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5/12/2010
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Eric Ogren
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Sprint: Everyone Is Clamoring For Our WiMax Phone

During a recent webcast, a Sprint executive bragged that there is already a "long waiting list" of people signed up to purchase the HTC EVO 4G when it goes on sale later this year. Sprint didn't share any numbers, so feel free to make up any figure you wish.

During a recent webcast, a Sprint executive bragged that there is already a "long waiting list" of people signed up to purchase the HTC EVO 4G when it goes on sale later this year. Sprint didn't share any numbers, so feel free to make up any figure you wish.Sprint is holding a bash in New York City this evening to launch the HTC EVO 4G. There's no word on what news will actually be generated at the event, but there's sure to be something interesting.

Headed into the event, Sprint made a well-timed comment about how popular the device is with its customers. Dan Schulman, head of Sprint's prepaid business, indicated that plenty of people are interested in the device, and have signed up to receive more information about it. I'd love to know just how many, but of course Schulman didn't get too specific.

Keep in mind, a "long waiting list" is a relative measurement. Since Sprint hasn't had a bonafide smash hit smartphone in what feels like forever, there could be just 100 people signed up for the device. As for the phone itself...

The HTC EVO 4G is extremely similar to the HTC HD2. Both share the same dazzling 4.3-inch touch screen and basic size. The EVO 4G is slightly thicker and has a rounder back. Less metal is used and more plastic is in its place. The HD2 feels of higher quality, but the EVO 4G is not that far off in that respect.

The form factor of the phone is not what's most impressive on this device. The software really sets it apart. Because it is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, it absolutely flies. In fact, I'd say it is the fastest Android handset I've used. It has the newest version of HTC's Sense UI concept on board, which features a friend stream, improved widgets and other nifty features.

Beyond the hardware and user interface, it is going to be packed with software. One of the apps on there that I tested was called Radar. It is an augmented reality application that lets users search for all sorts of different things that are in their vicinity -- including Twitter friends.

There's the Amazon MP3 Store, Sprint's mobile television service, some enterprise productivity apps such as Docs To Go and the all-too-cool hotspot creator application.

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