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HTC EVO 3D Review

0. phoneArena 20 Jun 2011, 07:17 posted on

Blasting its way to the top of Sprint’s lineup, the HTC EVO 4G continues to be a renowned handset even to this day. 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...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 16:04

51. megatron (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


I will edit this later

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 21:02

53. jechrin (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


i thought this was iphonearena? lol. I am surprised no is saying how much phonearena hates every product unless it is made by apple. 9/10? That is better than what they gave the iphone 4! I really think they should of given it a 8.5/10 because the camera isn't awesome like the iphone 4's camera. Once HTC makes a phone that can replace my digital camera, then I think it deserves a 9/10.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 18:57

59. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


I just used this phone all day.. Its pretty amazing its really fast and handles the graphics very nice,, also tried the 3d camara and its nt really what i expected, i guess i have to get used to the whole 3d thing.. Very nice phone and also feels a bit heavy..As a galaxy s phone user im really just waiting for the S2 the color in the screen of these phones are just more vivid than the evos

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 06:51

60. megatron (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


Are you saying the battery lasted a full day this soon after you got the phone? I don't know about everyone else, but the first week I get a phone, I use it so much to test it out and get all my settings and work related stuff set up that I end up charging it at least twice a day.

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 12:45

62. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol i didnt mension anything about using it without charging it, i charged in the morning when i got it at 8am and once again at around 3pm or soo.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 06:29 1

64. sound counts (unregistered)


lets move on to other issues. i tried to record live music vidio with my moment and got no sound quality. just noise, no way to adjust record level. my freind with his iphone was able to adjust his recording sound level and or it did it automaticaly. i admit to be quite jealous. i went right to my sprint store to complain. this phone is a piece of crap. now does somebody want to get off the view angle and talk about other featues such as '' sound quality ''.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 10:21

65. megatron (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


I've been test driving this phone since Saturday, and so far pretty good. One thing I was not aware of was that Android does not support my Cisco VPN. Big issue for me since I used it on my iPhone nearly everyday. However, this is hope, as I was researching it, I found that Cisco was actually working on a client to be released for HTC and some other company in June. The next day, a Cisco VPN client for Samsung popped up in the Android market. I'll give them my 30 day trial period to come out with one for this phone.

Other than that, this phone mostly meets my expectations. I actually get full service at my desk now, and yesterday the batter lasted from 6:15am until 11:30pm. During that time, I listened to music on it through my car, checked and sent emails, downloaded apps, showed off the 3D to some co-workers, used the web quite a bit, downloaded and watched some videos, did some txt messaging, used wifi when home from work, downloaded an mp3, used the maps a few times, and ran some apps. That was a Light to Normal day for me.

The previous day, it lasted until a little after I got home from work, with normal use, but I found some services to turn off and the next day was better.

In comparison to the 3GS (and the iPhone 4 which I have been able to use), the only thing keeping this phone back is VPN support and app store support. The battery also doesn't last as long, but at least I can carry spare battery now, I had been left in the dark with the iPhone on some of my Heavy use days before with nothing to do about it until I could get somewhere where I could charge it.

When I say app support is better on iPhone, I have some examples. First, games, there aren't nearly as many high quality games on android as there are on iPhone, no where close. You can't download any of Gameloft's HD games either, only the '3D' ones (luckily 3D can be turned off when you get tired of it or want to use accelerometer controls). Second, I was dissappointed to see no Netflix app for android, but, I did find a leaked app on the internet, it auto-updated after I installed it, and now I have Netflix working on my phone. There are some other apps I couldn't find, but I have decided I can live without them for now, they are not NEEDED.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 10:21

66. megatron (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


A lot of apps in the Apple app store exist only because the iPhone does not support Flash. So I no longer need a lot of the apps I had before now that I can just go to a website with the browser and see the entire site and play flash videos. Other things in the app store are integrated in this android phone so there is no need for those either, but I did think it funny android didn't have a notepad built into it. But it has a built in media share app built in that works better than the app on the Apple store.



My final complaint is speaker placement. I really don't like it when they place the speaker on the back of something, with the iPhone, I could use the speaker and cup my hand over it so it was directed at me and minimized what people around me could hear from it. This is easily fixed with headphones, but I would still prefer a speaker on the front or side of a device than on the back facing away, but it is nice when it is laying flat on a hard surface. Not a deal breaker or anything, just an observation.



I really love the screen, makes my 3GS look blurry. I've got the brightness set down to 10 and can see everything clearly. Decent viewing angles, good enough for me at least. You can actually share 3D content with more than one person at a time if you do it right. There are 3 different angles that give the proper 3D effect, which was a surprise to me after all the mixed reviews I read. You do have to hold that sweet spot, but there's a little give to it. I would not buy this phone for the 3D feature alone, but it is a nice bonus feature.



So to wrap up, as long as they come out with a way for me to use my Cisco VPN on this device in the near future, I think I will stick with it. I would also like to see an extended battery, but a spare will suffice until they come out with one.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 01:56 1

68. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


Hmmm...phone seems ok. My only beef with HTC is since the birth of the HD2 all the phones pretty much look the same. Some may be bigger or smaller versions but still a copied design no matter which model it is (with the exception of Incredible). I guess the biggest push with this phone is the 3D feature though. As far as battery life goes that is a non factor to those who own car chargers. The idea of having to carry multiple batteries around is a bit ridiculous IMO but that's just me. My iPhone gets about 1 1/2 days on a charge with heavy use & my Fascinate use to get about a day. Not sure why others are having such excessive battery issues (outside of searching for signal). The discussion about viewing angles is a little extra...your average person isn't even conscious of what that is. Of course the Samsung screens are beautiful and pop a lot more but the screens on the original Droid X are sufficient as well. They all suck in the sunlight (including the iPhone 4). I just think sometimes us as consumers can get a little unrealistic with our expectations of these electronics. We want quad core with the sharpest screen clarity that plays high end games & surfs the web at high speeds but we complain about the lack of battery life.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 06:49

70. shadow86 (unregistered)


I give this phone 3/10 not very well made cam is very good and the battery is rubbish plus every so often these phones freeze including the LG 3d the tech is way too soon for phones and the prussure of the phone finds it hard to handle besides nobody needs all thisd on their phone it's not like anybody uses it and when they do it's just a over priced gimmic waste of money and waste of time. those who buy this phone will see what i mean one day and then look back and say you know what? this person was right and then you would of wasted and for what???

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 14:19

71. GoBruins (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


The HTC EVO 3D phone kept me in HELL for 30 days....I am happy to have my new Motorola Photon...at least it works.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 16:05

72. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


The back of this phone is soooooooooooo uglyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 10:17

74. Jesus2.lopez (unregistered)


I am happy to see that finally someone can get it right and release a smart phone with an up to date version of Android. The HTC EVO 3D is great, especially since it comes with Android version 2.3 and a dual core processor. I am excited to get this phone, especially since I recently got my employee Sling adapter from DISH Network. With the Sling adapter, I can stream live and recorded TV to my Android phone everywhere I have 3G coverage or WiFi. DISH is actually offering Sling adapters for free; there is info athttp://bit.ly/iKbJ4Q.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:55

75. SaintJimmy (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I have 1 question to all of those people talking about how great viewing angles are. That's great you can see your screen at a 44 degree angle....but does it do 3d?

Nukka please!!! Has anyone in the history of mankind ever commented on how remarkable a viewing angle of a screen was?

I got the Evo3d a few months ago, about the same time my friend got an iPhone4S, and no one asks her to check out her phone like they do with mine to see the 3d. Just this past weekend I was on a Party Bus to a casino and this firefighter with an iPhone4 took one look at my 3d pictures and told me he was gonna get an Evo3d.

As for the other "cons" phonearena gave this phone.

A) Battery life. If 12 hours isn't good enough for you then just buy an extended battery case and put a 24milliamp in it. Sure, it'll make the phone a bit more bulky but you won't ever have to worry about battery life again.
B) 3D UI. Seeing as how Optometrists say that prolonged viewing of any 3D is bad for the eyes I wouldn't put that as a con. And it most certainly shouldn't be a con when NONE of the phones have a 3D UI. Why doesn't the iPhone4s get a con for not having a 3D UI??

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 09:15

76. SaintJimmy (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Oh, and phonearena forgot THREE important Pros for the Evo3d.

1) HTC keeps their phones updated. Can't say that about Apple or Samsung. I waited a good 6 months for my Vibrant to get the Froyo update before finally giving up & rooted the thing with a Froyo rom.

2) GPS. I'm not sure about the iPhone's GPS but I can honestly say that Samsung phones are incapable of GPS.

Last but not least (especially for the audiophiles like myself)

3) Beats by Dre. Yeah, I realize the Evo3d doesn't come with it but Beats is an HTC feature and is easily ported to Evo3d custom roms. When I loaded Beats audio onto my phone I had an eargasm.

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