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HTC Evo View 4G review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The HTC Evo View 4G currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The HTC Evo View 4G is a sneaky device which manages to live its life as a tablet, while maintaining the appearance of a smartphone. This unit's compact screen is a mere 7 inches. This makes it perfect for tucking into a large pocket or a purse. For tablet users who are constantly on the go, the tiny View 4G may represent a perfect match.

The "4G" in the Evo View's name means that the tablet can connect to Sprint's 4G data network. This is handy for frequent travelers who need fast access to web content wherever they may roam. Of course, connecting directly to W-Fi is also an option, as this tablet is 802.11b/g/n compliant.

The Evo View has 1GB of RAM to help it zip around its Android 2.3 operating system. Although it is expected that this unit would run on Google's Honeycomb operating system, the Evo View keeps up its spy tactics. That's right, this unit truly is a smartphone in disguise! Saving music, videos, important documents and pictures is a stress-free endeavor with 32GB of internal memory. For a limited time, Sprint is bundling this tablet with a unit specific stylus. Using the stylus for navigation through the tablet's interface is not possible, but it does allow the user to write notes, sign documents and draw doodles during boring meetings.

For fun activities outside of the life of meetings and business jargon, the Evo View features two cameras. First, there is the front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera which is perfect for posting Wednesday morning pictures to Tumblr and Twitter. Second, there is a 5 megapixel camera on the back of the unit for pictures of friends, cats or both. Overall, the Evo View 4G is a solid portable tablet with relatively beefy specs that might make some laptops feel embarrassed.

Need to Know: HTC Evo View 4G

1. Small 7 inch screen makes it easy to take anywhere (The Good)

2. Dual cameras for taking photographs easily (The Good)

3. Runs on Android 2.3 operating system instead of Honeycomb (The Bad)

4. Stylus is only offered with the tablet for a limited time (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


BWOne

This is one solid tablet. Usually Android 2.x tablet are not that great when it comes to the user experience. HTC uses Sense UI here to create that experience necessary. One advantage of it being Android 2.3 is that there are way more apps available for it than Android 3.0 but the downside is that a...

- Bowman, BWOne
The Gadgeteer

Overall, using the EVO View was enjoyable. It never seemed slow or laggy, and it’s been quite stable and well-behaved. Battery life has been very good…almost as good as the 7″ Galaxy Tab’s (which is stellar). Generally, I had no complaints about the hardware other than the w...

- Craig Froehle, The Gadgeteer
IntoMobile

The View 4G is a well-designed, high-quality piece of hardware and the Sense UI is good enough to almost make you forget that Honeycomb exists. It's packed full of features and the pricing is definitely reasonable, although I'm not in love with having to get a new mobile data contract. If you want y...

- Blake Stimac, IntoMobile
PhoneArena

The HTC EVO View 4G is a very well built tablet with an amazing user interface. The 7” slap of glass and aluminum is more portable than the larger tablets on the market and the battery life was good enough to get us through two days of pretty heavy usage. Always innovating, HTC’s Scribe...

- Brian K., PhoneArena
SlashGear

What you’ve got here is a note-taking machine. You’re able to use the Notes app in so many different ways that we’re surprised an iteration of this device hasn’t been called the HTC Scribbler. You’ve got to keep an eye on the pen, unless of course you’ve got a cus...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear


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Screen Size
7"

The HTC Evo View 4G's screen size is 7 inches with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Snapdragon 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 2.3.3 (Update Available: 3.2.1 Honeycomb) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 6 days standby time.

Evo View 4G Specs

Overview
Release date June 24, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3.3 (Update Available: 3.2.1 Honeycomb)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Snapdragon 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 6 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White & Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.5 x 11.2 x 1.3 cm (7.7 x 4.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 425 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Supports active pen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance, Widescreen
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sprint HTC Evo View 4G, HTC Flyer 4G (CDMA)

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BWOne

A good tablet with solid battery life and good portability.

from BWOne

This is one solid tablet. Usually Android 2.x tablet are not that great when it comes to the user experience. HTC uses Sense UI here to create that experience necessary. One advantage of it being Android 2.3 is that there are way more apps available for it than Android 3.0 but the downside is tha...More

This is one solid tablet. Usually Android 2.x tablet are not that great when it comes to the user experience. HTC uses Sense UI here to create that experience necessary. One advantage of it being Android 2.3 is that there are way more apps available for it than Android 3.0 but the downside is that all android tablets are moving to honeycomb and the app support will be bigger eventually there. The HTC Scribe pen is more of a luxury than a necessity on the tablet. It works and can do a lot for you but its limited as to what it can do in the OS itself. The 4G is a good tablet for those looking for a good tablet with solid battery life and good portability.

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The Gadgeteer

An enjoyable, nice, small tablet that could have been truly compelling if it had a bigger screen

from The Gadgeteer

Overall, using the EVO View was enjoyable. It never seemed slow or laggy, and it’s been quite stable and well-behaved. Battery life has been very good…almost as good as the 7″ Galaxy Tab’s (which is stellar). Generally, I had no complaints about the hardware other than th...More

Overall, using the EVO View was enjoyable. It never seemed slow or laggy, and it’s been quite stable and well-behaved. Battery life has been very good…almost as good as the 7″ Galaxy Tab’s (which is stellar). Generally, I had no complaints about the hardware other than the weight. The HTC EVO View 4G on Sprint is a nice, small tablet. For some, it could be the ideal tool for their use case. For others, it will be too small, or too heavy, or not running the right version of Android. For me, the stylus was surprisingly well executed, but I think I’d need a bigger screen for it to be truly compelling. If a 10″ tablet is on the drawing board of someone at HTC, please do me a solid and include Scribe support. Thanks.

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IntoMobile

It's packed full of features and the pricing is definitely reasonable

from IntoMobile

The View 4G is a well-designed, high-quality piece of hardware and the Sense UI is good enough to almost make you forget that Honeycomb exists. It's packed full of features and the pricing is definitely reasonable, although I'm not in love with having to get a new mobile data contract. If you wan...More

The View 4G is a well-designed, high-quality piece of hardware and the Sense UI is good enough to almost make you forget that Honeycomb exists. It's packed full of features and the pricing is definitely reasonable, although I'm not in love with having to get a new mobile data contract. If you want your tablet to be more of a companion to your smartphone, this may be the right device for you. If your tablet is mainly going to rest at your home, you may want to opt for one of the larger competitors.

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PhoneArena

A very well built tablet with an amazing user interface

from PhoneArena

The HTC EVO View 4G is a very well built tablet with an amazing user interface. The 7” slap of glass and aluminum is more portable than the larger tablets on the market and the battery life was good enough to get us through two days of pretty heavy usage. Always innovating, HTC’s Scri...More

The HTC EVO View 4G is a very well built tablet with an amazing user interface. The 7” slap of glass and aluminum is more portable than the larger tablets on the market and the battery life was good enough to get us through two days of pretty heavy usage. Always innovating, HTC’s Scribe technology brings a unique and very useful element to the tablet market. When this is paired with Sprint’s 4G network it’s hard to deny the value and versatility of the EVO View 4G, however the tablet is at a disadvantage by not running Google’s tablet-optimized software like the rest of its competitors. This isn’t a deal-breaker for potential buyers, but until HTC can push out a Honeycomb update it will likely keep some away.

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SlashGear

Your note-taking champion and the bigger version of the EVO you’ve always wanted

from SlashGear

What you’ve got here is a note-taking machine. You’re able to use the Notes app in so many different ways that we’re surprised an iteration of this device hasn’t been called the HTC Scribbler. You’ve got to keep an eye on the pen, unless of course you’ve got a custom case, which you almost certainly will, and it’ll be your best friend and NEARLY an indispensable addition to this already super tablet. It’s a 7-inch tablet running a single-core 1.5GHz processor, and by all means that’s all it should need to get all of your note-taking done....

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What you’ve got here is a note-taking machine. You’re able to use the Notes app in so many different ways that we’re surprised an iteration of this device hasn’t been called the HTC Scribbler. You’ve got to keep an eye on the pen, unless of course you’ve got a custom case, which you almost certainly will, and it’ll be your best friend and NEARLY an indispensable addition to this already super tablet. It’s a 7-inch tablet running a single-core 1.5GHz processor, and by all means that’s all it should need to get all of your note-taking done.

But therein lies the dilemma – what if you want to use it for games as well? I’ll tell you right here and now – no game that we’ve tested on this device has seemed slow, force closed, or had any error of any kind thus far. If you’d like us to test something hardcore that you don’t believe we could have possibly come across that might bust down this Qualcomm Snapdragon, by all means, send it on over – we’ll try it out! For now though, power.

If you plan on purchasing this device, consider first that you’re also able to purchase the WiFi version from Best Buy, a device that’s exactly the same with slightly less bloat in the apps and having no monthly contract for connectedness. When you use this device for notes, you wont need the internet, and when you’re using this device for internet, you’ll more than likely either be in range of a WiFi connection or you’ll have your handset in your pocket with a mobile hotspot. No problem!

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infoSync

The camera performance was lacking, but the rest of the tablet was top notch

from infoSync

Well, our favorite tablet got 4G and 16GB more of internal storage. Yes, the EVO View 4G is certainly more capable than the Wi-Fi only Flyer. We see it optimal for those who don't need a big-screen smartphone like the EVO 3D, yet want a device that will quell their needs for Internet, multimedia,...More

Well, our favorite tablet got 4G and 16GB more of internal storage. Yes, the EVO View 4G is certainly more capable than the Wi-Fi only Flyer. We see it optimal for those who don't need a big-screen smartphone like the EVO 3D, yet want a device that will quell their needs for Internet, multimedia, and productivity on the go. The camera performance was lacking, but the rest of the tablet was top notch. With a larger screen and better camera, the EVO View 4G would be unstoppable.

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PhoneMag

A capable tablet with excellent pen input options

from PhoneMag

The EVO View 4G is a solid tablet, that's bolstered by its excellent pen input, but somewhat hampered by its lack of Google's tablet-specific OS. HTC's Sense UI helps, but it's not a replacement for true tablet Android, which is Honeycomb. Overall, the View/Flyer is neither the best tablet nor ev...More

The EVO View 4G is a solid tablet, that's bolstered by its excellent pen input, but somewhat hampered by its lack of Google's tablet-specific OS. HTC's Sense UI helps, but it's not a replacement for true tablet Android, which is Honeycomb. Overall, the View/Flyer is neither the best tablet nor even the best Android tablet your money can buy, but if handwriting, drawing and doodling are things that appeal to you, and the 7-inch screen size is right, it might be just the tablet for you. Similarly, if 4G coverage is something you must have, then you must have the EVO View 4G over the Flyer.

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BGR

Lovely form factor and absolutely solid build quality

from BGR

I love the form factor and absolutely solid build quality of the View 4G. It’s a top notch tablet, the size is great, and it’s lovely having 4G WiMAX data speeds wherever I go. My biggest gripe is that it doesn’t run Honeycomb yet. When it does, I don’t see why this wouldn...More

I love the form factor and absolutely solid build quality of the View 4G. It’s a top notch tablet, the size is great, and it’s lovely having 4G WiMAX data speeds wherever I go. My biggest gripe is that it doesn’t run Honeycomb yet. When it does, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be one of my top tablet picks, but it’s still unclear when exactly Sprint and HTC will apply the update. If that doesn’t bother you and you want a fast tablet that’s more portable than the larger Honeycomb tablets and more powerful than Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, than the EVO View 4G should top your list.

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Engadget

Well-tooled ergonomics, bright display and long battery life

from Engadget

Here we are again. Even when you throw WiMAX into the mix, sizing up the HTC EVO View 4G presents almost the same mental balancing act as the 3G Flyer. When we think about what made our week with the View so enjoyable, we keep coming back to the well-tooled ergonomics, bright display, and long ba...More

Here we are again. Even when you throw WiMAX into the mix, sizing up the HTC EVO View 4G presents almost the same mental balancing act as the 3G Flyer. When we think about what made our week with the View so enjoyable, we keep coming back to the well-tooled ergonomics, bright display, and long battery life -- all things that warmed us to the Flyer. For a lot of people, Sprint's consistently fast (but hardly ubiquitous) 4G network will be a boon, but perhaps not a compelling enough feature to seal their buying decision. Moreover, the addition of WiMAX isn't enough to soften our criticisms of the Flyer -- even if you prefer the comfort of Gingerbread, this thing still needs more apps that are optimized to take advantage of that bright 7-inch display. With a chunky shape and no ETA for Honeycomb, the View 4G isn't the sexiest or most cutting-edge slate of the bunch. But it's sensible, reassuring. And if Sprint is correct that the people considering this might well be satisfied EVO customers, there could be something to be said for sticking with what you know.

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Cnet

Small, thick, and pricey, and isn't running the latest Android tablet OS

from Cnet

The HTC Evo View 4G is a beautiful little tablet that resembles HTC's celebrated line of Android smartphones. Unfortunately, the Evo View 4G is still a 7-inch Gingerbread tablet living in an increasingly 10-inch, Honeycomb world. HTC may eventually be able to carve out a niche for the 7-inch pen-...More

The HTC Evo View 4G is a beautiful little tablet that resembles HTC's celebrated line of Android smartphones. Unfortunately, the Evo View 4G is still a 7-inch Gingerbread tablet living in an increasingly 10-inch, Honeycomb world. HTC may eventually be able to carve out a niche for the 7-inch pen-enabled tablet, but Sprint's choice to go with two-year contracts and pricey data plans isn't going to help matters.

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