Does anyone have the new HTC Evo Android phone from Sprint? If so, how do you get the Hotspot tethering feature to work? It's supposed to work as a WiFi hotspot, but I can't make it work. I keep getting "Error Code 67. Registration failure. etc."
asked Jun 05 '10 at 08:11
I have the Evo and am mostly very satisfied with it, though it is not without flaws.
First off, to answer your question about WiFi tethering, you can only do that if you are paying Sprint for the feature. If you haven't added that as part of your plan, it's not going to work. If you have, I don't really have any other advice for you because I haven't so I don't know how to set it up.
To respond to jhagwire's comment about the battery life, I agree that the Evo doesn't have very good battery life but it can certainly get more than 6 hours with moderate use. Mine lasts 8-10 hours on one charge with moderate use. I leave BlueTooth, WiFi, and 4G off when I'm not using them, but leave GPS on. I've also modified the settings for my various account syncs so that they happen less frequently.
MobileCrunch compared the Evo to a Ferrari in their review. It's an appropriate comparison, seeing as how Ferrari cars only get about 10-15 mpg. I knew before the phone even came out that I should expect to plug it in as often as possible in exchange for all the power that it's packing. Any tech geek who doesn't expect that simply from the device specs alone isn't paying attention. That said, since the device is a Ferrari, it is a mistake the market it to the average consumer who may be less willing to trade battery life for power. In that sense, the Evo is definitely not an iPhone killer. That doesn't mean that it's a bad device.
Like I said, though, the Evo is not without its flaws. Primarily, the WiFi radio is not very good at all. I am confident that this will be fixed over time, but I don't know if it is a hardware or software issue. If it is a hardware issue, early adopters like me may be left with faulty devices. It is my single biggest complaint about the phone, because I get a poor connection in places where my laptop connection is excellent.
The device is currently limited to 30fps, but there have been a number of complaints on this issue so I think it will be fixed eventually through a software update. The iPhone camera is also definitely better than the Evo's, but I think the Evo's is perfectly acceptable.
I just don't count the battery among those, because it should be obvious based on the Evo's specs that it will have poor battery life. Even when I was using a Palm Centro, I made a point to leave it plugged in overnight, when I was in my car, and occasionally at other times throughout the day. The Evo is way more powerful, and so I do the same: it stays plugged in while I sleep, when I drive, and when I'm at the computer (through USB).
The Evo is a Ferrari, and it has the terrible gas mileage to go with that fact, but I'm happy to be driving a Ferrari instead of a more reasonable sedan like the iPhone. In exchange, I get a huge screen, a nice kickstand for viewing media, and the generally excellent Android operating system to top it all off. Using Android, I get push notifications for GMail, an incredibly customizable homescreen through the use of widgets (something I couldn't imagine going without now that I've used them), great integration with most other Google services, and a more open and free Marketplace.
iPhone certainly has its place though, and the iPhone 4 looks like a great device. It's certainly the device I would recommend to my mom if she asked me what phone to get today to replace her flip phone. That's the beauty of market competition: you get a variety of different options that appeal to different types of people. For me, the Evo is preferred over the iPhone hands-down, but for others that won't be the case. The thing is, it's important to remember that just because a device is not the right choice for you that doesn't mean it's a bad device.
answered Jun 22 '10 at 03:30
I have it, and although I like the beautiful large screen, it has abysmal battery life. I'm lucky if it lasts 6 hours. It won't even last overnight when it's idle! It has many capabilities but it's not as easy to use as an iPhone. The text input is not very good either, especially in portrait mode. My appraisal: stick with iPhone (or perhaps another Android phone, the "Incredible"?).
answered Jun 10 '10 at 08:14