When HTC came out with the HTC EVO 4G, it was a smashing hit with the masses. It some ways it still is. Now, HTC EVO 3D has been launched, is it going to be better than the original EVO? Is the HTC EVO 3D going to take away all the fame from the HTC EVO 4G and let the spotlight shine on itself? We shall find out in this review.
As you might have already figured out, with the power provided by the CPU and the brilliance of the software the HTC EVO 3D runs on, using this phone is an absolute joy ride. For those who love using their phone with style, HTC Sense is your best bet. One of those stylish things is how you can go directly to the camera or your dialer directly from the unlock screen. Although it doesn’t save you too much time, but it’s really cool to use. Going through a gallery with a mix of 2D and 3D pictures is not a problem as the phone is smart enough to differentiate them and display it in the correct format.
The 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display on the HTC EVO 3D is obviously different from the rest as it supports glass-free 3D content. However, apart from that, it can’t be said to be one of the better displays in the market as we feel even phones like HTC DROID Incredible 2 that comes with a WGVA screen gives a better feel in terms of color and brightness.
For obvious reasons, the camera in this phone is something we have to talk about. The question is, can the twin 5 megapixel autofocus cameras do its job in taking 3D shots? Well both cameras did sync to produce decent pictures even in low-light scenarios. However, the panel that covers the camera pod seems to be not se well thought as it causes halos in images taken with bright light backgrounds. Also, macro photography seems to be a problem when it comes to close-ups although it works just fine in 3D. Color balance in pictures can however be considered good. A drawback with 3D is that the cameras will refuse to work unless held in the horizontal position and in the landscape orientation. Battery level plays a part too in 3D photography as the cameras don’t work in 3D if you only have 15% of charge left. Nevertheless, 2D pictures were good and there should be no complains for occasional use.
As always, with mammoths like this, battery life is definitely going to be a major talking point. However, unlike the HTC EVO 4G where the battery life was a serious issue, with the HTC EVO 3D the phone can be used the whole day thanks to the new 1730mAh battery. You could take a bunch of photos (both in 2D and 3D), text, make phone calls and play games and still have some battery life to spare. Call quality was sometimes a problem as it sounded a bit muddy, but the earpiece was definitely loud enough. Connecting to the internet with this phone was an issue as it took quite a bit of effort to be able to log in to the net.
Pros and Cons
The call quality seems to be a little disappointing. Also, the fact that it’s a bit hard to connect to the internet is a definite turn off since it’s a smartphone. The HTC EVO 3D also needs some work on its 3D camera.