skins, Sound sets, and live lock screen personalization.

See all your e-mail accounts in one place--no more switching between accounts. Just tap the bar that shows the current email account, and then tap All accounts. Your e-mail messages are color-coded so you can easily distinguish which e-mail accounts they belong to. You can also choose to view accounts individually.

With the People widget, you always know what your friends are up to. The widget lets you choose a group of contacts, and then you can see what that group is up to right on your home screen. The widget not only shows you each friend’s photo but also their latest social network status and any missed calls or SMS messages from them.

4-inch qHD touchscreen.

You can also access visual voicemail through Phone or Messages. Use the slider bar to go back and forth in a message .

On-the-Go Entertainment

The HTC EVO Design 4G features HTC Watch--an application and service that puts an entire library of the latest, premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. HTC Watch uses progressive download technology that makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for a huge file to finish downloading. You can either rent or buy videos, and if purchased, you can watch them on up to five different HTC devices.

Vital Statistics

The EVO Design 4G weighs 5.22 ounces and measures 5.8 x 2.4 x 0.47 inches. Its 1520 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6 hours of talk time. It runs on Sprint's 4G network as well as the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.

What's in the Box

EVO Design 4G handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 8 GB microSD card, USB cable, quick start guide

Sprint's Blazing Fast 4G Network

Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service in 32 markets (with more coming online soon). Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, giving this mobile phone the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today. As of August 2011, Sprint offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states.

Sprint 4G services dramatically increase download speeds for photos, videos and large files. You can download a favorite song, picture, sitcom or large video in seconds, not minutes, or watch live streaming video--all while on the go, not just from the home or office. Additionally, businesses can benefit from the fast connectivity speeds of 4G. Some examples include:

  • Real estate agents can conduct virtual property tours.
  • Construction teams using 4G in the field can save valuable time by sharing schematics with engineers online.
  • Insurance companies can speed their claims management through real-time communication with on-site adjusters.
  • Health care professionals can improve their ability to remotely monitor patients.
  • Emergency first responders can rapidly assess and coordinate disaster action with real-time on-site video and audio.
  • Photojournalists can instantly transfer high-resolution images to the newsroom.

Sprint Navigation

This GPS-enabled phone provides optional access to Sprint Navigation for driving directions on your mobile phone--by voice and onscreen. Along the way, turn-by-turn directions will be announced in a clear voice and displayed on your phone. For example, Sprint Navigation will say, "Go 1.2 miles and turn right on Elm Street." As you approach the turn, you will hear, "Turn right on Elm Street." Sprint Navigation also provides proactive traffic alerts with one click re-routing. And it's easy to find restaurants, banks, cafes, hotels and more from over 10 million points of interest across the U.S.

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The HTC EVO Design 4G runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The EVO Design also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination


  • Ultra-fast 4G connectivity with simultaneous voice and data capability (peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps)
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) in areas not yet served by 4G (peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allows up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views (also compatible with optional Sprint Navigation service).
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals and includes stereo audio streaming.

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as mobile e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
HTC Design


  • 1.2 GHz single-core processor
  • 4.0-inch qHD touchscreen display (Quarter High Definition; 960 x 540 pixels) with accelerometer plus proximity and ambient light sensors.
  • Onscreen QWERTY keyboard plus Swype keyboard
  • MicroUSB port
  • Removable battery


  • 8 GB microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 768 MB of RAM


  • 5-megapixel rear camera with Flash
  • HD 720p Video capture capabilities


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, WMV, H.264, H.263
  • Access to HTC Watch
  • DLNA compatibility allows you to stream media content from the phone to any other DLNA-certified device as well as play a file from a server on your phone.


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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches ; 5.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005XC6ZZE
  • Item model number: EVO Design
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,480 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Christopher F. Tilley on October 31, 2011
1. Size. The 4" screen is the right size for me for 1 handed operation.
2. Call quality. I'm one of those old fashioned people who make phone calls and I've had no issues with hearing or being heard.
3. HTC Sense. I've had other Android phones and didn't get it. Now I do and Sense really makes the phone sing.
4. World phone, can use it while I'm travelling out of the country.

1. Sense 3.0, no timeframe on the upgrade to 3.5
2. Gingerbread, no timeline for upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. Upgrade timing is a general problem with all Android phones.
3. Sprint's 4G tax. I get that Sprint need to pay for their network upgrade but an extra $10 per month almost put me off buying it.

Summary: This phone does everything right at a great price.

The 2 main things that I need from a phone is that it has great call quality and I can use it with one hand and this phone really delivers.

It being a world phone is a huge bonus for me.
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The EVO Design is a long, slim smartphone reminiscent of the original Droid Incredible but longer. It fits perfectly in my hand, even with a Seidio case on it, and is perfectly sized for one-handed texting. Having owned an original EVO for just over a year, I immediately noticed this phone seems quicker -- the Sense UI in the EVO never really felt slow, but in the Design it has a more instantaneous feel. Sense 3.0 is amazing. If you don't like the ringer, wallpaper, or layout options that HTC has pre-loaded, you can go over to their Beta website and download hundreds more for free. Quite a nice feature. I also instantly noticed the additional internal storage, and how you can remove the Sprint crapware that comes pre-installed. Bravo!
The 5 MP camera seems to take better pictures than the 8 MP in the original EVO. I'm not sure what the deal is, but pics taken without the flash are less blurry as well. There are more settings for picture taking, too, but the pics seem better even without any tweaks. *shrug*
The phone feels substantial. Although I'm personally not a fan of how the brushed aluminum in the middle of the back cover looks, there's no denying it adds a durable feel to the phone. I'd prefer if the entire back were made up of the soft-touch plastic that the rest of the back is covered with (it's super grippy).
The screen is super. Again, it seems sharper than the original EVO, especially with small text and icons.
Seriosuly, this phone is a bargain at $79.99 (upgrade price) currently. I first got a Samsung Conquer for the same price, but after tinkering with one of these bad boys at a local electronics store, I exchanged the Conquer for the EVO Design. If you want a smartphone that is smaller than the huge ones coming out as of late, it's your best option.
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I understand that battery life with most smartphones isn't great. This is my first smartphone (other than my work Blackberry, which I hate) so I'm still getting used to all the capabilities.

With all that capability comes many functions and apps that run in the background. I understand disabiling the auto update and various other background functions(GPS antenna is a big draw on power) improves battery life, but also reduces the functionality of the phone.

So, in short, keep your charger or a spare battery handy if you use the phone a lot. I can get 3 hours talk time and running apps before the battery gets low(but not dead) and almost double that if I disable GPS, 4G,WiFi antenna and other background apps. Standby time also has the same dramatic change depending on background app/antenna use.

Other than the battery life, I like this phone. It has a more substantial feel than the Samsungs and was more compact than the Samsungs, though not as compact as the iPhone. Android is good, the interface isn't quite Apple, but it's still rather intuitive and easy to learn. This phone runs quickly, the 5MP camera with flash takes great pictures and I've only had one situation where it locked up and I had to remove the battery to reset. It's only a few months old, so hopefully it continues to be a good phone.

Update 6/17/13: This phone began acting slow and buggy after a year. It became worse after upgrading to "Ice Cream Sandwich" Android operating system. I kept the phone up to date, but it just kept getting slower and more buggy. It would turn itself off and even after replacing the battery, nothing changed.

As I was recently upgrading to my new iPhone 5 at Best Buy, I asked the mobile phone guy if he had any problems with HTC. He said their phones, the older ones (which this one phone would qualify now) seemed to slow down and age very quickly. I won't buy an HTC again, not any time in the near future.
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I've had this phone for a few months now, so it's about time I typed out my issues with it. Not that it matters, since it's apparently not for sale anymore on Amazon.


It looks cool
Tons of Android market apps to mess around with
Lots of space
Nice, brilliant screen
Decent camera


Freezes/crashes constantly
Takes a bit of luck for the phone to connect to the Sprint network
4G phone doesn't actually connect to the 4G network, ever
Non-intensive usage will drain a full battery in less than 6 hours
Sprint adware is annoying, and uninstallable. NASCAR is stupid
Keyboard auto-correct is only useful half of the time, a nuisance the other half
Flat, rectangular shape (generic smartphone shape) is not ergonomic at all, and gives a very uncomfortable phone call experience. Or am I the only person that still actually uses the phone feature on these things?

Honestly, I feel that the best part about my phone is the wicked cool Invisible Shield I had installed, and that's not even part of the phone, so... bleh.

2/5 Stars because it does a ton of stuff, but none of them particularly well. With the battery as pathetic as it is, this is definitely NOT the phone you'd want to have when your car breaks down out in the middle of nowhere. Reliability is severely lacking from this product.
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