Pros + Dual LED flash
+ Dual core processor is fast
+ Call quality has been excellent
+ Slightly slimmer than the original and feels great in the hand
Cons - Much of the hype is on the 3D feature
- Screen would be more vivid
Summary When the Evo 4G came out, it was a beast like nothing before it. Even a year later, the Evo 4G isn't too shabby. It just received Gingerbread, the latest Android update and is one of the few Android phones right now that can stream Netflix.Edit Broken Link:
A little history on myself, I've generally had the top Sprint smartphone since the Mogul, then to Touch Pro, Palm Pre and in the last year, I've used mainly the Evo, with a few months of the Epic.
Onto the 3D: HTC's follow-up to the blockbuster Evo 4G is to give us a feature that nobody was asking for: a 3D capable display with stereoscopic cameras. The 3D effect is pretty cool. You do have some blur until the camera adjusts. While it's something you've probably never seen, short of the Nintendo 3DS, it just not something most people will find impressive. At no point have I thought wow, I'm really glad my phone can do this. You do have the option to turn it off and take regular pictures. The 3D has dual LED flash, just like the first Evo and the standard pictures come out sharp. Speaking of the LEDs, it is missing the flashlight app, but I'm sure HTC will add that in for a future update.
Ok, that's out of the way. What else does this phone have? Speed. The dual core processor is fast and you will notice it from the first boot-up. Subsequent boot-ups take about 12 seconds to get to the home screen. My Epic Galaxy S, not a slow phone by any means, takes over 30 seconds to boot to the home screen. Even when downloading my 30-40 apps from Market, there was no lag. You have 1.15GB of internal memory for apps, so you won't have to worry about running out of space like the first one. HTC is still only throwing in an 8GB micro SD, but it's class 4 speed this time. 16GB cards are cheap, so that's a worthwhile upgrade for those that want to put a lot of media on their phone.
HTC's Sense interface has been a popular feature and with Sense 3.0, a lot of improvements are made and there's a lot to love here. I don't care for the carousel effect when flicking screens and you still don't have an option to remove screens (I don't need 7). The notification bar has a quick settings tab that let's you toggle all your data widgets. I will eventually go back to Launcher Pro, but for now I am enjoying the new Sense. The lock screen has the ability to go to certain apps, and to display weather or other items that you can personalize. It's a welcome integration and you no longer have to rely on a third party app for this function. You will notice other little things like the segmented app drawer pages.
Call quality has been excellent, just as the original. From when I've checked, I'm getting at least 4 bars throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
So is it worth it if you have an Evo 4G, or an Epic 4G? Not if what you have is still going strong. It is an improvement, so if money isn't an issue, by all means, get it. The 3D is slightly slimmer than the original and feels great in the hand. I prefer the matte finish on the side and the new case design, but this is subjective. I absolutely love the giant camera button. The power button is very soft and doesn't take much effort to push. You might have to get used to that, but I now prefer it over a button that is harder to push.
I do like the phone a lot. Like the original Evo, it is a beast in the specs, as well as performance department. I gave the original 5 stars and the 3D is better but I can't give it 5 stars because so much of the hype is on the 3D feature, which I will hardly use, same as most people. You have to compare it to what is here now and the Evo 3D isn't far ahead of any other phone, like the original was. The masses would have preferred that HTC just left out the 3D all together, make it thinner and lighter, maybe leave in the kickstand. The screen would be more vivid, with better viewing angles, since it would closer to the glass. The camera is not flush with the rest of the back, which can be annoying, just like the first Evo, if you didn't use a case.
So the Evo 3D is great but most users that want a big screen will opt for Samsung's Galaxy S II, once it's an option.
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Updated on Sep 27, 2011
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Pros Super LCD/qHD screen
1.2GHz dual-core processor
Gingerbread 2.3.3 OS
Dedicated camera shutter button
Cons Location of microSD/charge port
Slightly slimmer width of device
Summary I nabbed my very own EVO 3D on launch day. The phone has a really solid feel and its design is slimmer than the EVO 4G which makes it easier to hold. I had no problem with the size of the EVO 4G, but, I know many others did. The screen is ever-so-slightly slimmer than the original EVOs, but the phones overall size is slightly taller.
The Super LCD/qHD screen is rather nice. The phone boots up significantly faster than the EVO 4G. I turn my phone on and blink a few times and it's already at the home lockscreen. All of the hype that I had been hearing about Gingerbread 2.3.3 and especially the new Sense 3.0, was definitely warranted. The EVO 3D is extra snappy and responsive, thanks to its 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. The lockscreen using Sense 3.0 is amazing! A live weather animation flashes across the screen upon turning the screen on. From there, you have four options: (1) placing a phone call or accessing your phonebook; (2) accessing your email; (3) activating the 2D/3D camera or video camera; or (4) accessing your text messages. My favorite feature of the new Sense 3.0 is that missed calls and emails are finally displayed on your screen. The older versions of Android/Sense didn't do that... at least not on the phones I've had.
The carousel effect of the new Sense 3.0 is really neat. It's nice not having to scroll between seven screens one way and then being stopped abruptly and having to go back the other way... you just go round and around and around endlessly, if you want. And if you spin the homescreens really fast, a really neat animation effect, will occur.
The new homescreens are really nice. There are many different stock homescreens that you can choose for the overall theme of your phone. If you don't like the weather clock the shows the time and the weather beneath it, you can change the theme to one that replaces the weather with Facebook updates from your friends.
The call quality has been really good for me. Calls on the other end of the line say that I sound really clear and the internal speaker is noticeably louder than on the EVO 4G. The EVO 3D has a new feature that I really liked on my old Touch Pro2... when you flip the phone onto its back, the speaker activates its self.
Now, to the feature everyone is wondering about... the 3D! I have to say, that I find the 3D to be pretty good. The phone comes pre-loaded with some professional 3D pics and videos that you can sample. The pre-installed content looks AMAZING! I was really thinking that amateur photos taken by myself, would look really cheesy, but they actually look really good. Whatever you're taking a photo of, pops off the screen and you can really get a sense of 3-Dimensions and depth. The camera also has a dedicated two-stage shutter button that makes taking photos a breeze. I have been aching for a shutter button on a high-end smartphone. Finally, someone listed! There is also a dual LED flash with the EVO 3D. I also like the fact that I can connect my EVO 3D to my Sony 40" 3D LED HDTV and view all of my EVO 3D content on there as well.
The phone comes with adequate memory, including 4GB of internal memory and an 8GB Class 4 microSD card. I purchased a 16GB Class 6 microSD card beforehand, as I wanted more memory and faster processing speeds. Those two things were sorely lacking on my EVO 4G.
The battery is 'okay'. It's better than the EVO 4Gs battery initially was, at least in my opinion. Certain things will drain the battery fast, especially when downloading apps from the Android Market. But when I received my phone, the battery was more than half dead, and even thought I played around with it a lot as well as used the navigation system, the battery still had juice left before I needed to worry about charging it. Hopefully HTC will release an update soon to correct any battery life issues.
This phone is a nice upgrade. I was very happy with my EVO 4G and i wouldn't try to make anyone with one jealous of not having the new EVO 3D, as both a really great and solid phones. But, I am very happy with my new upgrade and I'd recommend either phone to anyone. Gingerbread and the new Sense 3.0, alone, make it a reason to upgrade to the EVO 3D. I think a lot of people are under the impression that the 3D is the main feature of the phone and that it MUST be used. That's not the case. The phone is primarily a 2D device, the 3D is optional and can be turned off. The 3D is only functional for taking/viewing pictures, videos, and certain games.
Pros - 1.2 Ghz SnapDragon core processing speed is fast.
- Great QHD screen
Cons - Phone turns off randomly. You won't even know the phone is off
until you try to see if you've missed any calls or texts. Not a
battery issue as it has been replaced several times.
- Texts arrive several days later.
- Several software integration issue
Summary Overhyped phone that has terrible integration with Android software and battery issues. Would never buy this again. Twenty phone calls and five visits later, Sprint has recommended I exchange phones.
"New to android"on by harCre
Pros Great features, excellent functionality and fun 3d feature. I and all my family and friend have really enjoyed this phone. The possibilities are endless and the phone is solid and well constructed. Compatible with the last apps and technologies.
Cons Long learning curve, memory card isn't easily accessible and a pain to sync with my old phone.
Summary I would buy again and recommend, the phone is cutting edge tech and I'm glad I didn't wait for the I-Phone5
Pros Fast, nice screen (except in direct sunlight, see below), Sense 3.0 is beautiful and robust.
Cons Poor phone reception , mediocre voice quality, tinny speakerphone with very low volume. (A phone still needs to be a phone!!) Mediocre battery life (standby life is much better than EVO, bu t battery life still sucks if you use it!) Screen is narrower t
Summary I upgraded to this from the original EVO. But due to the cons above, I traded it in for a Motorola Photon, and am very glad I did. Although Motorola's interface is not as slick as Sense 3.0, I was able to generally compensate for that by sleuthing out third-party widgets on the Android Market. The Photon is just as fast as the EVO 3D, and in almost every other way (phone reception, speaker quality and volume, battery life), the Photon is a vastly superior phone.