In this video we try to answer the question “Does 4G matter?” as it relates to the HTC EVO 4G. Sprint is making a really big deal about the EVO 4G being the first smartphone in America with 4G cellular data, but should that really be a major selling point? As you’ll see in this video, after taking a look at some of the speeds we clocked with this device, the 4G isn’t really ready for prime time, and if you’re considering this phone, you shouldn’t let the 4G woo you.
In our testing, there are three problems with the 4G:
- The speeds are only about 2x faster than 3G, which doesn’t translate into significantly faster browsing most of the time
- The signal reliability is lower than 3G, meaning that in order to get a fast connection, you need full bars. Also, the strength of the signal doesn’t stay consistent like it does with 3G
- The 4G network is only in a handful of cities right now, and we’re still a couple of years away from ubiquity
Overall, the 4G is nice to have for the future, but it’s not really a compelling feature today as you think it may be.