HTC EVO 3D Unboxing
Strangely, not a single photo or image of the handset is seen on any portion of the packaging, but instead, we find imprints of the “EVO 3D” name and recognizable capacitive touch buttons directly on the front of the box. Besides that one distinguishable mark, there isn’t necessarily anything alluring with the all-white packaging. The secondary box that the handset is sitting on is indeed colorful, but underneath that, we’re only treated with the bare set of included accessories – these include the documentation, microUSB cable, and wall charger. Admittedly, we were hoping for just a bit more than the usual suspect of items – especially when this is the HTC EVO 3D we’re talking about.
Needless to say, the original HTC EVO 4G was a beastly sized phone and didn’t quite beat out the design of the HTC HD2 before it. With the HTC EVO 3D, it still shares some of the EVO 4G’s design characteristics, but as a whole, it’s mainly less bulky feeling in the hand. Still constructed out of plastic, it combines a rigid pattern and soft matte touch coating in the rear to give it a good clean feel in the hand. Nevertheless, we have seen better industrial designs on other HTC handsets, but as a whole, it’s a decent improvement over the EVO 4G. However, it’s worth noting that the kickstand is now gone – meaning, you’ll have to prop it against something if you want a hands-free video watching experience.
One year later, we find some remarkably improved hardware under the hood. For starters, it’s sporting a 4.3” qHD Super LCD display that employs a parallax barrier overlay to offer 3D-viewing with no glasses; much like what you find with the Nintendo 3DS. Additionally, it sports two 5-megapixel auto-focus cameras in the rear with dual-LED flash for standard and 3D video recording in 720p. Powering the handset, it’s running a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor with a 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 220 GPU. Already, we can see that this is indeed a workhorse, but it also features 4G WiMAX connectivity, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, DLNA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, aGPS, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the most up-to-date Sense experience.
Starving for this one already? Well, we’re going to be testing this one out extensively to see where it stands on the totem pole – especially when we’ve seen some top-notch Android smartphones released already this year. Expect our in-depth review!
1. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
So sexy i cant wait to get it its definantely the hottest phone if it was on Verizon or AT&T people would not be saying o 3d a gimmick theyll be supporting it, But look how fast it powers up
2. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
So you gonna say that on every site? The Galaxy s2 blows this thing away..
5. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
Spec wise there pretty close, Power wise S2 wins no lie, but lets be serious which would you rather show off, Iphone sucks but its so elite becuase its simple and neat looking, GS2 is so tech savy and only phone geeks care about it, The EVO3d is so mouth droping, But your right the Gs2 is better but blow away no
7. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
to be honest i say the EVO 3D and Galaxy S II are completely opposite on the raw power front. the EVO 3D and the Sensation have proven to be on the bottom in terms of power while the Galaxy S II still reigns undefeated. realistically this phone isn't that special, 3D is still at a gimmicky stage of development and if you don't want to take it from me read Engadget's review.
9. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
dude I guarantee you Verizon is working on a 3d phone, Every phone will have 3d in the near future how is it a gimmick. First Evo 4.3 4g Android Front facing camera. Thats innovation what happens. Droid X 4.3 screen Iphone Front Camera. Sprint Innovates and what happens every phone from then on out is using these ideas. 3d will be apart of everyday life stop hating that verizon didnt do it first. Look now Lg making a dualscreen phone Sony also. EVO stands for evolution and its definantely doing that to all smartphones bro
10. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
The Thunderbolt is the EVO on Verizon right or wrong
13. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
you're right, i i mentioned that in my comment before i even read your comment.
45. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Thats true...but what was on Sprint that was equal to the Droid 1 when it launched...
Until the EVO, Sprint was behind with decent Android phones.
It took until mid to last year for all the other carriers to start having more than 1 decent Android phone. Verizon had the best total line up for a while.
62. thatguy (unregistered)
i think your forgetting that sprint, verizon and at&t rejected the idea of an android phone when it first came out...if it werent for t-mobile theres a good chance we might not even have these awesome handsets...thats just talking about the U.S.....oh and just in case you might ask which phone, well none other than the mighty htc g1.
63. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Which is wild why it took so long for decent Android phones to be on T Mobile.
12. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i don't care if Verizon is making a 3D phone. they're probably working on getting HTC to make them a version of the EVO 3D like they did with the EVO 4G, if i wanted one i wouldn't be concerned about it not coming but stereoscopic screens just aren't friendly to my sensitive eyes and that's really the only feature that stands out with the EVO 3D, the rest has proven to be under par and unless you just want to flaunt the first 3D phone then it's really not going to be that alluring compared to the Photon 4G which will be the more powerful phone on the Now Network until the Galaxy S II arrives in one form or the other.
15. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
Not going to lie your a smart guy, you know phone, Your right i like the EVO 3d becuase the idea is cool, one question is the stereoscopic screen going to damage my eyes
16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
why thank you. if you want to experience something similar before the EVO 3D comes out you can go to your local Best Buy and look at the Nintendo 3DS.
31. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Your Photon 4g will not be better than the Evo3d nor will it out perform the Evo 3d that will never happen. They will share the same network which is a plus but don't get it TWISTED the flagship device for sprint is the Evo 3d and will always be. The whole entire evo brand represents sprint so take your Photon 4g and fake galaxy within and go on a lonely highway and jump between cars.
37. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
..but it does. i'd feel the same way if we were talking about a Droid but that's simply not the case here guy. the EVO 3D is fast but it's a long shot from being the fastest, that's fact. if you don't believe me look for yourself. PA themselves just posted their Benchmark results.
41. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
even Verizon had a short period of having a Flagship device that wasn't a part of it's most advertised brand which was the Thunderbolt. no big deal.
43. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
You should just get an iPhone.....they way you carry on about the EVO and Sprint you would fit in quite nicely with the fanboys on that side...
47. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i give credit & criticisms where it's due.
54. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
That post was meant for richard...the evosprintwimax fanboy.
35. tigermcm (Posts: 811; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
it may be a lil lame but you forgot Sprint came out with dual screens now LG is doing the same for someone
39. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Kyocera came out with the dual screens, not Sprint, they're a carrier and Sprint was gutsy to decide to carry that phone.
42. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
There were 3D Android phones over seas last year....
The LG 3D already launched...might launch in the US before the EVO 3D
I willl give FFC on Android phones to the EVO. I'm willing to bet it was also already out overseas. Dont feel like checking right now. But...FFC has been done years before the EVO and iPhone.
The phone size was on Win Mo before the EVO...HTC HD2 and probably on Android phones overseas...
I would say HTC innovates. Sprint is only the carrier.
The EVO was/is a nice phone...but just like with most phones...when one starts fact checking one finds out just how unoriginal a phone is..
50. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Scratch the LG launching in the US before the EVO 3D...lol
Sites are saying LG 3D is the first glasses free Android phone....thats not right. It was either Sharp or somebody else overseas last year.
30. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Yeah ENGADGET'S REPORT WAS TOTALLY APPLE FANBOYISH JUST LIKE YOUR COMMENT. I can go tell you to go read Walt Mosberg at Wall Street Journal, or go read Bonnie Cha at Cnet or go check out Bob Kovac over at Wirefly.com AS WELL as androidcentral.com and androidandme.com. All these stated sites DO PROPER REVIEWS WHY???Because they want people to understand what they are purchasing and want people to know exactly how the device preforms not based on some personal feelings...Legitimate sites are not even posting honest reviews cause it takes days with a device before you can tell the general public how the device works and performs...You as well as Engadget at best are Idiots
38. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'm not even an Apple fan boy, the only Apple product i've ever owned was an old iPod Nano and it was a gift. Engadget are the most critical reviewers, if you want to get down into the nitty gritty about the phone's overall worth then Engadget is the place to go. what's the difference between a "proper" review and one based on personal feelings? all reviews no matter where you find them are going to post personal reviews by their editors or whoever they get to do them. oh and sites like Wirefly are generally going to be softer on their reviews because they sell the phones too.
29. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Galaxy S2 is a JOKE....You will never see any updates on that device...How easily we forget...Evo 3d will rule android
36. pyckvi (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)
that is why samsung gave away some of the galaxy units to the Cyanogen Devs. this device will probably be the first with its updates.
52. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
I love this guy's accent, it's so classy! lolol jk I'm just jealous because he already has an Evo 3D and I don't. I do like how he talks fast and is informative so as not to waste my valuable trolling time lol.
3. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
cant wait to get it. trading in my evo to get a nice 150$ credit =)
33. biglebronski (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)
I'll give you $150 cash for that Evo. Then I'll sell it on eBay for $275
4. Jantar_Dentelle (unregistered)
I cannot wait til i get this, and as far as the s2. It's been done for what 2 months now? and still no release date plus the battery cover door is so thin that when the phone gets hot its really not going to be pleasent to hold on to. I think samsung makes good tv's and that about it. I owned plenty of their products and there all trash I know Im safe with htc products, but everyone has different taste! :)
6. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
Samsung Epic is Fluckin awesome and definantely underrated, Samsung has amazing phone bro like the Nexus S 4g
8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i didn't like Samsung when they stepped in with original Galaxy S line. Super AMOLED wasn't all that great looking to me and there wasn't any real differentiating features from the rest of the high-end crop of the time but starting this year with the Droid Charge and the Infuse i've been willing to give Samsung another look. they're doing good things, TouchWiZ is looking good, Super AMOLED + looks superb, the construction is improving little by little and the Exynos chip set is becoming a force to be beckoned with. i'm a true Motorola fan but give me a Galaxy S II and i'll use it happily.
11. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
Ur def a red guy, The charge changed ya mind wow. Verizon of course The charge is so low end. Froyo 1ghz its galaxy S phone pretty much, ur on drugz dude its a year old in specs The Evo 4g (First Evo) kills it, get lost bro
14. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
if you want LTE the Charge is the phone to get. don't forget it has Super AMOLED + too. it's true the processor is really underwhelming but LTE makes up for it being that it's one of the handful of phones that support it and you don't need me to remind you that LTE wipes the floor with WiMAX.
34. biglebronski (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)
LTE and WiMAX can both wipe a battery in two hours as well. Motorola Atrix on AT&T is the only phone in production with a battery that could handle either data network, but it's on AT&T's crappy HSPA+.
17. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
This phone is so sick. The Sprint rep came by today to show it off and I was blown away. Not even for the 3D the new sense ui and how it is set up is amazing. Can't wait to sell this phone and show it off!
18. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well s**t. That's a he'll of a phone. That can't even be contested.
21. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'm kinda wanting to see the LG Thrill go side to side with this.
19. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Seriously, Phonearena? You're autocensoring comments again?
23. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Good point. It's still irritating, because they didn't used to censor. I mean, they even stopped deleting "profane" comments.
24. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i assumed they always deleted the profanity so i stayed aware of the language i used. i wouldn't even mind them censoring. o:
25. terry jackson (unregistered)
Will the battery last longer?
28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Engadget says it has TERRIBLE battery life.
48. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Based on the Sensation vs GS2 match up...I would say no..
It might last a lil longer than the EVO...but thats not saying much...
49. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
actually if you have the EVO 3D and you use it for it's intents and purposes as a "3D" phone and make use out of the stereoscopic screen & shooters then you're probably looking at worse battery life than the Sensation plus it seems WiMAX taxes the battery more than HSPA+.
51. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea....that makes sense. I really wanna see reviews of the LG 3D.
When getting my phones I keep it simple. Reception and battery life. Everything else comes 2nd. If I try to get the best, monster, beast phone I would go broke or insane...
26. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Looks like a piece of crap to me. I rather stick with the Galaxy S2 or the Nexus S. HTC phones are a joke.
27. rook (unregistered)
NO KICKSTAND..THAT SUCKS BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
32. kyle (unregistered)
I don't think people realize that you have 30 days with the phone to give it back. Who cares about Engadget saying it sucks or random Phonearena commenter saying it'll be amazing? If you are at all interested in the phone buy it and try it out. If the battery life is bad just return it, get your upgrade back, and wait for either the Photon or the GSII. It's not that hard..
40. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
do that and you'll have to pay a restocking fee, it's better to dive in prepared and to know what you want.
46. burnab87 (unregistered)
The Galaxy S2 is only stronger because it runs both cores at the same time instead of when its needed, i do like the GS2 but samsung hasnt been swift with updates and i unless i see an Epic 2 i wont get one. But im waiting to see what the Nexus 3 has instored because i dont believe the BGR exclusive about its specs.
53. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3045; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I don't care for 3D or qhd. I want a Samsung Galaxy S2 that runs butter smooth with no lag.