The camera's post production isn't smart enough to completely compensate for the super brightness of the dual-LED flash, though, so be warned that photos taken at short range will have your friends looking like clowns wearing thick, pancake-style face make-up. In fact, whether you're shooting in 2D or 3D, the 1.5-metre rule for your subjects should be considered with every photo.
Great colour and sharp focus with the flash in the pic.
The Evo 3D struggles with bright light sources in low-light situations.
The Evo 3D supports a good, but not exhaustive, list of multimedia formats, with XviD, MP4, H.264 and WMV video files recognised by the video player and MP3, AAC, WAV and WMA audio showing up in the music player. The handset failed to play our 1080p HD MP4 video test file, but was fine with its 720p gallery mate. This surprised us, given the processor spec in the Evo 3D, but we acknowledge 1080p video playback isn't high on the shopping lists of many looking to buy a new phone. An HDMI video-out port might be, though, and it's a shame that HTC omits this from the connections available with the Evo 3D. You can share media over Wi-Fi using DLNA, and you can buy a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) adapter for HDMI connections through the micro-USB port, but a dedicated port will always be a better option for our money.
HTC packs a dual-1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM into the Evo 3D, and the handset hums along nicely as a result. There's none of the minor lag issues we stumbled across when reviewing therecently, even though both handsets run on the same versions of Google's Android and HTC's Sense user interface.
The best news, however, is that HTC has finally delivered a top-shelf handset with decent battery life. We're not going to go out on a limb and say this battery is capable of days of use between recharges, but the 1730mAh battery is enough to get us through a full work day, and up to two days of light use over the weekend. Looking a little closer at its battery life, the huge display is the obvious power hog and we tended to get about three hours of actual screen-on time (mostly internet use) mixed in with about 24 hours of standby (with our 3G connection switched off). Of course, your mileage will almost definitely vary, especially if you require always-on push email, rather than manually syncing your account.
The Evo 3D is our favourite HTC handset of the year so far, and amongst the best smartphones of the year. The 3D component won't win everyone over, but we've liked using parts of it, especially shooting and sharing our 3D photos. HTC adds a bit more grunt to the 3D than it did with the Sensation and the result is an obvious improvement in stability and usability — and its bigger battery pays dividends, too. We still wish HTC would invest in a few more multimedia codec licences and include HDMI out on the phone, but these are minor quibbles in light of this handset's many strengths and are issues not likely to turn many punters away.