Over the past few days, I’ve sent out a few tweets (including this, this, this, this, and others) talking about the ridiculousness of the HTC Evo’s battery life. Everything I said was completely true. Sure, it was opinionated, but I think anyone in their right mind would agree with me. Of course, negative opinions do not come without criticism, do they? To those of you who emailed me, @replied/DMed me on Twitter, and commented on my Evo articles, you are a fool to believe that the HTC Evo is an iPhone competitor.
The HTC Evo is a powerful phone, there’s no doubt about it. It would be awesome if I wasn’t getting the “Connect your charger” message after just four hours of using it for nothing but SMS. But THAT is exactly what’s happening to me. Also, the buttons at the bottom are in a very inconvenient place that makes it impossible to not touch them while doing other things. I accidentally open the search box every time I switch to landscape mode. Also, I couldn’t receive texts at all the other day, but that was Sprint’s fault. And somehow because I complain about that, I deserve verbal abuse? I deserve to be blamed for the shortcomings of someone else’s device and operating system? How is that fair? Perhaps there is more of a problem with the Android community than Android OS itself.
Sure, I’ve been told that my battery life will improve if I install a task killer. But why should I have to install a third-party app just to make my device function the way it is supposed to? I’m a geek. But as a tech journalist, I try to exit my geeky state of mind and look at things in the perspective of an average user. Honestly, I highly doubt the average user is going to want to install a task killer they don’t know how to use just to make their shiny new phone live up to their expectations. If you don’t know what you’re doing, a task killer can really mess things up for you.
I have also been told that it will help my battery life if I disable 4G, WiFi, and other features, as well as avoid usage of the camera and data-intensive apps. Really? REALLY? You want me to disable all the features that make the Evo a smartphone just to improve my battery? That’s like going back to the old chunky Nokia days, but with a bigger screen. Maybe I should disable that too, huh? Someone on Twitter actually suggested putting it in airplane mode. I’m hoping to God that was dry humor.
If you are debating about whether you should get the HTC Evo or the iPhone 4, go with the iPhone 4. I would rather you have to deal with AT&T’s crappy service and Apple’s dictatorial restrictions than have a device you’re just not going to be happy with.