HTC Evo 3D Smart Phone Review
It seems as if 3D is everywhere, so it was only a matter of time before the technology made its way into smartphones. The HTC Evo 3D is one of the first phones to support the technology, continue reading to see what we think of it.
Design and Features
Looking at the phone you are left with no doubt that this is an updated version of the Evo 4G. At 5-inches tall, by 2.6-inches wide, by 0.48-inches thick, the handset is approximately the same size as its predecessor, and at and 6-ounces it is slightly lighter too (the Evo 4G weighs 6.2 ounces).
The phone boasts a 1.2GHZ dual core processor, the Android Gingerbread OS; a glasses-free 3D display and the ability to capture 3D photos and videos with its 5-megapixel camera. If you plan on capturing a lot of media with this phone you will need to purchase more storage, owing to the fact the it only allots 1GB of the available 4GB internal storage to user content, even so, the phone ships with only a 8GB microSD cards. Fortunately, the expansion slot supports up to 32GB cards.
The phone can capture 1080p HD video in 2D and 720p in 3D; the dual LED flash also helps the phone take great photos in less than ideal lighting. In addition, the phone has support for Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS and is 4G capable with the ability to simultaneously handle voice and data; if 4G isn’t available the phone will use 3G instead.
The main selling point of the phone, in the eyes of many consumers, is the fact that it has a glasses-free 3D display. HTC managed to create the 3D effect by displaying two images, one on top of the other, using a parallax barrier. The resulting effect is that viewing 3D content on the device causes images to appear to pop-out from the screen, a very impressive feature indeed.
Nevertheless, we think that the 3D feature is not for everyone. In fact, 3D displays have been known to cause some viewers to become nauseous. Even if it doesn’t make you nauseous, you may be disappointed by the limited view angle when viewing 3D content.
The overall image quality of the 4.3-inch qHD (540×960-pixel resolution) Super LCD display is awesome though. We think you will be impressed by how good text and images look on this smart phone, but the display really pops when used to view 3 dimensional content.
With 4G capabilities and a 1.2GHZ dual core processor, you would expect the phone to perform well, and it does. Video playback was good, though there were some glitches when we play some 3D video. Otherwise, the phone was quite responsive, regardless of what app we threw at it.
We think that Sprint has a hit on their hands with this Android. No doubt, many will buy the phone for its 3D capability, but even if the novelty of the 3D display wears off quickly, most users will still be happy with the phones superb performance, especially if they get extra storage. You can buy the HTC Evo 3D from Sprint for $199 with a 2-year contract. If you want to use the phone as a mobile hotspot you will need to spend an additional $29.99 per month for the service; don’t worry there is no data cap.
HTC Evo 3D Specs
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) / HSDPA 900/1700/2100 (Tri-band)
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, Bluetooth 3.0, IEEE 802.11n, WiMAX
- 5-megapixels camera
- Video recorder resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 1280 x 720 (720p)
- 3D video recording
- Lithium ion battery with a 1730 mAh capacity; up to 450 min talk time and up to 355 hours standby Time
- Connector Type -1 Micro-USB, 1 Headset jack – Mini-phone 3.5 mm and 1 HDMI
- User Memory 4 GB
- 4.3 in color Super LCD display with 960 x 540 pixels resolution
- 3D content sharing through HDMI
- DLNA Certified
- TV-out via HDMI