YouTube user “MADCODERYT” said goodbye to HTC’s Sense UI, and hello to Android 2.2 Froyo on his EVO 4G. Unfortunately, “root is naturally required for the 2.2 port to work — and there will undoubtedly be some hurdles to overcome to make this totally usable.” Video after the break.

The largest distribution of the EVO so far has come at the hands of Google itself, which provided the Android 2.1- and Sense-equipped handsets to attendees of its recent IO conference.

[via Engadget]

Engadget has reviewed the HTC, Sprint EVO 4G and the survey says: “we love this phone”. Featuring a 4.3-inch display, 8.0-megapixel camera, WiMAX compatibility, HDMI-out, and a snappy 1-GHz Snapdragon CPU. Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.

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.

[via Engadget]

Sprint’s nationwide coverage map now shows 4G availability “(in blue) in addition to 3G coverage (orange); if you’re considering a Clear 4G plan that includes 3G, this is the map to use.” From early tests, users of smartphones — including the upcoming HTC EVO 4G — and mobile broadband cards on the network report average speeds of 2.7Mbps – 7Mbps downstream and 1.0Mbps – 2.5Mbps upstream. Videos after the break.

[via MBR]

Sprint was apparently experiencing “network setup” issues last night, causing users sending SMS text messages to receive “error 2112”. Currently, customer care hasn’t yet pin pointed the problem, but some are reporting that things are back to normal. We’ll keep you updated as more information is released. Here’s what one user has to say:

I keep getting the same text from “9230” and it says error 2112..call customer service…I was in in mid text when I got that error from sending previous texts.

[via Androidforums]

Sprint will soon offer a 99-cent HP Mini 110c netbook to consumers, but unfortunately, that price doesn’t come without a lengthy 2-year broadband data contract at $60/month. The netbook features a “1.6GHz Atom [processor], 1GB of RAM and three-cell battery.”

We knew we’d see cheap / free subsidized netbooks eventually, and here we are: Best Buy and Sprint are offering up a Compaq-branded HP Mini 110c for just 99 cents when you sign a two-year data contract.

[via Engadget]

LG Lotus

At $150, the Sprint LG Lotus features a 2.0-megapixel camera, TFT display, full QWERTY display, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, microSD card slot, and USB connectivity. Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.

In short, if you can live with the form factor, the Lotus is a fairly capable little (big) phone for someone who�s not quite ready to graduate to a big boy smartphone.

[via GizmodoPhonedog]

Sprint announces the availability of the Samsung Instinct. This multimedia phone sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen display, 2.0-megapixel camera, EV-DO Rev. A support, GPS, Bluetooth, and expandable memory. Click here for first picture in gallery.

And then content and app wise, Sprint’s own wares are basically swapped in for Apple’s: Sprint Music Store, Navigation, TV, Visual Voicemail and a full HTML web browser – everything except a la carte music included in the $100 monthly subscription fee

[via Gizmodo]