HTC EVO 3D Hands-on
Comparing it to the EVO 4G, the EVO 3D actually improves upon the design and feels rather solid in its construction. Still deciding on utilizing a plastic exterior, which makes its weight feel not too overbearing, we’re digging its patterned rear cover which provides a reasonable amount of grip when held. However, it doesn’t take the cake from other premium feeling HTC smartphones on the market such as the Desire HD or Inspire 4G – but we’re confident that it’ll be a pretty looker nonetheless.
Sizing up with the same sized 4.3” display, we’re presented with plenty of crisp details since it packs qHD (540 x 960) resolution, but interestingly enough, there is a parallax barrier overlay that brings forth 3D visuals – sans the glasses. At first, we didn’t notice the effect that much, but after a few seconds, our eyes adjusted to it and we noticed the various levels of depth that ultimately give it the 3D look. Of course it’s a nice touch that provides some novel characteristics to the handset, but not everything is displayed in 3D – only videos and photos that are recorded for 3D viewing.
Luckily, the combination of its dual-core 1.2GHz third generation Snapdragon chipset with the latest version of Sense running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread makes it one blazingly speedy smartphone. Initially, the new Sense UI reminded us of the good old days of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D cube that was used in some of their earlier Windows Mobile devices, but it’s a nice departure from the usual carousel we’re accustomed to seeing with Android. These eye catching graphical effects and transitions inevitably provide a refreshing experience that’s once again regarded to being an interactive evolutionary step.
Other notable specs include its 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera which is expected to work great with video chat over 4G, and two 5-megapixel auto-focus rear cameras (with dual-LED flash) which allow you to shoot 3D videos and photos. Likewise, you can connect an HDMI cable to it so that you’ll be able to mirror its display directly onto a high-definition television set – which provides the option to easily share content.
Flexing its muscles, the HTC EVO 3D is by far the most prevalent HTC Android phone announced in the last few months – and it’s only going to further the EVO branding for Sprint. Precisely making improvements in various aspects, combined with its 3D capabilities, the HTC EVO 3D is surely going to be a memorable device come this summer when it is released. Until then, let’s just cross our fingers and hope it sticks to the golden price of $200 on-contract to really get customers attracted to Sprint – if not, it can prove to be too much of an investment for some people, despite adding the 3D touch.
1. Josh (unregistered)
The BEST phone to date. Period.
17. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
just wish it looked a little hotter... not a fan of the black plastic... it wudnt be that hard for them to make it look like the hd7 wud it? Htc also needs to make their sense ui 3d. otherwise nobody will really care if it only does 3d video... it wud be cool if the whole os was 3d. also, i guess they learned that transitions do matter.. ie wp7...
27. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the LG optimus 3d blows it out of the water.
49. RobinM (unregistered)
I have studied both and to be honest they are pretty close. Both have their own pros and cons, however when I upgrade, it will be the LG that I will be getting.
Optimus 3D = WIN
55. ddolter (unregistered)
What is it exactly about the lg optimus 3d that blows the Evo out of the water? Is it the display resolution at 540X960? Oh wait, that's the Evo. Is it the 1.2 Ghz dualcore processor? Oh wait again, that's the Evo. Is it the 1 GB of RAM? Oh no.......Evo again! Perhaps its the Andriod OS v2.3? No again, that's the Evo too! Hmmmm.....what was it about the LG Optimus you were refering to?
44. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
agreed. I can't wait to retire my evo for it.
2. CNachoZ (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
sexy....sexy....sexy. I do want to see the chart comparison (upclose) that they projected during the announcement tho. just curious...
3. Super Evo Android (unregistered)
I am sorry, Apple's iphone 5 looks like just old news compared to the EVO 3D. What is best about the phone is that you can turn on or turn off the 3D at anytime. This is a great thing because I will not want it on all the time. I love the fact that I can turn it on & off at will. HTC is showing the world that there is another "high end phone" maker who cares about it's customers first, not the apps it can sell! (Apple) Good for Sprint, HTC & Sprint's customers. We all win!!
4. Slammer (Posts: 722; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I know it sounds a bit picky, but I use the kickstand a lot on my Evo. I don't see one on this version. I would actually miss it.
This is another great offering though.
19. JW1ngman (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)
theres rumors of the evo 3D having a case that has a kickstand on it, thought i would pass the word on...
32. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
I know what happened to the kickstand???
5. FREEPAT75014 (unregistered)
Strange... the Snapdragon proc in EVO 3D is supposed to be the fabulous MSM8660 with the addition of an extra WiMax chip I suppose for the WiMax not directly handled by this chip, but this Qualcom Proc handles all other WW Mobile bands as well as providing 2 x 1.2Ghz Cores and improved Graphics, including Europe GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ as well as US CDMA/EVO/HSPA+ in most popular frequency bands used on both sides. Means this should be marketted as a real "WORLD-PHONE" this time, compared to former EVO 4G that was 100% US-Centric with WiMax + CDMA/EVO only (Not travel possible outside the US). Why is this NOT marketed here, anywhere ? Are these Qualcom features unused or blocked in this EVO 3G ? Who knows ? Would be really sad that you can't travel arround the globe with that golden Smartphone, while it has everything inside except LTE.
Also I need to confirm if definatly no-Kick-Stand on EVO 3D (Only bad news for me so far. Little hope left that red circle on the back could be one...?).
18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
oh ya... just wondering but wont this phone be behind becuase of its lte lack... isnt sprint going to lte?
23. phife56 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
no they are thinking about it in some sections of the country that dont get wimax
33. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
There is some speculation with the way Hesse is talking that they may use clear for WiMAX and they may put up LTE with the rest of their spectrum. Dont know how but you never know with them.
6. Super Evo Android (unregistered)
I know what you mean. The EVO 3D should always have a kickstand. Hopefully they change that on the final release. EVO=Kickstand, naturaly EVO 3D should=kickstand also right? Why would the Thunderbolt get a kickstand & not the EVO 3D? I will miss it too. Let's keep our fingers crossed & hope HTC does the right thing!
36. Phonecall01 (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)
According to a review I just read. The reason for not having a kickstand is lack of room. The dual camera module takes over the whole upper side of the back and the lower side got used for the 1730mAh battery (bigger than EVO 4G). I'll miss it too, but I'll take the extra muscle instead.
7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2842; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Sorry but that's probably the final product, despite how they say it's just a test model. That usually only has to do with the software of the phone. But from what the photos shows, that is what the EVO 3D will be. Sorry no kick stand =(
8. CB2047 (unregistered)
3D = who cares. Everything else = awesome!
9. IOS5 (unregistered)
Android phones copying other Android phone (LG optimus 3D) and fandroid believe that this a new innovation???!
34. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
No just a better way of doing it. Just like all the BB and Apple fans say each time a new model comes out.
10. jsobotka (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Aug 2009)
Any parallax barrier experts out there? Will the EVO 3D display 960x540 in 2D mode, or only half of that resolution?
I'm guessing no... and that when you turn off 3D and turn on 2D, it is really just displaying the same image to both eyes, and so the 2D resolution is only half of the 960x540. However, I read that it will display 3D in both portrait and landscape mode, so is it possible that functionality of the parallax barrier is flexible enough that it can be turned off completely, and you actually can see 960x540 in 2D mode?
11. Big D (unregistered)
who wants my little wimpy iphone 4 cuz im getn this beast.
12. Flip7 (Posts: 31; Member since: 27 Nov 2009)
By the way I heard from one of the videos that they will release a case with kickstands so we should have it anyways...I can't wait for this ph to come out
13. J (unregistered)
There is likely no kickstand due to the fact that the 1750 MAH battery will take up all the space within the phone under the duel 5MP cameras. There's likely not enough space for a kickstand with the 3d Technology
37. Phonecall01 (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)
Right on !!! I just saw an article about that on Androidcentral
14. chinakidoliver.iab (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
i want the optimus 3d it will be paked with prosesors ,4g, and have a app called the lg space 3d wich will let u buy and download 3d muvies
15. leefer77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
Anyone have an idea how many colors it will display?
16. jebulls (unregistered)
3 hour battery life??
21. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Great job by Htc and Sprint....Haters can back off cause this is the best device in the industry period. Now the granddaddy of 4g the current Htc Evo 4g can now retire and fall into the background it held us down for 10months and now a new member to the family will take over and lead android and sprint/htc into 2011 and 2012. Current Htc Evo 4g owners should be proud and should be on line for this guy just as they were for the Htc Evo 4g...It's a great time for sprint in 2011 our line is tops in the industry.
22. bsims85 (unregistered)
Man....they got rid of the arrows on the keyboard in portrait mode. I use those arrows ALOT!!
25. sprint fan (unregistered)
internal memory?? vital part of any phone i buy, but otherwise im definately in. i just gotta know how much internal memory
50. RobinM (unregistered)
1 GB I have read.
28. ricardop (unregistered)
Resolution of video recording? 1080p in 2D ?
51. RobinM (unregistered)
No, I don't think it does 1080 at all.
29. HTC-BOSS (unregistered)
IS THIS COMING TO THE THUNDERBOLT BECAUSE WHEN THE THUNDERBOLT GET 2.3 UPGRADE IT'S PROCESSOR SPEED WILL TURN TO 1.2.. DAME HOPE IT DOES!!
30. HTC-BOSS (unregistered)
will the NEW SENSE UI COME TO THE THUNDERBOLT?
40. mmayer54 (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
FINALLY! The ultimate replacement for my Hero. Most important to me is the 4.3" 960X540 display and the dual core CPU w/graphics acceleration. My poor eyes will welcome the bigger sharper screen, while the CPU & Android 2.3 will open apps and navigate much quicker. The Photo & Video capability is just icing on the cake.
42. 101Stephen101 (unregistered)
arrrgg!!!! Why does this have to be for Sprint i want this phone sooo bad i might just get the lg thrill because im on at&t
43. DEX (unregistered)
battery life is going to be key
48. leefer77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
I would guess that battery life will be better than the original EVO. The battery is bigger plus the processor is dual core, which from what I've read is more efficient. If it gets a good 12 hours of moderate use per charge, I will be happy. I have to sleep a little bit anyway.
45. aaaLT (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)
Here's a question to those who know what there talking about:
should i get this or the galaxy s2? it seems to me that they are both just as powerful but
this has the addition of 3d, so its better. I dont particularly care for 3d too much but if they are both the same in terms of power the 3d is a just an added bonus, so why not?
46. leefer77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
Possible consideration... I personally like HTC's Sense UI. I have a rooted EVO and have used quite a few ROMs both with and without Sense. I find that I always go back to a Sense based ROM. Not that those without it aren't good. Its just a matter of preference.
47. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)
This phone is great. But, does anyone know about the european version of EVO 3D? I have this question because in previous year there was a similar situation to the EVO 4G, later there was Desire HD(european version of EVO 4G, supports GSM).
52. BDW2008 (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
This is a great phone hands down htc is known for making these stellar android phones and this is no exception if you one of the people that's not impressed by this device you must he upset that you'll probably not be able to get it I'm an iPhone 4 owner and my iPhone is no slouch it's a pretty damn good phone but the service is way too expensive I've been looking to switch to sprint for the cheaper prices and this phone just sealed the deal if the iPhone doesn't open up with some customization, flash, and bigger screen and AT&T doesn't stop being so damn expensive i know I won't be the only person making the jump to a cheaper carrier also I could care less about the acquisition of tmobile that does nothing for me I'm still going to be paying the same $130-$140 a month to these people all in all keep up the good work htc.
53. DynamiteBKG (unregistered)
Great Phone, cant wait.. Kickstand comes with extra case, not enough room in back.. Wouldve been dumb to take out back and left with two huge holes in back casing..
54. meeeeee (unregistered)
Can I bring this phone outside US?