Boy, talk about good first impressions. Both consumers and business people have found something to really like with the HTC EVO 4G in its first six weeks on the market. We talked about that here right after its launch. Forbes weighed in with its article, with Danny Bowman of Sprint’s Integrated Solutions Group talking about the positive reception that the EVO is getting in the enterprise space.
"We've seen quick, early growth in both the consumer and business space,” Bowman told Forbes, adding that the business-friendly aspects of EVO are grabbing corporate and small business eyes.
Forbes pointed out some of the same business features that we cited in our earlier post. There’s the two cameras, one facing front and the other facing back, that enable videoconferencing; the mobile hotspot capabilities, in which you can connect up to eight WiFi-enabled devices to the Sprint network through EVO; and the simultaneous voice and data capability, enabling a business user to view files in the course of a conversation. Or EVO’s support for Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync Server.
Add all that to lightning fast (Sprint) 4G network, and you’ve hit yourself a business home run.
Forbes also talked about the way specific apps will further enhance EVO’s appeal and usefulness to mobile workers. They mentioned the sharing of medical images and records in the cloud, but there are many more.
EVO comes with truly useful Android-driven mobile applications such as mobile workforce management, extending mobile access to a Citrix-hosted environment, or processing of credit card transactions. And with developers cranking out more business applications every day, EVO will be an ever-evolving Swiss army knife of a business tool, especially with its 1 GHz processor and a 4.3-inch touchscreen display.
Bowman made another interesting point about how EVO is being touted as not just another mobile device, but as a substitute for laptops or desktops. As he put it, “A lot of people don't want to use laptops for work; they want to be highly mobile. We see EVO as a utility device."