HTC Evo 3D review
The HTC Evo 3D GSM is the first 3D phone from HTC and the second 3D Phone ever to be available in Britain and the first in America. It offers a luxurious 4.3” qHD screen along with a 1.2GHz dual-core along with a 3D camera and a glasses free 3D screen layer, similar to that found on the Nintendo 3DS. This review was brought to you by Purely Gadgets.
The device offers similar internals to that of the HTC Sensation with double the RAM. So this is a smooth runner. In fact this device is the fastest HTC device ever. The Screen is a smooth SLCD with good contrast and an excellent resolution but the 3D layer definitely reduces the brightness of the screen as well as draining the battery. The gorilla glass is definitely a positive because it protects the screen well as well as making it scratch and break resistant. More after the break…
However this is one of the only HTC phones to have a unibody designs and in fact it feels quite light in comparison to my much smaller desire. The back cover is also a pain to remove much like that of the Samsung Galaxy S2. But the phone still feels solid and the buttons are easy to use. However the buttons match the American Evo line rather than HTCs own design, but the extra space this design gives is definitely a positive, therefore the input form the American carrier, Sprint is not too bad.
The camera is also not in the best position due to the fact that the double size camera pod sticks out the back by nearly an 1/8 of an inch. Furthermore the metal buttons although feeling good and looking good also have sharper edges than could be desired. But overall the build quality is still excellent as with all HTC devices we have reviewed.
The HTC Evo 3D comes with the new HTC Sense 3.0 on top of the new and extremely good Android Gingerbread 2.3.4. Sense 3D looks awesome on this beautiful and a large screen, however the 3D screen is wasted on Sense at the moment, after all the 3D like effects would look awesome in 3D as well as the rest of the OS. More could have been done. The lock screen is a great improvement over the stock Gingerbread because you can quick jump into you apps, and the fact that you can now scroll around 360’ of the home screens is a great improvement as well as the animations. As usual HTC sense looks amazing but it is a resource hog and did use up to 10% of our memory while running in the background. The fact is the average user would be better off with it than without it.
Furthermore the lack of 3D content is shocking although this will improve as time goes on there is literally nothing in HTC’s Watch content platform and Youtube is also shocking, this just further shows the lack of maturity of this platform.
The browser performs well and looks good on the screen, similar to a tablet experience because of the vast size, and the keyboard is a joy to type on as with most HTC keyboards. Great for editing word documents on the go.
As usual most of HTC’s software is pretty much pointless, e.g Friendstream with the Facebook and twitter apps much more suited to the social application. The standout thing as usual with HTC are the widgets only to be desired by people who run stock android, me included.
HTC’s obsession with Weather widgets continues, with other Gadget blogs reporting this as bad, I’m going to change this, I’m absolutely in love with Weather widgets, after all what do us Brits talk about more than weather and these widgets cannot be matched by anybody including Samsung and LG with their mediocre copies.
The HTC offers brilliant performance up there with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, with an impressive quadrant score of over 2100 despite rendering 35% more pixels than that of the similarly specced SGS2. The 60fps cap is annoying for quadrant but you won’t notice it in normal use.
This phone performs slightly better than that of the HTC Sensation but most users will not notice, the Snapdragon processor is excellent but still cannot match the might of the Samsung Exynos platform.
The battery life is good most of the time but this soon drops if you watch loads of 3D stuff, but this is unlikely to happen. As for normal use this will get you through a whole day easily but the 3D camera is a real killer.
The HTC features a good dual 5MP camera, used for 3D, but the fact is that for normal non-3D images it’s just not as good as the standard Sensation and is last-gen technology, only when you switch over to 3D does the camera excel. In fact the 3D imagery captured by the camera really shows depth on the screen which is good considering you’ll nearly have to make your own content to impress your friends.
The dual camera definitely drains the battery quicker as does viewing the 3D images and the fact remains that once the images are off of your phone they become pretty much useless unless you have a rare 3D TV or PC.
The device comes with a front facing 1.3mp camera, sadly lacking 3D, how cool would 3D video calling be!
From a non-3D perspective this phone is still really good and offers great specs along with great build quality. In fact the phone without 3D could still compete with the likes of the HTC sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S2. The 3D while cool is a nice gimmick to show off to your friends but the lack of serious content means that the extra price for 3D is not necessarily worth it. Furthermore the Pod on the back where the cameras belong is definitely annoying when trying to hold the device. But there is no doubt that the phone is a solid contender for the best phone on sale, whether it wins is solely up to your tastes, if the camera doesn’t matter then this is the best specced phone on the market right now.
However the extra thickness may put some people off, but I find it comforting and it offers more bulk to grab onto that that of the comparably Size 0 Samsung Galaxy S2. In fact more the size is perfect for your pocket, making it feel hefty enough not to snap or to fall out but thin enough no to fill your whole pocket even more technology.
- Great Performance
- Relatively Good qHD screen
- Captures good 3D images
- Normal camera is not as good as HTC Sensation
- 3D content is lacking
- Camera is awkward on the back