This one comes as a bit of a surprise, but it appears we have our first review of the HTC EVO 4G. The review comes from the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg. His review is a mixed bag, with the biggest complaint being battery life and data speeds that weren’t up to Sprint’s claims.
Sprint claims that average users will see downstream data speeds of between 3 and 6 megabits per second on the EVO when 4G is in use. In my tests, in the heart of Baltimore’s popular Inner Harbor district, I averaged 3.4 mbps downstream over 4G, and just under 1 mbps upstream (the upstream speed is capped by Sprint at 1 mbps.) And, when using 4G, the EVO’s battery runs down alarmingly fast. In my tests, it didn’t last through a full day with 4G turned on. The carrier, in fact, is thinking of advising users to turn off the 4G network access when they don’t think they need it, to save battery life. This undercuts the whole idea of faster cellular speeds.
You can read the review in it’s entirety at All Things D. We suspect more reviews will hit now that the embargo is over. Has this review changed your opinion of the HTC EVO 4G? Keeping your pre-order and/or your determination to show up at your local Sprint on June 4th?