HTC EVO 3D Android phone

HTC EVO 3D review: Do we need another smartphone with 3D?

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    3.75 / 5

Pros

  • 3D experience is impressive
  • Excellent build quality
  • Slick UI and performance

Cons

  • Chunky and heavy design
  • Battery life is below average
  • Limited 3D content available

Bottom Line

The HTC EVO 3D offers genuinely impressive 3D viewing without the need for special glasses. However, the lack of 3D content available makes it little more than a gimmick that you'll quickly tire of. Further, the EVO 3D is chunky and heavy: we find it difficult to recommend over slimmer, lighter competitors.

Would you buy this?

Existing 3D content may be sparse, but you can create your own. The HTC EVO 3D's 5-megapixel, dual-lens camera allows users to capture 3D images and film 3D videos. Disappointingly, the quality of the EVO 3D's camera is limited to 2-megapixels when capturing 3D images, and 720p HD when recording 3D video — compared with 5-megapixel stills and 1080p full HD video in 2D. This makes 3D images and video far less detailed than regular 2D ones.

Despite the less than stellar quality, the 3D effect remains fairly impressive. The 2D to 3D switch makes it easy to effortlessly flick between camera modes and that camera shutter key is simply perfect. 3D photos and video in the gallery are marked with a 3D icon when you are browsing through them. The EVO 3D's camera also has a continuous auto-focus feature and its dual-LED flash is bright, but does wash out images.

HTC EVO 3D: Software and performance

The HTC EVO 3D runs the latest 2.3.4 Android "Gingerbread" operating system with HTC's traditional Sense user interface over the top. Version 3.0 of Sense is the same one featured on the HTC Sensation: most of the upgrades are aesthetic ones that add polish to what already is a tidy UI.

The best of these is the new lock screen, which now comes with four customisable shortcuts, a 3D rotating effect when scrolling between home screens, and an updated weather app with new animations and sounds: thankfully, the latter can be turned off. Staple Sense features like your eight most recently opened applications, quick settings toggles and a link to all phone settings all remain at the top of the notifications panel. The LG Optimus 3D may present its 3D components better than the HTC EVO 3D, but the latter is a far better smartphone overall.

The HTC EVO 3D does not seem overwhelmed by the graphically intense Sense UI — unlike the HTC Sensation. We didn't experience any minor lag or delay during testing, so the entire user experience feels both smooth and fast. Considering the EVO 3D runs the same software and has near-identical specifications to the Sensation, we can only conclude that the 1GB RAM — an upgrade on the Sensation's 768MB — has done the trick. Other specifications include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot for extra storage.

The HTC EVO 3D doesn't come with an HDMI-out port but includes a new connection technology called Mobile High-definition Link (MHL). The on-board MHL technology uses the standard micro-USB port on the device for outputting 1080p HD video and audio via HDMI. However, you'll need to purchase a separate micro-USB to HDMI MHL connector to enable this feature. If you're not included to purchase any additional accessories, the EVO 3D can also output multimedia through DLNA.

Battery life on the HTC EVO 3D is better than the LG Optimus 3D, but you will still need to charge the phone every night on most occasions. Use of the 3D functions (most notably watching 3D movies, or playing 3D games) drains the battery very quickly, so battery life will ultimately depend on your usage patterns.

The HTC EVO 3D is available in Australia through Telstra and Vodafone.

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