Pros - Battery management built in
- Application / Memory management built in
- QHD screen which displays full web page like as desktop pc
- Build quality
- 800mhz frequency added to this phones radio
- The 3d works which in my opinion makes it more than a gim
Cons - Would prefer more internal storage.
- High resolution display makes the icons smaller which you may not like coming from a phone with a lower resolution display because it may strain your eyes.
- Not full root capable at this time but HTC is working on
Summary Summary of the Pros:HTC has just announced that The EVO 3D along with the HTC sensation, should receive the update which will unlock the boot loader sometime near the end or August early September... I can't wait!
I have always been a fan of HTC sense and its widgets. It provides a user experience like no other. There are days were I like to position or day trade in the stock market and the HTC stock widget app is great for monitoring stocks current trading price and it includes charts. I also make use of the HTC calendar for scheduling my appointments with clients. It is beautiful to look at and it works well.There is a battery management system included (go to menu,settings then power...) to enable power efficiency or power saving profiles that you can tweak to your needs. I like this because it eliminates the need to install a third party app. When you pull down the drawer from the top of the screen and touch "quick settings" at the bottom, there is an option that reads, "total memory".Touch "total memory" top open a list of currently running programs which you can move to the sd card, stop select programs from running, or touch the "kill all" button on the bottom to shut off everything that is listed, this is another great accessible feature that will do well on its on without the need for a third party task killer.
The QHD screen is very responsive and great for web browsing. I know a lot of people have been reading the reviews on the Samsung Galaxy s2 and its super amoled plus screen. I went to an at&t store and looked at the samsung infuse which uses the same super amoled plus screen as the samsung gs2. Yes the colors look more rich than the QHD display, but it some areas the amoled was over saturated. Supposedly the new gs2 will feature a way of turning down the saturation. In short the difference was not enough for me to claim the super amoled plus screen as vastly superior to a super LCD QHD display. Plus this phone build quality is solid, another improvement over the origanal EVO 4G. The photos you see on the web on this phone due not do it justice. I looks much better in person.
This phone has an upgraded radio which supports the 800mhz band. What this means is that when Sprint is done migrating the IDEN network used for Nextel, this phone will be able to make use of the 800mhz frequency. What does that mean to you? Basically your reception will increase inside buildings because lower radio frequencies penetrate through walls better.
I have viewed 3d content such as the green hornet, yes like most people have said what you see is depth in your viewing. But, there are times where you do have images that look like they pop of the screen. To have an idea what I am talking about watch the scene were Kato goes into the frig to get two beers, when he spins off both of the bottle caps you do see the affect where it looks like the bottle caps came at you off the screen. There are also plenty of you tube content in 3d.
Summary of cons:
In comparison to the samsung gs2 and the photon this phone comes up short on internal memory but I guess thats the trade of for the 3d cameras.
My other issue is the higher resolution screen. While I like the better view of webpages and increased legibility of text, I have a hard time texting with one hand because the characters on the keyboard are smaller. Not that big of an issue but I do make more mistakes now then I did before with the original EVO.
This phone is a smart purchase. I did not buy this phone for its 3d capabilities but for its dual core processor, gpu and ram. I had considered waiting for the samsung gs2 and photon to be released before I made by decision but I decided to go with the EVO 3d because my experience with HTC has never been negative. In comparison to the Samsung, the latest samsung designs tries to hard to be an iphone clone, which just annoys me regardless of what hardware they have. The motorola photon just seems boring, its only strong points is its GSM support and Internal storage. GSM is something I will barely use. The EVO 3D does everything I need, fast and with style. It has a rich feature set for all types of users.
Updated on Jul 11, 2011
Pros -Fast processor
-Instant Access to all apps
-Great 3D in the sweet spot (larger sweet spot for videos)
-Crystal Clear Screen Resolution
-Dedicated Camera button and 3D/2D Toggle Switch
-Great Pictures and Video in 2D & 3D
Cons -Small Sweet Spot for 3D pictures
-NO 1080P Video in 2D
-Locked & Encrypted Bootloader (not a big deal if you don't want root)
-No NFC Chip
-Photo quality (mainly colors) suffers in low light
-Slow 3G (having same issues with new update for EVO 4G)
Summary The bottom line is the EVO 3D is an amazing phone and the best android device that I have played with (checked out quite a few). With a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor and 1 GB or RAM this is for sure the fastest phone I have used. The display is beautiful (colors are only slightly off from the iPhone's retina display but not by much). Picture quality in well lit areas is amazing (on par with the iPhone camera) and can be slightly worse than the iPhone in low lit areas (got it pretty close with some adjustments to the camera). 3D is a nice feature and cool to show off. The sweet spot to view 3D photos is very limited, but when you get it the pictures are so deep and detailed (it looks like you are looking through a window and not on a screen). 3D video is pretty impressive especially when watching The Green Hornet. The sweet spot for video is a lot more forgiving than the photos and images are deep, detailed and sometimes jump off the screen. I would recommend this phone to anyone looking for the processor, RAM, screen and camera. It is fast smooth and have had no issues with anything other than some slow 3G data speeds, which I was having with my EVO 4G with the new GingerBread update. (Sprint Problem Not the Phone). I have read some reviews about bad call quality, but I have not experienced that at all. Everything is crisp loud and I have not heard complaints from anyone on the other end. Also, if you are worried about the 1GB of usable internal storage, don't be. I have about 200 apps and after moving the ones that can be moved to the SD card, I have about 800 MB of storage left.
Great phone, buy it for the processor and superior features in the hardware, love it for the fact you have a cool new way to watch videos and look at pictures.
Pros the 3D is awesome, even the 2D pictures are pretty good, The andriod market more than competes with the Iphone Apps and the size and feel of the phone really works
Cons Big problem with freezing and rebooting. batt. not great under high use, and speakerphone volume low
Summary Caveat, I am up grading from a palm Pre (which I loved) and have both an IPhone 3 and IPod touch. So I had high expectations for this phone; which have for the most part been met. I Love the features, the 3D is awesome, the dual core processor attracted me, but I really don't see much difference (that may also be the result of HD picture; again quality and resolution are both better than my palm but speed is the same). The functionality of it seems to work, I like the Gingerbread OS.I must update my comment. I returned that particular phone and got another. Boy I must have been tricked, this phone is faster, no freezing issues, and the plug is different. It's been another four days and the phone froze once, while I was running like 5-10 apps (two were memory hogging games) but after I pressed the off button, it went back to the home screen and I was able to kill most of the apps and continue on the memory hogging game.
But the one thing that leads me to write this review is the fact that it won't stop freezing and rebooting itself. Just a second ago, as I am typing this review, I looked over and saw it restarting. The CNET Review commented on how the phone randomly restarted during their trial period but my guessing is that if they had it for another day it would have happened again. For me, I just got this darn thing 4 days ago, and have performed nearly every single update possible. Therefore there is no reason for it to be shutting itself off. Furthermore, I have seen it freeze 6 times: twice while sending simple SMS texts, twice while on the web ("safe" corp. sites, one of which was CNET that cause the latest incident) once on a random app., and once when I pulled it out of my pocket (it was not running anything at all) frozen on the reboot screen. If it were not for this issue I would be really happy but Man I don't know what to do but to vent. I just hope one day during an emergency I don't have to stop what I am doing to remove the battery because my phone froze.
This is my first and long awaited Android and just like good food can overcome bad service, my review is on the whole. But Boy I wish HTC would do something about this issue.
Updated on Jan 31, 2012
I forgot to mention the speaker, now it's not great for calls, but it is pretty good when playing music (BTW there is a built in app for FM Radio!!! Take that APPLE USERS) Plus when you plug in there are three built in modes for sounds.
Finally the battery life is ok. Yesterday I made it through the day with 1.1 charge (I did plug it in for 5 min.s at work). With moderate usage, I made it with energy to spare (I was on yellow).
Overall I am much more pleased with my replacement. It's a little big for my taste but well worth the benefits.
Pros Battery life is amazing
Cons camera lenses scratch easy
Summary Mega pixels arent just the only thing that is important when considering a camera, like how are you going to say my Nikon D90 (10MP) gets beat by a point and shoot samsung (14MP).
Lens and image sensor are far more important.
Pros Good battery life
Beautiful screen display
3d looks awsome
Dual core processors
Cons kick stand
Charging port is on the side
Summary The Evo 3d is a good phone, but I'm not totally blown away. I've done web browsing speed test between the EVO 3d and EVO 4g and I must say the EVO 4g is not that far behind. Some pages loaded quicker on the EVO 4g, but for the most part the EVO 3d loaded pages faster only around five seconds quicker than the EVO 4g. The new HTC sense 3.0 is fantastic and is really convenient for the user. The 3d looks great once you find your sweet spot so images looks like its popping off the screen. 3d video playback looks great also. The speakerphone is alright I personally prefer the EVO 4g speakerphone its clearer and much louder. Pictures came out decent slighty more detailed than the EVO 4g. I was really impressed not only with video recording, but the audio while video recording its nice and clear HTC did a great job at that. Video recording at 720p looks amazing and shows pretty good detail. Battery life is exceptional i can get a full days use out of it unlike the EVO 4G. The qhd screen is much improved over the EVO 4g its super sharp and colors look good its on par with the iphone display. The dual core processors allows this phone to be fast and lag free which is needed now days with users running multiple applications. The phone also feels really good in your hands I love the built quality. Overall if your not a fan of 3d I wouldn't jump the gun and upgrade from the EVO 4g, but if you want a phone with 3d capabilities then I'll say go for it. You won't be disappointed with this phone.