Great phone...so fast! July 11, 2011
Reviewer: Joe P (Boston, MA) -
Coming from the HTC Hero, this thing is awesome. No lag, no waiting for anything. It has a few bugs, but they will be addressed via OTA update.
Faster and nicer than the EVO 4G
Best phone I've ever owned July 6, 2011
The phone is wicked fast. Never lags. 4g is wonderful (Columbus, OH)
The 3D is fun but can hurt your eyes after a bit, similar to nintendo 3DS.
Only downside at all, battery. But that's normal on these super-smart-phones.
Finally, an Android device capable of swaying me away from the iPhone July 6, 2011
Reviewer: Jason C. Pevear (Va Beach) -
I'm not going to go into the technical aspects of the phone as it appears many here have already done so. What I will say is, this phone is well above and beyond the iPhone I was using for the past 2 years. It's smoother, allows for more customization, it's got a much bigger & better screen, and its guts are more more impressive than the iPhone.
So glad I switched over to the Android family. And very glad I bought an HTC phone.
Android 2.3.3 with Sense 3.0 is a great experience.
as smartphones go July 6, 2011
Reviewer: jason "jasonsackett"
personal significant use: android g1 -> iphone 3gs -> htc evo 4g 3d
(also toyed with many other android devices and iphone 4)
this device is easily my favorite.
for me, the 3D is a significant feature set.
photos and videos display on my nvidia nvision active shutter 3D desktop without conversion.
everyone (unexpectedly) loves the 3D features (literally everyone, except one person who had some kind of oculo-muscular surgery of some kind and could not see it)
Absolutely Best Phone I've had. July 1, 2011
Reviewer: Diego Cazares "Diego" (Yakima, wa) -
Before this phone I had the regular Evo 4G, but OMG this phone is a beast! I don't know why some people complain so much about it's 3D capability, but it has impressed absolutely every single person that I've shown it to. The feature is there use it if you like it if you don't then don't. As for the specs read all the reviews below. All I can say is that I agree with most of them.
Took a few days but I like it. June 30, 2011
Reviewer: C. Graff
I liked the idea of 3D so upgraded from the original evo....their are some pretty thorough reviews so far so I will spare all that detail and just say I have had some minor issues that I have had to get used to changing on but overall am quite happy with the new phone and its performance.
Awesome Device June 30, 2011
Reviewer: Mr. Anderson "Neo" (Wixom, MI) -
This phone simply rocks. Features are covered very well in other posts.
I disagree on the battery life, I have mine getting about what my Blackberry got, which was not a full day either, but that is why we have car and desktop chargers! (Think about it, your can't drive your car for a full day without refueling and that technology has existed for 100 years plus.)
The couple low reviews are from someone who doesn't own the phone (and probably still lives in his mom's basement) and someone who likely didn't update the devices software to the latest PRL, which you need to do periodically for all devices.
Try this device, you will love it. Fast, stable, good looking, and a whole lot of apps!
A Non-Junky's Review. Let's Not Get Technical. July 2, 2011
Reviewer: John P. Thiel "John T." (Astoria, Queens, New York City) -
Love the big screen--yadda, yadda, yadda. Let's not talk about the features that everyone else is talking about, things which are obvious such as the large screen and the camera button, or the 3D features. You can see that just by looking at it.
To me, it's not that much different from the HTC Hero I had before except that it's a hell of a lot faster, and has some added conveniences that I really like. I like the new iTunes-like market for movies, television, and music, but other than that it's not a whole lot different than its immediate predecessors--except again for the speed and computer-like processing power and capacity.
On one of the screens you can flip to, with the touch of a virtual button you can turn on and off 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS in any combination according to your current needs and preferences. This means you can instantly set it for what you're doing and where you are at the moment without having to go through a bunch of menus or keep a bunch of battery power sucking features running all the time. If I am inside for several hours, I don't need GPS to be on; if I am not at a WiFi router or using the internet at the moment I don't need to have WiFi on. This makes a huge difference in battery life.
While the electronics junkies out there will go on and on about what to the average user are seemingly insignificant technical features that frankly I'm not even qualified to discuss, I will say this phone can get burning hot if it's looking for a signal which isn't there. This goes in line with my PRO comment above though. If you're sitting in a restaurant which has no 4G reception, no WiFi, and no line of site with GPS satellites in the sky, you should simple turn those features off. If you don't, then you definitely don't want to have this thing in your pocket at the time because it gets so hot looking for those signals that you would think it would spontaneously combust. Really, it's that burning hot. And that can't be good for your health either.
Again though, the software designers wisely made it so that you could turn features on and off without having to navigate menus, and I imagine the heat and the quick power drain caused by not turning off features which you can't use at the moment was the reason.
With all the features turned on--4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS--all the time, battery life is very short and the phone can get hazardously, burning hot. If you manage these features in the way that the operating system is designed to allow you to do conveniently the phone never gets hot and the battery life is excellent.
Of course I love the phone for the big screen and camera button, but to me that's just candy coating. If they came out with a new version of the Hero which was as fast and had the same convenient operating features as this phone, I would buy that. But I do PREFER the big screen--so don't go miniaturizing this phone in the future HTC or I'll stop cheering for your cycling team in the Tour de France.
3d crap May 7, 2012
this phone is the biggest peice of crap i've ever owned it doesnt stay charged long you have to end applications if you want your phone to last past 2 hours i'm on my second 3d cause the touch screen wants to be retarded and not work anymore the 3d only applies to pictures that you take with the phone and some games that are bought i only wish i could give this phone 0 stars thats how bad it sucks
Do not buy yet - "Known Issues" August 26, 2011
I bought this phone about a week after it released in June. I can still hear the words of the salesperson in my head when asked if one should be worried about any major bugs with a brand new release: "Well yes it's new, but HTC has been making the EVO for years now, so you have nothing to worry about." HAH!
We're two months in, and I'm on my second physical device after the camera software stopped working 7 days post-purchase. It would be my third device, but for the fact that the HTC software didn't go sideways until about a week after the 30 day return period.
Per Sprint, there is a "Known Issue" with the HTC software / operating system on the Evo 3D, which will cause the phone to completely freeze and start "power-cycling" (restart itself, freeze again immediately, and repeat indefinitely).
At this point, and until HTC releases the software fix, the only way to get the phone back up and running is a complete factory reset, which I've had to do roughly every 2 weeks.
The 3d camera is certainly a nice-to-have, but given the choice to do it all over I might look elsewhere, or wait until this has been completely addressed.
Excellent June 27, 2011
I am not going to write full review of this phone. It has been already covered by others. I got this phone on Friday and weekend was perfect time to spend and explore this phone's capabilites. The more I am using this phone, more I like it. Performance is butter smooth on this phone. Every feature I used on this phone is excellent. Call quality is good. As far as 3D is concerned it's good feature and not just gimmick. It takes some time to get adjusted to the 3D but once you get adjusted to it then you will start liking it. That said I am not completely satisfied with 3D feature but that's probably just me expecting more advanced 3D since I am not completely satisfied with my Panasonic Plasma 3D also. Even without 3D this phone is an excellent choice. And if you don't like 3D you can always switch off it. Battery life is good but it could have been better. Again it's probably expecting too much from the phone with this kind of capabilites. But that is the beauty of this phone. I am so pleased with this phone that I expect it to find parking spot for me on busy NYC streets :).
One of, if not the best Android phone to-date June 26, 2011
Reviewer: Joseph Martinez (San Diego, CA United States) -
- Bright, hi-resolution display
- Blazing-fast processor
- Sense Interface, very intuitive and easy to use
- Quality build, non-slip back
- If you live in 4G coverage - speeds are cable modem comparable.
- Dedicated camera and 2D/3D buttons.
- Lots of RAM makes easy work of multitasking.
- Loud Speakerphone.
- Camera is ok. Not bad, not great.
- Battery is very good under 3G and will go a whole day. Under 4G, maybe 6-7hours.
- USB/Charging port has an awkward side-mount placement.
- 3D takes time to get used to, you'll either love it or hate it
- No kickstand like its namesake.
Overall a very good successor to the EVO 4G that came out last year but tweaked to correct that previous phone's shortcomings. Very solid device and the form-factor works better as a taller version of its predecessor while maintaining the same screen size (4.3"). Feels great in the hand. The new Sense UI overlay atop of stock Android is definitely the most notable improvement. The live/widget-based lock screen is worth the price of upgrade itself. Free 3D Spiderman game, 3D Green Hornet movie and 3D YouTube videos round out the main moniker of the phone and are fun to play with - but the real value of 3D is seeing 3D pictures of your family for the first time that brings a whole new perspective to your personal photos.
This is all you need to know July 8, 2011
Reviewer: Top Cat "TC" (San Francisco, CA USA) -
I am writing this review to compare the HTC 3D vs HTC 4G.
The HTC 3D has volume issues.
1. The speaker on the HTC 3D is not as big or powerful as the HTC 4G.
2. The HTC 3D has volumes issues with the software that hopefully will be fixed with an update. At the present time, the volume settings do not stay put when you move the phone sound profile from "Normal" to "Vibrate" and back to "Normal".
I am returning to the store to return the 3D and getting a 4G.
ein July 8, 2011
First, I bought Samsung Epic 4G. I liked everything about the phone except the battery life. I had to charge it every night. It sucked big time. So, I exchanged it with HTC EVO 3D by paying more money. The EVO 3D's battery life has been much better than the Epic's, but Epic 4G wins almost every aspect besides the battery life though. The worst part of the EVO 3D, in my opinion, is the photo quality. I don't care for 3D much. 2D photos come out blurry no matter what I do. With the flash or without, it doesn't matter. It's all bad. I tried to adjust some settings including 'wide screen', 'image adjustments', 'resolution' and so on, but didn't make much difference. The 2D photo quality is bad, period. Epic 4G has a much better photo quality. I'm stuck with HTC though because I can do only one exchange if the brand is different according to Amazon Wireless. I guess I can get cash refund by returning the phone and use my old non-Android phone. Still debating. If taking photos with a smart phone is important to you, DO NOT buy this HTC EVO 3D. If you have a friend who has EVO 3D, try it for yourself first.
ALL HTC phones with Bluetooth 3.0 are not backwards compatible with older cars! August 14, 2011
Be warned! My BMW doesn't have Bluetooth 3.0 and I've exhausted every resource trying to get phonebook sync to work with my BMW which doesn't have Bluetooth 3.0. I've tried:
-Call HTC Tech support, they told me to talk to my dealer
-Went to the dealer, they couldn't get it to work
My old HTC Evo 4G worked just fine.
I thought it was a problem with Android's bluetooth 3.0, but it isn't. You can test this out yourself. Go to any local Sprint (or whoever carries the Samsung Galaxy S II) and ask them if they can come out to your car so you can test the bluetooth phone book sync will work with your car.
My car has only bluetooth 2.0 and the Galaxy S II was able to flawlessly phone book sync with my car! However, ALL OF THE NEW HTC phones with bluetooth 3.0 could NOT do this. Again, I did this with all of Sprint's HTC phones. I'll test it with Tmobile's HTC phones next when I have time, but I have a feeling the results will sadly be the same! Feel free to test this yourself. I know all the HTC fan boys will try to thread crap and down rate this review, but you guys are just being idiots! HTC will have no incentive to fix this and get it working if you help them hide the problem. Again, go to the store and test this yourselves!
Hopefully someone on XDA can port Samsung's bluetooth 3.0 out to HTC, but I wouldn't hold your breath. Just go with Samsung to be safe.
Samsung phones also support USB Host mode, which I was trying to get to work on HTC but again, FAIL. Here's a video about USB Host mode, it's so sweet!
Before you purchase this phone..... April 24, 2012
Don't I'm absolutely 100 percent sure however gave this phone 4 to 5 stars is totally smoking the crack rocks. Before I bought this phone in Feb, I've been eye balling it for a few months doing my research weighing the pros and cons. I was really stoked to have purchased this thing . The day it arrived I was gigling like a school girl, when I pressed the power button it turned on, great right? So I was scrolling around figuring it out I put it down after I was done with. Then later I pick it up to play with it again, oh snap, it's off. I turn it back on again, thinking my fat fingers must've turn it off or something. Nope!!! This happens every time the phone turns off to save its pathetic battery. So I take it to sprint in southcenter those geniuses can't fix it , time to get a replacement hooray you gotta to pay to replace the phone if you didn't get insurance on it , $38 something like that. I get a replacement evo 3d by the way it's a refurbish phone you can tell by the joker that fiddled with the screws, two weeks later. Now I'm thinking ok maybe I got a dud or something I really took care of it I was sweet to it gave it compliments and everything. Then last sunday I was looking at my phone trying to look at some of my 3d pictures then I noticed the pics didn't look like it was in 3d so I turned it off thinking it was probably on the fritz or something. Next thing you know I turn it back on then no light on the screen I went back to the sprint store same story, " duh can't fix duh!!!". On to order phone 3...I found a new hatered for my new phone company don't ever get these guys they are the opposite of outstanding service. Customer service is just terrible to say the least. I regret the day I signed up with sprint and will be relieved when I get out of this contract. Htc congrats on producing a phone for everybody to suffer with!!! I'm so heated right now. Argh!!!!! wooosa ......... wooosa. Don't get this phone. I'm telling you.
Houston, we have a problem. June 27, 2011
Reviewer: G. Gentry
The signal on the phone constantly drops from 1 bar to nothing. Due to this problem a message saying "Data roaming rates apply" keeps being displayed. I'm located in the middle of Phoenix AZ, not a problem of location. (My past Sprint phone had full signal) My text messages all keep coming in with a date stamp of tomorrow, and when I was on the phone with a person and some one else called, the phone kicked the original person I was on the line with and put through the person that was being sent to voice mail.
I do not recommend this phone at this time, perhaps when they have all of the kinks worked out of it, but my experience has been ruined (I have been waiting for a month for this phone to be released)
I cannot even call sprint customer support to inquire about possible fixes, the phone cannot keep signal long enough for the call to go through, and often is unable to make the call at all.
(The 3D display was very exciting and worked spot on, however when taking my own 3D images the pictures came out blurry and double imaged, not 3D)
Due to popular demand...UPDATE:09/03/2011
I dealt with the phones flaws for almost the entire 30 days that sprint allows. On the 25th day the phone completely died out. The phone stopped connecting to the 3G network entirely at which point I took the phone to a sprint store for repairs and they were unable to fix it because it couldn't connect to any network (updating PRL and all those wouldn't work)
They erased the phone completely and re-installed the phone OS and told me to take the phone home, and if the problems persisted to return and they would fix/replace accordingly. I did so, and still had the same issues. Upon returning to the sprint store they ran tests and confirmed that the phone itself was defective and gave me a new one.
When I got home with the new one, the same problems occurred.
And yes, PRL and all of the updates I did consistently, (I had the sprint instinct and was taught to do those updates once every week to which I do to every phone I've had since)
I left sprint, went to AT&T and got the iPhone.
iPhone is thousands of times better than any phone I've ever had. Absolutely no problems and the phone works.
You don't have to disable bluetooth/satellite/wifi the phone keeps them on with no batter drainage issues.
Get the iPhone. You will not be disappointed
NOT A FULL 3D SCREEN ON PHONE June 26, 2011
HANDS ON DEMO FOR 20 MINUTES...HTC HAS ADDED some sort of filter or some kind of an hologram,,it does have a hologram effect both with movies,recorded videos and pics in 3D....A FULL REAL 3D PHONE WILL NOT SELL AT SUCH A LOW PRICE EVEN WITH A CONTRACT...TRUE GLASSES FREE FULL 3D TECHNOLOGY IS STILL EXPENSIVE DO NOT EVEN COMPARE THIS TO THE NINtendo 3DS they are 2 different worlds.....HOOK THE PHONE UP TO A 3DTV see if it delivers FULL 3D if you have an 3d tv