HTC's Evo line of Android smartphones is big on firsts: The Evo 4G was the first 4G phone in America (by current definitions, at least), and its sequel, the Evo 3D, is the nation's first to pack a glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D display, like the Nintendo 3DS. It's actually a very nice phone, but it doesn't do much to convince us that stereoscopic 3-D is good for anything but gaming.
The Evo 3D is changed in some subtle ways from its predecessor, the Evo 4G. It has a dual-core processor, rather than the Evo 4G's single-core, along with more memory. The software has been upgraded as well; the Evo 3D has the newest version of HTC's Android skin, Sense 3.0, laying on top of the newest version of Android, Gingerbread. But the big addition is the 3-D: its screen can display glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D, and its dual-lensed camera (on the rear; it also has a regular 2-D front-facing camera) can take both video and still photography in the third dimension.
The phone itself is pretty good! HTC changed the aspect ratio to 16:9, making the phone taller and skinnier than the Evo 4G. I'm not a huge fan of that decision, as it can be tough to reach the upper parts of the giant 4.3-inch screen, especially for those with smaller hands. Aside from that, the design is really nice--much thinner than, say, the HTC Thunderbolt, and with a more interesting look. The textured back and Evo-trademark circle-enclosed buttons are a nice touch. The added horsepower and upgraded version of Android make the phone very snappy to use. Sense 3.0 is kind of overly complicated and showy--expect lots of completely unnecessary animations and a bajillion very-similar widgets--but it does offer some nice features and a sense of cohesiveness that Android sometimes lacks. The lockscreen, which shows the weather and gives you a shortcut into the camera, phone, email, and messaging app, is a good example: It's pretty, and useful on paper, but it's not actually any more efficient to use than a simple unlocker.
The included 3-D game, Ultimate Spider-Man: Totaly Mayhem, is pretty fun--about as good as a mid-tier Nintendo 3DS game, which means it's worth playing. Not to brag, but this further proves our theory that 3-D is at its best in gaming, rather than movies or TV.
Oh, and the camera button is perfect. Other phone makers: Steal this button en masse. It actually feels like a camera's shutter button, two-stage picture-taking and all. I want it on every phone I buy from now on.
The 3-D is bad. It's not implemented nearly as much as I expected--the homescreens and all of HTC's custom apps are in regular 2-D, including HTC's replacement Twitter, email, calendar, and messaging apps. It's jarring to turn on a phone with "3-D" in the name and have to dig around in the app list to find something that's actually in 3-D.
But once you do find the 3-D stuff--there are a few games in 3-D, the Gallery app displays 3-D images, and you can watch movies in 3-D--you might wonder why you even bothered. The effect is noticeably worse than the Nintendo 3DS: images are very shimmery, shifting around if you change your perspective even a tiny amount. The proper viewing angle is far too specific--if you move to the side, up and down, or back and forth, you'll lose the effect.
The included 3-D sample photos actually gave me a headache; the effect is the opposite of immersive, since you feel like you're having to manually adjust your eyeballs to cope with the blurry perspective pranks the phone is playing on you. There's this moment of switching from 2-D to 3-D while browsing through photos that is legitimately painful, as your eyes struggle to switch their perspective. There's no way to dial down the effect, like on the Nintendo 3DS--it's either on or off. Some of the photos we took ended up looking okay, but overall we opted to ignore the 3-D gallery altogether.
$200 with a two-year contract from Sprint
The Evo 3D itself is actually very desirable--if there was an HTC Evo 2D, this phone with the 3-D elements lobotomized, it'd be a worthy followup to its groundbreaking predecessor. And we're not judging it for using 3-D, which many call a gimmicky technology. We don't mind gimmicks; actually, we love gimmicks. But we love them when they're fun, even if the fun is superficial or short-lived. The Evo 3D's gimmick is bizarre: it feels like you don't use it often enough, but when you do use it, it's actively unpleasant. The final verdict? If you're on Sprint, grab a Nexus S 4G, unless you're a very specific type of masochist who wants to watch Avatar on a 4.3-inch screen and get a headache while you do it.
I know its gets annoying to read this... but Japan has a glasses free 3d phone for well over 5 year now.
On the market right now they have no less than 5 models. My neighbor bought an android 3D phone 6 months ago. with 1seg which is hd over the air free broadcast TV. It can also record 2d tv signals and convert them into 3D. I watched part of Pirates of The Caribbean(1) and a One Piece episode converted into 3d. its not as good as Avatar, but its still pretty darn good considering its a 2d signal made into 3d on a phone.
some how, I had a feeling someone was going to say that.
the title clearly states the *country's* first 3d phone, so I shouldn't wonder that it's existed in other countries. for example, the "cube" is new over here in america, while in japan, as I'm sure you know, the third model is on the market, and the fourth coming soon, if not already out. it's amazing how far behind we actually are.
Yes I read that is says "countries" first.
Japan has about a million things the USA doesn't. and the USA has about a million things the Japan doest. (I actually owned the gen 2 cube in Japan... the one before they brought it to the USA... and Japan has about 150 cars they dont sell in USA) but thats not the point at all.
Cell phones companies are A holes all over the world, but from I can tell they are some of the worst in the USA.
This article is case in point.
They hold back techicnoly on purpose, sell it to you like its state of the art, when half the world already has it.
Look at 4G. NOT one single company in the USA actually has a true 4G network. Not even for another 5 or EVEN 10 years will it become true 4G. that doesn't stop them from lying to everyone and telling them its 4g so they can charge more and get more custimors.
True 4G techonagly is HERE! but they are choosing not to use or build the infrastructure for it, yet telling you that is EXACTLY what your getting.
I wasn't trying to be like HAHA we have it already and you don't. Trust me if we played that game, japan would come out the looser more times than not. what most people don't realize that in MANY MANY ways japan is behind western industrialized world 10, 20, 30 even in some cases by 50 years.
Health care is one of the worst. all across the board. Overall they have better health care than the USA because they have a GREAT system in place, but general understanding of medicine both by doctors and the general public is decades behind. and in the case of mental health, its archaic. like 1950's america.
Ambulances cant even speed here, and "paramedics" cant even give you an IV until get to the hospital... if you live that long. Not to mention they only did 12 organ transplants last year in the whole country!!!
this is way off topic and I could write a book about this. and it there are TONS of other areas where general things are way behind the USA. like central air and heating. its in about 10% of buildings in japan. USA? 98%.
you go to Korea. and the have heaters built in the floor! in the FLOOR! how awesome is that.
this is really a good cell phone if you want to buy it
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ur a fag
nobody cares u moved to japan to get away from being beat up here n america
get over urself
and that whole video conversion crap is so fake
if it was real it would hav been on this site
and everybody knos japan is starting to fall behind america in the technolgy feild
and wat they r ahead of us n, nobody cares about
like smart toilets
japan mostly makes useless crap
and dont worry about replying to this
because i kno its gonna b some crap about technology conspiricies in american industry