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.

On the EVO 3D you get 3D images captured at a resolution of 2MP, whereas the Optimus 3D captures in 3MP; both handsets having two 5MP sensors at the back. And yes, while more megapixels don’t mean better pictures, you can sample the pictures for yourselves to see that the Optimus 3D captures images with more natural light and colors compared to the EVO 3D.

EVO 3D sample pic testbed

Optimus 3D sample pic testbed

My other big gripe with the EVO 3D is that it doesn’t have any 2D to 3D conversion like the Optimus 3D does. I’m not going to deduct any points from the EVO 3D for not supporting .mkv files, but you have to hand it to LG, whose Optimus 3D can not only run .mkv HD videos smoothly, but also convert them to decent 3D at the push of a button.

The 2D to 3D button is for camera modes only.

Speaking of which, one of the best things about the Optimus 3D is how easy it is to get 3D content: just the push of one button. That leads you to a complete 3D menu where you can access 3D games, videos, pictures and even the YouTube 3D channel directly. No such thing on the HTC EVO 3D. To view 3D content you have to go about some hoops. For instance, I have to search for 3D videos specifically in the YouTube app on the EVO 3D, whereas the 3D YouTube app on Optimus 3D will only show 3D video results.

At the end of the day, I’m reviewing a smartphone whose biggest selling point is 3D. If you want a fast smartphone with smooth UI, you’re better off with the Samsung Galaxy S II or even HTC’s own Sensation XE. However, what you’re looking for is a great 3D experience on your next smartphone, and sadly, the EVO 3D loses out to the Optimus 3D big time. The Optimus 3D has better 3D image recording capabilities, better color and higher detail captured in videos. It can convert any image and video from 2D to 3D at the touch of a button, and comes pre-loaded with a whole lot of 3D videos and games already. Not to mention that anytime you want to show off 3D to anyone, all the content is available at the touch of a button, whereas in the EVO 3D you have to dig into it.

One last thing, which many would consider to be the focal point of both the phones, is that 3D on the LG Optimus 3D is genuinely easy on the eyes, whereas the HTC EVO 3D has a lot of cross-talk (the side effect of higher brightness) where images seem to be overlapping near the edges, which results in people taking some time to getting used to the 3D effects. Everyone to whom I have shown the above videos has, without fail, said the 3D on the Optimus 3D was better than the EVO 3D. Your mileage may vary, as I got used to the EVO 3D pretty quick, but first impressions last long.

So the only reason I can see anyone going for the EVO 3D instead of the Optimus 3D is the smooth recording of videos, a brighter screen, the smooth Sense UI and of course the superior build quality. All of which, of course, can be better achieved on non-3D phones.

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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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