HTC EVO 4G General Breakdown


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The last time I posted about the HTC Evo 4G, I had a pretty good handle on the Device and what it was capable of. Today I have a far greater understanding and appreciation for the HTC Evo 4G as well as the Android Operating system. For starters I have ditched Sense based ROMs all together, instead using CyanogenMod 7 which runs very smoothly on this device. Better yet, the battery life of the device is vastly different when using CyanogenMod, Where as with a Sense based ROM i could get perhaps 8 hours max, with a CyanogenMod ROM i get max 14 – 16 hours depending on usage. I receive and send on average 350 SMS messages, plus 30 Emails, 4 – 5 phone calls, and use my device as a MP3 player. I must say that the after market ROMs perform way better than the stock rom that comes with this device.

Also using Custom Kernels are a good idea, Currently I am using Savaged-Zen CFS 2.2.1 Kernel which is also responsible for my great battery life. Also keep in mind using an application like Juice Defender can add a few hours to your device.  Beware of applications that are always in the background requesting updates, because these programs can drain your devices battery life. In fact any application that has a need to do checks on events can have a negative effect on your device, I currently tested out a privacy program for the Android operating system, and although the program worked great from a functionality stand point, it drained my battery because the program monitored all activity and made request for input every 5 or 10 minutes. Programs like these kill your devices battery so use them sparingly.

Another Plus regarding using CyanogenMod 7 ROM is that is incorporates the newest version of the Android Operating System which is as of this post 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Also there are aspects of Honeycomb Android OS 3.0 included in this ROM, which is something that is mind blowing when you consider, the newest Stock version of the HTC Evo 4G Rom is running Android OS 2.3.3 as of this post, and there are no plans on upgrading past this point on the Evo Stock ROM, a very sad prospect.

The following are some great Web site you can check to get on the road to unlocking your devices potential:

CyanogenMod Homepage

CyanogenMod Evo Change Log

Savaged-Zen Kernel Homepage

HTC Evo 4G Custom Rom Listing

Unrevoked Rooting Tool

Google Apps

Radio, NV, Wimax Files

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