HTC Evo View 4G
A 7 inch new tablet
These days a great accent is put on tablets with 10″ screens. Manufacturers left and right are working hard on these gadgets, the main reason behind this madness being the desire to leave the iPad 2 in last position. As if that would ever happen. Amidst all this chaos, HTC kept a cool head and made the Evo View 4G, a tablet with a 7″ display and close similarity with what we saw on the brand’s Flyer. If you want the 32GB variant, you have to cough up $399; and, if the Internet is something you can’t live without, its activation will cost a monthly $29.99.
Scribe pen accessory
The HTC Evo View 4G found an inspiration for its looks in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. We realized that shortly after acknowledging the display and the bezel that encircled it. The difference between the 2 reviewed devices lies in the black aluminum with two strips of rubber padding inserted in the body of the View 4G. Reminding us that HTC has a great reputation for producing smartphone is the tablet’s microSD memory expansion slot hidden behind a fitting made of rubber. The keys for navigation include one button that is illuminated and gets activated only after the user handles the device’s Scribe pen accessory; the latter acted in a weird way in the tests we performed, as if its creators didn’t intend it to operate the tablet, instead leaving the users to open whatever they want still with their fingers. Apart from this one freaky aspect, the Evo View 4G has a feature that you won’t find on any other tablet: the controls used for navigation reorient to the display’s bottom even if the user holds the tablet in the landscape or portrait mode.
1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU
What stands out in the connectivity sector is a 12-pin microUSB port that can be used to charge and sync the tablet, but a 5-pin one can also be used.
The area dedicated by HTC to the screen of this device is smaller than what the iPad 2 has. This can either be an advantage because you get a portable gadget, or a disadvantage, as it kinda reminds of a bigger smartphone with not a lot of space for Internet-related business.
The Evo View 4G doesn’t bring extraordinary features to boast about. Adobe Flash 10.1, an app for text messaging, Qik video chat and other such time wasters are all pre-installed and very efficient. From the array of features for the hardware the one that shined through was the 4G network compatibility. Second position was occupied by the 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and its groovy speed.
Easy to use interface
The interface is in third place; it was, in the tests we did, both very fast and a feast to the eyes, as well as extremely easy to use. Once we were in it we connected to friends via the Facebook and Twitter applications and sent them messages through the pleasant multitouch keyboard on the screen. The web browser was full of power and kicked off immediately after clicking on it.
The panel is of the most excellent quality and specs, offering astounding brightness and readability. This Evo View 4G tablet comes with two cameras for photo taking and video shooting and they’re mainly decent. Simple use meant about eight hours of battery life.
Our conclusion at the end of this review is that the 7″ HTC Evo View 4G is a tablet made for the niche when compared to mainstream Samsung Galaxy Tab and so on. Even so, it doesn’t lack a strong performance and we definitely love the screen and the interface.
|Display||7″ inch 1024 x 600 resolution Capacitive touch screen / supports active pen|
|Operating System||Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|CPU||MSM8655 (1.5 GHz processor) + SQN1210 (WiMAX)|
|Internal storage||32GB eMMC / RAM: 1GB, LPDDR2|
|Network||CDMA2000 1x/ EVDO/ EVDO rev. A (800/1900MHz) and WIMAX|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth® 3.0Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g/n compliant, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0)|
|Camera||5 MP Color CMOS with auto focus 1.3MP front Camera|
|Dimensions||7.69″ (L) x 4.42″ (W) x 0.52″ (T)|
|Battery||4000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery, Non-removable|