MobileAttack had the opportunity to review one of the best smartphones on the market, courtesy of Rogers Wireless Canada, called the HTC EVO 3D. Make no mistake, this device gave me the most fun I’ve had with a piece of technology for a long time. The 3D camera and glassless 3D touchscreen is something to be desired, and gives amazing imagery. The HTC EVO 3D runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and comes with HTC Sense 3.0 UI installed over top. It has a 1.2GHz Dual-core processor as well as front and rear cameras, the rear obviously with the dual lens 3D functionality. Now that we’ve been formally introduced, let’s dance.
Design and Feel
The HTC EVO 3D is an awesome device, and although I personally love the design of most HTC devices, some may find them a little geared towards the tech fanatic or Star Wars fan rather than the elegance you may find on a new Samsung device. Regardless, you’ll quickly forget how big and futuristic in design this smartphone is once you start it up and play around. The device is a little bulky, being a large 4.3inch 3D glasses free touchscreen, weighing in at a hefty 6 full ounces (170 grams). That’s a big change from the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and you may feel you now would like a 3rd jean pocket, as this EVO 3D will fill any pocket you put it into. With that said, it’s an awesome, fast, sexy device that will keep you looking at all the 3D pics and video you’ve been taking. It truly was surprising how awesome the screen shows 3D without glasses. It felt good to hold onto, and the camera button on the side is perfectly placed for ease of use, just like a real camera.
The Android 2.3.4 software is a win no matter how you loo at it, over it’s older Froyo brothers, then add a fantastic UI by HTC, called HTC Sense, on top, and you have greatness. HTC has been with Google’s Android from the beginning, and it shows. They’re Sense UI is leaps and bounds better than other manufacturers attempts at customizing the Android OS to their own, such as the choppy Sony Ericsson UI, to the MotoBlur by Motorola (ick!). HTC wins it hands down with their Sense UI, if you HAD to have a UI on your device from the manufactures that is.
Special attention has been paid to the camera functionality within, as it should, given the device has “3D” in it’s name. The camera app moves quickly, and has many, many features and settings for you to play with to capture wicked looking imagery.
It’s a beast, no doubt. It’s heavy, but with reason. It’s got a 1.2GHz dual-core processor within, 5 megapixel 3D rear camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera as well. Top it all off with a helping of 4.3 inch qHD 3D glasses free touchscreen. It’s alot, but it all works nicely in it’s shell. It’s also got 1GB internal storage, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, tethering support and a 1730 mAh battery. They didn’t spare any expense except for the lack of onboard storage. 16GB would have been the icing on this cake.
As mentioned previously, attention has been paid by HTC to the ’3D’ capabilities on the HTC EVO 3D. The rear camera is a 5 megapixel dual-lens 3D camera with dual LED flash as well. Along with the large amount of options and settings on the camera itself, the camera will not dissappoint in any way. I admit, there were a couple of times where I almost felt dizzy trying to get the screen in a proper place from my eyes so I could get the full effect of the glasses free 3D images and video I took, but I can’t lay that completely on HTC either, as my eyes are clearly not used to looking at imagery like that on a small 4.3inch surface. The front facing camera being a small 1.3 megapixels does very well at its purpose too, taking decent images and video, much like you would have a few years back with your webcam and. It does its’ job, and so it should be commended. The only problem I had with the 3D images and video on the HTC EVO 3D, is that there isn’t really any way for you to share them with anyone ho isn’t looking at your EVO 3D. I too a 3D video, uploaded it to youtube.com 3D, and it gave me a FAIL, as it was unable to render the video format. Picasa and Google images doesn’t do 3D picture sharing either. So, I call that a fail. I felt a bit ripped off, as it’s like giving me a brand new Dodge Viper, that can make a lot of noise and roar when you step on the gas…but my Viper didn’t come with any tires. Not entirely HTC’s fault here, as it’s new technology, but they should do what LG has done with the Optimus 3D ad given the user an easy app to upload and share 3D video on the device, rather than just the standard sharing to youtube.com and picasa.
The HTC EVO 3D is an awesome kick at the 3D tires to a technology that is just starting to make its way into peoples lives. I was disappointed to find that I had no way of sharing the images and video outside of the device (obviously to someone needs a 3D TV to view if I got them on youtube to begin with) other than direct connection to a 3D TV, but nothing really online yet. The device is bulky and heavy, but you forget about that when you start taking 3D pictures and video. It’s a blast and looks amazing on the screen. The price is awesome for what you get, but I would have loved HTC packing in 16GB internal storage to help with space for all the video you’re going to take. Also, if you get this device, and I recommend you check into it, make sure you get a case or cover for it immediately so as to not damage the protruding dual lenses on the backside.
All in all, well done HTC…well done indeed.
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