Photo: Dylan Love
I was less than impressed with the HTC EVO 3D.Don’t get me wrong — it’s a decent phone. It runs Android, so you’ve got cool apps, GPS navigation, email on the go, and all your other favourite smartphone features.
But the 3D capabilities feel like they were thrown in very hastily. Instead of being an awesome Android phone, it feels like a “meh” 3D phone.
Add the fact that the battery life is so short that it can’t even go 24 hours in standby mode, and it becomes a real clunker.
The interface is your standard Android fare. It’s easy to browse and find what you need, even for a guy like me who’s less than fluent in Android. Knowing nothing, I set up my email, hopped on wifi, and was taking pictures all within 10 minutes.
Since you’ll almost always have your phone with you, the camera on the HTC is worthwhile for capturing daily ephemera. This is true of a majority of smartphone cameras — just don’t photograph a client’s wedding with it.
Now the bad stuff. The 3D capabilities on this display need to get better. I can compare it to my experience with the LG Thrill, whose 3D camera focused immediately and I had a wider range of motion with my head before the 3D effect disappeared. None of this was the case for the EVO. And that puzzled me because they both use the same “parallax barrier” technology for the display.
Did I mention that battery life was a joke?
Until HTC steps up to make a kickass 3D phone on par with LG’s, the EVO 3D will be relegated to being one more in a sea of Android devices. It’ll cost you $200 when you sign on with Sprint service for 2 years.
Should you buy it?
No. If you want a nice 3D phone, wait for the Thrill to come out. If you want a cool Android phone, go for the HTC Sensation. The EVO 3D might be cool for a week, but in the long run, it’ll prove to be a false positive.