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Review Round-Up: HTC EVO 3D, with Video!

March 23, 2011 - Written By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner

HTC EVO 3D Reviews from all Over

Earlier we wrote about Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D announcement at CTIA.  This device looks like a really serious contender for King Android Phone, with its autostereoscopic qHD display, its dual core processors, and its ability to use the Sprint WiMAX network for 4G data speeds.

This HTC EVO successor has a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen, a 1730 mAh battery (wow!) and can both play and record 3D video using two 5 MP cameras.  There’s also a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video chat.  Top it all off with 1 GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM, and an 8 GB microSD storage card, and this brute is going to push most of the other phones off the sidewalk!

Now let’s hear what people are saying who have actually gotten their hands on one over at CTIA in Orlando, Florida.  We’ll have some video as well as a full gallery of pictures from all over.

Android Central on the HTC EVO 3D

They have a lot to say comparing the EVO 3D with its EVO 4G predecessor, but let’s concentrate on the hands-on aspects.

In the hand, it very much feels like an EVO 4G. It’s lost the kickstand, but we can live with that. The battery cover has a nice texture to it, and you don’t feel like the phone’s going to go flying out of your hand, an important safety measure as it’s still pretty sizable (it’s actually a tad longer than the EVO 4G) and weighs six ounces. It’s gained a physical camera button. We’ve been fans of them for a while now, and the EVO 3D’s is about the best we’ve seen. It’s round and textured, and you’re not going to be hunting for it. Next to the camera button you have a toggle switch for the 2D/3D camera. In 2D mode, video shoots at 1080p. In 3D, it’s at 720p resolution.

The 3D content plays back as smooth as you’d expect. And while 3D’s still kind of gimmicky, it’s also not the worst thing in the world. And if you never watch 3D content, you’ll likely have a perfectly fine experience with the EVO 4G.

Android Central Video of HTC EVO 3D being demoed

PocketLint on the HTC EVO 3D

This reviewer also slavers over the specs, but notices that the 3D aspect doesn’t overwhelm the smartphone.

First and foremost this is a superfast, super speedy phone that offers plenty. It might have 3D in the title, but aside from the screen and the camera capabilities, 3D takes a step back in the whole experience.

HTC hasn’t introduced a series of new 3D interfaces, there are no 3D menus, there is no 3D funky stuff -aside from the ability to watch and make dedicated 3D content.

… 3D is all controlled via a “heavy-duty” looking switch on the side of the device that lets you jump between the two.

So what’s that content like? Well it’s fair to say from our brief play in a darkened room on theSprint stand that it’s very impressive as long as you’re in the right place.

The viewing angle is by no means as good as the LG Optimus 3D, although when you do get that sweet spot it works a treat.

… We watched a Green Hornet trailer, recorded some videos and watched another video of a 3D game in action – currently the software build doesn’t support 3D gaming but it will when the device launches in the US in the Summer.

The trick, we’ve already found, is to find that sweet spot and not move – that’s going to be easy at home, but might not be so easy on the bus or train for example.

The trick here is going to be the ability to share the content via either HDMI or DLNA.

SlashGear on the HTC EVO 3D

This review also appeared on Android Community.

The autostereoscopic 3D display is glasses free, and it’s also got pinch-to-zoom tactile feedback. The best 3D is seen when looking at the Evo’s screen straight-on. Moving side to side tends to obscure the 3D benefit some. HTC says they are working on improving the radius so that users don’t have to be so still or centered for the 3D experience and hopes it’ll be improved by the official launch. The Evo 3D weighs as you’d expect for the Evo line, not overly burdensome, but not light as a feather either. It’s form factor is the same as previous Evo models with the same width and layout.

Though the design has a rocker switch to move between 2D and 3D, the EVO is 3D centric. The phone’s dual 5MP cameras shoot 3D video and images at 720p HD. The design encourages capture and sharing of 3D content in what HTC hopes will become a social experience. However, since it’s 3D, the downside at this point is, in order to see the 3D content, you need an HTC Evo 3D to view it. There is the option, however, to share content via the YouTube 3D app.

SlashGear Video of HTC EVO 3D

 

Mobile Burn on the HTC EVO 3D

Another reviewer checking out the 3D but more impressed with the speed.

The HTC EVO 3D feels really solidly built, and rests nicely in your hand. It’s a large device, due to the 4.3-inch display, but it doesn’t feel as bulky as some earlier devices with similarly large touchscreens. The new qHD (960 x 540 pixel) display is bright, clear, and crisp when viewed in 2D mode, but didn’t really impress me when in 3D mode during camera or gallery use. LG’s Optimus 3D, which offers only 800 x 480 pixel resolution, was much easier on the eyes when we played with it at Mobile World Congress.

Still, with that said, a lot of people are going to like the 3D aspect of the device. And just about any glasses-free 3D system will be of more practical use than any that requires head gear. The hardware switch next to the camera shutter button makes it easy to switch between 2D and 3D modes when using the camera, too, and you can see the camera viewfinder in 3D as you shoot photos, which is cool.

There are a number of new HTC Sense enhancements on the EVO 3D, but not all of them seem to be a real hit. The lock screen is supposed to let you jump to some commonly used tasks, such as messaging, while unlocking the device, but this early model, at least, didn’t work that well in that regard. …

The aspect of the device that left the best impression was its speed. The user interface was very responsive and everything seemed to move in double time. This is due partly, at least, to the dual-core processor. Each core can run at speeds up to 1.2GHz, and each core can run at its own speed, unlike other dual-core CPUs on the market for smartphones now.

Emphasis mine here, because that’s an important consideration I haven’t seen come up in other reviews.

Engadget on the HTC EVO 3D

This site usually has terrific reviews, so we look forward to a more thorough one.  Maybe they’re all slowing down in solidarity with Josh and Nilay’s departures.

We’ve just put our paws on the EVO 3D for the first time, and what struck us immediately is that it’s not as beefy, bulky, or overwhelming as the 4.3-inch display or specs might have you believe — if you’re familiar with the EVO 4G, you’ll feel right at home here (and you might even be pleasantly surprised). The screen’s stereoscopic 3D effect is about as good as what we’ve seen on the Optimus 3D in the past — very good head-on with decreasing effectiveness as you move your head to the side. The 2D / 3D switch along the side is for the camera, not the display; it seems that all management of the screen’s capabilities is managed in software alone.

Full Photo Gallery of the HTC EVO 3D

These photos come from all the sites credited above, and we appreciate being able to present them all in one place.  Click to enlarge any of them.