Boost Mobile is getting into the 4G mix with the launch of the HTC Evo Design 4G.
The smartphone, which will launch on May 31, comes with a 4-inch qHD, or 960x540-pixel resolution, touch screen and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In addition, the handset boasts a 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera to complement its 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and Wi-Fi hot-spot functionality.
The big news of the day, however, is that the smartphone will become the first 4G-ready device to hit Boost Mobile's service by operating on Sprint's 4G (WiMax) network. According to Boost … Read more
NEW ORLEANS--As Sprint readies its 4G LTE launch, the unveiling of the HTC Evo V 4G spreads the 4G WiMax love to Virgin Mobile, one of its no-contract brands.
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset has some high-flying features not often seen on no-contract networks, including a 4.3-inch qHD touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera with support for 3D HD imaging, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
It also has mobile hot-spot capability for up to five devices, and a microSD card slot that can support up to 32GB; 8GB comes included.
In a matter of months, the high-end smartphone camera spec rocketed from a respectable 8 megapixels to an altitudinous 13.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus G Pro are the freshest examples of this megapixel push, but even last January's Pantech Discover (12.6 megapixels), last October's LG Optimus G for Sprint (13 megapixels), and especially mid-2012's 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView piled on the megapixels.
Yet even though the technology exists, quality can be just as uneven from phone to phone as it was when an 8-megapixel shooter was the "best" that money could buy.Shootout!: Samsung Galaxy S4 versus HTC One and iPhone 5
Championing that perception head-on is HTC, the same company that not too long ago boasted about the 16-megapixel camera in its Titan II. Now, in its HTC One flagship, the smartphone maker dials down the megapixel count to 4 megapixels, which HTC fancifully terms "Ultrapixels," arguing that the lager pixel size throws back the blinds to let in much more light.
In this lies the reminder (something photography nuts will tell you) that it's quite possible for an excellent 5-megapixel camera to produce photos you prefer over a shoddy 12-megapixel camera. The number of megapixels alone is no guarantee of heightened photographic performance.
Instead, the formula for fantastic photos comes down to the entire camera module, which includes the size and material of the main camera lens, the light sensor, the image processing hardware, and the software that ties it all together. So let's dive in.… Read more
Most people buying the new iPad opt for the Wi-Fi only version. Why? The 4G LTE versions are more expensive, for one thing. And since you can't switch carriers later, it means you're locked in to either AT&T or Verizon Wireless.
The fact that an AT&T iPad can't be used on Verizon and Verizon's iPad can't be used on AT&T troubles many of these consumers. After all, aren't they using the same LTE network technology? And aren't they even using the same 700 MHz spectrum for this … Read more
Not only does this follow-up to the wildly successful HTC Evo 4G look like a worthy successor, it actually could outdo the legendary Android smartphone. Instead of WiMax, the new Evo flaunts a connection to the more robust and importantly faster LTE data standard. The device now features a Qualcomm dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, plus 16GB of internal storage. Oh yes, it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4 as well. … Read more
Don't expect HTC to pack Beats headphones or earbuds with the Evo 4G LTE -- or any of its smartphones for the time being.
HTC is shelving the idea. One lesson the company learned from last year's Sensation XL and the Rezound: customers don't really choose smartphones based on the headphones -- even headphones with a brand as recognizable as Beats.
"An accessory like the headphone doesn't factor in when someone is buying a smartphone," Martin Fichter, an HTC product executive, told CNET. "If they want a Beats headphone, they'll buy it … Read more
Nokia and Microsoft are making a big splash with the first major launch of a Nokia Windows Phone in the U.S. But is the device and the Windows Phone software impressive enough to entice Apple iPhone customers to jump ship?
Like so many people who write in to Ask Maggie seeking advice, I also struggle with big decisions about which new device to buy. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I answer a question that I've been mulling for months about whether I should ditch Apple and its iOS ecosystem for something else. I also help another reader … Read more
When it comes to the One series of smartphones, HTC is hoping to follow Google's playbook for its flagship devices.
HTC wants One to be synonymous with Google's Nexus, which represents the latest and greatest that Android has to offer. Similarly, the One is supposed to be HTC's best combination of design, music capabilities, and camera technology.
"The One brand is so important for HTC's future," said Jason Mackenzie, head of global sales and marketing for HTC, in an interview with CNET. "We're treating it special."
HTC's One series of … Read more