HTC EVO 3D Review
Blasting its way to the top of Sprint’s lineup, the HTC EVO 4G continues to be a renowned handset even to this day, but more importantly, it’s one of the evolutionary devices that seemingly set the bar high when it was released a year ago. Granted that it’s not a true successor, the HTC EVO 3D is in some ways closely related due to the fact that it shares the same foundations, while throwing in a couple of neat 3D functions into the mix. Essentially regarded as an upgraded model, the $199.99 on-contract HTC EVO 3D is especially nice on paper – even more when you take into account its 3D aspects combined with its high-end specs. However, in a time when top-shelf devices are ostensibly in abundance everywhere you look, the 3D nature of the HTC EVO 3D is undoubtedly going to raise some eyes. Let’s just hope that it cohesively executes, but if not, it may ultimately end up as a forgettable novel thing.
- HTC EVO 3D
- 8GB microSD card preloaded
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Get Started Guide
- Terms & Conditions of Services
So what can we say about yet another top-shelf Android powered HTC phone? Well, it’s definitely not the best design we’ve seen put out by the Taiwanese company, but nonetheless, it makes some marked improvements over the EVO 4G. Constructed out of plastic still, the handset is thinner (0.47”) and feels less bulky in the hands, which can be attributed to its slightly longer form. Not surprisingly though, it retains some of the design elements established with the HTC EVO 4G, but goes further to concretely make it more refined. Specifically, its soft touch matte rear employs a rigid pattern that provides an adequate grip when held. All in all, it’s an undeniably distinguishable EVO device – albeit, it’s not as sexy looking compared to things like the HTC Sensation 4G and Inspire 4G.
You can compare the HTC EVO 3D with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
Obviously, one of the first visible improvements with the HTC EVO 3D is the higher resolution 4.3” qHD (540 x 960) Super LCD display that it’s packing. Compared to the one gracing the EVO 4G, this one is indeed far better with its sharper details, iridescent color production, and high contract – albeit, it washes out at extreme viewing angles.
Making it unique versus the competition, its parallax barrier overlay offers a 3D viewing experience without the aid of any gimmicky glasses. If you’ve checked out the 3D display on the Nintendo 3DS, you’ll easily comprehend how to work the 3D display of the HTC EVO 3D. In order to experience that 3D effect contently, you need to view the display at a 90-degree level and wait a few seconds for your eyes to adjust. Interestingly enough, it actually works rather well! Not only are we enthralled and mesmerized by this, but it dishes up a sensible amount of depth perception with 3D content. However, you’re required to keep a steady hand, mainly because of the shimmering effect seen if you happen to tilt it lightly. In our experience, we’re able to view 3D content for an extended amount of time, but it’s worth noting that the prolonged usage can be rather irritating or nauseating for some people. In the end, it simply works!
Again, you can clearly indicate that it’s from the EVO family because of the circular rings surrounding each capacitive touch Android button. Seeing that they’re placed close to the bottom edge, we tend to accidentally hit the search and home buttons more frequently than others.
Above the display, we’re presented with the light & proximity sensors, wide looking earpiece grill, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and LED light indicator that’s placed towards the right side of the earpiece.
Peeking over on the left edge of the phone, the only thing there is the microUSB port that’s used for charging and data purposes. Even though it lacks a dedicated microHDMI port, you can still output high-def videos and get a mirrored experience if you happen to purchase an optional MHL adapter that plugs directly into the microUSB port.
Meanwhile, the clicky volume rocker, camera mode switch, and circular sized two-level shutter button are prominently positioned all on the right side of the handset.
the top edge, and even better, we’re thrilled to easily make out and feel its power button.
In the rear, we’re presented with yet another featured item with the handset – the dual 5-megapixel auto-focus 3D camera with dual-LED flash. With the tandem, it snaps stereoscopic 3D stills and videos. Although it’s hard to make out, there are tiny notches punctured into one area on the red trim surrounding the cameras, which hides away the handset’s speaker.
Yanking off the rear cover, it gives us access to its battery and microSD card slot – however, you’re required to pull the battery beforehand if you want to swap out the microSD card.
2. cyborg (unregistered)
Wow, 4 objective cons gets a score of 9.
18. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
I think you mean "sub"jective. And yes, I think a mobile device should have good battery life and viewing angles. It's a great phone to get a 9/10, but I believe the full point off is warranted. The Galaxy S II lasted ~60 hours in their medium use tests, so it's not like it can't be done with today's tech.
30. megadirk (unregistered)
I just don't see how only 1 point was taken off, "less than ideal battery life" should warrant 1 point subtracted just for that. At this point battery life shouldn't be listed in the "Con" category (not to mention HD video and viewing angles) on any manufacturers flagship device. Embarrassment is all they should feel if they still can't get this right so far into the game.
57. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
I would give you 2 thumbs up if I could.
34. Johnabis (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
also, the guys voice reminds me of Professor Frink of the Simpsons
4. Ruh (unregistered)
I'm not sure what people want in battery life. 7 hours of continuous talk and 10hr normal use seem great to me. Will definately be an improvement over my TP2 that i've had for almost two years.
22. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
I think "10hr normal use" needs to be more tightly defined. If this is listening to music, occasional email and facebook checking, texting, snapping a few photos, and playing a few games to pass the time, then my iPhone 4 has about 30hr of "normal use." It has probably 10hr of very heavy use. These are overall MOBILE devices, and should therefore allow you to be free from an electrical outlet for many hours without fear of battery death.
The 3D is a neat feature, but if it will kill my battery with 10hr of normal use, this tech is not meant for your phone, but a stand-alone device with a larger battery.
5. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
For once I think this was actually a fair review. I like that they enjoyed the 3D capabilities and appreciated that the price is a true bargain. But most of all, I love that not once was the iPhone 4 mentioned!
I can't wait to get this phone! Can someone please remind me how the Premiere special works to get one early on June 21st? Do you call Telesales or go into a store? Details would be appreciated. Thanks.
6. Su-Rio (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 May 2011)
omg, imagine when a new slim battery with a higher capacity releases for this phone... it'd be like 1900 mah, and add hours to phone use
7. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
As an Iphone user, if this phone was coming to Verizon I would be all over it. Looks fantastic!!!!
8. Megatron (unregistered)
As an iPhone 3GS user looking to switch this year, I am really looking forward to getting this phone. IMHO, 2 of the cons listed are not cons for me.
I do not like wide viewing angles on my phone, I prefer privacy, as long as i can share photos with 1 or 2 other people I'm fine. It's got HDMI functionality if I want to share with more.
I don't care that it dosn't have a 3D UI. The reason they didn't do this is because it would be too straining on the battery and the user's eyes (as mentioned at CTIA 2011) and I agree. Besides, 3D is a bonus feature, new to phones. If this were a 2D only phone, that would not be listed as a con.
I am a power user, and 7 hours talk time/10 hours normal use will be fine with me, of course battery life could always be better, but I currently charge my iPhone 3GS 2 to 3 times a work day, I can't wait to be able to use a spare battery in emergency situations.
31. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
"I prefer privacy" is kind of fooling yourself into thinking that viewing angles don't matter. True that coming from a iPhone 3GS you will probably be impressed with the viewing angle. Just don't look at an iPhone 4, Droid X2, or Super AMOLED Plus screen before buying, and you will be just fine.
And as a "power user," you may want to look elsewhere, unless you plan on buying 2 or 3 spare batteries, but it sounds like you are comfortable charging 2 to 3 times a day any way.
32. megatron (unregistered)
Don't worry, I'm not fooling myself with the "prefer privacy" comment. The 3GS's viewing angle is more than enough for me and the people I show pictures to, so if what you say is true, then this will be more than enough of a viewing angle for me.
As far as battery life is concerned, I owned a Blackjack before the 3GS. The battery life on that phone was so bad, they provided a spare battery standard with the phone. The iPhone would last just about a day on my light to normal days, but lately AT&T's service in my building at work has gotten worse and my phone spends most of its day searching, wasting battery power, so I normally leave it plugged in at my desk now. Nevermind that I've been sitting in the same spot for the past year and a half. I would think it is my phone, but other people with AT&T have reported the same issues. While people with Sprint are getting full 4G coverage.
33. megatron (unregistered)
I forgot to mention that I have tried the iPhone 4 and I'll admit I like the contrast levels on the Super AMOLED Plus screens, but I wasn't impressed by viewing angles.
40. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Sorry if all ya'll thought I was trolling, just trying to argue that I don't know anyone who looks at a phone screen and says, "It's a nice display, but I wish the viewing angles were worse." That's like saying, "Well it's a nice processor, but I wish it were slower."
I'm not convinced you thumbs-downers have actually seen the "Plus" version of the Super AMOLED displays. Not only does the "Plus" offer a better "perceived" resolution, but they have the best viewing angles of any display (see link below). I'm an iPhone 4 owner, and I can admit when other companies have better features. Seriously look at a Droid X2 vs the EVO 3D or Sensation (who all use Super LCD), the Droid X2 has considerably better viewing angles and more accurate colors.
43. megatron (unregistered)
If you have ever dealt with sensitive materials or people constantly trying to look over your shoulder when it is none of their business then you would know what I mean. There has never been a time where I thought, "If I could only see what was on my phone by looking at it from a 10 degree angle..." I know I'm not like everyone, but I don't see why someone would spend any considerable amount of time looking at their phone any other way than almost head on. Sure, maybe it's laying on the desk and it beeps and you look to see who the message is from or something like that. But I'm never going to have the need to see my phone from an extreme angle for any messureable amount of time.
You say asking for a narrow viewing angle is like getting a faster processor but asking for it to be slower. I don't agree. To me, asking for the widest viewing angle possible is like saying, "Hey world look at me! LOOK AT ME! See all my information! I don't care if you can see my credit card number or anything else, just look at me!"
47. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
I think I just realized we may be talking about 2 different things.
I am talking about accurate color reproduction and consistent brightness levels when I say "viewing angles." It sounds like you are more concerned about privacy in viewing angles. I could still read your credit card info from a screen with crappy viewing angles, I just wouldn't see it in crisp contrast, color or desired brightness. If you truly want privacy, then purchase a privacy-shade screen protector. My point of our entire argument is that a better quality display has many things: brightness, color reproduction, resolution, size, and viewing angles. No mobile display manufacturer is ever going to produce a screen and market it as "narrow viewing angles for privacy."
48. megatron (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)
Agreed, but I also care about color reproduction, resolution, size, and brightness from various angles. But I still don't see the importance of wide viewing angles on a phone, at least not to the extreme, and agreed, if I want your information, I'm going to get it one way or the other. Just saying, I don't see why some reviews give cons for viewing angles if you can't see the screen clearly from less than a 15 degree angle. I want to know what people are doing looking at their phones from that angle for long periods of time.
50. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Looks like you're registered now. :-)
It's nice to have good viewing angles when:
- Sharing screen for videos/pictures/web on the go
- Tilting screen away from direct sunlight
- Have same color/brightness/quality when in landscape (rotated)
- Don't have to have the device perfectly perpendicular to face when watching videos/pics (i.e., there are many "sweet spots", rather than just perfectly straight on)
- And gol darn it, it's just so beautiful.
I understand your concerns with privacy. I think we can be friends now. :-)
52. megatron (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)
All that makes sense to me, and i can understand the "cool factor" of having a phone that can be seen clearly from any angle. Just in practical use, at least in my life, I have no need for extreme viewing angles.
I'm always up for a good debate, I never really thought you were trolling.
44. megatron (unregistered)
Btw, I have seen the Droid X2, and like I said before, I admit the contrast levels are impressive on those screens. The "Plus" made a real improvement. Also, I prefer screens I can turn the brightness down very low on and still see clearly. Right now on my desk I have twin Samsung widescreen monitors with the brightness turned down to 5 (out of 100).
63. jroc74 (Posts: 4936; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea...Super Amoled + is nice.
Thats always been a pro for Amoled screens since last year.
69. c2g1980 (unregistered)
Please give an example of when the viewing angle would be important on a handheld mobile device. My epic has good viewing angles so I put a screen protector that blurs the viewing angles on it. Can't imagine y any1 would want to hold their phone to the side or at an angle to view it.
9. bucky (Posts: 1503; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
how does this phone compare to the iphone 4?
11. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
Not to be a jerk but you are on a cell phone website that has specs for every phone. A click here and a click there and you have your answer.
14. me (unregistered)
To expand upon Hallucinator's comment.
Go to the HTC EVO 3D spec page (you can search HTC EVO 3D in the search bar of thewebsite for this) and click on the "COMPARE" button.
Then go to the Apple iPhone 4 spec page (again you can search Apple iPhone 4 in the search bar of the website) and click the "COMPARE" button on that page.
Finally, click on "COMPARE" in the comparison queue at the top of your page.
Voila, instant comparison between 2 phones.
26. bucky (Posts: 1503; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
yes but, how come the iphone4 was not mentioned in this review?
41. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
To be a jerk, have you ever used the internet before? It has all of these great search features so you can discover new information for yourself.
45. me (unregistered)
HA HA, just yesterday I was showing somebody what Google is... no kidding...
54. bucky (Posts: 1503; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
why are there no pics of the iphone 4 next to it?
73. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Why should there be an iPhone 4 next to it?
10. green2u (unregistered)
This is the first review I've run across that gives the call quality a thumbs up. I'm starting to wonder if call quality is based on region.
19. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Purely as a precaution to those on the long, lengthy list of wanting this device I have to echo green2u's warning- most of the reviews I have read have said call quality on the handset is among the worst on any HTC device in recent memory. I only know what I have read, so just passing on. Be sure to take the EVO 3D for a good test drive and kick those call quality tires ...
12. Josh (unregistered)
Only thing I don't agree with is how they say its not a true successor. This beats the previous version in every way...? If they just called it The evo 2 with 3d then would it be a successor?
15. giorgio (unregistered)
I must say it John V love the way you do review you always go to details that I'm looking for when I read a review really great job. Thanks
42. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
And I love that accent too! You speak fast and get to the point like a true northerner! Damn people in the south beat around the bush...
46. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I tend to get to the point right away mainly because I'm pressed for time. I don't want it to end up being a 20 mins review. Thanks!
17. Android Battery eater (unregistered)
People this phone is nice but trust me will be another android phone battery eater like all android phones are battery eaters. Also 3D is nice but who cares has most households dont have 3d TV much yet. So hooking up the HDMI to a NOT 3D TV will not work. FOr me I prefer a phone for personal and business use and this phone is NOT Business phone. I think of this phone a Entertainment phone is all i see in it.
I Prefer windows phone 7 which is use for personal and yes business use. Also newer phone models like Nokia will be coming out this September for new dual core windows phone 7 models with front face camera and newly updated Mango which includes 500 features will be worth waiting for to get windows phone 7. So again not excited for this phone be honest with you has it will be just another battery eater which you cant last for a day. Great about windows phone 7 battery last for 2-3 days for full use so that shows how awesome windows phone 7 built what a phone should last for full use.
20. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
No one buying this device will be expecting great battery life. If it has it, that is a bonus. So far, poor battery life is a given on new, large screen devices. Throw 3D on it, and all of a sudden extra chargers are a must. But if the phone delivers on all other specs, there will be happy owners.
23. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
"So far, poor battery life is a given on new, large screen devices."
See the review for the Galaxy S II. It has excellent battery life on its 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen (albeit only 800x480 resolution). Roughly 60 hrs of decent use.
25. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
dont know what they mean by normal use but i cannot get anywhere near that on my s2, but i will say that i can easily get a full days use with enough battery left over which i consider brilliant when you see what the s2 has got under the hood..think all phones should last a minimum full day without worrying about power running out. would be nice if batterys could charge from fully down to fully charge in an hour the most. that way dont think battery would be a huge issue as you would be able to charge it very quick. my galaxy s2 takes about 3-3 1/2 hours to charge from 0-100%
29. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Whoa! 3 Hours? Is it only charging at 500mA? My iPhone 4 charges at 1A from the wall and takes 90 mins from 0% (because it is a 1420mAh battery). However, charging from a USB port is roughly twice as long (due to USB's 500mA limitation).
I think the reason they don't allow their batteries to charge any faster is due to heat. Otherwise, Lithium Polymer batteries are just fine charging in an hour (in your case at 1.65A), but would probably need open air to stay cool.
61. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
All Android Samsung phones take a long time to charge, but they do last longer than most. The Samsung Infuse can easily last me all day and night without having to charge it and that's with heavy use. But it did take a long time to fully charge. It was the same thing with the Epic and Droid Charge.
24. me (unregistered)
Learn to spell and use proper grammar. I would feel stupid taking advice from someone who can't even form clear sentences. If they don't know how to speak/type, then how would they know anything about using a phone for business purposes?
Also, this phone will work with a non-3D HDTV via HDMI, you just won't be able to play any of the 3D content. That's at least one fact you got wrong, plus poor communication skills, therefore, I do not trust anything else you say.
27. Windows Administrator (unregistered)
That's funny, because I work in a group of Windows system administrators. 2 people in my group so far have tried the new Windows phones and took them back within a few weeks to get either an android phone or an apple phone. I myself am switching from Apple to Android and will give this phone a try. Apple shot themselves in the foot by not providing the iPhone 5 on time IMO. Sure it won't kill them anything, but certainly doesn't help keep customers like me.
Take it from a Windows Administrator, Windows is not the best thing out there for technically savvy consumers.
56. jroc74 (Posts: 4936; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
"People this phone is nice but trust me will be another android phone battery eater like all android phones are battery eaters"
I stopped reading right there. Just like all Android phones arent alike, all dont have the same battery life.
67. your mom (unregistered)
You sound so dumb.....
36. CtK4949 (unregistered)
Remove the 3D stuff and this would be the perfect phone!!
PS...verizon you suck hairy balls!!
38. tatnai (unregistered)
there is a button for that...
49. me (unregistered)
There's a button for Verizon to suck hairy balls? Please, show me where this button is, I want to spam it all day long!
37. wateryspit (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
I own the phone already and will like to tell you that it is great, its fast the 3d is awesome and the battery life rock. compared to my evo 4g. spiderman is truly a experience you have to try.
39. Geek1 (unregistered)
I hate how in every site they always talk about how much better the Iphone is. The Iphone was cool way back, but not anymore ! The Evo was a phone that revolutionized smart phones everywhere. I'm so glad that the Evo3d is coming out because it just looks simply amazing.
|Display||4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) S-LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8660, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.00 x 2.60 x 0.47 inches|
(127 x 66 x 12 mm)
6.00 oz (170 g)
|Battery||1730 mAh, 6 hours talk time|