CNET First Look
HTC Evo 3D (Sprint)The 3D features are a fun addition, but it's the HTC Evo 3D's zippy performance and improved battery life that make this Android smartphone one of Sprint's best.
3D is a big trend in tech these days and now it's making its way into smartphones. Hey, everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha and I'm here to bring you another look at the HTC EVO 3D for Sprint. We first got a glimpse of this Android smartphone during the CTIA Spring Show and it's finally hitting store shelves on June 24th for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. It's the newest addition to the carrier's EVO line and as you might have guessed from the name, it offers 3D features. First, it has this glasses-free 3D display. There's something called the Parallax Barrier that sits on top of the 4.3-inch qHD super LCD and displays two different images so you get that 3D effect without the glasses. You can use it to play 3D videos and games and the phone actually comes preloaded with a copy of the Green Hornet in 3D and a trial version of Spiderman 3D the game. For some reason, we couldn't get the movie to play on our review unit but we checked out some 3D videos from YouTube and also played Spiderman. It's not gonna show up in our video here but it was pretty neat to see images popping out from the screen. There are also dual 5-megapixel cameras on the back that you can use to capture 3D photos and video, and you can shoot 2D as well and there's actually a convenient little switch here on the right side to switch between the two modes. 2D photos looked great but the 3D pictures made my eyes cross since it was hard to focus on them and gave me a bit of a headache. Scott Stein, another CNET editor here, and I actually compared it to the Nintendo 3DS which also uses the same technology, and we noticed that the 3DS offers more depth of field, so instead of objects just popping out, the image was deeper into the background which I thought provided a better 3D experience. It's all pretty fun in small doses but 3D isn't the reason why you should get this phone. You should actually get this phone because it offers good performance and a solid set of features. The EVO 3D improves on the original EVO with Qualcomm's 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and it also ships with a larger battery. Definitely noticed an improvement in battery life and the phone felt very snappy. This smartphone is also running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features the latest version of HTC Sense which brings some great enhancements like the new lock screen. If I can add some things to my wish list, it would be more internal memory and slightly better call quality, but overall, I think the EVO 3D ranks among Sprint's best Android smartphones, especially if you're looking for the latest and greatest features. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your First Look at the HTC EVO 3D for Sprint.