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Should You Buy the EVO? Pros and Cons of the Next Big Android Phone

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Google#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web ProsThe pros list is easy – it’s a list of what the EVO offers: 4G (via WiMAX)1 GHz Snapdragon processor1 GB built-in memory512 MB RAMWi-Fi4.3-inch screenmicroSD card slot720p video recording and playbackHDMI out to your HDTV8.0 megapixel camera1.3 megapixel front-facing cameraMobile hotspot capability for up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devicesVisual voicemailLive video sharing via QikFM tunerSocial networking integration and access to Android Market’s 30,000 plus appsSprint apps (Sprint TV, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile)GPS, compass, proximity and motion sensorsOption to pick either the HTC Sense UI or the stock Android experienceConsAs for the cons, there aren’t many when it comes to the phone’s specs. Some may find the phone’s built-in kickstand (which allows you to prop up the phone to watch video) a design flub. It may also be a part that could easily break. But mostly, liking or not liking the kickstand is a point of personal taste. Others will cheer for EVO’s ability to run Adobe Flash, a capability Sprint touts as “a full, no-compromise Internet experience.” However, this feature could also be seen as a detriment, potentially eating up battery life and overworking the CPU. Plus, Hulu, one of the major holdouts when it comes to Flash, isn’t switching to HTML5 video anytime soon. And Hulu is blocked on mobile devices anyway. That means no Hulu on the EVO, sorry. But the biggest con may be the way Sprint has chosen to price the EVO’s data plan and services. According to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, who finally revealed pricing at a special event last week, the phone will be available for $199.99 (after a mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract. PricingTo use the data service on the phone, you’ll need Sprint’s “Everything Data Plan,” which starts at $69.99 per month. However, if you want to use the 4G data, you have to pay an extra $10 on top of your data plan. Those who do so have access to unlimited 3G data, too, but it still feels a bit like nickel-and-diming to charge extra for what’s arguably the key selling point of the phone. Why not just build it into the base price?What’s more, if you want to share your phone’s data connection via the EVO’s Wi-Fi hotspot feature, that’s another $29.99 per month.Given these prices, the EVO is not the cheapest option among today’s smartphones ($69.99 + $10 + $29.99 = $109.99), but it’s not the most expensive either. One thing to note, though, is that the $69.99 “Everything Data Plan” only includes 450 Anytime Minutes. If you want more minutes, you can choose the next step up – 900 minutes for $89.99. Now the phone is starting to get a little pricey ($89.99 + $10 + $29.99 = $129.99). Can you still afford it?4G CoverageThen there’s the fact that many are still without 4G coverage. (You can check Sprint’s 4G cities list here.) Clearwire, a Sprint partner who’s building out the 4G service, recently announced that 18 more cities would be getting 4G by the summer, but some of the larger cities (including N.Y, L.A., San Francisco, etc.) are still waiting. (You can see the complete list of Clearwire cities here). Is the price still worth it if you don’t have 4G?Getting the RebateAnother con: a mail-in rebate if you buy directly from Sprint. A better option is to head into a Best Buy or Radio Shack store instead where you can receive the $199.99 price immediately. Radio Shack even offers a free $20 gift card which can be used towards buying accessories when the phone arrives on the June 4th. (OK, that could be a pro). Worth It?Given the expense of owning an EVO, it’s now less of a sure thing for those looking for a new smartphone plan with the most minutes. The EVO offers a lot of great features, but they’re not coming cheap by any means, although that’s true for most smartphones. And there’s one more concern, too. How is Sprint handling the Wi-Fi hotspot plan when this very feature is rumored to be included in the next version of the Android OS? Will they cripple the phone’s ability to upgrade? We asked a Sprint representative this question and they simply referred us the phone’s spec sheet. When we followed up to reiterate the question, we received no response, not even a “no comment.” That’s a bit concerning. Still, all this being said, the EVO looks like it will be a great device…but maybe just for those that can afford it. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Forget the Nexus One, Google’s failed attempt at marketing its own “iPhone killer” via the web – the next big “Google Phone” is definitely going to be HTC’s EVO, the first 4G Android smartphone to hit the U.S.Arriving June 4th on Sprint, the EVO comes with a loaded spec sheet that includes everything you could possibly want in a smartphone and then some: 4G, a built-in mobile hotspot, dual cameras, HDMI output, FM tuner and more.But is the EVO being over-hyped or is it worth the price? We examine the pros and cons.When we first heard about the upcoming HTC EVO 4G, announced at the CTIA conference earlier this year, it sounded like the perfect Android device. Not only does is it a 4G phone (via Sprint’s WiMAX, a next-generation cellular network), but it includes so many incredible specs, it was downright impossible for gadget junkies not to drool over the device. But the reality is here, and by reality, we mean pricing plans. And the EVO is not cheap. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Jamia Millia open to students’ union poll, court told

first_imgThe Jamia Millia Islamia recently informed the Delhi High Court that an experimental attempt could be made for holding elections to the students’ union which was banned six years ago.Jamia filed an affidavit before the court on a plea seeking quashing of the 2006 decision of the central university to ban elections to the students’ union.”The committee was mindful of the fact that, despite the prevailing situation in the campus, considering that the Jamia Students’ Union was dissolved six years ago, a renewed attempt should be made to provide a representative body to the students by way of an experiment,” said the university through an affidavit filed before a division bench of Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice Vipin Sanghi.The university also submitted that its executive council had accepted the recommendations of a six-member committee of academicians, constituted by the Vice-Chancellor (VC) pursuant to court’s earlier order to look into the aspect.The affidavit said that the committee also drafted rules and regulations for the students’ union election.”The committee drafted rules and regulations for putting in place a mechanism to elect the Jamia Students’ Union and also set out a model code of conduct to implement the proposed structure,” said the affidavit.The court asked advocate Sitab Ali Chaudhary, appearing for petitioner Hamidur Rehman, a final year undergraduate student, to file the reply on Jamia’s affidavit by November 5.The court was hearing a plea seeking a direction to university to hold election to students’ union, alleging that it was unreasonable on the part of the university to ban the union in March 2006.”Union elections are no more being held, there is nobody in the campus to address the students’ grievances and problems and that is why they are being harassed and tortured frequently,” Rahman said in his petition.He said that the polls had not been held since March 31, 2006 despite several representations and requests by students.The university in March 2006 dissolved the students’ union without giving any reason, the petition said.The petitioner alleged that despite the central government and the University Grants Commission asking Jamia to conduct the student union elections, no action had been taken.- With inputs from IANSadvertisementlast_img read more

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