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HTC EVO View 4G Review

The HTC EVO View 4G falls behind in areas like battery life and screen performance.

April 12, 2012
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Science Introduction

The EVO View 4G falls short in just about all of our lab tests.

Screen Performance

Bad color gamut and high reflectivity

As previously mentioned, the HTC EVO View 4G has a 6.0625 x 3.5625-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, netting it a pixel density of 169 dots-per-inch (DPI). While this isn't quite on par with Apple's recent retina display, it's certainly not that bad, as many Android tablets have a DPI of 145, and even the first two iPads had a lower pixel density.

We generally see tablets that are very bright lack in the contrast department, and the EVO View is no different. Though it does have a high peak brightness of 508.73 cd/m2, its black level is very poor at 0.64 cd/m2. If you leave the backlight cranked, you will notice a somewhat poor contrast ratio when you're using the tablet in darker lighting conditions.

The color gamut of the HTC EVO View 4G is similarly poor, undersaturating reds and greens, while dramatically shifting blues to a sort of cyan color. While this is common for most tablets, the HTC EVO View 4G has a particularly poor showing that is bad even by these low standards.

As far as tablets go, the EVO View doesn't reflect as much light as a few of its competitors, only sending about 15% total light back at your eyeballs. Keep in mind, though, that this is enough to be quite annoying if there's a lot of light outside, and the reflection pattern is very sharp and visible, meaning you will be able to see reflections clear as day.

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Battery Life

Low battery life

With the backlight cranked, all wireless disabled, and all additional processes turned off, the HTC EVO View 4G has a comparatively wretched battery life of 4 hours and 52 minutes playing back video, and about 5 hours and 21 minutes reading eBooks. It's not terribly surprising that a smaller battery might give a shorter battery life, but even this is a little surprising. This is not enough for a long flight by any stretch of the imagination.

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