Editorial: Why I’m Using The HTC EVO 4G As My Daily Driver
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. This transition has paired me with my HTC EVO 4G, a device that I will likely actually keep and use for more than a year.
The list of phones up to this point is as follows:
1. Motorola Q1c
2. HTC Mogul
3. Palm Centro
4. HTC Touch Diamond
5. iPhone 3G
6. iPhone 3GS
7. Nexus One
8. EVO 4G
As a fulltime student, I fit the bill of a typical broke college kid. Therefore when deciding on a device for the long haul, functionality (what can get me the most for my money) and budget friendliness are huge considerations. Also, I’m a business student, which means I need to be able to respond to the constant flow of email that I receive. The crucial criteria my daily device must meet is as follows:
1. Email. As mentioned, I’m a fulltime business student. A major part of my curriculum is made up of group projects, of which I am typically the leader. Due to this I need constant and efficient access to email. Gmail serves as my primary email client and I personally feel using an Android device gives me the most efficient Gmail experience possible. The ability to give multiple messages labels such as folders, unread, etc. is much better than what the iPhone had offered me.
2. Web browsing. For school I need to check and utilize sites such as Blackboard and EBSCOhost, and for my tech obsession I check many news sites throughout the day to keep updated. I do feel that mobile Safari on the iPhone is the fastest and easiest browser to use. Unfortunately, I ran into many compatibility issues on many research related sites that required Flash. With an Android device I no longer have to scramble to either carry my laptop with me everywhere, or find a computer lab to upload documents to Blackboard and other sites.
3. Sync and Backup. I have the worst luck, period. As someone who has lost contacts and pictures on just about every phone I have owned, Android provides me a great solution. When I owned an iPhone, I used MobileMe. I found the experience to be good, however it was slow, unreliable, and it had a pricetag. With my EVO I can backup my contacts and pictures without any hiccups using the appropriate Google service. Best of all, it’s free. There is no better price than free.
4. Apps. When it comes to apps, I have a realistic approach. While having an app store full of 200,000+ apps looks great on paper, I’m really only going to use a handful of those on a daily basis. When I first made the jump to Android on the Nexus One I was very worried that I wouldn’t be able to access my daily use apps. Fortunately, I was wrong. I have found that 99% of the apps I use daily are in fact also available on the Android Market. I’ll admit that the game selection is pretty weak for Android compared to the iPhone. But, from a productivity standpoint, it was a seamless transition.
5. Hotspot. I cannot even fathom how many cups of Starbucks Coffee I was forced to purchase (but still enjoy) because I needed emergency access to WiFi to upload a large assignment of some kind. Being a commuter student means that I’m on the go a lot. I had to jailbreak my iPhone in order to achieve the ability to use my phone as a wireless hotspot. The downside there was not being able to update my phone to each new OS update that came out until a jailbreak was released. With the Nexus One (unlocked) I was able to achieve this, and with my current EVO 4G I can support up to 8 devices attached wirelessly, right out of the box.
6. Monthly Cost. While I was with AT&T, the company I worked for allowed me a partner discount off my monthly plan. However, once I left that company, my rate shot back up. Also, the changing of the monthly data caps left a very bad taste in my mouth. To top it all off, AT&T magically pushed my upgrade date back 6 months and couldn’t give me a justification. The was the last straw. At that time I was using a Nexus One as my daily driver and was very content with Android. Finally, the HTC EVO 4G was given a hard release date and I began to investigate a cheaper monthly alternative.
I had made my decision. By switching to Sprint and the EVO 4G I could achieve all of the above listed needs, and for a cheaper cost. Currently, I am running Froyo on my EVO 4G and couldn’t be happier. There are times when I miss a certain game or two from the iPhone. With that being said, the bigger screen makes viewing videos more enjoyable, and the bigger on-screen keyboard makes typing an email or text message much easier.
Has anyone else made a similar switch to an EVO 4G? If so, what were your reasons? What did you have before?