HTC EVO 3D Review: Does a third dimension belong in the EVO line?

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The second glasses-free 3D device is now in our hands, and this time around it’s from HTC. Known for its eye for design and solidly built handsets, if anyone could make a desirable 3D-enabled phone, it’s HTC, right? The first real successor to the EVO line brings solid upgrades across the board and throws in a few nifty new features, but can HTC make a bleeding edge technology worth-while? Read on to find out!

The Good
  • Gorgeous display: The 4.3 inch qHD display is beautiful and looks even better than most of its kind.
  • HTC Sense 3.0 is a great update: The best custom skin for Android just got a whole lot better with several upgrades in software.
  • Overall design is beautiful: The EVO 3D maintains the look of the original, but has many design elements that are different and welcomed.
The Bad
  • Probably the cheapest HTC handsets we've ever touched: The entire backing of the device feels so cheap that you feel like you're going to break it when taking the battery cover off.
  • 3D technology just isn't there: No matter how you spin it, glasses free 3D isn't ready for prime time.
  • HTC Sense is full of bloatware: While many are useful, HTC bundles a handful of applications you'll probably never use, and we're not even talking about the preinstalled Sprint applications.

Hardware

The EVO 3D is a lot of things but ugly isn't one of them. The overall look and feel to the EVO 3D looks similar to the original but there are some subtle (and not so subtle) design changes made to the handset that give the handset a very unique look.

The front of the device is mostly covered by its beautiful 4.3 inch qHD display that looks better than most we've seen before. The Droid X2 has the same resolution display but you can still see pixels and color saturation seems off. The display on the EVO 3D is perfectly saturated, has great viewing angles (in 2D, at least), and is plenty bright.

Below the massive display are the four standard Android buttons for home, menu, back and search, and above you'll find the proximity and ambient light sensors, as well as the notification LED and front-facing camera. Of course, you'll find the Sprint and HTC branding on the front, but do you care?

The left side of the handset only sports the charging port, and is otherwise clean. The top houses the power/lock switch and the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the bottom you'll find the microphone hole and a tab for remove the battery cover. The right side of the EVO 3D is where the volume rocker, dedicated 2D/3D switch for the camera, and the large camera shutter button are. The shutter button is very large, rounded and downright ugly, but gives great feedback when pressed.

The back of the device is where you'll find the stereoscopic cameras, which are 5 megapixels each. In between the lenses is the dual-LED flash and, "3D HD Imaging" below it. The entire camera setup is raised, and you'll notice that the device isn't all that grounded when you sit it on its backside, but that's just a minor annoyance. Surrounding the cameras is a red, metallic trim that you'll find the speaker grill in as well. The trim is very nice on an otherwise bland backing.

The back side of the EVO is done up in a matte finish on a quarter of one side, and textured on the rest. This look is interesting, and we're not really sure what we think of it, but we're leaning towards, "neat." However, the materials used for the back feel down right cheap, and is really a turn off. For a company who is known for making solid handsets, HTC really missed the mark with the battery cover material.

Opening the battery cover is a pain since it feels like it will snap into two pieces at any moment. Once you do get it opened, you'll find the massive 1730 mAh battery and a 8GB microSD card that's sadly not hot-swappable.

Design

The entire design of the EVO 3D is beautiful and you can tell HTC put a lot of attention to detail when making this EVO follow-up. The back side of the device could be made of better material, but looks amazing from an aesthetics standpoint.

HTC managed to keep the weight of the device the same as the original EVO 4G, which is definitely a good thing, but it still feels lighter. We love the red trim around the cameras, and the textured backing is a nice touch.

The only thing we're turned off by is the camera shutter button, which sticks out like a sore thumb. A lot of people may like the larger button for taking pictures, but we'd like to see a smaller button. Having this sit next to the dedicated 2D/3D camera switch is almost distracting, as they are the only metallic pieces on the device.

Build Quality

Build quality of the device is acceptable, but we're not sure just how the EVO 3D would fare if it took a tumble. Between the raised cameras and the cheap battery cover, the handset needs a case to ensure you don't break either one.

HTC is known for making solid handsets but this isn't one of them. It's not the cheapest phone we've ever touched, but it's probably one of the cheapest handsets we've seen from HTC. The cheap feeling comes from the battery cover as we've said before, but otherwise the handset shows the expected HTC brilliance. We wish that the power/lock button and the volume rocker weren't built into the backing as the little plastic tabs may not hold up as well as real buttons.

Despite our qualms with the back of the EVO 3D, we do believe it will endure regular wear and tear and should hold up in the long run, but we do suggest grabbing yourself a case for it.

Software

Screw 3D, Sense 3.0 is the real reason to grab this phone. HTC has updated its Android software in so many ways that its easy to forget about the 3D aspect of the phone. Yes, it's still the Sense you've seen before, but it has several tricks up its sleeve.

The best new addition to Sense 3.0 is the lock screen. It's been redesigned in a way that we've never seen before and tops very other phone out there. Instead of the slide to unlock, Sense 3.0 basically gives you a home screen on your lock screen that is heavily customizable. There are six different lock screens you can choose from; some better than others. For example if you choose the Friend Stream lock screen, every time you hit that power button you'll be greeted with the latest updates from you social networks and other will be floating behind it. From there, you can easily swipe through the updates. Easy and brilliant.

On the bottom of the lock screen is a circle that you drag to the middle of the screen to unlock, which is quite different than your standard Android lock screen and even previous versions of Sense. Four customizable applications line the bottom of the screen, right above the circle. You can easily jump into one of these applications by dragging the apps into the circle on the bottom, and away you go. Honestly, I'd like a developer to rip the lock screen from Sense and allow it to be on any device, because not only does it look amazing, it's quite functional, too.

After you get past the amazing lock screen, you'll be greeted by your standard Sense home screens, but you may have noticed that the animation is different from other version of the custom skin. Sense 3.0 introduced a 3D carousal-like setup for the home screens, and if you swipe fast enough the screens will zoom out and spin in a loop until it eventually slows down. Thanks to the blazing fast 1.2GHz dual-core processor, these heavy animations move across your screen like butter.

Other useful updates in Sense 3.0 are in the notification bar, which has a separate tab at the bottom for Quick Settings. It doesn't get in the way, and you can easily access WiFi, Hotspot, mobile networks, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, how much memory you have in the phone, or go straight to the settings menu.

Even with the nice amount of updates in version 3.0, Sense is still easy to navigate. You're given seven home screen panels to customize with applications and widgets, and many of the widgets are provided by HTC. These widgets range from clocks to stocks, weather, Twitter, other social networks, and more.

Sense also has a good amount of bloatware on it that is just unnecessary. Apps like Footprints are nice to have, but you'll likely never use it. HTC also provides you with an application called mirror, which basically uses your front-facing camera to use as a mirror. We know it's not that hard to use the front-facing camera in the camera application, and it's applications like this that made devices like the Desire not get the Gingerbread update. Luckily, if you bitch enough, HTC will strip out some of its bloatware so it can fit in the latest update of the OS and its Sense UI.

Unlike the Optimus 3D, the EVO 3D doesn't have a dedicated 3D UI packaged along with the phone. This is a bit disappointing because the superior screen likely showcase the technology better, but that's not the case. You're given The Green Hornet in 3D, along with a 3D Spider-Man game, and an app called 3D games that's basically a link to Gameloft's website. This is another place where the Optimus 3D bests HTC's offering, as it has many more games available. For a glasses-free 3D device, HTC could have done a much better job at showcasing the technology. While it would get a bit old after a while, we'd love to see the Sense UI in 3D.

 

Benchmarks

The EVO 3D ships with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, so we put it to the test to see just how powerful the chipset is. We ran the tests three times each, and the averages are below.

Quadrant (System Benchmark) - 1978

Neocore (Graphics Benchmark) - 60.4

Linpack (Processor Benchmark) - 43.093

 

Web Browser, Multimedia And Camera

Web Browser

The web browser for the EVO 3D hasn't changed at all from earlier versions of the Sense UI, and we're just fine with that. HTC has customized the browser and it looks better than most you'd find on Android devices today and many more features that provide of one the best experiences.

The vibrant qHD display allows for a great browsing experience on the device, and 720p HD Flash video plays just fine within the browser. When it's not constantly buffering, that is. While the browser itself is heavily skinned like the rest of the software, underneath you'll still find the blazing fast Android browser that rivals everything out there today.

There are certain elements that we wish Google would implement into the stock Android browser, like multi-select for bookmarks, and we definitely wouldn't mind if we saw the slick thumbnail bookmark view that HTC provides for you. While the stock Android browser is known for it's speed, HTC's browser has everything stock Android can tout, and makes it look great along the way.

 

Multimedia

There's a hefty amount of media apps on the EVO 3D, and because of the 3D aspect you'll always be entertained.

Watching YouTube 3D is generally better on the EVO 3D than the Optimus 3D, as the viewing angles are wider, but that still doesn't make it a great experience. Unfortunately, there's no dedicated application for YouTube 3D, and you'll have to manually search through the standard YouTube application.

HTC provides ones of the best skinned Android music players around, providing a slick UI that's terribly easy to use. That said, with the new Android music player available in the Market, some may never use it.

The EVO 3D ships with an app called Media Share, which is a DLNA application that allows you to stream media to your HDTV or to other DLNA-compatible devices.

Camera

One of the main attractions of the EVO 3D is that you can take pictures and videos in 3D, and it does an admirable job. You can record up to 720p in 2D and 3D, and while we did hear that the handset could record in 1080p in 2D, the option was nowhere to be found.

The 2D camera takes some nice shots, and to better show color saturation, most of the pictures were taken are of flowers. Of course, the camera performs great with about any subject, but flowers show of 3D much better, and if you have the right hardware to view 3D images (or an MPO file viewer) then feel free to download this to file view the 3D pictures taken with the handset.

Here is a link to the 3D video sample.

Some shots do look like they should be brighter than they are as you can see below.

Pretty Flowers Evo 3d Style

outdoors, sunny, default settings

outdoors, sunny, default settings

outdoors, sunny, default settings

outdoors, sunny, default settings

Call Quality And Battery Life

Call quality is a solid experience that most will have no qualms about. There were only a couple of times that background noise was apparent during a call, but the receiving end said that the call was loud and clear. While you'll probably be using the EVO 3D as a media device more than a phone, at least you know it makes a good call.

Battery is what you'd expect from a device of this kind: pretty bad. 3D is to blame for the most part, and since there's little 3D content to view on this device it should probably last you through the day. Even with the massive 1730 mAh battery, the EVO 3D just barely gets through the day, but you can definitely manage to do so.

The Final Take

So you're wondering if you should grab this thing, eh? Well, it depends on what's more appealing to you. If you're in the market for a 3D phone, and don't want to grab the Thrill 4G (Optimus 3D) when it lands on AT&T, sure, grab the EVO 3D. But the 3D aspect isn't what makes this phone a good phone. In that respect, the Optimus 3D provides much better use of the technology, even with its inferior display. We usually don't see HTC throw together a phone, especially when its had a year to work on this device, but that's exactly what seemed to have happened with the EVO 3D.

With the lack of 3D content available to the device, and the questionable build quality, HTC missed the mark with this phone. That said, we still can't say it's a bad phone, as the hardware is solid enough and Sense 3.0 is simply awesome. 3D technology has a long way to go and it shouldn't be a deciding factor any time soon when you're choosing a new phone. As a regular smartphone, the EVO 3D is a solid device that should definitely satisfy, but if you're not looking to use 3D on your new phone, we'd suggest the Sensation 4G over this phone.

If HTC showcased 3D better like LG has done with the Optimus 3D then we may be more inclined to choose it. Right now, we're not choosing either of the two. Still, the EVO 3D is a solid successor to the original, even if it has some parts that don't work as well as they could.

 

 

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  • Xt

    Hey Blake when talking about a sprint phone suggest another sprint phone not some other companies that we cannot obtain unless we switch providers…some constructive criticism.

    • Anonymous

      I only mention the Sensation because it’s basically the EVO 3D without the extra dimension.  The only phone on the carrier that I’d possibly suggest, the Photon 4G, isn’t available yet.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      Most people compare phones from their company to their friends company. My EVO is better than your iPhone, my Thunderbolt is better than your Atrix, my bladee blahh is better than whatever…. So I think the point here is “best in class” rather than “best in company”.

      Personally I wanna know what phone is rivaling mine from another carrier. Ive actually started to switch carriers because I found my MyTouch 4G to be far superior to the EVO 4G (which I still have)  – these are similar in class phones but on different networks. Thats my decision.

  • Spoken Word™

    All in all I like this review. It seems fair and balanced for the most part. In the last few days I’ve learned that reviews are like a-holes; everyone has one and all are full of (s)ugar (h)oney (i)ced (t)ea! Based on what I’ve seen; the EVO 3D has great battery life/has awful battery life, 3D looks good/looks awful, call quality is good/call quality is awful, 4G speeds are great/4G speeds are awful….

    Luckily for me I don’t let reviews weigh in on my decision to purchase any particular item. But for people who do I can only imagine how confused they must be after the reviews for the EVO 3D that came out over the weekend.

    And while I’m thinking about it, what is this sudden obsession with reviewers, and I’m using that term loosely, and battery covers? As long as it’s on the phone it’s a non issue. I’ve never in over 20 years of owning cell phones, my 1st was a Mitsubishi from the early 90’s, broken or even damaged a battery door!

  • Anonymous

    Bottomline here people the Evo 3d is without question a great upgrade espically if your a current Evo 4g owner as I am. The tmobile Sensation is NOT BETTER THAN THE EVO 3D IN ANY MANNER. The 3d technology is something that as time moves forward will grow and the Evo 3d as well as the LG Thrill/optimus 3d will benefit from it. As a daily driver the overall performance of this device is UNMATCHED it is beyond fast and snappy and out right multimedia beast which follows the tradition of our Evo brand. HTC watch,HTC likes,HTC pup all services of htc.com is something that the Evo4g wished it was able to have. With these stand alone services through the cloud you will have access to 3d games, movies, and other items that clearly will make this device from a technology standpoint the best in the industry. Battery life IS BETTER THAN THE EVO 4G HANDS DOWN NO CONTEST. HTC installed 2 features that will greatly benefit this device there battery management built into quick settings and the built in native apps to SD feature which nobody is speaking of. If everyone took the time to look closely there are many native apps that we all would install from Android market that we will NO LONGER have to do that as customers we benefit from that. Also a quick note, Qualcomm has there gaming service coming very soon as well as HTC with there onlive service the EVO 3D will be the best device on the market. Speed, performace driven, and technology driven these are all the best reasons to purchase your Evo 3d. On Friday I will have mines without fail just like I did on June 4th 2010 for the granddaddy of all 4g Android device the Evo 4g. If your the type that needs others reviews then something is wrong espically if your a current Evo owner. Otherwise if your new to Android and want the fastest beast on the road and need more to read go to phonearena.com, CNET.com, mobileburn.com,mobiletechreview.com, as well as androidcental.com also Bob Kovac over at wirefly.com these are all great Evo 3d reviews.

  • Keithdpatrick

    Good review.  I’m going to be picking this phone up Friday.  The Photon 4G seems like a great phone, but I prefer HTC over Motorola.  Sense 3.0 should be awesome to play around with.  I also like how you can have a “work phone” and a “weekend phone.” Stocks as my lock screen on Monday and the fishing report as my lock screen on Saturday.

  • Coolio86

    hey Blake I have a few questions for you.
    1. Have you personally used the Optimus 3D review unit (not at CTIA)?
    2. Comparing the review units of the Evo 3D and Optimus 3D, does one have a better 3D effect than the other? Does one do pop out 3D better? Does one do depth (in the screen) better?
    3. Comparing 3D camera pics and videos taken on the phone, which one does a better job?
    4. Are the 2D 1080p videos of Optimus 3D noticeably superior to the Evo 3D’s 2D 720p videos?
    5. In terms of performance or raw power which one was better?

    You did a great review, I just had a few more specifics I wanted to know. Thanks man.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I actually reviewed the Optimus 3D first, and it was the version that was given out at the Google I/O at a session. Overall, the EVO 3D has a much better display, but there’s much less content than on the Optimus 3D, which has a dedicated button that will bring you to a separate 3D UI. As far as 3D effect, I’d give a nod to the EVO 3D, but that’s mostly due to its superior display. Still the tech isn’t there so it’s hard to say which is truly better.

      The Optimus 3D takes some great shots, but the software has more bugs. As far as video quality goes for both.. they both suck recording in HD. 

      • Coolio86

        Thanks the last thing I want to know is does the Evo 3D do pop out 3D effect, depth 3D effect, or both? I’m really intro this phone for it’s 3D gaming possibilities. And yes, I’m already aware of the 3DS.

        • Anonymous

          Some 3D elements pop out at you, but most effects add depth. Another thing that I liked the Optimus 3D over the EVO 3D was that you could adjust the 3D depth in 3D applications, games, photos, and videos. 

          • Coolio86

            I’ve seen the 3D slider for the Spiderman game demo. It adjusts the 3D. Thanks for answering my questions.

          • Anonymous

            There are a couple of places where you can do it in the EVO 3D, the Optimus 3D just has more.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not saying that the Sensation 4G is a better phone, but it lacks a poorly implemented, terribly gimmicky technology that just doesn’t need to be on smartphones right now. It’s only HTC’s fault that they released a phone with it this early tech so soon. However, the Sensation does have slightly better battery life.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      In my opinion Sensation is a better phone for a variety of reasons over the EVO 3D…. 1. Better battery life. GSM is just naturally better for the battery, and no 3D means longer lasting battery through the day.
      2. HSPA 3G and HSPA+ 4G on T-Mobile even in bad areas is for the most part faster than Sprint 3G and 4G. Lets also not forget that 4G works automatically on T-Mobile as its built into the 3G standard, where as on Sprint you gotta turn it off and on, thus draining battery. 
      3. GORILLA GLASS, these phones are almost too big for pockets, so where do we put them? In our bags, and they get bumped more and shaken more, so its better to have a strong scratch resistant glass than just some thin piece of window glass that will etch.
      4. Sensation doesnt feel cheap, the battery cover actually is solid and covers the whole phone, the EVO 3D felt like I was going to break the back off when I took it apart to remove the SD card or battery. And lets face it, Android NEEDS its battery pulled at least once every 48 hours.

      So in my opinion, Id say the Sensation is a better phone over the EVO 3D.

      • Anonymous

        If you don’t mind I’d just like to make a few comments.

        1. The Evo3D has a bigger battery than the Sensation, and if you don’t use the 3D where does the advantage go?  That is if you consider not having an optional feature an advantage.

        2. That isn’t really a fault of the phone itself.

        3 and 4 you have a point, but the only time I’ve ever had to pull my battery was with my original G1, since then I’ve not had to do it once.  My personal anecdote might not be the norm though, I don’t know.

        Though how exactly can the Sensation be a better phone considering they are the same base phone but without 3D, less on-board storage, less RAM, no wimax support, slightly clunkier moving UI, and a smaller battery on the Sensation?  In the end it’s the choice between a sturdier less powerful phone with less (optional) features, or the less rugged, more feature rich, more future proof phone.

      • Chuck U. Farley

        I’ve had the EVO 4G for a year and never had to pull the battery. Next, anyone who would buy a 500 – 600 dollar phone and not have a case on it and insurance is a fool.

  • Jwhitner

    Hey look! I could give two flying leaps about the 3D. Sure, I do look at it as a gimmick and I am sure it will be fun to have! BUT….. the real reason that I want the Evo 3D is because I am in the market for a new phone and I thought that the Evo 3D was an “upgrade” (a better phone) to the Evo 4G.

    My main concern is that a majority of reviews that I have read say that the wireless on the Evo 3D is NOT good. I’ll try the Evo 3D. If I have problems with the wireless aspects of the phone, I’ll just buy the Evo 4G………………

  • Jwhitner

    Hey look! I could give two flying leaps about the 3D. Sure, I do look at it as a gimmick and I am sure it will be fun to have! BUT….. the real reason that I want the Evo 3D is because I am in the market for a new phone and I thought that the Evo 3D was an “upgrade” (a better phone) to the Evo 4G.

    My main concern is that a majority of reviews that I have read say that the wireless on the Evo 3D is NOT good. I’ll try the Evo 3D. If I have problems with the wireless aspects of the phone, I’ll just buy the Evo 4G………………

  • Jwhitner

    One question and only one question!  How is the wireless on the Evo 3D?

    Almost every review that I read on the Evo 3D stated that the wireless is not good on this phone. If this pone does not have a strong signal, quality is not good. At least that is my understanding.

    • Anonymous

      I had no issues with the wireless on the EVO 3D. It’s still dad that manufacturers aren’t adding the WiFi radio for dual-band routers so that the phone can take advantage of the 5GHz band that’s becoming more and more popular.

    • Anonymous

      I have had my EVO 3D since June 24th and for all the people who missed out on this device all I will say is SHAME ON YOU…This is the best android device on the market from the standpoint of battery life. I consistantly get 15 to 22 hours on my battery every day without fail. HTC has hit a complete homerun on this device the overall design as well as the native applications..IE..battery management, task killer, power saver mode all built in to the device fully optimizes the device to the fullest. Also the apps to sd as we all know that exist in the android market is also native on the evo 3d where every application on the device can be moved to the sd card even sprint applications. The biggest surprise on this device is the fact that you can ELMINATE any bloatware you do not want/need off your device IE sprint nascar as well as other items this will produce better memory and create better cpu and speed for this device that is already very very fast. PEOPLE FOOLED THEMSELVES BUY NOT GETTING THIS DEVICE AND i WILL SPEND MY COMING DAYS getting the word out to various places that took the time to TRASH THIS DEVICE so EVERYONE WILL KNOW FROM A REAL WORLD USER someone that uses this device as his daily driver EXACTLY WHAT THE TRUTH IS ABOUT THE EVO 3D…SPECIAL NOTE: IF YOU HAVE CHANCE TO GET THIS DEVICE EVERYONE BETTER GET IT OR ELSE YES YOU WILL BE SORRY…THIS IS THE BEST ANDROID DEVICE PERIOD….

  • https://profiles.google.com/100339687336071294764/about Reflux

    I’m not really interested in 3d. But what other non 3d phones with similar specs are coming out for Sprint soon?

    • Anonymous

      It you can handle Motoblur, look out for the Motorola Photon 4G that will land later this summer.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRM3HRNZT7YYHBDL33E63NKMMY royland

      the photon and the galaxy s2.

  • Chuck U. Farley

    I’ll be receiving my HTC EVO 3D about 11:00 AM. It shipped from Kentucky last night. If I remember, I’ll leave a follow up post on my thoughts after I play with it for awhile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sang.chun1 Sang Chun

    It is a better than thunderbolt for sure and it is cheaper. i dont get verizon LTE service anyway and Tmobile sucks in my area. Sprint is cheapest carrier for sure. verizon is so expensive compare to sprint and tmobile. why???  

    • Anonymous

      Simply put, Verizon is more reliable.

      • Evoking46

        Look up JD Power Champion awards, VOCALABS, ACSI results, and even consumer reports for 1/11. VZ has the advantage where it is rural BUT the other carriers….roam on them without roaming charges. So unless you need VZ service while milking your cow or shaving your sheeps, why overspend. Nights at 9:00 PM? Mobile calling to VZ lines only? VCAST for $30.00 instead of free? $10.00 for VZ Navigator instead of free TELENAV? And now they are h=going to meter data Jyky 7th? Are you 4 real? Why would anyone pay that MUCH MORE for comparable service and that much less features?

        • Evoking46

          And I think your VZ bias plays a factor into some of the negative comments but that is OK, it is a free country!!! Keep up the good work!

        • Evoking46

          And I think your VZ bias plays a factor into some of the negative comments but that is OK, it is a free country!!! Keep up the good work!

          • Anonymous

            I’m not sure where you got that I’m bias towards Verizon in any way. Verizon has the most advanced data network, and some of the best coverage around, and no one can argue with that. That still doesn’t make me bias towards them.

            I’ve been on T-Mobile for almost five years now, and don’t plan on leaving until the merger goes through, in which I will be going to Sprint.

            So.. Thanks for assuming something that isn’t true.  

      • Kee

        please, Vz is trash

    • Chuck U. Farley

      How can you say the HTC EVO 3D is better than the HTC Thunderbolt? I have used both and the Thunderbolt wins in overall performance. The 3D on the HTC EVO 3D is nothing more than a headache inducer.

      • Evoking46

        The headache inducer is the VZ bill when it comes in. If so, get an EVO then an get back to saving for retirement!

        • Chuck U. Farley

          I have an HTC EVO 4G. I have never had a VZ bill and don’t need one to know that the Thunderbolt is better than both the EVO 4G and 3D. I have been with Sprint for 10 years and they treat long term customers very well.

          • Jsyco1558

            The ThunderBolt altho undoubtedly a great phone has a slower processor a lower res screen and a 1400 mAh battery compared to the Evo 3d it’s not in the same class. I realize that what phone we like the best is arbitrary but when it comes to which phone IS the best there are stats to back those claims up. I don’t know how the Evo 3d stacks up to the competition because I haven’t read the stats for every phone in it’s class. All I can do is compare it to phones I have studied.If you go to the Verizon site and look at the stats for the phone and then read the customer comments on the ThunderBolt you will see that what could have been a great phone is only fair to middelin because it lacks the processing and battery power it needed to take advantage of the hardware / software it has. After reading customer comments on the TB it looks like quite a few people are having problems with this particular hardware / software package we call a phone.Now if you look at the Evo 3d the same way you will see that the “package” is pretty well thought out, (though external speaker sucks and battery should have been 1900 mAh) to the point that the phone does what it is supposed to really well and is also future proof for at least a couple of years. Seidio will release the 1900 mAh battery for this phone shortly and manufacturers will put a dedicated camera mic on the back of the phones and then I will have no complaints about this phone.One thing I am curious about is the ThunderBolt is a Verizon phone, do you have Sprint and Verizon both or do you base your opinions on other peoples opinions ?

          • Chuck U. Farley

            Read all the stats you like. In the end what counts is the unit going to serve me well. The HTC EVO 3D with it’s extra screen layer to handle 3D delivers far less than a true qHD screen. Remember, I had the 3D for four days and tested it in the real world. Again, the speaker is pretty much useless and to me that killed the phone and I returned it … and continue to use my EVO 4G. I am checking into the HTC Sensation and availability of flashing it for use on Sprint.

            My cousin has the Thunderbolt and I used it for a week while he was in Japan. So I am fully schooled on the unit.As to battery, I have never had the problems that some have described. Maybe they need to invest in a $15 car charger from eBay.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRM3HRNZT7YYHBDL33E63NKMMY royland

            don’t bother with the sensation,the evo 3d looked better. i have used both. there are so many phones coming out the best thing to do is wait

          • Chuck U. Farley

            Read all the stats you like. In the end what counts is the unit going to serve me well. The HTC EVO 3D with it’s extra screen layer to handle 3D delivers far less than a true qHD screen. Remember, I had the 3D for four days and tested it in the real world. Again, the speaker is pretty much useless and to me that killed the phone and I returned it … and continue to use my EVO 4G. I am checking into the HTC Sensation and availability of flashing it for use on Sprint.

            My cousin has the Thunderbolt and I used it for a week while he was in Japan. So I am fully schooled on the unit.As to battery, I have never had the problems that some have described. Maybe they need to invest in a $15 car charger from eBay.

  • Chuck U. Farley

    I’ll be returning the HTC EVO 3D. The 3D is a joke at best and the speaker phone/media function might as well not exist. With my HTC EVO 4G the speaker will fill a room with sound. Sense 3.0 is really nice, the speed with the dual core processor is great and the qHD is marginally better than the EVO 4G.

    • Jwhitner

      You’re a party pooper!

      • Chuck U. Farley

        Sorry. The HTC EVO 3D is just not for me. It’s a great unit even with it’s flaws.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re not impressed with the qHD display on the EVO 3D then you should take a look at the Droid X2. You won’t see individual pixels on the EVO 3D or Sensation 4G like you would on Motorola’s qHD offerings, so to say that the qHD display is only marginally better than the original’s 480 x 800 display is sort of ridiculous.

      • Chuck U. Farley

        Don’t get me wrong. The qHD on the Sensation is awesome. But on the EVO 3D it suffers due to the parallax overlay. The HTC EVO 3D is just not for me. As to other manufactures phones … they are not for me either. HTC will eventually offer a phone on Sprint that fits my needs better than my current HTC EVO. That or I will look into having the Sensation flashed for use with Sprint.

        Like you said, “We usually don’t see HTC throw together a phone, especially when its had a year to work on this device, but that’s exactly what seemed to have happened with the EVO 3D.”

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRM3HRNZT7YYHBDL33E63NKMMY royland

          would have gotten it if it wasn’t for that 3d crap.

  • Jsyco1558

    Great comments, to know the true value of this phone you have to look at the whole picture. Here are a couple more points to add.Once you have been a Sprint customer for one full year you become a member of their “gold club”. A couple of the perks associated with membership are, a once yearly $150 phone upgrade allowance and what sprint calls “first dibs”. So what this means is last sunday I got an e-mail from sprint asking if I wanted to order the new Evo 3D before it was available to the general public. I went ahead and ordered one on monday morning, with my $150 upgrade allowance and a two year extension on my contract I paid $199. Now get this, for no extra charge sprint shipped next day air am delivery so I had my Evo 3D tuesday morning.Also sprint has a buyback program that currently is paying $150 for the Evo 4G so once they receive my old phone I will have only paid $40 for the new Evo 3D and had it before the stores did. Tell me of any other of the phone companies that would do the same.The other thing I would like to point out and One of the best things about sprint and the evo family is the “hotspot”. Before I got my evo 4G I was paying my ISP almost three time as much for internet access. But once I got my evo I canceled that and now pay less than $30 a month for unlimited wireless internet access for up to 5 computers at once, And as I live in a 4G city I get higher speeds than I ever did through a hardwired modem. How great is that ? This phone rocks in the performance arena, the 3D is uber cool but a non issue and the battery cover is most certainly a non issue altho I agree it is weak when off the phone.

    • Chuck U. Farley

      $199.00 for the EVO 3D? Be honest, with the add ons it was $263 and change. And ya got robbed with the buy back as the HTC EVO 4G seels for an average of $240 on eBay. Also the Sprint Primer Gold is the only level that allows annual upgrades.

      The 3D is a joke and not uber cool as you call it.

      S|P Gold Customers:
      Maintain a 3-month average of at least $89.99 for individual plans, orMaintain a 3-month average of at least $169.99 for shared plans, orHave been a Sprint customer for 10 years or more.

      S|P Silver Customers:
      Maintain a 3-month average of at least $69.99 – $89.98 for individual plans, or
      Maintain a 3-month average of at least $99.99 – $169.98 for shared plans,

       

  • Bigbillp

    can you connect to a TV with hdmi cable to watch video?

    • Jwhitner

      You sure can and in 3D

    • Anonymous

      Only through a MHL adapter through the MicroUSB port.

  • Kee

    Thanks for the reviews. I’m waiting on my EVO 3d. 

  • Kee

    Thanks for the reviews. I’m waiting on my EVO 3d. 

  • Howl4me

    Two quick questions, does the parallax overlay downgrade the qHD display at all? And you kept commenting that it felt cheap, was that only because of the back battery cover or were there other reasons also? Thanks in advance, great review.  

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, viewing 3D content makes the display suffer a bit. The entire screen looks a bit darker. As far as the cheapness goes, it’s just the materials used for the battery cover. It’s more prominent to me since HTC usually makes solid handsets and even if this is one of them, it doesn’t feel like it. You do get used to it, but if you’ve held a HTC phone before you’ll probably notice it.

      • Howl4me

        Gotcha, wasn’t too sure thanks for clearing that up. Ok, just wanted to verify that is what you meant. I know what ya mean about HTC though my Tbolt’s back is pretty solid. The only reason I can think of why they would use lighter material would be to save some weight so it’d be the same as the EVO 4G, but that’s all just speculation. Thanks for the quick reply I appreciate it. 

  • Coolio86

    Hey Blake. I would like to know in your opinion, what advantages do the Optimus 3D have over the Evo 3D?

    And which one performs better? (I am planning on using the 3D phone for gaming, which do you recommend)

    Is the Evo 3D’s screen really a lot better than the Optimus 3D? (For both 2D and 3D videos, YouTube, etc.)

    Did you see if the Optimus’s camera was capable of pop out effect? (the Evo’s is and I REALLY like that)

    I got my Evo 3D on release date. It’s an amazing phone, but the carrier is really inconsistent. If the carrier was consistent and just as good as this phone is awesome, I’d be set for the next 2 years. But Sprint is kind of disappointing me and I’ve been on AT&T for 7 years, so I’d rather stay with them.

    • Anonymous

      Both handsets perform well. Neither is in short supply of processing power. As far as 3D gaming goes, I’d give a nod to the Optimus 3D. 

      The EVO 3D has a better display in 2D and slightly better viewing angles, but the screens will suffer a bit when using 3D on both.

      The Optimus 3D gives you a dedicated 3D UI and has it’s own apps for YouTube 3D and offers up more games (and content in general) than you’ll find on the EVO 3D. 

      Both handsets are capable of pop out effects in 3D. Both cameras will do you just fine, but the Optimus 3D can record in 1080p in 2D where the EVO cannot. 

      I like the design of the EVO 3D better, but if you’re looking to consume a lot of 3D content I’d go with the Optimus 3D. Both have give and takes.

      • Coolio86

        Thanks Blake, it’s good to hear that the 3D cameras on both are equal.

  • Anonymous

    I have had my EVO 3D since June 24th and for all the people who missed out on this device all I will say is SHAME ON YOU…This is the best android device on the market from the standpoint of battery life. I consistantly get 15 to 22 hours on my battery every day without fail. HTC has hit a complete homerun on this device the overall design as well as the native applications..IE..battery management, task killer, power saver mode all built in to the device fully optimizes the device to the fullest. Also the apps to sd as we all know that exist in the android market is also native on the evo 3d where every application on the device can be moved to the sd card even sprint applications. The biggest surprise on this device is the fact that you can ELMINATE any bloatware you do not want/need off your device IE sprint nascar as well as other items this will produce better memory and create better cpu and speed for this device that is already very very fast. PEOPLE FOOLED THEMSELVES BUY NOT GETTING THIS DEVICE AND i WILL SPEND MY COMING DAYS getting the word out to various places that took the time to TRASH THIS DEVICE so EVERYONE WILL KNOW FROM A REAL WORLD USER someone that uses this device as his daily driver EXACTLY WHAT THE TRUTH IS ABOUT THE EVO 3D…SPECIAL NOTE: IF YOU HAVE CHANCE TO GET THIS DEVICE EVERYONE BETTER GET IT OR ELSE YES YOU WILL BE SORRY…THIS IS THE BEST ANDROID DEVICE PERIOD….

    • Coolio86

      What settings do you have to get that much battery life?

    • Anonymous

      I’d still say that the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the best Android device, period. The EVO 3D is a good phone but it’s definitely not going to be for everyone. 

      I got nowhere near that kind of battery life on the EVO 3D. You must barely use the thing.You can only remove some bloatware from the device, not all of it. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/sang.chun1 Sang Chun

        i agree with u but Samsung galaxy S 2 is not for sale in US yet, right? then Evo 3D is best android device in the market for consumer. i think all androids are same if device have dual core and HD. Smartphone will always have battery issue. i had a thunderbolt and swap it with charge cuz intomobile reviwe said charge has better battery life. however i dont notice any difference. i think 3D is great specially when you play game. is it better to have 3D device if all 2.3 android device have dual core??? i rather choose 3D over super HD LCD. 

      • http://twitter.com/xX_Cristian_Xx Cristian Martinez

        I also get 15-20hrs of battery life out of my Evo 3D that I’ve had since June 22nd. I stream Pandora atleast 3 hours of the day and have 4G active for 4-5hrs (I would have it longer if it was available at my house). I found the biggest difference was initializing the battery correctly. Overall I have been extremely satisfied with the battery having come from the Nexus One. I would consider myself an above average user who syncs everything possible and tweets/facebooks/texts throughout the day. Unlike the author, I am very satisfied with the build quality of the Evo 3D, sure I think the back cover is a little flimsy when off but you would never know it when its on since it sits tighly against the hardware/battery.

      • Pollo Tropical

        to say the GS2 is the best available android device, is a matter of opinion. it may be a tad quicker than the E3D, but you can’t deny the fact that touchwiz is far behind HTC Sense UI. for that matter, i would pick HTC products all day long before choosing samsung, simply because touchwiz is awful. i mean, why have a phone when you can’t customize the UI -you’re stuck with that cheezy app drawer at the bottom of the screen and the widgets look remedial.

        and if you’re speaking about battery life, the gs2 comes with a 1650 mAh and the E3D has a 1750 mAh -the latter is certainly better. Nevertheless, anyone can buy a super extended 4000 mAh innoccell battery if they’re dissatisfied with their current battery. oh yeah, an over hyped and overly saturated “led” screen is a deal breaker for me. gotta go with the super lcd screen. overall, i did like your review on the E3D.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRM3HRNZT7YYHBDL33E63NKMMY royland

      that 3d is the only reason i did not get it yet,but i am interested. i have a galaxy s phone and i am waiting to see what the galaxy s2 looks like in person. i tested the evo 3d demo bestbuy and i was very impressed. that new optimus black might be coming to sprint also, i am going to wait until about mid august.

  • Ruben

    Hm Phone seems to be slow, I just runned the Benchmarks on my Desire Z:

    Quadrant: 1997
    Neocore 57.4
    Linpack 33.11

    So I really wonder why my 800 MHz CPU is that fast against a 1.2 GHz dualcore.

    • Ruben

      HTC EVO 3D against Desire Z

      Values over 100% means the Desire Z is faster.

      Quadrant – 100.96%

      Neocore – 95.03%

      Linpack – 76.84%

      Per MHz comparement – 800 vs 1200

      2,50 Points/MHz
      1,65 Points/MHz
      151,52%

      0,0717 Frames/MHz
      0,0503 Frames/MHz
      142,54%

      0,0414 MIPS/MHz
      0,0359 MIPS/MHz
      115,32%

      And just remember, the EVO 3D got a Dual Core, so normally you got improvements over 60% from calculation with two threads. So in the end the EVO 3D is slow.

      • MustBeSaid

        Those benchmarks return results as if they were testing one core, not both cumatively.  Learn what the benchmarks do, then decide if to use them as your Bible.

    • Anonymous

      You also need to consider that the EVO 3D has a higher res display, which will make some benchmarks look slower.

      • Mustbesaid

        Those benchmarks return results as if they were testing one core, not both cumatively

  • http://www.facebook.com/Z4KJ0N3S Zak Jones

    I must say I ABSOLUTELY disagree with the ‘poor build quality’ notes throughout the review. The phone’s certainly up to HTC’s normal standards of quality, and perhaps exceeds them.

    • Anonymous

      My only qualm is that the back piece feels cheaper than other HTC handsets I’ve held before (Thunderbolt, HD7S). Other than that, it’s just as solid as anything else HTC has come out with.

  • Je

    I think the battery life is amazing, I dont know what you guys are talking about

  • Jakobe

    This is a childs phone or a toy, not a phone for a working professional.
    too many problems to list in a comment field but Ill try.
    I was an EVO 4g launch date buyer…got the EVO 3d last night and it stinks.

    – cord is in the way
    – camera buttons are loose
    – no arrows on keyboard
    – 3d gives you a seizure
    – screen is dull not bright colors at all, crisp yes, but very drab like the 3D movie theater movies
    – lock screen is upside down, you should have to drag DOWN not UP..look at where your thumb is when you pick up the phone.
    – hand tangled in cord when plugged in and in left hand when unlocking screen
    – bloatware cannot be removed, there at least 20 htc apps/widgets youll never use
    – only 1gb of storage..still most apps cannot be moved to sd 6 year old iphone has 4gb
    – feels cheap
    – cover is loose or stretched (phone is less than 24 hours old)
    – back edges around camera are sharp
    – camera buttons get pressed easily inadvertently
    – 3d eats battery

    Returning tomorrow and going to try the Photon….sorry HTC you lost me until you make something better.

    • trollCall

      iphone is 4 years old. Stop inflating numbers to justify your ignorance of the obvious storage expandability that Android phones do offer and that iPhones do not. jerk

      • Jakobe

        U mad bro?

        sorry, let me add a correction “4 years ago Apple achieved something Android still hasnt”, Why cant Android developers and manufactures figure it out?

        When folks buy a 8gb or 16gb device they kinda expect to be able to use that space for apps. They dont expect their device to be 75% full out of the box. Its puffery plain and simple.

        Yes Android offers storage enhancements that the iphone doesnt, but the
        majority of app developers still do not support this function in their apps.
        So we are still stuck with half our apps on the card and half on the
        phone.

        I’m an Android user but I can still appreciate a better built product…not the iOS but the quality of the construction and basic understanding of what the device should be capable of.

        I’m sitting here looking at a 4+ year old iphone 3g and it is still a better build quality than my brand new Photon.

        I like the name calling it adds a nice touch to your post.

    • Anonymous

      Damn, and here I thought I was nit-picking in the review.

  • http://twitter.com/GolfnPix Chris Embardino

    My Evo 3D camera captures everything dark and with a green hue. I’ve tried everything in settings to get rid of it. maybe i’ve got a bad phone.

  • James

    I have had my Evo 3D now for 2 weeks and must say the only issue for my is the much slower 3g speed when compared to my EVO 4G. I use the phone moderately an after 15h of being unplugged I have generally 80% battery left, granted I leave 4g off as coverage in Denver is terrible.

  • Azlannn

    The picture quality is great!

  • Anonymous

    Oh it seems that you are the well aware of the Problems by us
     

  • Anonymous

    Greater one that
     

  • http://www.3dpokerinfo.com/ 3DGames

    I’ve been a fan of HTC back when they were producing developper’s cellular platforms (I worked for a  branch of Texas Instruments developping bluetooth chips) and I’m so glad they keep giving me reasons to love them! If Blackberry don’t produce a 3D smartphone by the end of the year – I’m getting me an EVO 3D.

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  • Tevinward

    I just got my htc evo 3d 3 day’s ago i love this phone so much.

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