Battleship of an Android phone sets Sprint sales record
4G, 4.3-inch display, no Steve Jobs
As Steve Jobs prepares to unveil the latest Jesus Phone, Sprint says that its mega Android phone set a single-day sales record for the company when it debuted on Friday.
According to a statement from Sprint, Friday sales of the HTC EVO 4G topped the single day sales of any other phone in the company's history — though the company didn't give exact numbers. The previous record was held by both the Samsung Instinct and the Palm Pre.
The HTC EVO has a 480-by-800-pixel 4.3-inch display, which gives it more screen real estate than the iPhone and any other Android phone. That, of course, means the phone is rather chunky, but The Reg can confirm that the trade-off is more than welcome. The device also offers two cameras – an 8-megapixel on the back and a 1.3-megapixel on the front — and there's a kind of kick-stand for propping up the device for hands-free viewing.
As the name lets on, this is Sprint's first 3G/4G phone, offering both EV-DO Rev. A and WiMAX hardware. It also includes a GB of built-in memory, 512MB of RAM, a Snapdragon QSD8650 1GHz processor, and an HDMI port for output to an HD television.
Having spent two weeks with the device, we'd argue the interface is (only) a step or two behind the iPhone. And unlike the iPhone, it connects to an American wireless network that isn't complete rubbish.
The EVO bundles the Qik video service, and according to the Qik blog, the debut of the phone meant it's servers were hit with unprecedented demand over the weekend. "When we were preparing for the launch of Qik on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G, we had anticipated significant growth as the device was just so great along with the 4G network," reads the Qik blog. "But even the significant growth assumptions were not enough and we are seeing some unprecedented number of new users joining and Qikking. It truly is beyond what we had imagined."
Qik says its server were hit by twenty times the normal amount of traffic, and the company had to, um, un-publish its application from the Android market is it sought to deal with user connection problems.
The HTC EVO, it should be noted, does not run the latest version of Android, version 2.2. It uses version 2.1, and at least for the time being, those wanting the added benefits of 2.2 – which includes Wi-Fi hotspot tethering — must upgrade on their own. ®
"the interface is (only) a step or two behind the iPhone."
Surely that's a typo. The Android interface even without SenseUI has been better than iPhone since Donut. The iPhone interface isn't really all that good in my opinion, but the animations are at least smooth.
Yep, Android is truly epic.
Just got myself an HTC Desire and it's brilliant
My thoughts exactly
I think the user experience is far superior on the newer Android devices where the hardware has finally caught up with the software.
I got a HD2, which runs godawful WinMo6.5. The hardware (basically same as the Evo) is the best I've ever seen. It is just *gagging* for Androidification, so now I'm going to be gagging for an Evo. Nevermind the 4G, wi-fi and HSDPA will do nicely.
We want's it hobbitz! (Although, I think i prefer the HD2 hard-buttons)
but it should also be noted that the battery life is fecking shocking (even worse than normal androids) if any of the first reports are to show. To get it anywhere decent last-the-day life out of one (when, you know actually using it) you need to switch off most of the things that make it a good phone. And woe betide if you are on the edge of coverage as it does the same as all the other droids - switch modes constantly draining the battery even more (as it pulls the phone out of battery saving whilst doing this, a gripe still here after 1.5!)
Im still not convinced by android. My android phone (at last upgraded to 2.1!) is still my second reserve toy phone rather than a replacement for my old, scratched but far more useable omnia (which gets laughed at in the pub as the ugly "windows phone" but one with flashlite in opera, tomtom, memory map, swype, proper exchange support oh and MD2 so you dont ever see the OS - whilst lasting a couple of days on a charge with decent use)