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Sprint Evo: first impressions

I had a chance to briefly go one-on-one with the Evo. Here is what I learned:

– 4.3 inches (diagonally) is a lot of real estate. The phone nearly filled my field of vision.

– The phone is big. Too big to type with one finger, even when held vertically. However, I did a bit of two-handed typing in portrait mode and it was very pleasant. I’ve never been a landscape typer, so this was a neat find.

– The Evo is speedier than the Hero, obviously due to the processor and memory bump. Sadly, that doesn’t hold when actively using and switching between applications. In particular, I found that two of my pain points on the Hero – dialing and texting – are still painfully slow on the Evo. Much faster but not nearly instant like they should be. The dialer lag on HTC’s Sense interface is the primary reason I want a vanilla Android device.

– On the other hand, some activities that used to slow the Hero to a halt, like using Google Navigation, are now nice and speedy.

That’s all for now. If I get the Evo I’ll post a more thorough review.

“Droid” vs. “Android”

Android VS.  Droid

I’ve lost count of how many people have referred to “Android” the iPhone killer or that phone that runs “Droid,” and so here’s a quick disambiguation.

First, I have to congratulate Verizon for singlehandedly confusing the non-geek masses.  They wanted the name “Droid” so much that they went so far as to purchase the rights from George Lucas.

Android

Android: an operating system created by Google, runs on mobile phones and other devices.

Droid

Droid: a line of cellphones sold by Verizon Wireless.  They include the Droid (Motorola), Droid Eris (HTC, similar to the Hero on Sprint), and the Droid Incredible (similar to the EVO on Sprint).

To summarize, the HTC Hero does not run the Droid operating system, and there are currently over 40 phones running Android, not just the Droid.

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