Sprint will begin selling the HTC Evo 3D 4G June 24 for $199.99 on contract. It's a great, yet dizzying device for 3D lovers, and a solid Android smartphone for anyone else.
HTC's Evo 3D 4G is a mouthful to say
and can prove tough on the eyes if you don't use the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" smartphone's 3D capabilities in moderation.
The handset, which goes on sale
(NYSE:S) June 24 for $199.99 and a two-year deal, is the first smartphone in
the United States that can shoot and display 3D still pictures and videos. More
on this standout feature later.
The Evo 3D has average physical
specs: 5 inches long, 2.6 inches wide and nearly half-an-inch thick. The phone
is no lightweight: It weighs 6 ounces, thanks in part to the chunky 1730 mAh
battery required to fuel 4G data for a decent chunk of time. Don't hold that
against HTC. A weight of six or more ounces has been the low end for 4G phones
in 2011. You can read the other feature specs
When I held the phone for the first
time, I was put off by the rubberized, dark-gray enclosure. It felt a bit like
holding one of those school-sized chalkboard erasers in my hand. The camera
bevels on the back, outlined in lipstick red, might bother some folks as well. To
be honest, I didn't care for this device ... until I turned it on.
The Evo 3D boasts a clear, crisp
4.3-inch Super LCD 540-by-960 qHD (quarter-high-definition) resolution 3D
display, and it's powered by a snappy 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. No
biggie: QHD displays have become de rigueur for high-end Android phones.
But the HTC Sense 3.0 user interface
on this device blew me away. I had never seen something so graphically pleasing
and intuitive on a handset.
Once I synced my Google account with
the Evo 3D, and the handset ported my wallpaper, apps, contacts and calendar
appointments, I didn't pick up my native Android phone for about a week. I didn't
need to. HTC does better than any other phone maker at appropriating Google's
vision for cloud-based data on a smartphone.