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HTC Evo 3D review

A high performance 3D Android smartphone
Tue Aug 16 2011, 17:58

Product HTC Evo 3D
Specifications Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 1GB storage with 8GB SD card included, 4.3in touchscreen with 540x960 qHD resolution, dual 5MP cameras, Android 2.3, Sense 3.0, 65x126x12mm, 170g.
Price £500 SIM free

THE UK'S SECOND 3D PHONE has arrived in the form of the HTC Evo 3D, providing some much needed competition to the LG Optimus 3D.

The Evo 3D is a good looking handset with its own style. From the front the phone looks pretty much like any other HTC device, with the only change being that the face buttons now have a circle around them.


The back sports a slightly more retro look compared to previous HTC phones, with a textured lined cover and bronze surround to the camera lenses.

There are the usual power button and volume rockers together with a headphone socket. We were delighted to find a dedicated camera button, and there is also a a physical switch to change the camera between 2D and 3D modes.

The handset isn't the thinnest and lightest around, but this isn't surprising with its 4.3in screen and integration of 3D technology. The Evo weighs 170g and has dimensions of 65x126x12mm.

Hardware-wise the Evo 3D is jam packed, with a specifications sheet that makes for good reading. Of course the incorporation of the Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM are the highlights.

Performance was nothing short of flawless and the Evo 3D performed all tasks without hesitation. Web browsing was particularly notable as we could scroll, pinch zoom and change orientation quickly without any signs of lag.

Like some other HTC handsets, the Evo has 1GB of internal storage. This isn't a massive amount but all is not lost because HTC supplies an 8GB microSD card with the phone so you have a total of 9GB out-of-the-box.

You can definitely impress mates with the 3D capabilities. The dual cameras and glasses free 3D screen make the phone unique, with only LG's Optimus 3D offering comparable features.

The qHD screen is one of the phone's best aspects. There's plenty of real estate on the 4.3in display and the 540x960 resolution delivered a brilliantly crisp picture.

As with all glasses free 3D technology there is a downside. Users need to adopt a face-on viewing position to see the 3D effect properly. We found that you need to keep the phone very steady to stay in the sweet spot and we sometimes found it hard to position the phone correctly. It was even harder to find and maintain this sweet spot whilst travelling, on the train for example.


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