A discussion thread from the Mass GTUG group this morning wandered onto the topic of whether people were using the Sprint Evo phone that Google I/O 2010 attendees received. Most people on the thread said they weren't using it much unless they had made it their primary mobile phone. It's not my primary phone either, but I've kept using mine for various reasons and I thought I'd share them to a larger audience.
- First off, I find the Evo has an excellent camera. It takes great 8MP shots with low shutter lag, especially compared to the lag on my Droid. It even takes better shots than my pocket Nikon! And I love how the photos are geo-tagged because the Evo, like most modern cellphones, has a built-in GPS receiver. So, I end up taking the Evo along with me on trips instead of a digital camera.
- Secondly, this phone has a great battery life. I know, I know-- many of you who are familiar with Evo's are goggling in disbelief at that statement, knowing that when the Evo first came out its battery would often last less than an 8-hour workday. But when it's a secondary device not used to make cellphone calls, you can put it in airplane mode. With the antennas turned off, the battery can last me over a week.
- Third, the Evo's nice large screen makes it a great ebook device. It's got that beautiful 4.3-inch screen which is a joy to read with. Yet another reason to bring the Evo along on your travels.
- Finally, for those of you who like gaming (or have kids who like gaming), the Evo is a good gaming device, and keeps your kids away from your own phone on car trips. Did I state that clearly? Having an extra Evo phone around keeps your kids away from your own phone. 'Nuff said.
And remember, the more you use your Evo as a camera, e-reader, game console, and all-around media device, the less you consume your primary phone's battery. I don't carry the Evo around with me every day, but when I travel or go someplace where I want to take pictures, it's a lifesaver.