HTC EVO 3D Smartphone Review

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Touted as America's first glasses-free 3D 4G device, the HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3-inch, qHD (Quarter High Definition) 3D display as well as dual rear-facing cameras that can capture 3D images and video.

Even if you're not interested in this phone's 3D capabilities though, its specs and power under the hood may attract you. The EVO 3D runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G connectivity capabilities, 4GB of internal memory, and 1GB of RAM. With the combination of a dual-core mobile processor and 1GB of RAM, this phone has the power and speed that is demanded of high-end smartphone users today.

In addition to Android 2.3, HTC includes the latest version of its Sense user interface. With Sense, you'll get various features including Friend Stream which is designed to consolidate various social networking updates into a single location.

With the combination of a qHD 3D display and dual 5 megapixel rear-facing cameras, you'll be able to capture and view 3D images and video—no glasses required. The phone supports video capture in HD quality up to 720p and playback up to 1080p in both 2D and 3D modes. You can also share HD content with a compatible TV using HDMI or DLNA.

The EVO 3D is available exclusively through Sprint for $199.99 after discounts and a contract. This price is right in line with other high-end smartphones which often range from $199 to $250. As with any other smartphone from a major carrier in the U.S., you'll need a compatible voice plan and data plan with this phone. You can also opt to add the Mobile Hotspot feature for an additional $30 per month.

Certainly the EVO 3D has all of the features to garner a lot of attention from users who desire a top-notch smartphone. Does the phone live up to expectations though? Find out in our hands-on review...

Specifications & Features

Processor and memory
1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor
4GB Internal memory
8GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB

Operating System
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the latest version of HTC Sense
CDMA2000 1x/ EVDO rev. 0/ EVDO rev. A network and 4G WIMAX
Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0

4.3 inch Super LCD 540x960 QHD resolution 3D display
Size and weight
5.0 x 2.6 x 0.48 inches
6 ounces

Cameras and multimedia
1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
Dual 5 megapixel rear-facing cameras to capture 3D video and images
3.5mm stereo headset jack

Additional Features
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas

1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Up to 6.0 hours of continuous talk time

In-Box Content
Standard Li-Ion Battery
AC USB Charger
Getting Started Guides
Information Booklet
Wireless Recycling Envelope

$199.99 after discounts and with a contract

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infinityzen1 3 years ago

I would like to add that not just some, but every piece of bloat ware but Sprint ID can be uninstalled. Since it is a Sprint phone, you would want to keep Sprint ID installed anyway since it lets you review and control your phone account. Why isn't this a "Hot"?

ThunderBird 3 years ago

Reading this review makes me realize how pathetic my Samsung Captivate is.

I was surprised how much faster 4G was on this new device compared to the EVO 4G. I thought 4G was 4G perhaps they have tapped into some more bandwidth with these new phones. The only con I see with this phone is that weight. You will feel notice lugging this around in your pocket or purse.

At any rate this was a great enjoyable review Jennifer.

acarzt 3 years ago

When you guys ran the battery tests, did you have 4G enabled?

My fiance get's pretty terrible battery life with hers lol but she leaves EVERYTHING enabled all day. I showed her how to turn stuff off, but she just leaves it all on anyway lol

Jennifer J 3 years ago

acarzt - I did not have 4G enabled while I was running the battery test.

InfinityzeN1 - it probably should be a HOT - definitely a really good move from Sprint & HTC in my opinion. However, there are a few apps that I wasn't able to uninstall (Amazon MP3, etc).

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="acarzt"]I showed her how to turn stuff off, but she just leaves it all on anyway lol[/quote]

Sounds as if she has a tech guy to keep all of her stuff running,........Smile

notryan 3 years ago

Would be interested to see how the battery life is after rooting and installing SetCPU to under/overclock.

LBowen 3 years ago

That is a very powerful phone and even though the 3D doesn't captivate me, if I had not upgraded my phone earlier this year I would have considered this if the price was right. Solid review and easy to read benchmarks as always.

AKwyn 3 years ago

My god, that is powerful as hell... It actually make me want to have it in my hands.

Even though I love 3D to the death, I don't know if it'll hold up on a phone. That blurry 3D comment is making me doubt if I'll ever consider using the 3D function on their phone.

Anyways, they're right when they say that Sprint and HTC have a winner on their hands.

RoyRoebuck one year ago

I have used the HTC 3D since its release by Sprint. I have been a smartphone user with Sprint since the late 90's. The HTC 3D is my first Android phone. I use it as my mobile office. I work in the area of managemennt consulting and technology evaluation.

The features and power of the HTC 3D are superior. I had little use for te 3D, having bought the device for its CPU/ROM/RAM/SD capacities. The device and software worked flawlessly, until the hardward would start to fault.

I have now sent off for my fourth replacement handset for this model. Most of the faults related to the touchscreen, but other faults included cracked cases and failing power/data port.

I will replace this device with the HTC One when availa, giving HTC one more chance. If not sufficient, I'll switch to the latest Samsung powerhouse.

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