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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:
8.8 35 Reviews

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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: 58; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


posted on 20 Jun 2011, 18:19 3

34. Johnabis (Posts: 58; 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: 387; 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: 6019; 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: 3100; 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: 387; 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: 387; 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

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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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