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HTC EVO 3D Review


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HTC EVO 3D Review
Happily, calling quality is remarkably improved namely because clear and distinctive voices are evident on both ends of the line – with the earpiece outputting a reasonable amount of volume. Switching to the speakerphone, it has a neutral tone with its output, but voices sound rather crackly when it’s placed on the highest volume setting.

Using the handset in high coverage areas in the greater Philadelphia region, the smartphone is able to retain a decent amount of signal strength. However, 4G WiMAX signal strength seems to have problems penetrating building walls since we notice a dramatic drop indoors.

Boasting a higher capacity 1,730 mAh battery over the HTC EVO 4G, we’re able to get a continuous talk time of 7 hours on a full charge. On a day-to-day base, we’re able to get approximately 10 hours of normal usage, which is still less than ideal for power users. Yet, it’s probably a good idea to either invest in a second battery or have a spare charger on hand to juice it up whenever you can.


Alright, there are a ton of things that we absolutely adore about the HTC EVO 3D. For starters, it’s again yet another evolutionary device that sees many improvements with its hardware to keep it going toe-to-toe with some of the elites out on the market right now. Even more, its 3D display isn’t simply a novel thing that some people might get bored with over time – namely due to its flexibility in the gaming department and easy content sharing on the go. From our experience, it works extremely well and goes beyond to give you that perception of depth that’s needed to capture the attention of curious onlookers. Furthermore, we’re certain that people are going to have a lot of fun using this thing to shoot 3D photos and videos on the go.

Indeed memorable, the biggest thing that we love about it is none other than its pricing of course! As we’ve seen Verizon’s line of 4G LTE devices pushing into new boundaries with pricing, the HTC EVO 3D is undeniably considered to be a bargain at $200 – but even more when it’s boasting a dual-core CPU, 4G WiMAX connectivity, and 3D capabilities. When it comes to value, the HTC EVO 3D is unmistakably one device that catapults all the way to the top of our list with its rich set of terrific and extraordinary features that are sure to keep people buzzing.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: 2.3.3
HTC Sense version: 3.0
Software number: 1.11.651.3
Kernel version:
Build number: 1.11.651.3 CL69941 release-keys

HTC EVO 3D Video Review:


  • 3D capable display
  • Ability to shoot photos & videos in 3D
  • Great calling quality
  • Fast download speeds
  • Responsive performance with its dual-core CPU


  • Muddy looking 720p video capture
  • Viewing angles could be better
  • Less than ideal battery life
  • No Sense 3D UI
PhoneArena rating:
9 Excellent
User rating:
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posted on 20 Jun 2011, 07:20 4

1. dudemanrod (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

i'll take 2

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 07:39 2

2. cyborg (unregistered)

Wow, 4 objective cons gets a score of 9.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:27 2

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 16:38 2

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.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 11:56 2

57. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

I would give you 2 thumbs up if I could.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 07:39 6

3. Johnabis (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


posted on 20 Jun 2011, 18:19 3

34. Johnabis (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)

also, the guys voice reminds me of Professor Frink of the Simpsons


posted on 20 Jun 2011, 08:51 7

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:42 2

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:00 7

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:27

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

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:29 8

7. Hallucinator (Posts: 376; Member since: 24 May 2010)

As an Iphone user, if this phone was coming to Verizon I would be all over it. Looks fantastic!!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:50 7

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:26 2

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:45 2

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 18:08

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.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:58 1

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.


posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:47

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!"

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 12:32

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."

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 12:45

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.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 14:29 2

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. :-)

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 16:06 2

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.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:57

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).

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 14:15

63. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Yea...Super Amoled + is nice.

Thats always been a pro for Amoled screens since last year.

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 07:08

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:00 1

9. bucky (Posts: 2582; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

how does this phone compare to the iphone 4?

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:22 8

11. Hallucinator (Posts: 376; 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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:48

13. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

Jerk.. HA HA JK

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 12:19 3

16. Hallucinator (Posts: 376; Member since: 24 May 2010)

How dare you. Why I never

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:39 1

21. sscorp99 (Posts: 40; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Yes you did I saw you

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 14:20 1

28. Hallucinator (Posts: 376; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Damn Youtube

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 12:06 3

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 14:14 2

26. bucky (Posts: 2582; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

yes but, how come the iphone4 was not mentioned in this review?

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:48 3

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.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 12:00 2

45. me (unregistered)

HA HA, just yesterday I was showing somebody what Google is... no kidding...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 23:11 1

54. bucky (Posts: 2582; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

why are there no pics of the iphone 4 next to it?

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 01:19 1

73. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Why should there be an iPhone 4 next to it?

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 00:10 3

55. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I think bucky's being a jerk....

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:14

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:30 1

19. snowgator (Posts: 3586; 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 ...

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:32 6

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?

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 12:16 2

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

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 19:28 1

35. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Thanks! I really appreciate it.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:51

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...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 12:26

46. John.V (Posts: 99; 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!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:02 1

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:34

20. snowgator (Posts: 3586; 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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:52 2

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.


posted on 20 Jun 2011, 14:06

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%

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 14:22 1

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.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 19:20

61. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; 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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:58

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 14:17 2

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.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 00:12

56. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 05:59

67. your mom (unregistered)

You sound so dumb.....

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 20:43 1

36. CtK4949 (unregistered)

Remove the 3D stuff and this would be the perfect phone!!

PS...verizon you suck hairy balls!!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:09 3

38. tatnai (unregistered)

there is a button for that...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 13:12 3

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!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 21:21 2

37. wateryspit (Posts: 14; 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.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:39 1

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.

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OS: Android 4.0 2.3
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size5.00 x 2.60 x 0.47 inches
(127 x 66 x 12 mm)
6.00 oz  (170 g)
Battery1730 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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