Yet another 3D phone. But you can turn off the 3D feature if it gets to you
Okay. I know, last week too I had written about a 3D phone. But I had to review the EVO 3D because of what HTC has done with it.
The first thing that you notice is the phone is super fast, starting with the boot up, and the HTC Sense User interface just makes things seem like a breeze. What I really love about this phone is that you can toggle between 2D and 3D modes with an always-accessible physical switch.
Just like the LG Optimus P920, the EVO 3D too has a 5 megapixel camera and can shoot videos at 720p. While the LG’s 5 megapixel clicks 3D images in 3 megapixel, HTC peaks at 2 megapixel. However, the HTC scores higher on the front camera, which is 1.3 megapixel, compared to 0.3 megapixel on the LG.
The HTC appears larger than the LG, but it too has a 4.3 inch screen. The display is not as vivid as the LG’s, but looks cool because of the edge-to-edge glass. Its battery lasts longer than the LG’s, but the HTC too won’t last the full day without a recharge. The buttons for volume control and screen lock/power are easier to handle than on LG’s 3D phone. What makes the EVO faster is a Dual Core 1.2 GHz processor, while the LG has a 1.0 GHz Dual Core. It has an on-board memory of 1 GB, compared to 512 MB on the LG. Unlike the LG again, HTC’s 3D phone ships with Android 2.3, to the LG’s 2.2. The without-glasses 3D performance is on a par with the LG phone’s, and both are way below what the Nintendo 3DS delivers.
Another downer with the HTC is that its USB port doubles as an HDMI port. And, to charge the phone during an HDMI session, you’ll need to buy another cable.
The 3D world is suddenly becoming hot. Though 3D programming is still scarce, these phones still make sense. They can be used with the increasing number of 3D games; and their cameras let you shoot 3D pictures.
The above review appeared in the Open Magazine, Issue Dated: 22-28th September 2011, Volume 03, Issue 25