I’ve had my HTC EVO now a few weeks. Ive done about everything I can think to do with it, really put it through the “paces”. Tried out several apps and widgets on it. Took a gazillion pics with it. I would say that qualifies me to have an “educated” opinion about the device, wouldn’t you agree? [of course you would! c’mon!]
Well my honest opinion is this: this phone is freaking awesome! Absolutely the best phone I have ever owned hands down! I love this phone!.. I know, I sound like a fan boy. I am aware of that. Dosent change the fact that this is arguably [only by people who dont have the EVO lol] the best phone on the market today. But… it does have a fault. And its a big enough one to be a deal breaker for some folks.
Battery life. The battery life on the HTC EVO, to put it plainly, sucks. If I turn off ALL of the cool features, and only use 3G [which isnt a problem since 4G hasnt come to my city as of yet], i still only get about 6, maybe 7 hours with MODERATE use. Moderate meaning some texting, light net usage, email, some twitter and some Facebook checking. No video, no streaming music, no gps, no live wallpaper, etc. Isnt that the reason I got the phone? To be able to use all that stuff? Whats up with that HTC?
So I’d been doing some research about extended batteries as that seemed like the most efficient solution. There are several out there, most notably Seidio and Mugen, but seemed overly pricey and huge. Yes I know you get what you pay for. I wanted cheap. This was mostly an experiment. So anyway I kept searching and found a few more names I’d never heard of. Some of them seemed kind of obscure or had questionable feedback. About to get frustrated, I stumbled upon [obvious pun lol] this one by Accessory One on Amazon. The feedback looked decent, the battery size looked good (2200mAh, the original battery is 1500mAh), and the price was great! So I ordered it.
Got it last night. Delivery was fast. When I unpacked it, the first thing I noticed was that the included battery door looked pretty good. Even has that soft touch material on it like the original door. That was a concern of mine. The EVO is a damn sexy phone and I didnt want to muck it up with a jacked up battery door. [the new battery door is necessary as extended batteries are physically larger than the original battery] The second thing I noticed was when I installed the new battery, it registered as nearly a full charge on my phone. *Dont let that fool you! The Evo is setup to read 1500mAh as a full charge so you have to let the new battery charge up to 2 hrs longer to fully charge it* After letting charge at least 10 hours over night, I was eager to see the difference today. Leaving the settings as I had them with the old battery, with approximately the same amount of activity, I can say its been nearly 12 hours and I still have a smidgen of battery life left. I assume with further discharging cycles, the battery life will improve… theoretically.
So bottom line is so far, Im getting improved battery life with the extended battery. If this continues to be the case, I may invest in one of the 3500mAh ones from Seidio. On a side note, for those thinking of purchasing this battery from AccessoryOne, my battery door did arrive with some minor damage. A couple of the connector tabs were damaged/snapped off, which prevents the door from connecting securely with the phone, leaving a couple of noticeable gaps on opposite corners of the phone. Nothing dangerous to the phone or anything, just annoying. I sent them an email this morning, and received a canned response saying they received it and will be contacting me soon. Still waiting… more to come.