HTC Evo 3D

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HTC's Evo 4G legacy is something of a rarity in the smartphone industry. Sprint used it as a gateway drug for its WiMAX service — "4G" back when that nomenclature meant something (and was used to great effect in a huge marketing campaign). A behemoth with a 4.3-inch display specs that still stand up to modern releases, it's even managed to best its younger competition with up-to-date Android software (version 2.3.3 as of last of week).So if you're HTC, how do you top yourself? The company...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.47 inches
Weight 0.37 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
3D display Yes
Carriers Sprint
3D capture Yes
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.3.3

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5 inches
Width 2.6 inches
Thickness 0.47 inches
Weight 0.37 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black
Loudspeaker Yes
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology Super LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 960 px
Resolution (X) 540 px
PPI 256
Touchscreen type Capacitive
3D display Yes

Connectivity

Carriers Sprint
CDMA Yes
CDMA frequencies supported 1900, 800 / 850
WiMAX Yes
WiMAX frequencies supported 2500
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Model MSM8660
Clock speed 1.2 GHz
Number of cores 2

GPU

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Model Adreno 220

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 4 GB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p
3D capture Yes

Software

Operating system Android
Skin Sense
Launch OS version 2.3.3

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, Micro HDMI, MHL

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1730 mAh

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7.5

Average User Review

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  • Performance 8
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 8

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  • 8.0
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    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.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by osullz490 (Previously owned)

    The HTC EVO 3D is a misleading title in that most typical smartphone buyers justifications for purchasing the 3D won't actually be for the 3D at all. As far as phone gimmicks go the glasses free 3D display and dual rear cameras are about as elaborate a one as have made it stateside thus far and it's managed to land first on a carrier not unfamiliar with trying out new ideas (I'm looking at you Kyocera Echo), and while it works just fine, and, in fact, after getting used to looking at the display at the proper angle actually works moderately better than one might expect, but it's by no means the best feature of the device. What is most notable with this EVO 4G successor, aside from its sturdier construction, is actually it's upgrade to a 4.3 inch qHD display and the addition of a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU and 1GB of RAM. Between the two internal upgrades and the higher resolution display the EVO 3D outclasses it's predecessor in performance and usability especially with regardless to the graphically intensive, battery hogging Sense 3.0 UI. While Sense adds some functionality and a fair bit of polish it's become increasingly less of a feature and more of a burden that bogs down the phone's battery and slows software updates as Android becomes more user friendly and polished on it's own.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by DoctorComrade (Currently owns)

    This was a big step up from the EVO 4G. I love the design of this phone; along with the display. The cameras are decent but as with all Android phones their falts lie with the Software and Battery life. If you want a 3D phone, this is it. If you don't, well this was it. This is a great phone and I didn't buy it because of the 3D. That was mostly icing on the cake.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by maxstolfe (Currently owns)

    I had the original EVO 4G, it was the greatest phone I ever owned. The HTC EVO 3D builds on this phone in quite a number of ways, improves on some very important parts, mainly the battery, the processor (even now, i haven't had a slowdown. pretty impressive), and the display. However, there are a lot of compromises. Too many in my opinion. The 8 megapixel was awesome, i caught some truly great photos (as in, print and frame worthy) without any editing. This new camera is just...ok. the video capture is great, if not a little sharp. But nonetheless, overall disappointed with the camera. The kickstand is gone. That hurts, HTC. The display could be much better, so could Sense. Also, to be completely honest and pardon my language, but the reception and signal strength is 100% sh*t. My Samsung A900 from 6 years ago had better reception and my EVO 4G had service literally everywhere. With the EVO 3D, I'm ROAMING everywhere.

    But in the end, this phone was definitely worth the upgrade from the 4G. I just hope next year HTC brings the EVO brand back on top because I've decided, I'm jumping ship if the next iPhone has a ~4 inch screen. That's the only thing Android has me hanging on to....

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