Battery Life

There’s no other way to put it: the EVO 4G has terrible battery life. It’s worse than the iPhone 3GS, worse than the Incredible, worse than the Nexus One and far worse than the iPhone 4. If you travel at all, this is not the Droid you’ve been looking for. All of our battery life tests were run from a clean boot with no extra apps downloaded/installed in the background. We didn't forcefully remove anything that shipped on the device however. This is representative of the out of box experience you'd get from a brand new EVO 4G. WiFi and 4G were disabled unless they were in use.

Battery Life
  HTC EVO 4G Apple iPhone 3GS HTC Droid Incredible Google Nexus One
Wireless Web Browsing (3G) 3.58 hours 4.82 hours 2.83 hours 3.77 hours
Wireless Web Browsing (4G) 3.58 hours N/A N/A N/A
Wireless Web Browsing (WiFi) 7.77 hours 8.83 hours 5.23 hours 5.62 hours
3G Talk Time 3.95 hours 4.82 hours 5.82 hours 4.67 hours
H.264 Video Playback 3.63 hours      

Continuous talk time is just under 4 hours. Wireless web browsing? 3.5 hours. The latter is actually surprising given that I measured 3.5 hours on both 3G and 4G networks. According to Sprint when the phone is stationary, power draw on both 3G and 4G should be relatively similar. When searching for a 4G signal however the battery life should be considerably worse, which is why many EVO owners resort to turning off 4G when they don't need it.

Video playback is also pretty bad. While the display is great for watching movies, even in airplane mode with the display cranked all the way up the EVO 4G only lasted 3 hours and 38 minutes in our H.264 playback test. That's not much better than most notebooks.

WiFi web browsing is actually realy good, at nearly 8 hours if you can stay off the cell radio you'll actually do just fine with the EVO 4G.

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  • DigitalFreak - Monday, June 28, 2010 - link

    Problem is, no one knows when the EVO will be getting the 2.2 upgrade. Sometime this year is the only official word. Reply
  • finbarqs - Monday, June 28, 2010 - link

    The "choppiness" and/or "lagginess" during scrolls is due to one MAJOR flaw in the EVO 4G Design:

    30 FPS cap!

    our favorite XDA developers found a way around it on some EVO's with the proper hardware...
    Reply
  • MrBrownSound - Monday, June 28, 2010 - link

    Hopefully Froyo will sway people to take a second look at evo. Reply
  • alfredska - Monday, June 28, 2010 - link

    Little late to the game with an EVO 4G review aren't we? Engadget and others already have quite comprehensive reviews. Reply
  • RamarC - Monday, June 28, 2010 - link

    I just got an evo today and I like it. Since I have 4 phones on a family plan (including a hero and moment), I'm married to Sprint. And since all 4 only cost $170 a month (with unlimited text n data), the price is too good to consider a divorce. Performance is good and it meets my expectations. Comparatively it might be a bit lacking, but it's a good upgrade to anyone who doesn't have/want an iPhone. Reply
  • MrX8503 - Monday, June 28, 2010 - link

    Awesome review Anand, I wish I was able to hold off on buying cellphones before your review as it would of helped a great deal.

    After buying the EVO, I also noticed the lag and performance issues. People thought I was crazy and most review sites don't even mention this. A lot of other tech sites get their reviews out quick, but none of them are as thorough as yours or pick up the little details.
    Reply
  • nkf - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - link

    While the default keyboard on the EVO is pretty good (big screen helps), you might like to try out the Swype beta. Usual disclaimers (yes, it's a beta. no, I have nothing to do with swype except as a user, etc, etc).

    Have had it for a few days now (on the recommendation of some other android owners), and it has sped up my typing and accuracy by a huge amount.
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  • mrdeez - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - link

    I have had the Evo since day one and haven't noticed any lag whatsoever...I don't know what phone your talking about but this one loads pages fast and have had no lagg issues on mine...I'm stock with Advance Task Killer and some games and apps 2.1...

    What I like:
    Speed
    Screen
    Speech to text
    Camera and camcorder
    Android
    Options Galore
    Its not an iphone

    What I don't like:
    Screen sometimes too sensitive
    Music player is too low
    Paying for 4g-don't have it...aah the cost of early adoption!

    This is my first android phone and I left apple pho..I mean at&t because I was tired of waiting for a android phone......I'm very happy with sprint.
    Reply
  • t13190 - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - link

    Just wanted everyone to know that as of now a Sprint/Clear is limiting 4G upload speed to 1Mbps until they get more bandwidth available Reply
  • Deusfaux - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - link

    You might find the HTC Desire to be the right mix of what you're looking for in a phone. It's the 4th pillar, if you consider you've looked at the top HTC Android phones for the other 3 big networks.

    Should be out in a month or so.

    Also, how does one go about emailing or contacting you about something else?
    Reply

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