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HTC EVO 3D review

HTC Evo 3D - Evolutionary Gimmick?

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Overall rating 8/10
Design:
8.5
Features:
8
User-Friendliness:
8.5
Performance:
7.5
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Solid build quality
Comfortable viewing experience with 4.3-inch display
Smooth performance with intuitive HTC Sense 3.0
THE BAD
Low battery mileage
Limited viewing angle for 3D content
Practicality of 3D features in question


Features

Giddy 3D

Given how this is a HTC device, you shouldn’t be surprised to see HTC Sense 3.0 on the Evo 3D. We have covered the main mechanics of Sense 3.0 extensively in our earlier reviews, and it is still as well-received by us with its intuitive interface. As such, we’ll be focusing on the one feature that sets it apart against the competition: its 3D capabilities.

The 4.3-inch display is no mere S-LCD screen. What you have here is a lenticular display that allows you to view 3D images and videos with your naked eye. Yes, that means you don’t have to wear 3D glasses as if you were watching a 3D movie in the cinema. The upside to not wearing 3D glasses and attracting attention also comes with a closely related disadvantage: very limited viewing angle. In order to fully enjoy the 3D effects, you shouldn’t deviate too much from the sweet spot.

Earlier on, we’ve also mentioned the stereoscopic camera, used to complement its 3D display. However, there's one point to note with regards to the actual resolution of your 3D images. Capped at 2-megapixels, the Evo 3D is slightly disadvantaged over the Optimus 3D's higher 3-megapixel resolution. Moreover, the LG Optimus 3D comes with additional features such as 2D to 3D image and video conversion. And by Q4 2011, 2D to 3D apps conversion will be made available on the LG smartphone. Considering all that, the Evo 3D has less appeal if you are really keen on mobile 3D features.

3D games are a given on the Evo 3D, with three for you to choose from. Once again, the Optimus 3D takes the lead, with at least ten 3D games in the pipeline. Similar to the Optimus 3D, the games for the Evo 3D come with depth control for those who prefer to keep their heads from swooning with the 3D effects. And that is another point of contention: 3D games might not be your cup of tea. Or at least, it isn't for yours truly. While most of us were able to handle the 3D videos and images, after a session of 3D gaming, a nauseating effect was felt by some. While your mileage may vary, it's never wise to play any game too long at one go, 3D or not.