OK, maybe I was wrong. Me, the guy who from Day 1 stuck up for the EVO 4G LTE, saying that the plastic section above the kickstand -- the glossy, fingerprint-loving, mirror-finish plastic section that nearly caused wars on both coasts before the phone was ever released -- the section that nearly led apple to cancel its complaint with the International Trade Commission ("Let them have it!" Tim Cook reportedly never said) -- the section that ...

You get the point. Some folks hated it. Some didn't. 

Me? I never thought it was that bad. But check out what Android Forums member yocubed did to his EVO with $23, a few minutes of time and some Ghost Armor. Be gone, Glossy finish, and hello, marvelous matte! And it looks pretty damn good, even if it's not a perfect match. Hit the link below for more info on the mod.

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Maybe a matte EVO 4G LTE isn't that bad after all ...


Hilarious post Phil! While I agree the phone does not look as bad in person as the pictures led me to believe, I still think that matte looks even better.

I have done full matte finish Ghost Armor on my current phone and at least 3 other devices. Good stuff! I have quit using any kind of case since starting to use it. Now I finally get to enjoy the thinness that my phone offers!

I have too, best looking skin I've found. Hate the look of a glossy finish. Even if you don't have a glossy phone, a regular clear kit makes it glossy. Matte is the way to go, look how sweet the One X in Matte White looks?!

Honestly, to me it looks even worse than the gloss. I am looking forward to replacements, however. Just not this one. The difference in grain really stands out like a sore thumb.

stark contrast is better than slight contrast. thats why my wife insisted all my groomsmen wear the same brand of ivory shirt at our wedding. i like the contrast of the shine. the slight grain here makes the whole setup look tacky and cheaply done, which is contrary to the mod price of $23, which is quite high, in my opinion.

Major improvement. Would not be surprised if after market covers that are the same color and texture of the lower half become available very soon.

Love the phone as is but to each his own. Plus I really don't think it looks that good.....and for 23 bucks. if and when they do have third party replacements how will they do the antennas that are inside the gloss one?

I know I am bias (as I have the One XL) but this phone is one of the ugliest phones ever... (no offense to those who own, beauty is subjective)

I love the phone and I love the kickstand, but for some reason it is the most aesthetically unappealing phones that I have seen in a while. The Ghost Armor did wonders for it in my opinion. I really like the looks of it now.

Esta I have been using the Ghost Armor Matte finish since my DX, my Tbolt looked sick too with it. Only reason why my GNex doesn't is because the clear and matte kits don't include the battery piece, so I have done the carbons. Currently in white, my son's LG2X looks sweet in Matte finish too.

Looks great.

Also, have you guys noticed that the bottom matte section gets pretty scuffed up easily? Mine has a lot of small scruff marks after a good 10 days of use. My old EVO 4G seemed more resistant, but we will see how EVO LTE holds up over the long haul. Loving it for the most part (multitasking).

I got to say, while that does look kind of nice, I don't think it looks better than the (clean) glossy finish.

Of course, the Evo's glossy finish only looks better (to me) when it's clean, which isn't going to be the case all the time. The glossy finish has a higher ceiling, but this matte finish would look better on average.

You could also spray the backing with Plasti-Dip to get rid of the glossy backing.. It's also cheaper as it's about 6 bucks for one spray can at Lowe's/Home Depot.