HTC EVO 3D Smartphone Review - HotHardware

HTC EVO 3D Smartphone Review

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HTC wasn't content to simply ship the EVO 3D with a standard Android 2.3 experience. The company also included its own interface tweaks by means of HTC Sense. Sense adds some handy features such as the ability to launch an application directly from the lock screen by simply dragging it into a ring. We also like some of the lock screen customization options such as the ability to display the time and weather information, Friend Stream feeds, stock quotes, or other information directly from the lock screen.

As with other phones from HTC, you'll be able to double-tab the Home button or pinch the Home screen to view thumbnails of all seven of your home screens. HTC also provides a number of its own widgets for use on the EVO 3D. Some of our favorites include quick-access buttons for various communication controls such as Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, GPS and more; various Friend Stream and email message views; Power Dashboard; Stocks; and others.  

     

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HTC also ships the EVO 3D with one of our favorite keyboards, Swype. Of course, you'll still have the option of using the touch input keyboard as well. This keyboard offers Standard, Phone, and Compact layouts.

The EVO 3D comes with your standard set of Android applications as well as others. In contrast to most manufacturers and carriers who mandate that certain applications stay on the phone (unless you root the device), HTC and Sprint have given their blessing and are allowing users to uninstall some of the applications that come on the EVO 3D. For example, if you like you can remove Blockbuster, NASCAR, Sprint Radio, Sprint TV & Movies, and others. We give HTC and Sprint a lot of credit for letting us remove these applications easily through the Manage Applications screen. It's a welcome option that other manufacturers and carriers haven't offered.

To make it easier for you to find an app among the list of installed applications, HTC provides three views for applications: All, Frequent, and Downloaded.

     

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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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