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HTC Evo 3D

Friday 19 August 2011


Rating of 4

The basics

The HTC Evo 3D is the latest Android smartphone, offering high-end specs and an innovative 3D screen. It's packed with features, and makes a great choice for those wanting the latest technology.

The good

The HTC Evo 3D is one of the largest smartphones currently on sale, with a huge 4.3-inch screen. With a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, it's pin sharp and looks glorious. When it comes to watching movies or checking out web pages, few of the Evo 3D's rivals are better. It's not just a great screen when it comes to sharpness, either, with 3D technology that helps it to literally stand out. The home screen isn't 3D, and neither are the menus, with HTC reserving the technology for movies and games. You can also shoot photographs in 3D, with the screen showing them off in all their glory. It works well, but it still doesn't feel like 'must have' technology. The Android OS is as easy to use as ever, but you'll either love or loathe the HTC Sense user interface. Battery life is also pretty poor if you put the Evo 3D through its paces. One of the things we love the most about the Evo 3D is the performance on offer. It's blisteringly fast, with nearly no sign of lag, even during intense use. That's down to a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM – specs that wouldn't look out of place on a netbook rather than a smartphone.

The bad

The HTC Evo 3D's touchscreen display is both a major selling point, and one of its biggest problems. Although it's great for use, and looks fantastic, it also makes the Evo 3D one seriously large smartphone, and it's simply the wrong side of comfortable for most occasions. The 5-megapixel camera, despite offering 3D photograph, is also average at best.

The bottom line

Overall, the HTC Evo 3D is a bit of a disappointment. It's a perfectly good smartphone – it's seriously fast, packed with features and have a great screen, but we can't help but feel that the 3D tech is still nothing more than a gimmick. It's well worth a look if you don't mind the size, but otherwise we'd be more tempted by the slimline Samsung Galaxy S2 or Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.
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