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HTC EVO View 4G Tablet Review

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

April 12, 2012
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Controls

Updating to Android 3.2 will disable the capacitive buttons on the bezel that are usable with operating system the HTC EVO View 4G ships with (Android 2.3), but you won't really miss them. Controls for the HTC EVO View 4G are virtually identical to what you'd find on any typical Android 3.2 device.

Connectivity

As far as ports go on the HTC EVO View 4G, you'll have to settle for the proprietary microUSB port, and the 3.5mm headset jack. You cannot export video to a TV, nor can you use a typical microUSB connection to charge your tablet or transfer files to and from your computer.

Wireless connectivity is another story, as the HTC EVO View 4G has some attractive features here. The list is short, but it covers the big ones: 802.11n wireless, bluetooth 3.0, and GPS/AGPS are nice features for a tablet. On top of that, if you are willing to pay for Sprint's data plan, you can take advantage of their EVDO and WIMAX networks for data in most populated areas.

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Battery Life

With the backlight cranked, all wireless turned off, and all extraneous applications terminated, the HTC EVO View 4G lasts about 5 hours and 21 minutes reading eBooks, and 4 hours, 52 minutes playing video. It's not terribly surprising that a tablet with such a high peak brightness would have its battery life suffer because of it, but this is just plain bad for a tablet, as it's not going to last you very long. The upside is that the battery charges very quickly, so there is that.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 3rd Gen Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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