- Excellent performance
- 3D gaming is fun
- 3D camera works well
- Very good battery life
- Relatively heavy
- Sometimes gets warm
- Highly textured back uncomfortable
- Voice quality is marginal
A fun device for those who really want a 3D display and 3D camera.
The HTC EVO 3D integrates a 3D camera and gaming into a 4G handset. It features Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) running on a 1.2 MHz dual core processor with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Sprint Hotspot capabilities. The HTC Sense UI with Friendstream for an enhanced social networking experience rounds out the package.
The HTC EVO 3D is available exclusively from Sprint Wireless for $200 with a new two-year service contract. It is $550 sans contract.
BUILD & DESIGN
The HTC Evo 3D is all black and looks modern, but doesn’t have any particularly distinctive design elements to make it stand out, unless you could the red ring around the two lenses necessary for the 3D camera on the back of the phone.
This is a big phone, but it’s longer than it is wide, so it fits nicely in the hand. It’s pocketable, but it works better than some again since it is slightly narrower than the norm. One thing I need to point out here is that it sometimes gets very warm. At one point I actually had to take it out of my pocket because my thigh was getting uncomfortably warm. I don’t know if the review unit had some sort of defect or whether that’s just the norm for this model, but it was something I haven’t experienced with any of the other devices I’ve reviewed.
The EVO 3D is also heavier than the other phones I’ve recently reviewed. At six ounces with the battery it isn’t too bad, but another point that I felt should be mentioned — this definitely isn’t the device for someone who needs the absolutely smallest and lightest phone available.
The back of the phone is highly textured in a striped pattern that I really don’t care for. It looks OK, but the ridges are high enough and sharp enough that they’re really not comfortable when you grip the phone tightly. If it were my permanent device to keep, instead of just a loaner, I would buy a case for it ASAP because I really don’t like the feel of the naked device.
The 4.3-inch, 960 x 540 (qHD ) display is bright and clear, and in the word I would use to describe it is a cliche, but it’s true: gorgeous. No matter whether you’re looking at your calendar, sharing photos with your friends, playing games, or watching videos, you’ll enjoy the experience. It’s perfectly viewable inside and out, though outside you might need to angle it a bit so that you don’t see your own reflection instead of the information you’re trying to view on the EVO 3D’s screen.
Things really get interesting when you start sharing the photos you’ve taken with the 3D camera. The 3D effects are really quite good, and you don’t even have to wear those funny glasses. Slanting the display a bit increases the effect, but overall I’m really impressed.
There’s no physical keyboard here, so you’ll be using the onscreeen keyboard. It’s fine for basic messaging and email, and I appreciate the fact that the number keys are all in a row, instead of organized in a telephone keypad layout. The keys are a little cramped since the display is slightly narrower than what I think of as standard for today’s smartphones, but the size isn’t too bad.
One small problem comes up if you tend to place your phone on a desk or table when you’re entering large amounts of text — since the phone has two camera lenses on the back, it rocks every time you press a key on the left side of the keyboard. It’s slightly frustrating, but still easier than holding the phone up the entire time you’re composing a long email, because it is rather heavy.
Other Buttons & Controls
The power button is on the top right edge of the phone, wtih the volume buttons, 2D/3D switch, and camera button on the right side. The charge/sync port is on the mid-top left edge of the device. That placement is slightly awkward if you want to use the phone while it’s charging, but it’s bearable.