HTC EVO 3D Review: The First 3D Android Device

08/11/2011

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I had the opportunity to try the new HTC EVO 3D on Sprint’s network which is considered the first 3D phone on the market. The first item I notice about this phone is its eye popping 4.3 inch display which almost feels like a mini tablet. However once you overlook the physical aspects of the phone one wants to know, can it compete with the iPhone? In some areas it can win out against the iPhone but it would be pointless to try to market this as an iPhone killer. Many have tried, most have failed. Here are a few key areas I want to point out.

Software interface: It packs a punch with its 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. For some not familiar with GHz, (my technically challenged uncle mistook it for Doc Brown’s need to power up the DeLorean with 1.2 gigawatts) it basically means having computer on your phone.  The faster the processor the easier it is to load applications, surf the net, and download media. I wasn’t disappointed in its performance. On the contrary it was the best feature of the phone. It also features Androids latest OS for mobile devices, Gingerbread, which makes it easy to navigate all the apps. There’s a lot of slick, cool aspects to the interface such as the 5 rotating screens that allows a user to put 14-16 applications on each screen so you can easily find the apps you use the most. The weather and bookshelf widgets in the EVO 3D is also impressive. For the most part this phone can outperform many Android phones as well as the iPhone 4 in my opinion when it comes to running multiple applications.  

Business Use: If you are used to using Blackberry for business use, you may have to start looking at smartphones since it appears people are moving away from Blackberry. However for the Blackberry user this phone may not be appropriate as a business phone, I would recommend starting with a smart phone that has a sliding QWERTY keyboard. One aspect I did like was syncing my work email which was very simple and took me less than 2 minutes. The Android marketplace has many quality apps but many of them were for entertainment purposes rather than business use. The type of user I can envision using this phone would have to be software geeks like myself that enjoy technology or perhaps someone in media entertainment. I do see a growing need for developers to create more business-oriented apps within Android's Marketplace

Social Media: One of my favorite apps on this phone is the Friend Stream application that allows me to manage my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter updates all in one. However I was surprised Friend Stream doesn’t have the ability to sync with Google+. This might change once Google+ moves from invitation only to public sign up. Posting Facebook updates or sending a twit was relatively easy to do.

Internet: I was with a friend of mine who had the iPhone with her. Both of us were on the same Wi-Fi network so we decided to do a test to see who had the faster browser. Essentially what we did was type in the same keywords in the search field and hit the search button at the same time. I wasn’t surprised that the EVO 3D was a lot faster but one can assume the iPhone 5 will probably able to keep up with it if not surpass it. Keep in mind this wasn’t any sophisticated testing environment, just 2 friends competing for phone bragging rights.

Call Quality/4G: Many people have complained about the call quality on this phone but I didn’t have many drop calls. Sprint’s 4G network was a little spotty but if this phone was on Verizon’s network it probably would be more reliable.

Battery Life: This is the Achilles heel of the phone. It has a very powerful battery in terms of its specs but in real world use, it gets drained really fast. It was fully charged in the morning but by noon it was just above 50% with casual usage. I even made sure all the settings were at the lowest as possible. This is probably due to its large display. The only resolution to this problem is to purchase a battery extender.

Display/Camera/3D: With 5MP back camera one would think that picture taking would be high quality but I noticed issues in dimly lit places. iPhone still has the advantage in this area as well as many other Android phones. This device is marketed as the first 3D phone but this should not be the reason why you purchase it. The 3D quality is subpar when taking pictures but looks fine when watching a movie. I think the 3D concept was just a marketing ploy to cash in on all the 3D hype.

Summary: Overall I’m pretty satisfied with this phones performance but if you plan on buying it make sure you have a charger or battery extender. Otherwise you may end up with a dead phone which becomes nothing more than paper weight.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of Tim Keleta and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of iServiceGlobe with which he is otherwise affiliated.

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