We saw the inevitable arrival of 3D in smartphones earlier this year with the LG Optimus 3D. Keen to show that 3D isn’t a gimmick, HTC have decided to join the 3D bandwagon with their device, the HTC Evo 3D. The Evo 3D boasts a 4.3″ display, and sports a 540×960 resolution, although the overall size of the phone is humongous.
The phone has no physical buttons on the front, with the usual Android controls activated by capacitive buttons instead. Around the edges there are the usual range of buttons and port, including a microSD port that, like the Sensation before, is awkwardly positioned on the side. Opposite that rests the camera button. It’s quite rare to have a dedicated shutter key on an Android, so this one is not only welcome, it’s superb as well.
As you’d expect, it does shoot in 3D, so there are two camera lenses on the back of the device, although using the 3D option when shooting does drain the battery life a lot quicker. With regards to shooting in 3D, you only have a feeble 2 megapixels at your disposal, and you can only shoot in landscape mode. The image quality on both cameras is decent enough, but using the 3D functionality seems a bit pointless in most cases, especially when you realise the fact there is no way to print out the images in 3D and you’ll have compatibility issues if you try and view the min 2D.
The HTC Sense UI has been given some 3D-like effects, but for some reason makes no use of the 3D display at all. It’s a similar version to that seen on the Sensation, complete with its increasingly cloying eye-candy. There are also 3D games and videos that work well on the device, but where LG had a 3D showcase on its phone, here you’re left to discover these things for yourself. In fact, it almost feels like HTC is not totally committed to the 3D concept themselves, especially unfortunate considering that this is the phone’s only unique selling point.
Under the bonnet, there is a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor beating away and supported by 1GB of RAM. There is just 1GB of storage, but you get an 8GB microSD card bundled with the phone. Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot and DLNA support, HSDPA, Bluetooth and GPS are all present and correct. The operating system is Android 2.3.
The phone is fast and responsive when handling any task, but also comes with a size penalty. It measures 65mm wide by 126mm long by 12.05mm thick and weighs a hefty 170g. Ultimately, unless you’re going to be using the 3D regularly then you’ll find a number of other phones that are equally powerful, smaller and potentially cheaper as well. And if 3D is something you really want in a smartphone, we reckon the Optimus 3D shows it off better, integrating the functionality into the all-round user experience far more than the Evo 3D does.