Being first out of the gate doesn’t guarantee you’re going to win the race, but it certainly has its perks in this case. The HTC EVO Shift 4G was the first phone announced the week of CES to actually become available for purchase, and it’s a good way to start off the ensuing stampede of wonderful phones that’s about to follow.
The confusing thing about this particular phone is that it’s called an EVO, much like its predecessor that was launched last summer. This doesn’t mean the Shift 4G is supposed to overtake the original version and become the top dog, however. The goal of the Shift 4G is to simply complement the larger and more capable older brother, and be offered as a high-profile midrange Android device.
To say this phone is going to be a terrible one just by comparison to the EVO 4G would be completely untrue. It’s loaded with good specs and has a full QWERTY keyboard that a lot of potential EVO buyers will appreciate having. It just doesn’t have as good a camera (still 5 MP but no front-facing vs 8 MP and front-facing) or as large a screen (3.6″ vs 4.3″). These are pretty small differences though.
Even though I just recently unboxed the Shift 4G and haven’t played with it much, I can tell you that the phone is well-designed (as HTC’s usual mantra requires) and works flawlessly at first notice. As soon as the Shift 4G was booted up, I checked out the performance of the processor and it really does feel as though it’s just as fast as the EVO 4G.
Expect a full review from me early next week. In the meantime, enjoy the full video I took of the HTC EVO Shift 4G from Sprint.
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