I received the Sprint EVO Shift 4G a couple of days after its launch earlier this month. I have had a week or so to play around with Sprint’s latest offering. Here is a brief overview of my initial impressions.
- The EVO Shift 4G (ES4G) has a surprisingly high quality build. I say surprisingly because a lot of the phones I have come across recently had noticeable creeks and other build issues (Galaxy S phones, HD7, Mytouch 4G). This phone had none of these issues and is a pleasure to hold. It is slightly thicker than my phone of choice but that’s only because it has a slide-out landscape keyboard neatly tucked away underneath. If physical keyboards are your preference, the size of the phone will not be an issue at all for you.
- The ES4G’s physical keyboard is a pleasure to use. It is one of the best on the market in my opinion. The keys are slightly raised and spaced enough for accurate typing. There is also a directional pad on the right of the keyboard for selecting items and gaming. The lighting of the keyboard s also pleasing and helpful when typing in low-light situations. The virtual keyboard is also available as needed, though I think the physical keyboard will be your “go to” guy.
- The screen of the phone has WVGA resolution and measures 3.6 inches. The touch sensitivity is great and I haven’t had many screen lags or missed touches. The screen is very responsive and the touch sensitive keys below it are equally responsive to touch. A pleasure to use.
HTC Sense User Interface
- I have said in a few of my reviews that I don’t like Android UI replacements or overlays. HTC Sense runs throughout this phone. Personally, I enjoy the “cleanness” of the Google Android “pure” experience, but Sense is a good alternative if you don’t mind the UI overlay and enhancements. Within the HTC Sense UI, there are a lot of tweaks and widgets to keep you closer to the people that matter most to you.
Other Notable Features
- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- 5mp Camera (with flash) that can go toe-to-toe with any Smartphone in its class.
- Adobe flash compatible
- Integrated social networking
- Comes with 2gb MicroSD Card
So Nashville, it looks like Sprint has a winner on its hands. If you are on Sprint and looking for a phone that can suit your needs, don’t hesitate to consider the EVO Shift 4G.