Monday, August 15, 2011

My initial impressions using the HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint

I've been testing the HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint for several days now. This is a 7" Android slate tablet that also has the ability to accept input using the HTC Scribe pen. This is not your Wacom-based active digitizer. Rather, the HTC Scribe Digital Pen uses the same type of technology found on devices like the HP Slate 500 (N-trig DuoSense). So, the pen uses a AAAA battery and has functional buttons so that you can draw, erase, etc. This is a great little tablet for health care professionals who are accustomed to pen-based input.

The HTC EVO View 4G fits nicely in a white coat pocket. I was showing this to a hospital CMIO who said, "I'm going to get one." Although the Apple iPad is a very nice device, it really doesn't fit into a standard white coat pocket. The 7" HTC EVO View 4G fits very easily. Plus, the Android OS is familiar to anyone who already has an Android smartphone.

My initial impressions:

  • Very nice tablet running Android 
  • Small and light: fits easily into a white coat pocket
  • The pen-based input works well (HTC Scribe Technology), but it is not as smooth and accurate as Wacom-based tablets
  • Great to have cameras on the front and back
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) speeds from Sprint are excellent
I'll be posting additional thoughts as I spend more time with this device. 

Here's a brief description of the EVO View 4G:

Sprint and HTC’s first 3G/4G Android tablet together, HTC EVO View 4G, will bring the best of the HTC EVO experience into a tablet design with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor and the latest version of HTC Sense. As the perfect combination e-reader, media player and portable computing device, HTC EVO View 4G offers a premium entertainment experience with HD-quality video and a rich Web-browsing experience with the ability to browse the Web on Flash-enabled sites.

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