Review by Dan Seifert on Friday June 24, 2011.
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The HTC EVO 3D is the successor to last year's wildly popular EVO 4G for Sprint. The EVO 4G broke new ground by being the first 4G (WiMAX) handset, as well as the first Android smartphone with a 4.3-inch screen to hit the market in the U.S. As a result, the EVO 4G was one of the most popular phones of 2010, and solidified Sprint's trust in Android (nowadays, 75 percent of smartphones sold by the carrier run Android). The EVO 3D looks to build on the path laid by the EVO 4G by being the first 3D-capable smartphone to arrive in the U.S., but that's not the only new thing about it, as HTC has upgraded the EVO 3D from the EVO 4G on multiple fronts.
Thanks to numerous upgrades (new, faster processor, higher-res screen), the EVO 3D does offer more than just a 3D component when compared with the EVO 4G. Of course, the 3D feature is the headline attraction with the phone, despite what else it might offer. However, at this point, the 3D capabilities are firmly relegated to novelty status. The effect can be cool, but its use is very limited, and its even troublesome to get used to for many people. Thankfully, you can spend your entire life with the EVO 3D and never use the 3D features if they don't strike your fancy.
Thanks to the speedy processor, gobs of RAM, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, the EVO 3D is one of the fastest phones I have tested to date. The rest of the phone is not without faults though, as sub-par battery life, poor viewing angles, lazy 3G connections, and some quality control issues with the build of the phone really prevented the EVO 3D from being all that it could be. Oh, and I haven't even mentioned HTC Sense 3.0's overbearing user interface yet. Read on to see the good, the bad, and the sometimes three dimensional qualities of the EVO 3D.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.