HTC EVO 3D Smartphone Review - HotHardware

HTC EVO 3D Smartphone Review

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The EVO 3D looks and feels a lot like its older brother, the EVO 4G. In fact, if you compare many of the hardware specifications of the two phones, you'll see some definite similarities. However, you'll also see some notable differences. Here's a closer look at some of the key specifications for both phones side-by-side:

 
HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 4G
Processor and memory
1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor
4GB Internal memory
1GB RAM
8GB microSD card included

1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650 processor
1GB ROM
 512MB RAM
8GB microSD card included

Operating System
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Android 2.2
Display
4.3 inch Super LCD 540x960 QHD resolution 3D display
4.3-inch WVGA resolution Capacitive Multi-touch Screen
Size and weight
5.0 x 2.6 x 0.48 inches
6 ounces

4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches
6 ounces

Cameras and multimedia
1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
Dual 5 megapixel rear-facing cameras

1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
8 megapixel rear-facing

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

1500 mAh Lithium-ion
Up to 6.0 hours continuous talk time


As you can see from the chart above, key areas where the EVO 3D improves upon the original EVO 4G is with a faster dual-core processor, additional memory, Android 2.3, and a QHD 3D display. The EVO 3D also has dual 5 megapixel cameras on the back of the phone that enable you to capture 3D images and video, but they are a trade-off for the single, higher resolution 8 megapixel rear-facing found on the EVO 4G. The EVO 3D also does away with the kickstand found on the EVO 4G.

Like the EVO 4G, the EVO 3D is one of the heavier phones we've reviewed. Here's how the EVO 3D stacks up:

Samsung Galaxy S 4G 4.2 ounces
Samsung Captivate
4.5 ounces
Nexus S
4.55 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible
4.6 ounces
Apple iPhone 4
4.8 ounces
Samsung Droid Charge 5.04 ounces
Motorola Droid X
5.47 ounces
Samsung Epic 4G
5.47 ounces
HTC EVO 4G
6 ounces
HTC EVO 3D 6 ounces
HTC Thunderbolt
6.23 ounces


The EVO 3D ships with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) installed. As the latest version of Android for handsets, this OS offers some key improvements over Froyo (Android 2.2) including speed improvements, new themes, improved copy and paste functionality, better power management, better application management, and more.  Although we're seeing many phones (including the EVO 4G) get an over-the-air update to Android 2.3, it's still nice to have it installed from the start.

As with many phones today, the majority of the front of the EVO 3D is covered by the large 4.3 inch display. This smartphone is the first in the U.S. to ship with this a 3D qHD display. qHD is a resolution standard of 540x960 (quarter HD). Below the screen, you'll find four touch-sensitive backlit buttons (Home, Menu, Back, and Search).

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The EVO 3D's 1.3 megapixel front-facing web cam is above the display to the right of the earpiece. A 3.5mm headset jack as well as the power button is located on the top edge of the phone. When you flip the phone over, you'll see the dual 5 megapixel rear-facing cameras as well as a dual flash. A speaker is located in the red ring that surrounds the cameras near the top right edge of the ring. The volume rocker, 2D/3D switch, and camera button are located on the right edge of the phone. On the left edge of the EVO 3D, you'll find the microUSB connection.

To access the EVO 3D's microSD card slot, you'll need to remove the battery cover. Although the card slot is visible after removing the cover, you'll have to remove the battery if you actually want to swap microSD cards. The back battery cover has a rippled and soft rubbery feel.

    

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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"?

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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.

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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

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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).

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acarzt:
I showed her how to turn stuff off, but she just leaves it all on anyway lol

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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