HTC EVO 3D Android phone
HTC EVO 3D review: Do we need another smartphone with 3D?
- 3D experience is impressive
- Excellent build quality
- Slick UI and performance
- Chunky and heavy design
- Battery life is below average
- Limited 3D content available
The HTC EVO 3D offers genuinely impressive 3D viewing without the need for special glasses. However, the lack of 3D content available makes it little more than a gimmick that you'll quickly tire of. Further, the EVO 3D is chunky and heavy: we find it difficult to recommend over slimmer, lighter competitors.
Price$ 912.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
Existing 3D content may be sparse, but you can create your own. The HTC EVO 3D's 5-megapixel, dual-lens camera allows users to capture 3D images and film 3D videos. Disappointingly, the quality of the EVO 3D's camera is limited to 2-megapixels when capturing 3D images, and 720p HD when recording 3D video — compared with 5-megapixel stills and 1080p full HD video in 2D. This makes 3D images and video far less detailed than regular 2D ones.
Despite the less than stellar quality, the 3D effect remains fairly impressive. The 2D to 3D switch makes it easy to effortlessly flick between camera modes and that camera shutter key is simply perfect. 3D photos and video in the gallery are marked with a 3D icon when you are browsing through them. The EVO 3D's camera also has a continuous auto-focus feature and its dual-LED flash is bright, but does wash out images.
HTC EVO 3D: Software and performance
The HTC EVO 3D runs the latest 2.3.4 Android "Gingerbread" operating system with HTC's traditional Sense user interface over the top. Version 3.0 of Sense is the same one featured on the HTC Sensation: most of the upgrades are aesthetic ones that add polish to what already is a tidy UI.
The best of these is the new lock screen, which now comes with four customisable shortcuts, a 3D rotating effect when scrolling between home screens, and an updated weather app with new animations and sounds: thankfully, the latter can be turned off. Staple Sense features like your eight most recently opened applications, quick settings toggles and a link to all phone settings all remain at the top of the notifications panel. The LG Optimus 3D may present its 3D components better than the HTC EVO 3D, but the latter is a far better smartphone overall.
The HTC EVO 3D does not seem overwhelmed by the graphically intense Sense UI — unlike the HTC Sensation. We didn't experience any minor lag or delay during testing, so the entire user experience feels both smooth and fast. Considering the EVO 3D runs the same software and has near-identical specifications to the Sensation, we can only conclude that the 1GB RAM — an upgrade on the Sensation's 768MB — has done the trick. Other specifications include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot for extra storage.
The HTC EVO 3D doesn't come with an HDMI-out port but includes a new connection technology called Mobile High-definition Link (MHL). The on-board MHL technology uses the standard micro-USB port on the device for outputting 1080p HD video and audio via HDMI. However, you'll need to purchase a separate micro-USB to HDMI MHL connector to enable this feature. If you're not included to purchase any additional accessories, the EVO 3D can also output multimedia through DLNA.
Battery life on the HTC EVO 3D is better than the LG Optimus 3D, but you will still need to charge the phone every night on most occasions. Use of the 3D functions (most notably watching 3D movies, or playing 3D games) drains the battery very quickly, so battery life will ultimately depend on your usage patterns.
The HTC EVO 3D is available in Australia through Telstra and Vodafone.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- This sticker can wirelessly charge your smartphone or tablet
- Microsoft kills off another chunk of its smartphone activities; lays off 1850 staff
- Google's modular smartphone project sacrificed its original vision to move forward
- Android device updates: HTC 10 is getting stability fixes and preview 3 is headed to Android N
- Google I/O 2016: Every Android app – really – is coming to Chrome
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTTechnical Specialist EmailACT
- FTAX Lead Functional ConsultantNSW
- FTData Feeds Developer | Financial Services | C# & SQLNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/J2EE/SQL) 160523/AP/568Asia
- CCDelivery Manager - Integration SpaceVIC
- FTIT Support - Level 1NSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCProgram Business Implementation Director- HR Payroll, FINSW
- CCPHP / Magento E-Commerce DeveloperNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (MS SQL Server/C#.NET)160520/AP/vmtAsia
- CCSenior IT Security Specialist-SANS, ISC2, ISACA, ITILNSW
- CCIteration Manager/Agile Project ManagerNSW
- CCSecurity Administrative Support OfficerACT
- CCSenior BA - Enterprise DataNSW
- FTSoftware DeveloperSA
- CCTechnical Business Analyst, SuperannuationNSW
- CCTechnical Solutions Specialist - Software Developer (Client facing)NSW
- CCSenior Project ManagerNSW
- CCChange Manager- ProcurementNSW
- CCOracle Application Administrator - July startACT
- CCSoftware Licensing AnalystVIC
- CCHR Systems Support OfficerACT
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (.NET C#/MS ASP .NET) 160526/AP/263Asia
- CCBPM / Java DeveloperNSW
- CCTechnical Service LeadNSW