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EVO 4G First to Have Froyo – Coming Tuesday

It’s official! The EVO 4G will be the first in a long line of phones to be updated to Android 2.2 Froyo, beginning August 3rd. The release will be rolled out in stages according to Sprint. However, they will provide a manual download link for those of you who cannot wait another moment. According to further reports, both the HTC Desire and the original Droid phones will be hit with the update later in the week.

The list of features and fixes is a long one, and owners couldn’t be more excited. Given the list I’ve been seeing, it’s no wonder you’re chomping at the bit to get Froyo onto your devices. The update boasts new preloaded widgets, flashlight mode for your LED flash, light-assisted 720p video with improvement to the quality of your video captures. Going by the image that Engadget has up on their site, you’ll see a heck of a lot of updates in other areas, as well.

Mail will see groups tabs and auto-saving when you press the back key. Additionally, your email will be saved as a draft automatically should you lose connection in the middle of composing a missive. You’ll enjoy a large composition area and the capability to send a Contact card via SMS.

There are a lot of enhanced features for the social media addict in you, as well. Your calendar will display birthdays and events from Facebook. The Gallery will now support the Facebook “Comments” function. And… you’ll be able to quickly link a contact to a Plurk or Twitter contact.

Are you planning to wait it out until the update is rolled to your phone, or will you be rushing to download manually?

Sprint 4G Markets Increasing – But Where are the Phones?

Sprint launched 4G service in seven new markets today, bringing the current total to 43. The company predicts that large markets such as Los Angeles and New York will see the same service before the end of this year. However, there aren’t any phones to be had anywhere. The only available 4G phone (as of the writing of this post) is the HTC EVO 4G. Sadly, HTC cannot begin to keep up with demand due to parts shortages.

The EVO accesses the web over 4G and can also share the WiMAX connection with other devices… for a fee. With capabilities such as this, the phone is the flagship for Sprint’s next-generation network. If the phone isn’t available, though, how much of a crimp does that put into Sprint’s timetable and plans? HTC says that they have contracted with additional suppliers to ratchet up EVO production. Let’s hope this is the case, and that we’ll see EVOs back on the shelves in the near future.

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iPhone 4 Indoor Video Test


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I recorded a quick video with both the EVO 4G and my iPhone 4 at the same time. I wanted to compare, and let everyone decide for themselves which is the better device when it comes to video. I used the default settings for both phones.

The reason I chose to shoot indoors (with and without artificial light) was to better illustrate “extreme” conditions – knowing that people shoot video “inside” all the time with little regard for light sources.

Notes:

  • I didn’t edit the raw footage for a reason; compare sources for yourself. Original HTC EVO 4G sourceOriginal iPhone 4 source
  • The Evo seems to have a wider field of view compared to the iPhone.
  • The iPhone audio sampling rate is 44k (64Kbps) vs 8k (12.8Kbps) on the Evo.
  • Sunshine through my red curtains was difficult for each camera to handle.
  • The Evo lens seems to tint blue or red at times.
  • Frame rates were diminished on each device: 24fps (iPhone) vs 11fps (Evo).
  • The Evo produces an MPEG-4 “3GP” file vs an MPEG-4 “MOV” file from the iPhone.
  • The default Evo camera app is superior in features, but lackluster in performance.
  • Research indicates the Evo upscales 320p to 720p, FWIW.

Clearly, the Evo (with default settings) doesn’t hold a candle to the iPhone 4 (with default settings). I’m sure other camera apps would force the device(s) to record differently, but this test was designed to compare phone defaults.

While the iPhone isn’t perfect, I’d certainly consider it a Flip, Kodak Zi*, and Vado killer.

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HTC Evo 4G Indoor Video Test


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I recorded a quick video with both the EVO 4G and my iPhone 4 at the same time. I wanted to compare, and let everyone decide for themselves which is the better device when it comes to video. I used the default settings for both phones.

The reason I chose to shoot indoors (with and without artificial light) was to better illustrate “extreme” conditions – knowing that people shoot video “inside” all the time with little regard for light sources.

Notes:

  • I didn’t edit the raw footage for a reason; compare sources for yourself. Original HTC EVO 4G sourceOriginal iPhone 4 source
  • The Evo seems to have a wider field of view compared to the iPhone.
  • The iPhone audio sampling rate is 44k (64Kbps) vs 8k (12.8Kbps) on the Evo.
  • Sunshine through my red curtains was difficult for each camera to handle.
  • The Evo lens seems to tint blue or red at times.
  • Frame rates were diminished on each device: 24fps (iPhone) vs 11fps (Evo).
  • The Evo produces an MPEG-4 “3GP” file vs an MPEG-4 “MOV” file from the iPhone.
  • The default Evo camera app is superior in features, but lackluster in performance.
  • Research indicates the Evo upscales 320p to 720p, FWIW.

Clearly, the Evo (with default settings) doesn’t hold a candle to the iPhone 4 (with default settings). I’m sure other camera apps would force the device(s) to record differently, but this test was designed to compare phone defaults.

While the iPhone isn’t perfect, I’d certainly consider it a Flip, Kodak Zi*, and Vado killer.

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The New Rituals of Manhood: When Technology Obsessed Opinions Turn To Hatred

This is a guest post written by Imei Hsu, RN, MAC, LMHC.

For Apple iPhone 4OS fans, it’s Christmas in late June.

Millions of iPhone users will be picking up a pre-ordered phone or skipping happily to their doors when the delivery person arrives Wednesday June 23 and Thursday June 24, whilst newly recruited buyers will wrap their hands around their first iPhone.

As the “n00b of Social Media” and an observer to the cult-like following of the new iPhone 4OS, I’ll make my first light-hearted predictions: 1) AT&T will likely suffer a day’s disaster on their network from the surge of new users, 2) You won’t find many lines at Apple stores for the iPhone, as savvy customers have been alerted to how they can obtain iPhones without long lines, and 3) Android fanboys will continue to downplay the new iPhone 4OS’s features while punishing users and reviewers of Android products if they do not sing the praises of their beloved OS and features to the right tune.

As a psychotherapist, I lay on the table this statement: by opening my mouth and sharing my opinion, I know that some people might make it their personal mission statement to vomit something lewd, judgmental, or demeaning simply because they don’t agree with my opinion. This, in fact, is what has been happening on the Internet in such forums as Facebook updates and Youtube comments found on the pages of technology bloggers and reviewers.

If you take a few minutes to scan through the comments on Chris Pirillo’s video impressions on the HTC EVO 4G, as well as his impressions on the iOS 4 update as recorded from the HTC Evo, and finally the 12 things to love about the HTC EVO 4G, it doesn’t take a geek to notice a shift in the comments away from questions or descriptions about the products themselves. Without warning, comments contained character assumptions and assassinations, name calling, and unsubstantiated comparisons to just about anything in the universe.

Here’s a few “tame” examples (the worst were removed), in italics, below:

What a HATER…….remove the iphone from your colon….everyone loves this phone except you…no one is that stupid like (mr. likes dressing up his gay dogs) makes them out to be

I imagine your entire LIFE is too complicated and SUCKS.

This is what happens when you have Apple fanboy-ism invading on anything other than Apple. Apple could make a Tonka-like toy with one button and moo’s every time that button is pressed and these fanboys will say it’s better than absolutely anything on the market.

He didn’t point out any flaws. His whole purpose was to try and make the phone look stupid (it doesn’t SAY to swipe downward .. so the phone is dumb!). Actually.. he’s dumb. “Is WiFi on??” Well, idiot… try READING THE MANUAL! Does the phone have to provide moron tips on every screen to make this guy happy? For someone ‘reviewing’ smart phones he’s an idiot.

I can’t help but be fascinated by this phenomenon. What exactly are we seeing here? Humor me as I share with you my personal theory about why these tech-obsessed commenters have moved from opinion into hate statements against another person’s character and intelligence.

While society used to have rites of passage for young boys to prove their manhood, today’s kids have little left to them than the ability to pay for their tux and tails at a senior ball and an adult’s talk on how to use a condom to prevent a pregnancy and the spread of STD’s. If you click on the handles/names of the commenters, you’ll find that the majority of the “haters” are under the age of 25. Spelling and grammatical errors tip off readers when commenters age ranges are more likely 12 – 15 years old. If you’re a 12 – 15 year old boy (who likely isn’t even paying for the phone or the computer he uses), what would be one way to let people know you are a force to contend with?

Social scientists have an answer for that: Bare your teeth. Growl. Do what you can to get attention. These actions were all parts of rites of passages for young boys to prove that they belong to the world of men. They are no longer their mother’s boys. And these rites of passage are all but lost in the modern world of technology. Or are they?

Elizabeth Landau recently posted an interesting study about men’s health issues on Dr. Gupta’s blog for CNN. com. In her article, she cites a British study about men’s voices as an accurate predictor of the physical size of men and their ability to fight.

I’m wondering if social media platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Youtube are being adopted by teens and young men as an urban rite of passage. Without a spear to catch a fish or kill a giraffe for food, boys may be turning to the Internet to hunt for proof of their ability to “take on” the giants. They have access to technology writers, big companies, and celebrities in ways they didn’t have just five years ago. And what better way to quickly demonstrate the fight within them than to defend and use the tools they have to take their giants down?

If my theory is correct, what we’re seeing in the commentary thread is a fight against shame (i.e. Am i worthy? Am I tough?) fronted by a defense of one’s most beloved tools (an OS, a laptop, a smart phone, a software program, a platform). The tools are what allows these voices to be heard for their growls and grunts, and these must be defended at all costs. If and when the tools become obsolete or shown to be inferior, might the user also feel a sense of inferiority and shame? Does this explain the over-response we’re seeing in the commentary threads?

The fight becomes about the sword, not the samurai.

When there is nothing left to be done, the commenter moves onto character assassination mode. Get ready for some of the most boring use of expletives you have ever seen. [BTW, in my private practice, I remind clients that they should feel free to swear, but only if they do so in an interesting way]. Be prepared for a host of subjective and unsubstantiated comments, especially about your appearance, IQ, the way you sound, their projections and speculations about your sexual orientation or practices, or the level of happiness you may or may not be experiencing.

All in all, Social Media users should be prepared for less mature users to project their mother and father issues on you. They want validation for their tools, which they can then attribute to their own sense of character and self-esteem. Yes people, we’re seeing a correlation between online gaming and real life at its best: he who has the best tools gets the girl, has the charmed life, and wins the crowd. [Yuck.] It’s just not true. You still need to be a decent person. And for now, you still have to know how to write [there could be a day when writing becomes obsolete. But I digress.]

Rather than taking it personally, I would encourage readers to look beyond the commentary. Someone only defends something when he feels threatened. The threat could simply be a fight to belong. And ironically, the young samurai inside the armor may be trying to sock you in the arm to see if you will accept him. Don’t scrub comments that do not cross the boundaries of vulgarity and disrespect; allow these young samurai to learn from the community as well as the greater society about the reality of action and reaction.

Soon enough, they all learn what the rest of us know all too well: whatever gets said on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter ends up on Google forever. And ever. Amen.

B. Imei Hsu is a nurse psychotherapist, professional dance artist and instructor, and occasional guest blogger for Lockergnome. She continues to write about her 365-1/4 days as “the n00b of Social Media.” She owns an Android phone, a MacBook, and iPad, and a low-tech Siamese cat. And no, she did not pre-order an iPhone OS4.

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12 Reasons to Love the HTC Evo 4G / Google Android


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Here we go again! While I’m nowhere near ready to make a review (although I have already given my first impressions), I thought I’d take the time to point out some of the nicer features of the HTC Evo 4G – and, vicariously, the Android Platform.

You can’t “love” or “hate” a device based only on its spec sheet, gang – you have to use it. You have to feel it. You have to experience it. You have to share your initial impressions, which may very well be different from a lasting impression. Get it? Good.

Keep in mind that I always try to approach reviews and first impressions from the viewpoint of an average user. I ask myself if the item in my hand is going to be intuitive to them and not just to an expert or power-user.

Twelve things I happen to love about the HTC EVO 4G (and the Android platform) thus far:

  • I’m digging the screen. It’s about 4.3″ in length and is 480×800 resolution. It’s crystal-clear and very responsive to the touch.
  • The feedback when interacting with elements on the screen is quite cool.There’s a vibrating touch that happens anytime you are tapping an application on the screen.
  • I have all of these different icons on my Home screen. They’re widgets! It’s very easy to add widgets, too.
  • In the background is an animated wallpaper. As you drag across your screen, the wallpaper will change perspective.
  • I love having the FM radio on the EVO 4G! Believe it or not, I still use the radio quite often.
  • Even though I don’t feel the output of the default camera app is all that wonderful, I do love the amount of settings that it has. I love being able to quickly change effects, contrast, sharpness and much more.
  • The Android Marketplace has several thousand apps available. I checked out the “top free” apps off the bat. Before you download an application, you’ll be given information about it. You’ll see more about what the app will do, and how it will interface with your platform. It will tell you what parts of your phone it will have access to. Google is giving users more of an idea of what – exactly – they’re installing.
  • I am VERY impressed with the voice mail on this device/platform. You can reply to a voice mail without having to dial the person back! You can also mark a message as urgent or mark it for usage later. I am impressed… big time.
  • The notifications bar could be done a bit better. It’s hard to hit the right area with accuracy. I don’t know if it’s due to the sensitivity of the screen, or the touch-points of the bar itself. It’s great, though, to have easy access to a variety of apps instead of disruptive notifications like I have on my iPhone.
  • I like the connect options. I can choose how this device is connected to a computer, including being able to mount the internal storage as a disc. This allows me to quickly add files. It gives you more granular control.
  • If you’re addicted to software in any kind of marketplace, you’ll love this. You can choose whether or not you want the phone to allow you to install things from non-Market applications.
  • I love being able to turn this thing into a hotspot. I can easily connect other devices to it and save myself headaches when I’m out in the field. It’s a nice feature to have when I’m on the go.

Some of these features are found in any Android device, but others are specific to the EVO 4G. For the money, I don’t think you’ll find a bigger screen and wider array of options. You’ll also find one heck of an enthusiastic community.

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iPhone 3GS vs HTC Evo 4G: Battery Life


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My initial impressions of the HTC Evo 4G were attacked for various reasons, some people going as far as to blame me for somebody else’s shortcomings. It wasn’t a review (hence, containing the word “impressions” in the title). Now, since I didn’t mention it directly in this video – yes, Sprint did send me the device to play with (and I purchased the iPhone with my own money).

Some of you accused me for being an Apple fanboi (and looking at an Android device through rose-tinted glasses). Okay, fine – let’s see how the HTC Evo 4G stacks up against the iPhone 3GS as far as battery life is concerned.

Oh, and… you might wanna read these posts from fellow Android fans at Gizmodo and TechCrunch subsidiary MobileCrunch.

I’m not the only one claiming that the HTC Evo 4G’s battery life leaves something to be desired. Still, I’m sure several of you will take this as an opportunity to tell me that I’m biased again… despite having shown you just how well these two devices stack up in terms of core functionality.

I’d much rather have 60% battery life left at the end of the day of average usage compared to 15% after not having used the device at all. Swapping batteries? Sure. People love carrying extra batteries around – and they love the added expense, too.

After reading some of the commentary left on YouTube for this video, I’m not sure whether to laugh, cry or throw up in my mouth a little. I am including a few here for your enjoyment (or horror), along with my reactions directly underneath.

  • myandroid4G says that “you can clearly see this idiot left 4g on with a low signal witch mean the phone was searching for a 4g signal the whole time then your bluetooth been on mad long. lmao. stop being a fool and stop making yourself and your family look bad. I feel bad for your fans. Please someone with the overclock come show this fool this phone can last 2 days on one charge. You cant even hack the iphone to do that. Fucking stupid ass idiot, keep making yourself look foolish. lmao”
  • My reply to that was along the lines of: “Nice unbiased username you have there! Okay, fandroidism aside – you’re suggesting that the average user is going to understand half of what you suggested? Right. They’re going to turn on their phone and expect it to last all day – and it likely will not, as evidenced by several impartial reviews (even if you were to prove that I was unabashedly biased). Even Android fanbois are having issue with the Evo’s battery life! 🙂 How, again, is this MY problem?

  • drakeknowstechnology stated emphatically that “well the reason for the dead evo battery is because you have it set to have programs running in the background and that kills the battery.”
  • My reply: “Dude. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. You’re suggesting that to get the most out of this phone, I need to… turn off its features? Alright. I capitulate. The HTC Evo 4G is awesome if you turn everything off. Happy?

  • RoboRope swears that I am “so wrong with this video. No way will the EVO be dead in 5 hours with no use.”
  • My reply was tongue-in-cheek, of course: “Holy shitballs, you’ve got to be kidding me?! I took the time to show you the battery usage screen… and I’m… wrong? No, no, no don’t shoot the messenger.”

  • TokyoNerd scoffed: “Of course the HTC EVO would drain the battery quick, it’s a more powerful device. More power = more battery usage. And also, we all know Apple makes the best batteries, so you don’t need to rub it in.”
  • I graciously offered: “You’re right. A more fair comparison would be against the iPhone 4, which purports to have 40% more battery life than the iPhone 3GS. The HTC Evo 4G’s battery life would look to be even WORSE in that comparison. You’re trying to further the argument, but you’re unintentionally supporting my side of it.”

  • Jambo310 tried to act all tough in saying: “Ugh total bias, you either did not charge the device sufficiently when you got it or are just lying, I know for a FACT that the evo lasts from when you get up to when you go to bed (just personal experience) with heavy usage of texting and phone calls and moderate usage of the other features (not bluetooth).”
  • I had to set him straight: “Charging it overnight isn’t “sufficient?” Whatever. And turning off Bluetooth isn’t a workaround – it’s a lame cop out. You’re resorting to unfounded accusations – suggesting I’m lying is the only way to bolster your position? I don’t understand how empirical evidence is anywhere near biased. What you’re looking at is as factual as it gets, dude. Read Gizmodo. Read MobileCrunch. They say the same damn thing. Battery life after meager usage is ghastly.”

  • Bowzer27 chimed in with: ” it went out quick because you had the Bluetooth on, which uses allot of power.”
  • Really? I replied: “The iPhone had Bluetooth on as well. What’s your point? If you buy a device only to turn off its features, what’s the point of buying that device in the first place? My point stands.”

As you can see, the fandroids are out for blood. Apparently, they completely missed two important points I was attempting to make:

  • Yes, this is a smartphone. However, does that mean only highly-experienced people should be able to use it? Why should it be so inherently difficult to figure out basic functions for the “everyday” users?
  • You shouldn’t have to turn off features in order to get the battery to last longer. That’s just insane.

The best comment of the day, though, reminded me exactly WHY I do what I do, and why I love to do video reviews and impressions (emphasis mine):

iTalkApple stated simply: “Best video I’ve seen about the EVO 4G. I like how you consider what the average consumer will think and aren’t afraid to criticize.”

So let’s have it: What are YOUR thoughts? Is the EVO 4G really having issues, or is it the best thing since sliced bread?

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