Anyone who pays much attention to the “mobile device” scene knows that consumers rule. The market is all about style, creating buzz with the device, and loading up on its fun and games capabilities. If somebody can use it for business, fine, but that’s not what matters.
So it’s refreshing when a device comes out that turns that model around, carefully considering the needs of business users. The device in question is the HTC EVO 4G, which Sprint launched last week. Not that the HTC EVO 4G isn’t stylish and buzz-worthy, but it is a tool that can revolutionize business.
For instance, it offers simultaneous voice and data capability, so users can view documents and files during a conversation, or look something up online while talking to a colleague. The capabilities of the 4G network that supports it encourages use of the HTC EVO 4G for sending large files such as presentations or product videos, or multi-tasking in all sorts of ways.
Out of the box, the HTC EVO 4G offers a vast range of Android-driven mobile applications. These are truly useful apps, too, such as mobile workforce management, extending mobile access to an enterprise’s Citrix-hosted environment, or processing of credit card transactions. And the door is open, of course, to other mobile business apps as desired, such as access to pharmaceutical information for healthcare professionals, or access to SAP CRM (customer relationship management) tools. Business-targeted apps may not be as plentiful as those targeted at consumers, but developers are churning them out, so the choices are rapidly increasing.
The HTC EVO 4G can also be turned into a mobile hotspot, with the ability to connect up to eight WiFi-enabled devices at the same time, such as laptops or digital cameras. But speaking of cameras, the HTC EVO 4G has two of its own, an 8 megapixel autofocus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. It also boasts a 1 GHz processor and a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, so it does have “stylish” and “buzz-worthy” well covered.
And it is worth mentioning once more that Sprint continues to aggressively expand 4G coverage, adding new markets and expanding existing ones as quickly as possible. Right now, it is available in 33 markets, with many more to be added this year, including such biggies as New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Miami, and San Francisco.
Read what others have to say about EVO on the nation’s only 4G network.
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