Tactical Advice

Review: HTC EVO View 4G Tablet

This device offers more for the enterprise than just a way to watch movies.
Review: HTC EVO View 4G Tablet

Sprint has targeted enterprise users with its HTC EVO View 4G Android tablet. The 7-inch device boasts a number of features that aren't typically present on tablets meant to be used as e-readers or entertainment devices.

The EVO View fits easily in one hand, and with its 1.5-gigahertz Snapdragon processor, it's fast and responsive. The tablet's 1024x600 pixel touch-screen display provides a near high-definition view, accepts multi-touch input and works with the optional electronic stylus, the HTC Scribe.

The tablet has two cameras. The rear camera can record HD-quality video and 5-megapixel still images, while the 1.3MP front-facing camera will work nicely for video calls.

Based on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, the device runs at 4G speeds on Sprint's WiMAX network. It supports EVDO Rev. A 3G data connections and also can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot to share its 4G connection.

End-User Advantages

This is definitely more than a consumer device. The EVO View supports document editing using voice recognition, easy sharing of documents and drawings with the built-in Evernote application, and syncing of a voice recorder with written notes to ease note-taking.

10 megabits per second Data rate supported by the Sprint HTC EVO View in 4G mode

Any user familiar with the operation of an Android phone will already know how to use the EVO View tablet — and if not, there are no surprises in the intuitive touch-screen interface. Applications follow normal Android conventions, and operation is fast.

Users will also like the EVO View's form factor. The device is easy to hold in one hand while typing or writing with the other. The screen is bright and fairly easy to view in daylight, and the screen orientation changes quickly when you rotate the device. The accurate built-in voice recognition simplifies note-taking. Users will also find it simple to sync handwritten notes with recorded speech by tapping the embedded time codes in the recordings.

Why It Works for IT

The EVO View ships with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync preloaded, giving IT managers administrative control over the tablet. They can password-protect the device and remotely wipe it should it be lost or stolen.

A Gmail account is required to initialize the device. The EVO View connects with Gmail as well as Google Apps for Business, Google Plus and other Google applications. The tablet also supports server-based and web-based e-mail.

Disadvantages

Like all Android devices, the Sprint HTC EVO View 4G requires a Gmail account. This can be accomplished through an e-mail account provided through Google Apps, but Gmail may not be compliant with some organizations' privacy, security or regulatory requirements.

Sign up for our e-newsletter

About the Author

Wayne Rash

Wayne Rash

Wayne Rash is a longtime technology journalist who has directed product testing centers. He is President of Wayne Rash & Associates, an analysis and editorial services firm located near Washington, D.C. He can be reached at wrash@mindspring.com. You can also follow him on Twitter as @wrash.

Security

Heartbleed: What Should Your... |
One of the biggest security vulnerabilities has almost every user and every industry...
Why Businesses Need a Next-G... |
Devices investigate patterns that could indicate malicious activity.
Review: HP TippingPoint S105... |
Next-generation firewall can easily replace a stand-alone intrusion prevention system....

Storage

The New Backup Utility Proce... |
Just getting used to the Windows 8 workflow? Prepare for a change.
How to Perform Traditional W... |
With previous versions going unused, Microsoft radically reimagined the backup utility in...
5 Easy Ways to Build a Bette... |
While large enterprises have the resources of an entire IT department behind them, these...

Infrastructure Optimization

Businesses Must Step Careful... |
Slow and steady wins the race as businesses migrate IT operations to service providers,...
Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Ensure Uptime Is in Your Dat... |
Power and cooling solutions support disaster recovery and create cost savings and...

Networking

Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
How to Maximize WAN Bandwidt... |
Understand six common problems that plague wide area networks — and how to address them.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Mobile & Wireless

Mobility: A Foundational Pie... |
Other technologies rely on mobile computing, which has the power to change lives, Lextech...
Now that Office for iPad Is... |
After waiting awhile for Microsoft’s productivity suite to arrive, professionals who use...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.

Hardware & Software

Review: HP TippingPoint S105... |
Next-generation firewall can easily replace a stand-alone intrusion prevention system....
New Challenges in Software M... |
IT trends such as cloud, virtualization and BYOD pose serious hurdles for software...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.