EVO Unboxing

I decided to take everyone along with me on my journey of opening my new HTC EVO. I know this has been done a bunch already but I wanted to do it anyways.

The items contained in the shipping box:

The contents of the box

The contents of the box


The contents of the shipping box including the phone (in its packaging) and the rebate forms.

The phone packaging was a bit strange. It reminded me of something I’d get a microwave dinner in.

HTC EVO Packaging

HTC EVO Packaging


HTC EVO Packaging

HTC EVO Packaging


HTC EVO Packaging

HTC EVO Packaging

All the stuff that was in the phone packaging (still in their packaging).

Everything in the EVO Package

Everything in the EVO Package

Everything out of the package and unwrapped. The list of items include: A return envelope for an old phone, cable, USB->Power adapter, battery, phone, “Important Sprint Information” book, “Basics Guide”, “Get Started” in English, “Get Started” in Spanish.

Everything out of the package and unwrapped

Everything out of the package and unwrapped

Now it’s time to get the phone working. Here are the pictures of the battery compartment open with the battery not yet installed and one with it installed.

Open battery compartment (battery not installed)

Open battery compartment (battery not installed)


Open battery compartment (battery installed)

Open battery compartment (battery installed)

The next step in the instruction guide was to plug it in and let it charge.

Cord, Plug and Phone

Cord, Plug and Phone


Ports on bottom of phone

Ports on bottom of phone


USB cable connected to phone

USB cable connected to phone


USB connection to plug

USB connection to plug


USB connected to plug

USB connected to plug


Phone charging

Phone charging

The next step was to turn it on. I wasn’t sure what to expect here so I did as it said and pushed the power button.

Top of phone with headphone jack and power button

Top of phone with headphone jack and power button

Start Up Screens

HTC EVO Startup Screen

HTC EVO Startup screen


4G Startup Screen

4G Startup Screen

After the start up screen it takes off right into “Hands Free Activation.”

Hands Free Activation

Hands Free Activation

I waited a minute though and then my fear was confirmed; there was a problem with activation.

Hands Free Activation Failure

Hands Free Activation Failure

Since I was not working with a Sprint representative I pressed “Manual” as I was instructed to do. The phone did a quick check for network and then informed me that it couldn’t connect. I can’t say that this was a surprise to me. It then launched into a demo of how to use the keyboard. Since I had previously had an iPhone the demo didn’t teach me anything new but I went though it anyways.

Keyboard Demo

Keyboard Demo


Keyboard Demo

Keyboard Demo

After the demo I was taken to the home screen.

Loading Home Screen

Loading Home Screen

At this point I couldn’t get the phone to make calls or connect to the Sprint network. I logged onto the Sprint website and after chatting with a service representative I learned that my number have not completed porting yet (it was coming from AT&T). I called Sprint and had them adjust the time the porting would happen and a few minutes later I was up and running.

*Yes, all the pictures were taken with my iPhone 3GS which I’m probably going to sell.

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One Comment

  1. JP
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing! I’d be interested in a future update w/ your thoughts on usability and how it compares to the iPhone.

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