Jan 6th, 2011

Sprint recently announced the HTC EVO Shift 4G, and while we’ve already seen it in countless photos and a few videos leading up to CES, it was the first time we’ve had a chance to play with it. The EVO Shift 4G’s hardware takes queues from the original EVO’s hardware, as the name would suggest.

It’s a bit smaller, with a touchscreen clocking in at 3.6 inches, but the main difference here is the fact that it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Anyone who’s used HTC’s QWERTY-enabled products know just how good it feels to type on them, and the Shift 4G is no exception to that.

But more than the typing experience, it’s not a bad phone at all. It comes with the same Scorpion processor found in the HTC Desire Z and T-Mobile’s G2 – clocked at 800MHz and all – and it does a great job with handling HTC Sense on top of Android 2.2. There really were no surprises here as far as software goes – if you’ve used an EVO, then you’ll know your way around the EVO Shift 4G.

There are a couple of more-than-minor differences here compared to the EVO 4G, though: no front-facing camera, only one LED for flash, and it’s taken a hit from 8 megapixels down to 5. Considering the price, though, I can’t imagine anyone should have reason to complain. Take a look at our quick tour of the phone in the video above.

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