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HTC EVO 3D review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The HTC EVO 3D currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The HTC Evo 3D, according to the best info we could find, promises to live up to it's hype. First, as for the "3D" element, the Evo 3D will include a 3D YouTube client and a 3D Blockbuster app.

The phone is reported to have a 4.3 inch display, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Add a dual, 5MP camera which can generate 3D photos and offers HD record capability, an HDMI port and Android's 2.3 OS, and you have a phone fighting for Top Gun.

This is definitely one phone to watch, as it appears to be packed with crazy powerful functionality and may well set the standard for the balance of 2011.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Tapp

The HTC EVO V is a mighty fine choice if your on Virgin Mobile. It has a large and vivid screen, capable of 4G Internet, pretty fast under the hood, has a good camera (and takes 3D pics and flicks, but more novel than practical) on the rear; though you have to fork out $240 to buy the phone out righ...

- Antonio Wells, Android Tapp
GSMArena

The HTC EVO 3D does provide an incredibly solid smartphone experience. But if that’s what you are after, there are a few handsets that will match its performance without charging a premium for a single feature of questionable merit. Sense UI fans will find what they are looking for, but a few...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
Top Ten Reviews

The HTC Evo 3D has the ability to take 3D pictures, although the resolution is low. However, 2D pictures have a nice resolution. The battery life for this multimedia cell phone has a greater than average talk time than the other phones we reviewed. It comes with a dual-core processor and the Android...

- Top Ten Reviews Team, Top Ten Reviews
Ausdroid

The ‘3D’ aspects of this phone add unnecessary bulk and weight to what could have been a pretty decent good old ‘2D’ phone, I find it too thick and too heavy to be a practical everyday phone. Personally I find 3D to be a gimmick and not really necessary on a screen this small, but obviously HTC beli...

- Matt Booth, Ausdroid
TechTree

The Evo 3D has almost everything that you expect from today's smartphone. Its dual-core CPU and gigabyte of RAM should be enough to sell this product. Moreover, the 3D capability is a good conversation starter, and as always Sense UI is beautiful. On the other hand, the phone's 3D feature is not wor...

- Chandrakant Isi, TechTree


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HTC released the EVO 3D on June 4, 2011.


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HTC backs up the EVO 3D with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The HTC EVO 3D's screen size is 4.3 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
1024 MB

Internal memory is 1024 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1730mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1730 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 15 days standby time, 560 minutes.

EVO 3D Specs

Overview
Release date June 4, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 dual-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 1024 MB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.89 W/kg
Body: 1.05 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1730 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 560 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 6.6 x 1.2 cm (5 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 170 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
3D Yes
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features S-LCD
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
3D, Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
1.3 Mps
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Shooter, HTC Evo V 4G

8Gb MicroSD card included
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Critic Reviews


Android Tapp

Large touchscreen and has a 3D camera but it’s thick and bulky

from Android Tapp

The HTC EVO V is a mighty fine choice if your on Virgin Mobile. It has a large and vivid screen, capable of 4G Internet, pretty fast under the hood, has a good camera (and takes 3D pics and flicks, but more novel than practical) on the rear; though you have to fork out $240 to buy the phone out r...More

The HTC EVO V is a mighty fine choice if your on Virgin Mobile. It has a large and vivid screen, capable of 4G Internet, pretty fast under the hood, has a good camera (and takes 3D pics and flicks, but more novel than practical) on the rear; though you have to fork out $240 to buy the phone out right, you can activate it for as little as $35 bucks per month without being tied to a few years contract.

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GSMArena

A device that strives to do it all, and most part it delivers

The HTC EVO 3D does provide an incredibly solid smartphone experience. But if that’s what you are after, there are a few handsets that will match its performance without charging a premium for a single feature of questionable merit. Sense UI fans will find what they are looking for, but a f...More

The HTC EVO 3D does provide an incredibly solid smartphone experience. But if that’s what you are after, there are a few handsets that will match its performance without charging a premium for a single feature of questionable merit. Sense UI fans will find what they are looking for, but a few other members of the HTC lineup will gladly offer them the same.

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Top Ten Reviews

It may not have the best 3D camera resolution, but the phone isn't lacking in speed or the ability to keep you connected with others

from Top Ten Reviews

The HTC Evo 3D has the ability to take 3D pictures, although the resolution is low. However, 2D pictures have a nice resolution. The battery life for this multimedia cell phone has a greater than average talk time than the other phones we reviewed. It comes with a dual-core processor and the Andr...More

The HTC Evo 3D has the ability to take 3D pictures, although the resolution is low. However, 2D pictures have a nice resolution. The battery life for this multimedia cell phone has a greater than average talk time than the other phones we reviewed. It comes with a dual-core processor and the Android 2.3 operating system. The HTC Evo 3D has a qHD screen that's great for watching movies. It's also a Wi-Fi hotspot that can give other electronic devices near your phone wireless internet access.

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Ausdroid

Stylish and solid design, notification LED, 3D camera

from Ausdroid

The ‘3D’ aspects of this phone add unnecessary bulk and weight to what could have been a pretty decent good old ‘2D’ phone, I find it too thick and too heavy to be a practical everyday phone. Personally I find 3D to be a gimmick and not really necessary on a screen this small, but obvious...More

The ‘3D’ aspects of this phone add unnecessary bulk and weight to what could have been a pretty decent good old ‘2D’ phone, I find it too thick and too heavy to be a practical everyday phone. Personally I find 3D to be a gimmick and not really necessary on a screen this small, but obviously HTC believe this does has a market as do Telstra, Vodafone and Optus who all have the Evo 3D currently available. This phone will appeal only to the most dedicated of 3D fans who don’t mind the compromise in size and weight for the 3D features.

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TechTree

Go for this device only if you really love 3D

from TechTree

The Evo 3D has almost everything that you expect from today's smartphone. Its dual-core CPU and gigabyte of RAM should be enough to sell this product. Moreover, the 3D capability is a good conversation starter, and as always Sense UI is beautiful. On the other hand, the phone's 3D feature is not...More

The Evo 3D has almost everything that you expect from today's smartphone. Its dual-core CPU and gigabyte of RAM should be enough to sell this product. Moreover, the 3D capability is a good conversation starter, and as always Sense UI is beautiful. On the other hand, the phone's 3D feature is not worth the premium it commands. The video player is underwhelming, and in terms of raw power it still can't beat the GS2. To sum up, go for this device only if you really love 3D. Otherwise, if all you require is just a powerful droid, then the GS2 and Sensation are the phones to choose from.

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Brighthand

A fun device for those who really want a 3D display and 3D camera

from Brighthand

The HTC EVO 3D is a lot of fun, but I'm not sure that all of the tradeoffs are worth it unless you're more interested in the 3D camera than anything else. It's fairly heavy, and the voice quality is somewhat disappointing. And I know it's somewhat nitpicky, but the pattern on the back of the phon...More

The HTC EVO 3D is a lot of fun, but I'm not sure that all of the tradeoffs are worth it unless you're more interested in the 3D camera than anything else. It's fairly heavy, and the voice quality is somewhat disappointing. And I know it's somewhat nitpicky, but the pattern on the back of the phone really is uncomfortable to hold for long periods.

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Coolsmartphone

Large screen, heavy device, pretty good audio quality

from Coolsmartphone

The EVO 3D is a very interesting device with only one competitor at the moment which is the LG Optimus 3D announced back at Mobile World Congress in February this year.

Whilst the EVO overall is a better device than the LG is still has a very ‘niche’ market as the 3D features keep the price of the device rather high around the £500 mark sim free or £35-40 a month on a contract and if you were to take out the 3D part of this device you are not left with anything which really stands out, it has a large screen like the Sensation, a 5 megapixel camera compared to an 8 on the Sensation and costs more than the flagship device....

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The EVO 3D is a very interesting device with only one competitor at the moment which is the LG Optimus 3D announced back at Mobile World Congress in February this year.

Whilst the EVO overall is a better device than the LG is still has a very ‘niche’ market as the 3D features keep the price of the device rather high around the £500 mark sim free or £35-40 a month on a contract and if you were to take out the 3D part of this device you are not left with anything which really stands out, it has a large screen like the Sensation, a 5 megapixel camera compared to an 8 on the Sensation and costs more than the flagship device.

With 3D TV’s still being quite new and also also quite expensive still, most people will have their only 3D experience using the phone itself which due to some clever technology means you get a 3D picture without needing any silly glasses. You really have to hold the EVO at the right angle to get the best picture, any slight movement and due to the way the 3D image is made you will notice a small change which is hard to focus again afterwards.

Due to the high price and the limitations of 3D technology it is hard to recommend going out and buying an EVO 3D, especially for a cheaper price you can get the superior HTC Sensation and soon to be the new Sensation XE featuring even better audio quality.

Battery was also a concern, even though you get a 1730mah battery in the box I was finding that 99% of the time I was not even getting a day of use and that was with no 3D use, no music playing and just some Internet use.

If you REALLY want a 3D phone then I would have to choose the EVO every time over the Optimus 3D, however for normal use there are other better phones out there which cost less, have better battery life and do more which are worth a look at, the new Sensation from HTC being one of them and the flagship device.

As much as I hate to admit it 3D is just not there yet on mobiles, the 3D mode was interesting for a little while as it was so different but i soon found myself using 2D for everything and not touching the 3D mode which is a shame and the main reason for this phone, if you are only using 2D you are better off going for a HTC Sensation or a Samsung Galaxy S2 as you will get more use from it.

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tech2

Built well, looks good, feature packed out-of-the-box

from tech2

At a street price of Rs. 35,990, it’s a bit cheaper than the Optimus 3D and even though HTC’s 3D implementation is a tad better, it’s a hollow victory, overall. The whole idea of a flagship phone is that it’s supposed to define the absolute best a company has to offer. Naturally, one would expect all the features present with the competition and perhaps even more in order to justify the high price. HTC were on the right track with the Evo 3D, but somewhere down the line, they lost their way. The 1GB of internal storage is next to useless, since it’s only for downloaded apps. You absolutely need a microSD card if you want to use the camera or listen to music. The next big cock up is the lack of 1080p recording in 2D mode. Seriously? What else are you going to use the dual-core processor for?...

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At a street price of Rs. 35,990, it’s a bit cheaper than the Optimus 3D and even though HTC’s 3D implementation is a tad better, it’s a hollow victory, overall. The whole idea of a flagship phone is that it’s supposed to define the absolute best a company has to offer. Naturally, one would expect all the features present with the competition and perhaps even more in order to justify the high price. HTC were on the right track with the Evo 3D, but somewhere down the line, they lost their way. The 1GB of internal storage is next to useless, since it’s only for downloaded apps. You absolutely need a microSD card if you want to use the camera or listen to music. The next big cock up is the lack of 1080p recording in 2D mode. Seriously? What else are you going to use the dual-core processor for?

We had high hopes for the Evo 3D, as it looked like a very promising phone, but these two major omissions are a big blow for HTC. The phone is other wise beautifully crafted, it’s built well, looks good, feature packed out-of-the-box and the 3D is done very well. Is it better than the LG Optimus 3D? We’ll leave that for the grudge match which is coming soon.

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Tracy and Matt

A tremendously good phone on both paper and in practise

from Tracy and Matt

Truthfully, I think that the EVO 3D is the best phone HTC has made. The hardware has been beautifully built , the screen is gorgeous to look at and the Sense 3.0 skin is the best Android skin I've have used - although it is a bit intense. Plus you have the added bonus of 3D as a cherry on top.

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Truthfully, I think that the EVO 3D is the best phone HTC has made. The hardware has been beautifully built , the screen is gorgeous to look at and the Sense 3.0 skin is the best Android skin I've have used - although it is a bit intense. Plus you have the added bonus of 3D as a cherry on top.

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Nayaz

flat out to go get atohner battery. Some of the other ones out there just say to turn the phone in to airplane mode and not to use it and the battery will go all day!The bottom line is: 1) The Evo has a huge screen, fast processor and a very underpowered battery.2) 3rd party manufacturers batteries work fine, but don't expect a good product for the prices they sell them for. If you get lucky (I did 2 3500mah batteries and external charger for $20 on ebay) and get good product, they are a steal. If you end up having to ship them back and forth due to poor quality, you're better off getting a few standard ones at the Sprint store instead. Also something to keep in mind, cases and covers for the extended batteries are very limited but the larger battery cover protects the camera much better than the stock one.3) HTC Hero/Touch Pro 2 batteries work fine in the EVO. They are much cheaper than finding HTC Evo batteries for some reason 4) Since the Hero/TP2 batteries work, you now know why the battery life is so short same power supply, much bigger draw.Hopefully we all will continue to enjoy our phones and laugh when we see articles trying to sell us a $100 accessory pack instead of just asking our local Sprint store for a deal.

Digital Versus

Overall display quality is very satisfactory with great brightness

from Digital Versus

The HTC Evo 3D lives up to its name by bringing 3D to a smartphone—and doing it well. That shouldn't imply that the rest of the handset hasn't been carefully designed or that the attractive HTC Sense interface didn't impress us either. In some ways, it's an improvement on the HTC Sensation, but...More

The HTC Evo 3D lives up to its name by bringing 3D to a smartphone—and doing it well. That shouldn't imply that the rest of the handset hasn't been carefully designed or that the attractive HTC Sense interface didn't impress us either. In some ways, it's an improvement on the HTC Sensation, but there's a lot more scope to make more innovative uses of the 3D display.

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