About HTC EVO 4G and tablets

Not so long ago I took one of the HTC smartphones for the American operator Sprint - the EVO 4G model, as they say, "play on Free classifieds in Ikeja". Thoughts about a full-fledged review could be dismissed immediately, the device does not work in 3G networks, and simply does not have a slot for a SIM card, that is, it can be fully used (we are talking about communication) only in the USA. However, for me personally, there is still a benefit from getting to know HTC EVO 4G, I use my smartphone as a tablet, downloading games and programs to it, watching movies on it, and now I thought about whether there is a limit to the screen diagonal for modern smartphones? And where is the line after which we stop considering the device a smartphone and start calling it a tablet. And most importantly, does the screen size affect our perception, or are some other parameters also used?

About HTC EVO 4G

This smartphone is a good thing to start thinking about big screens. The second major smartphone from HTC (the first is HTC HD2) and the company's first device with a diagonal screen. 4.3" on the Android platform. It is with him that the era of large-screen "robots" begins for HTC, which recently introduced a second robot with a 4.3" screen - HTC Desire HD.

In general, HTC EVO 4G has become a kind of testing ground for the company. This is the first smartphone from HTC with an eight-megapixel camera, and now it is in the HTC Desire HD. This is the first device of the company with an interesting solution, even though we have met it before, with a retractable “stick”, with which the smartphone can be installed on the table to watch videos, for example.

But for me personally, getting to know the HTC EVO 4G is useful in this way. When I was preparing a review of HTC Desire, I wrote this: “The 3.7" screen display reveals the Sense interface, but it is not overly large. The dimensions are comparable to the HTC HD2, but still more compact, so the Desire fits securely in the hand and doesn’t seem like a toy that is about to break.” And yes, at that time, having experience of using Desire, but not using EVO 4G, I sincerely thought that it was. different experience than the experience with the EVO 4G with 4.3" screen that I have now.

Now I won't say that the screen is diagonal. 3.7" fully reveals the potential of Sense, and larger displays for Android are simply redundant while maintaining the resolution. On the contrary, the operation of HTC EVO 4G was a revelation for me in the sense that it is more convenient to perform all basic actions with Android on 4.3" at WVGA resolution, than on a 3.7" screen with a similar resolution. This is just “running” through the menu or searching for new programs, obviously, this is browsing the Internet and reading on the screen. If you asked me if I was ready to sacrifice the compactness of the device for a larger screen diagonal and , as a result, a little more convenience in work, I would answer “yes”.

Smartphone, tablet?

And now about the essential. Before the release, probably, of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the line between smartphones with large screens and tablets was very clear. The first were able to make calls, the second - to go online with the help of 2G / 3G. It is clear that there were rare devices (tablets) that were able to call, but there was no talk of their mass character and popularity. With the release of Samsung's Galaxy Tab, the picture has changed. This is definitely a tablet, with a 7" screen and all the attributes of a modern tablet: large dimensions, simple shape, a minimum of control keys. On the other hand, you can make calls using Tab. Take it, put it to your ear and talk calmly with a person. It looks like strange, it makes more sense to use a headset.But both options are possible.The technical difference between the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S or HTC EVO 4G lies precisely in the diagonal of the screen, and nothing more.Otherwise, these devices are equally functional.That is, the whole difference is how and differences in belonging to classes rests on the screen diagonal.

And here the question arises, how after a very short period of time we will distinguish between tablets and smartphones? What is a tablet if it technically and functionally copies a smartphone for the same money? In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Tab blurs this border and makes it unsteady, just as it makes the very purpose of tablets incomprehensible at a time when there are more compact and usually more convenient smartphones in frequent use. Of course, with the same success we can say that smartphones with large screens (from four inches) and processors from 1 GHz make this border more unsteady. But there are more than one or two smartphones with such characteristics, but there are still few tablets with the functionality of smartphones and a relatively small screen. Who will be left in the end?


As you can see, my reasoning basically ends again with new questions. In this article, I wanted to exclusively share my opinion on a given topic in order to hear your opinion on this issue on the forum. The tablet market is gradually gaining momentum after the appearance of the Apple iPad, and all major manufacturers try their hand at this market in one way or another. The market for large screen smartphones was quite lean in the days of HTC HD2, but with the advent of the Samsung Galaxy S and especially the HTC Desire HD, we will see growth in this segment, because it is obvious that sooner or later other manufacturers will have to transfer their flagships to 4+ displays inches, these are the rules of the game.

What do you think about smartphones with large screens? How convenient or uncomfortable do they seem to you personally, and is there a future for tablets with displays that are close diagonally to smartphones, as well as with "telephone" functionality? I propose to discuss these issues on the forum.