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Typical Day With the Sprint EVO 4G

Photo taken with Palm Pre

I haven’t done a “typical day” post in a long time and as I’ve been running all over the place today it seemed like a good idea. I’ve only had the EVO for a day, and it’s already become second nature to reach for it when I need to do something. The day is a little over half done and here’s how it’s been so far.

The alarm went off at 5:30 as usual and I stumbled out of bed to get some fresh, preprogrammed coffee. The coffee maker with a timer is the single best invention ever, and I’ll fight anyone who disagrees with that. Cup of coffee in hand, I picked up the Sprint EVO 4G to get started. This is a first, I normally grab the iPad but without thinking I grabbed the EVO.

I went through the email that came in while I was snug in bed last night. I love the way Android handles my Gmail; it is like working with email on the desktop. The big screen of the EVO aids the feeling of no compromise doing this. Once caught up on the email I fired up Twitter to find out what was going on with those I follow. I really, really like the Twitter app on Android. It is even better than the Twitter page in the desktop browser, as it thoughtfully provides a home page with everything neatly organized. I like how tightly it is integrated with the browser on the EVO — hit a link for a web page or photo and the browser is opened almost instantly.

When my Twitter work was done, I went to the Google Reader page in the browser to spin through all the RSS feeds I follow. There are usually hundreds of items appearing overnight, and today is no exception. I spin through the item headlines, tapping on items to see a little more information and tagging those items of interest to spend more time with later. The big screen of the EVO helps me make short work of my feeds, all from the comfort of my easy chair.

After showering and getting ready for the day, I sat down in Mobile Tech Manor to get some quick work done. The EVO was sitting on the desk in front of me, and I found myself picking it up when it gave an audio signal that I had some new tweets to read from the people I follow. I like Friendstream, the social network aggregator that HTC includes as part of the Sense interface. The default notification sound is a soft, distinct tone that sounds when new tweets arrive. Checking them on the EVO as desired kept me from paying much attention to Tweetdeck on the Mac, and that led to better concentration to my real work. I was even able to respond to tweets on the EVO using the onscreen keyboard.

I like the keyboard on the EVO — that big screen makes for one that is wider than on other Android phones I’ve used. I make fewer typing errors on the EVO as a result. I usually just stay in portrait orientation to do this, where on other Android phones I always switch to landscape to get a bigger keyboard. Score one for the bigger screen.

After getting some writing done, including this week’s Mobile Tech Manor column, I needed to head out to FedEx and return the Nexus One to Adobe. I decided to go from there to the coffee shop to get some more work done before lunch, so I grabbed my backpack from the bag tree. I threw in the Ferrari One laptop and the iPad. I thought about grabbing the Sprint Overdrive modem as usual, then decided to use the mobile hotspot feature on the EVO instead. With the bag in hand and the EVO in my pocket I headed out the door.

Once I arrived at the coffee shop I pulled the Ferrari out of the bag to get it started, and used the HTC widgets on the EVO to turn on 4G and the mobile hotspot. These widgets are a convenient way to control battery consumption by turning off radios not in use. That’s why 4G was turned off — I don’t have coverage in my home office so I leave it turned off to keep the radio from attempting to find the network.

It takes almost a minute for the EVO to connect to the 4G network, which is as long as the Overdrive takes to do the same thing. I then hit turned on the Mobile Hotspot functionality and it took a little while for it to hit the Internet. I was beginning to think something was wrong when Windows 7 on the Ferrari told me I was good to go.

I also paired the iPad to the EVO hotspot, as I like to work with it alongside the computer. I use mind maps done on the iPad for writing projects, and it sits next to the computer. The 4G connectivity was nice and speedy, and both devices had good bandwidth for the duration of my writing session. I must admit it was darn convenient to have the EVO function as the hotspot, negating the need to bring the separate Overdrive.

Soon it was time for lunch, so I threw everything back in the bag and walked down the street to get a nice salad. I had a leisurely lunch break, reading a good e-book on the iPad while eating my salad. The waiter wanted to know if my reader was “one of those iPad things”, a question I get asked a lot. It was a nice lunch break that unfortunately was over too quickly.

That’s as far as I can go with this “typical day” look — I am back in the coffee shop writing this for your enjoyment. It’s a wonderful thing when technology works the way it’s intended, and it helps the work get done without incident. I have a feeling I’ll be buying one of these Sprint EVOs when they are available.

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