Oh, How I Have EVOlved!

Growing up, all the kids in my class had plenty of fodder to make fun of me. I was overweight, my hair was terrible, and — the nail in my social coffin to be sure — I always had ugly cell phones.

If you’ve read any of my posts, you’ll know I’ve changed myself around a lot as I’ve matured. Needless to say, the needs of a college girl are much different than the tweenie. My ugly, out-of-style flip phones with limited mobile-to-mobile texting and no internet (the horror!) were just about the death of me my first year of college. So what does this ever-changing girl do when her two-year contract with Verizon expires?

Picks herself up a Crackberry, you say? No, indeed not.
Waits on pins and needles for the iPhone to arrive? I almost might have, and solidified my yuppie status forever (holla to my Macbook sisters!) but the day before Verizon’s big announcement that they might reallypossiblyalmostfrlz carry the iPhone within the next 6 months, I’d sold myself to Sprint and the EVO.

Yes, today I dish out on the hottest phone on the market (for maybe the next 14 days). Just so you know, I actually bought this phone and the contract that goes with it, so this is a completely unsolicited testimonial. Boo.

But not really, because this phone is so, so worth it.

Here’s my running list of pros and cons. We’ll start with bad news first.

Con: This phone is extremely hard to come by. It was released the first week of June. When I got in on June 25th, stores were still lucky to get one or two in a week.

Pro: The screen! It seriously makes this phone. 4.3 inch screen with 800×480. I don’t know much, but I know this makes everything look pretty. And I know it beats the iPhone by a long shot. It’s also responsive to touch, but not too responsive. In other words, it’s totally functional.

Con: The beautiful screen likes to black out. It died on my phone. Luckily, I took the battery out, popped it back in, and it came back to life faster than Frosty the Snowman.  I hear, however, that sometimes screens never come back and phones have to be totally replaced — quite a pain when the phones are still so hard to come by!

Pro: The apps! Most are cheap, many are free. Messengers, task organizers, seemingly everything you can think of.

Con: Battery life! Checking email, writing an email, and surfing two or three sites will reduce your battery life to about half. The apps kill it, too. You definitely need to charge this whenever you can.

Pro: The camera. There’s an 8 megapixel camera built into the EVO, complete with zoom, rotate, crop, and all of that fun stuff! Instead of dragging my digital camera along when I’m in a hurry, the EVO’s works beautifully.

Con: The expense. The phone itself was about $199 on special. However, I was urged to get the $7-per-month insurance coverage on it because usually the phone goes for $650. (I love how all those companies do that.) I think this is a crock, because a phone that expensive can’t compete with the iPhone, but whatev. Basically, a service package isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to protect yourself.

Pro: The first 4G phone, hello! Can we say fast as lightning?

Con: The first 4G phone comes at quite a cost. Firstly, 4G is in very select locations right now, mostly in the Southwest. However, even though you are most likely in an area where 4G is unavailable, Sprint still charges you an extra $10 per month regardless. Until I get back to Boston in the fall, they are making their money on me!

Pro: The design. This phone is huge, but not bulky, and it has a kick-stand. It also can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Con: It is exceptionally hard to sync up email accounts on the EVO, but then again I never had experience with Smart phones before this so who am I to judge?

Pro: The friendly Sprint staff set up my email for me. With a smile!

Basically, despite the few minor glitches, I am completely sold on the EVO. I highly recommend it for us girls on the go that like to be sleek and efficient and want a service provider that doesn’t totally suck (i.e. AT&T). Let it be known that I proudly own a cool phone. This can only mean one thing: in 6 months before flip phones will be back in style.

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