HTC EVO 3D Review

By on October 31, 2011
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Not 3D enough.

Good: Solid build, Bright and crisp screen, Photo button is practical, Smooth video recording
Bad: 3D videos and images have oversaturated colors, Videos don't capture enough detail, Handful of 3D apps pre-installed, No 2D to 3D conversion, Hard to adjust to 3D immediately due to cross-talk
Price: AED 2,799
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

With the 3D rage on television sets quieting down a bit, the next front of the battle seems to be smartphones. And two of the most prominent 3D capable handsets released in the last few months have been the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC EVO 3D. Today I’ll be looking at the latter, and having extensively covered the LG Optimus 3D in various feature articles, I can tell you that that EVO 3D has huge uphill battle in front of it.

HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D

So let’s start with the EVO 3D’s dashing looks, which I have to say impress more than the Optimus 3D at first sight. The entire front side is dominated by the Gorilla glass, which protects the 3D Super LCD capacitive touchscreen. Surrounding it the thin bezel is made of metal, also clad in black, with the ambient light sensor, speaker and the front facing 1.3MP camera in the same place. On the back we have a rubber grip with a huge panel for housing the two 5MP cameras, surrounded by a cool brown aluminum bezel.

One of the very cool things is that HTC seems to have nailed the shutter button for all smartphones, with a big aluminum button with two stages; for autofocus and taking the picture.  Right next to it is the 2D/3D slider for the camera, an odd choice given it would be easier within the camera software itself.

There’s certainly something to be said for the overall presentation of the phone, because the black grill that hides the front speaker and notification LED, plus the entirely smooth black glass panel on the front and the rubber back plus buttons give it a very high-end feel. Strange, then, that the mini-USB port is left uncovered. One of the biggest advantages you’ll see the Optimus 3D having over the EVO 3D, despite the superior build of the phone is apparent by just looking at their bodies: no HDMI port.

No cover on mini-USB; no HDMI port on the EVO 3D.

Inside the EVO 3D we have a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU and the Qualcomm MSM8660 chipset. There’s 1GB of RAM with an 8GB microSD card already inside. Packed inside are NFS Shift, The Sims and Spiderman 3D.

The EVO 3D is using Android 2.3.4 which is running on the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, looking very beautiful on the 540 x 960 4.3”screen with 256 dpi. This is why everything, from 2D to 3D images and videos, on the EVO 3D looks so damn impressive on the screen when compared to the Optimus 3D. Another advantage is that the EVO 3D has 550 nit brightness in 2D mode and an impressive 230 nit in 3D, compared to the Optimus 3D’s 500nit in 2D and 175 nit in 3D. The overall result is that the EVO 3D simply has a better viewing experience as everything appears bright and crisp.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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