"A very nice upgrade from the Evo 4G!"4.0 starson by Khemistry84
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.