May 19th, 2010 publishUpdated   Jun 1st, 2010, 6:39 pm

We weren’t expecting HTC EVO 4G reviews to be out so soon, but alas, they are beginning to pour in through the floodgates. Engadget, MSNBC, and the Wall Street Journal have already put the phone through its necessary paces and they have had nothing but good things to say about it. Starting with Engadget, they were highly impressed by the phone and what it was capable of – even on a 3G network – stating:

That said, this is truly one of the best smartphones ever made, and even spotty 4G — a reality of a young technology that’s going to take years to properly build out — probably won’t do much to hamper your enjoyment of this thing. It’s reasonable to assume that phones like the EVO will ultimately come to every carrier over the next few months… but hey, if you jumped ship for Sprint to pick up this monster, we wouldn’t be able blame you.

What’s further: their thoughts about the phone’s battery life should please you. The battery died on them after 5 hours of intense usage. Streaming high quality video over 4G for 3 hours – among a couple of hours of other extreme use – gave them 5 hours of life that you’d be lucky to get with moderate use on other phones. It’s refreshing to learn that the EVO 4G doesn’t really take a huge toll on battery life, and it’ll be great to see how it performs with an after-market beast.

MSNBC couldn’t help but be impressed by the EVO 4G’s 8-megapixel camera (with dual LED flash), saying:

Photos I took with the built-in 8-megapixel camera and shared online looked colorful and smooth on my screen, though ones using the zoom feature were pixelated.

Still, up close the images were inferior to my point-and-shoot, even though that boasts a mere 7.1 megapixels. And, as with many other cell phone cameras, shutter lag was a problem when I was trying to snap a picture of my camera-shy dog.

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While video wasn’t as impressive as any of these outlets would’ve liked, it’s still impressive quality for a cell phone. Even though the Wall Street Journal’s review focused heavily on Sprint 4G performance, they were pleased with the phone’s performance on the network, as well as the device’s reliable hotspot features.

We expect even more reviews to crop up within the next few days, so keep a look out for them on some popular mobile and technology blogs around the net (and maybe we can get our shot at an early review, too). Are you impressed by the EVO based on what people are saying so far?

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