Terrier Tech: EVO 3D
An Android phone with a three-dimensional perspective
This time around, “Terrier Tech” takes a careful look at the HTC EVO 4G 3D on the Sprint network, an Android-fueled phone whose main attraction is the last two digits of its name: 3D.
Fast, thin, and running on Android 2.3.3 OS (also known as Gingerbread), the phone has everything you’d expect from an Android, plus two five-megapixel cameras. With a quick flip of a switch you’ll be looking at an eye-blowing, stereoscopic image without the aid of 3-D glasses.
While it’s a cool conversation starter, the 3-D function feels more like a novelty than a utility. The phone has to be held sideways for the images to pop, and the limited viewing angle and quirky autofocus make things harder than they should be.
When the 3-D pictures and videos come out, it’s mind-blowing. When they don’t, you feel like you’re going cross-eyed. There are games and movies that take advantage of the 3-D screen, but at this point at least, few are available. On the plus side, the phone performs well in all other areas, especially in the battery department. We were able to get over two days’ worth of standby time—other Android phones on the 4G networks struggle to get 12 hours. That, along with the Sprint unlimited data plan, makes this an attractive phone to own, even if the 3-D camera is a little gimmicky.
“My eyeballs feel like they’re on fire” says “Terrier Tech” host Warren Towers. “But I love this phone!”
The HTC EVO 3D 4G is $199.99, with a two-year contract or eligible upgrade.
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