Reviewed by CharlesJWhite (Currently owns)
Using the 3vo as my daily phone I can honestly say I'm still impressing my friends with its abilities. From playing games (3d and without), galavanting around the internet to delivering the continuous stream of news and podcasts it handles tasks without much fuss. (Only in some isolated graphically intense gaming did I have lag.) Depending on how good your eyes can adjust to the 3d effect depends on how much you will enjoy that feature. I do have to warn people after I take their 3d photo that they have to hold and adjust it to really see the trick and full effect. That taken into consideration it still is a crowd pleaser and a hit at any party. Some things should just be in 3d and even certain movie directors have said they wont be going back after they have seen the light from the 3d tunnel. Having a dedicated store for 3d games and movies plus Gameloft's support are all major bonuses on that front as well. Even the highly popular song identifying app Shazam is getting into the craze with its 3d LyricPlay. However beautiful the 960X540 display is, its only from head on. The viewing angles are compromised by the two screens it uses for its 3d tech.
HTC keeps it flashy with its Sense 3.0 but the beauty of Android is the choice if that's not your cup of tea. With many options, even without rooting, simply use whatever launcher fits your fancy. One thing they have gotten right is the lock screen. With 4 different swapable icons to swipe into a silver unlocking circle your options are endless. That added on top of flying weather, news updates and your friends recent posts you have a highly usable screen even without going to your main screen. Still using an outdated version of Sense and Android may seem like a drawback now, but the promises of the delicious ICS is worth the wait. Speaking of waiting, due to the unique screen, camera and 4G the developer community has been way behind on supporting it. Even Cyanogenmod has yet to release a fully functional ROM.
If you were out shopping now for a new phone there are more attractive options on contract. If your looking to update your current phone and not empty the bank to do it, being able to find this phone at $300 on craigslist brand new is perfect. If HTC keeps its promise to put ICS on their new phones and in a timely manner, this will certainly be a hard one to give up, even in the shadow of the Galaxy Nexus.
- Design 9
- Display 8
- Camera(s) 7
- Reception / call quality 8
- Performance 8
- Software 7
- Battery life 7
- Ecosystem 8