Living With The Sprint HTC Evo

I’ve been living with my HTC Evo now for a few weeks, long enough where I can make a few informed observations about the device.

The Evo’s 4.3 inch multi-touch screen is superb. I’ve been surprised by the brightness and readability of the Evo’s screen even in a vehicle or outdoors in sunlight. The screen is big enough to be useful, yet the device still fits into a regular shirt pocket.

The Evo is fast and responsive. It seems that no matter what programs are open, the Evo remains just as responsive — there’s no wait for programs or configuration screens to pop open. The other smart phones I’ve owned in the past are dog-slow and sluggish by comparison.

The HTC’s “Sense” user interface that sits on top of Android is a winner. Popular social networking sites are slickly integrated right into every aspect of the phone’s functionality, making it possible to share most everything you can think of with a couple of taps.

The WiFi hotspot feature is also a tremendous convenience. It does have its quirks though. I’ve found that if I have opened up a bunch of different applications in the course of using the phone, if I then open up the WiFi hotspot feature, something will go wrong after a few hours and turn off the battery’s charging circuit. Something I have installed and am running may be causing this to happen. If I reboot the phone and then run the WiFi hotspot feature, this problem doesn’t occur and the battery keeps charging when it’s plugged in to AC power.

The integrated GPS is able to quickly find a signal. There are two GPS navigation choices that are included – Google Navigation and Sprint Navigation. Both work exactly as expected. I find myself making the most use of Google Navigation and Google Maps. The ability to search for businesses in a local area based on the phone’s own GPS location is extremely useful and I typically find I use that feature several times a day.

4G is currently not a good reason to buy an Evo because 4G coverage is currently extremely limited. This situation is in the process of changing. In the meantime, I’m happy with Sprint’s 3G coverage. I knew about this 4G limitation going in to getting this phone, so it’s not a problem for me. In reality, it’s likely going to take two or three years before 4G is widely deployed. I’ve been a Sprint data customer for more than 5 years, so I’ve witnessed (and lived with) the process firsthand of them going from 1XRT service that was limited to the eastern half of the country to widely-deployed EVDO Rev “A” 3G service.

Android is light years better than Windows Mobile 5, 6 or 6.5. When Android needs to pull data from the Internet it quickly pulls it without fuss or muss. All the versions of Windows Mobile I’ve dealt with have a “Dial-up Networking” routine they have to go through just as if it was a desktop computer connecting via a modem, which is slow and sometimes prone to fail. Windows Mobile data connections must be manually closed when not in use or they can drain the battery. Android just does what you expect it to without jumping through a bunch of hoops.

The Evo’s main 8 megapixel camera is very good, and the interface allows instant uploading of photos to services such as Flickr and Facebook. The front-facing camera will work with a free program called “Fring” that will allow two-way video conferencing, but I’ve found Fring’s interface confused and somewhat unreliable.

Sprint appears to be blocking the uploading of videos recorded on the phone even through the phone’s integrated browser when signed in to YouTube. However, I was able to email a video as an attachment to my YouTube account.

The Evo’s “HD video” recording capability is not anywhere close to HD standards. Furthermore, the sound quality of recorded video and audio is quite poor. The Evo is not a replacement for a real video camera. It is only fair to note here that all iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads have superior audio recording capabilities. Also the iPhone 4’s HD video recording capabilities are obviously quite superior to the Evo’s.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the HTC Evo. That being said, keep in mind that it requires expensive voice/data plans if you wish to take advantage of all its capabilities. Furthermore as a two and one half year plus Sprint customer I’m satisfied with the quality and speed of the Sprint network.

GNC-2009-10-02 #516 Taking the Show on the Road

Next stop Washington DC and the start of nearly a month of the show on the road. Crazy busy here getting ready to head out and know that time here in Honolulu will be severely limited but I have clients that I have to work with in person.

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Microsoft Exec Pay Cuts
Feeddemon Version 3.0
Botnets our of Control!
Scoble says Google Waves overhyped.
Gigaom gives Google Wave thumbs up?
25 Million Pitch!
Secret Service likely scare kid big time!
Facebook Rouge Accounts!
Comcast/NBC?
Apple to Replace Google Maps?
Sidewiki do you like or hate?
Text and Phone ban for Federal Employees!
Text + Drive + Death + Felony = Jail
Google fanning Spyware Sites!
Fake Twitter Account + Liable = Lawsuit
ICANN cuts US Umbilical Cord!
Docs to go gets Excell!
Windows 7 Compatibility Site.
Recovery.org not Accessible?
NY MTA smells the roses!
No Privacy Patriot Act!
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The Moon like you have never seen it!
Sideways Alarm Clock Ridiculous Price!
Windows 7 Party Pack Unpacked!
Pre-Paid Apps Tomorrow!
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Nissan Anti Crash Robot!
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GNC-2009-05-04 #474 You have to Watch to Win!

You have to watch to win! Video link is in the show notes.  One more show here in Honolulu before I take the show on the road. It will be a very busy May and June as farmers say you have to make hay while sun shines. No locked in travel plans yet for listener meet-ups but will advise when I can. Tonight’s show has some incredible stories that will cause your eyebrows to raise.

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Show Topic Notes:
Firefox hits projected 270 million users.
Verizon says WiFi for all broadband customers through Boingo.
Should startup founders Starve?
Video Embed Widgets to control your own brand!
Some really great Flickr Search Tools from Mashable.
Amazing Story of a Rouge Botnet controlled by Good Guys.
Parental Control on the iPhone.
Control your own short url service don’t pay for it!
New Amazon Reader on Wednesday supposed to be Big!
YouTube say NO ads in Your own Videos!
Nettica suffers DDOS that shuts down thousands of Websites!
Sprint customers are leaving in droves bleeding red ink everywhere!
LexisNexis waits 5 years to tell customers of Serious Security breach?
MPAA and RIAA site feature TorrentFreak content through XSS hack!
Who have you shared your email password with lately?
16 Drupal Clones which are great if you can find someone to design a template!
The true cost of Bandwidth that the ISP’s don’t want you to know about.
Time to get rid of some space junk with sails!
Limwire tells Congress that Limewire 5 shares nothing without notification.
Hubble repair crew ready to fly!
Can digital paper save the newspaper industry.. In a word NOPE.
Ex RIAA Lawyer at DOJ to work RIAA cases after 1 year?
193 Lasers to Ignite and create Mini Star???????? Why????

Making Money on Your Photos

I have been selling photos taken with my digital camera for several years. I use Fotolio.com and have made a few bucks. I do not in any way feel like I am a professional, but my little Kodak digital camera can take some amazing pictures sometimes, and besides sharing them on my personal blog, I like to see them go to good use. Pictures I’ve sold include shots of trees, mountains, kids playing a park, and lakes. Nothing remarkable, but someone liked them enough to buy them. Selling photos you’ve taken on stock photo sites is a good way to make a bit of extra income, although for me “lucrative” is not a word I’d use to describe it.

But there are some that are making quite a living at it, including college students, stay-at-home moms, and retired people. One college student featured in a USAToday article is making a six-figure income from selling photos on iStockphoto.com. I’d say that’s a bit more than “supplemental income.”

Word comes today that flckr.com, the home of amateur and professional photographers alike, is teaming up with Getty Images, the world’s leading stock photography repository. Initially, the offering to flickr users to upload photos to Getty will be by invitation only, but eventually, there should be a more open arrangement.

Maybe it’s time to dig through your folders full of digital photos and see if you have anything worthy of selling through a stock-photo website? It’s certainly a low-overhead way to pick up a few extra bucks.

GNC-2007-05-15 #267

Live from NYC by the way don’t stay at Holiday Inn Express in Manhattan the bandwidth really sucks. Mini NYC update as well.

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Show Notes:
Unwanted Experiences
Astronomy Pic of the Day
Skype and Walmart
Austin Scouts
AppleScript Windows Boot
Microsoft declares War
Big Brother can now Listen
Zune Factory
Firefox takes on Flash
Blog Audio
TwitterVision
FlickrVision
Blackberry Helmet
Comcast 0 Day Movies
Paid Download TV is Dead
Progress to ISS

GNC-2007-02-23 #244

Ok early morning departure for Honolulu time to get out of Florida and head home to be with the family. Quick 55 minute show tonight back to full format next show.

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Bandwagon
OpenDesigns
Google Apps
WordPress Digg
Tall Bridge
SEDO Primer
Planet Chemical Makeup
CNN 25 Startups
Skype – FCC – Wireless Battle
CG Picture
YouTube – CBS
ODEO For Sale
RIAA Appeals
Space Shuttle Car!
Apple and Cisco
FeedDemon Tease
Google and Office Game
RSS Data by FeedBurner
XM – Sirius Analysis
Vista not for Everyone
Cheap CD’s
Spacewalk ISS
Two Routers
Digital Surveillance
RIAA Top 25 Bad Boy Schools
Flickr Surprise

GNC-2007-02-02 #239

Lots of great content for a Friday show almost felt like a Tuesday podcast. Lots of Vista news and I talk some on Linux as well.

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Show Notes:
MyBlogLog Interview
Vista Speech Flaw
Zune Exec Leaves
ISS Toxic Leak
TiVo Spying on You?
Apple & Cisco
Vista Workaround
Zune Screen Cracking?
Art or Terror
Pirate Bay getting Weird!
Vista – Ubuntu Hoax
Digg Changes
Measuring Internet Traffic
BitTorrent Dialouge
Confessions of a Switcher
Linux Not Ready for Business?
Vista CableCard?
90% Games broken with Vista?
1951 Postal System
iTunes DOA with Vista
NFL Cracks Down!
USB Posture Device
Vista Multiple Validations?
BlogWerk !!!
Whats Cool at Demo!
Digg Payola Exposed
BitTorrent and Net Neutrality
Flickr Users Mad!
PayPerPost Kicks up the Ante
China Space Weapon Endangers World
Internet Predictions
Zoho Notebook !!!
Med.Dium

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