Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

HTC and Sprint's EVO 3D, the first three-dimensional handset in the US, won't be available in stores for eight more days - but the early reviews have already started flooding in. And I'll tell you this: they're pretty mixed. Some reviewers, such as LaptopMag's Mark Spoonauer, wholeheartedly enjoyed the device, even going so far as to give it an Editors' Choice award. Others, however, weren't nearly as fond of the phone - Gizmodo, upfront as always, called it "only suitable for shooting yourself in the face." Ouch.

Then again, you can't summarize the successor to one of the most successful Android phones ever in just two sentences; for the full scoop, let's take a quick look at five of the best EVO 3D reviews on the net.


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Although LaptopMag editor-in-chief Mark Spoonauer found the new EVO's 3D display somewhat gimmicky, he nonetheless had a blast with the device. In his experience, 2D image quality was excellent (as should be expected from a qHD screen), data speeds were "plenty fast," and the Mirror app was "great for checking your teeth." Unfortunately, the HTC Watch movie renting app felt half baked, and there was no HDMI port to speak of; if you want to hook this phone up to your TV, you'll have to buy an MHL adapter. Still, Mark's verdict was decidedly positive:

It's a bit of a stretch to call the EVO 3D a breakthrough, especially since there's not a lot of premium 3D content yet. The ecosystem will need to catch up to the hardware, just as in the TV world. However, the 3D camera is a fun conversation starter on this handset, and Sprint has improved upon its flagship phone in practically every other way. You get faster dual-core performance, a sharper screen, and impressive 4G speeds--all wrapped up in a sleeker, easier-to-grip design. Google purists will gravitate towards the Nexus S 4G, and some may want to wait to see how the upcoming dual-core powered Motorola Photon 4G stacks up to this device. But right now the EVO 3D has the best combination of hardware and software for Sprint customers.

Read the full LaptopMag review

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This is my next's Ross Miller was also a fan of the EVO 3D. He especially liked its solid build quality and snappy performance, though almost all of his gripes were related to the poor 3D imaging (in fact, he listed the fact that 3D is an optional feature as a "pro"). Specifically, he disliked the small viewing angles of 3D content - if you look at the screen from the side while it's in 3D mode, the on-screen image will become "a painful blur." The conclusion?

So let’s ignore 3D for a second. The EVO 3D is fast, sleek, up to date, and packs a pretty great qHD display. The 2D camera is pretty good (if not a little grainy) and shoots video in 1080p (update: our version only seems to shoot up to 720p in 2D mode; we’re investigating and will get back to you!). HTC has made a worthy successor to the EVO 4G.

Is this phone good because of 3D or in spite of it? Well, neither, actually. HTC was smart to make that part of the device not obtrusive in any way — you can whole your two-year contract with the phone in 2D, if you want. Still, when the 3D works, it’s impressive, and everyone I’ve shown it to feels the same way. Headache-inducing? Yes. Perfect? Not one bit. But there’s something quite compelling, just a few degrees above novelty of being able to snap a 3D photo of your friends and show them, right then, without any peripheral headwear.

Read the full This is my next review


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CNET's Bonnie Cha also enjoyed the EVO 3D, citing its zippy performance and Gingerbread-based OS as the biggest improvements over last year's EVO. She thought the 3D features (recording, picture-taking, and viewing) were a "fun addition," though like Ross, she noticed that the viewing angles weren't ideal, and the depth of field was also rather disappointing. Interestingly, she didn't see the battery life as cause for concern, unlike a few of the other reviewers on this list (*ahem* Engadget *ahem*).

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.

Read the full CNET review


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Renowned mobile camera freak Myriam Joire penned Engadget's EVO 3D review - and as should be expected, the "Camera" section is quite lengthy. Unfortunately, said length isn't exactly comprised of nothing but praise; it appears that the EVO 3D's two 5MP rear shooters fall short in more than one key aspect. For starters, while the sensors themselves are said to be "decent," the optics are a problem Myriam immediately picked up on. The glass/plastic (nobody seems to be sure what it's made of) panel covering the pair of cameras causes noticeable halos in well-lit shots, and 2D pictures in particular tended to be either over- or under-exposed. At least there's a good camera button. Camera aside, the phone wasn't anything out of the ordinary - Myriam disliked Sense 3.0, and while the 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor made for excellent general smartphone performance, the same could not be said of WiMAX, which couldn't hold a candle to Verizon's LTE network. Worst of all, battery life was - get this - worse than the original EVO 4G. Nonetheless, it wasn't all bad; in Myriam's words:

The EVO 3D is a well made handset that improves upon the EVO 4G in terms of raw horsepower -- as such, it lives up to its flagship status. That being said, it's also a step back in some areas (the lack of kickstand comes to mind). While the qHD screen provides a welcome boost in pixel density, the overall display performance still lags behind the competition. Sense 3.0 leaves us cold, and now that other carriers are rolling out HSPA+ and LTE networks, WiMAX no longer feels like the new kid on the block. Despite the EVO 3D's 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the camera strangely lacks 1080p support, and the EVO 4G arguably captures nicer stills thanks to better optics and firmware. But our biggest gripe with the EVO 3D is its terrible battery life, which is even worse than what we observed on the already lackluster EVO 4G. As for 3D, we're not convinced it's fully baked yet -- right now it feels like a gimmick, but we're willing to wait and see how it develops beyond the initial "gee wiz" phase. Ultimately, we've come to think of the EVO 3D as a Sensation with a lesser camera, cheaper materials, worse battery life, and without the ability to roam worldwide. But hey, it's got 3D and the best dedicated two-stage camera button that's ever graced a phone. That's gotta be worth something, right?

Read the full Engadget review


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You certainly couldn't fault Gizmodo for not being frank enough - you know exactly what to expect from Sam Biddle's review from the moment you read the title ("HTC Evo 3D: Oh My God Make It Stop Hurting"). While the article certainly takes note of what the EVO 3D does well (as stated in previous reviews, general performance is very good), it is primarily concerned with its shortcomings - of which there are, apparently, quite a few. For instance, Sam's eyes were "bludgeoned" by the underwhelming 3D effects, and he found it extremely difficult to take a good-looking 3D picture. As you might have guessed, his buying advice is far from positive.

I love having a phone with a nice camera built-in because I can whip it out and digitally-remember. I don't want to have to spend minutes making sure the EVO 3D's dual lenses are creating an appreciable 3D effect. And I sure as hell don't want to then have my retinas bludgeoned by its horrid screen afterwards. (The 3D mode can be switched off via a hardware toggle, and HTC's Gingerbread interface skin doesn't have any 3D crap itself though.) It's a shame. The Evo 4G was fun for people who wanted a bazooka in their pockets. The 3D's only suitable for shooting yourself in the face.

Read the full Gizmodo review

The General Consensus

Not since the advent of the Galaxy Tab have tech reviewers' opinions on an Android product been so varied. On the one hand, there's LaptopMag and CNET giving the EVO 3D awards and praising its excellent battery life. On the other, we have Gizmodo and Engadget lamenting the underwhelming battery and complaining about the headache-inducing 3D screen. Perhaps it really is a matter of opinion - a matter of what you value most in your handset, whether you get a properly made unit or a lemon... and how much you detest (or adore) 3D.

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Jeff Edwards

    Hey guys. I've been planning on purchasing this phone since I heard of its anticipated release. So far, the CALL QUALITY reviews are terrible for demo accounts. Does anyone out there with cell phone knowledge think that will improve when it hits the retail market on June 24th?

    • http://google T

      Hey Jeff. I left Rogers two days ago with a,blackberry torch for my husband, an HTC EVO 3D for my 13yr old daughter and an iPhone 4s for myself. I offer a true opinion based upon considerable time spent on all three devices, a true coemparison between the three top and advanced phones available today. The results..... I returned my iPhone 4s three days later, exchanging it for the HTC EVO 3D. My husband, hates his blackberry torch. We sit on our couches, him cursing and swearing at his phone, and myself, mesmerized and blown right outta this world, no..., outta this universe with my phone. Even the sales reps at Rogers both were impressed and recomended this phone over all,the,others. Hope this helps you and the rest of the world to break on through to the other side :) urs truly, T. Ps, I havnt put my phone down in three days, the options n apps r endless n the 3D, AMAZING!!! And,... I've not had a single headache, lmao.

      • Amit

        i totally agree m loving the phone 3D is amazing

        • Kevin

          OMG I hate my EVO 3D it is the worst phone i have ever had. lags all the time, the touch screen is terrible, freezes on a black screen often, battery is the worst I've ever seen, doesn't sync well with a Mac, the lock screen wouldn't work and it took forever to be able to unlock my phone, and the list goes on....want to throw this phone away and I've had it for just over a month. Not even a good paper weight

  • http://hollercentral.com boomdraw

    Engadget is just bunch of Apple fan bitches. Never trust their reviews when it comes to products other than Apple.

    • Clint

      Cannot agree more.

    • L boogie

      That's for sure because if its not irelated, forget it.... Just wondering what they would say if the review was for apple's lil darling with 3d on it

      • Jaymoon

        Well we'll just have to find that out, 3 iPhones from now when it finally has anything 3D-related. About the same time it'll have 4G I'm guessing.

        • aj

          That's how they roll. I was confused the other day when an apple fanboy was bitching about android users laughing at the new ios5 notifications. He claims apple refined the android notification system. Ugh...

  • L boogie

    It's rather amazing that before all these reviews, the evo 3d was one of the most anticipated phones now, all of these nitpicking especially in regards to the 3d cameras. I say try it out for yourself before purchasing and make the judgment call on your own but one must also remember the original despite its flaws IS still a hot seller on Sprint and the variant on verizon

  • Al

    Engadget was complaining about battery life, however if you read the review he was putting the phone through very heavy use, and also having GPS on the whole time. Of course your battery will crap out early. The battery tests they should be running should show exactly what they did (the battery usage screen perhaps). Cnet was using it like a normal person would, about moderate and got good battery life. Reviewers should be a little more careful about the way they describe battery life. You almost always have to read between the lines.

    • Tom

      Believe it or not, the person in the Engadget video review is a WOMAN *shocked*.

    • aj

      Yeah, I was really confused by that. They mentioned in the review that they left all of the antennas on...ALL DAY. That's GPS, WiMax, and Wifi, just all on, all the time, with no sort of common sense management. Does anyone else ever do that? I know the 4G areas in my town and I turn my 4g off when I know I'm not one of those regions. I also sure as hell don't keep my wifi on unless I know I can get a wifi signal. I'm not the only person that does this right? Are there really people that leave all of their antennas on ALL THE TIME?

  • Ashish Raj

    I am more interested to know what is Jaroslav's personal opinion about Evo 3D?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Thanks to our - pardon my French - shitty relationship with Sprint PR, I haven't been able to get my hands on an EVO 3D yet. However, I can assure you that we'll be doing everything within our power to obtain the device one way or another.
      From what I've read and heard, I can tell you that it probably won't be replacing my current handset (the original EVO 4G). For one thing, Sense 3.0 looks really bloated (again, I haven't actually held the device in hand, so I'm merely assuming this); for another, the likelihood of getting this thing rooted and ROM'd just isn't very high considering
      1.) HTC's recent history with bootloaders
      2.) The device's 3D content
      Thanks for asking, though!

      • Danny

        I'm with you. I'm sticking with my Evo 4G. Custom roms are very important to me; hate all the bloatware. Not gonna upgrade unless I can get a CM rom on it. On that note....Galaxy 2 looks interesting as I've read that Samsung gave CM a couple to work on.

  • Jaymoon

    The reviewers that live outside of a CDMA carrier don't seem to understand anything Sprint or Verizon related.

    When you're a loyal Sprint customer (as am I), there's only so many phones to choose from. Since the current Evo is *still* the best phone on Sprint, when an upgraded and faster version is released, it's going to be a big deal.

    3D or not... and receiving Engadget's blessings or not... For Sprint, it's a big deal.

    So unless there's some major flaw where it explodes in your hand upon activation, faster, more memory, dual-core, updated OS, are all good things.

  • fins1771

    If that reviewer didn't like sense 3.0 , they just don't like sense period. I'm running Virus Kingdom Revolution b1.3 right now. Once you use it going back to 2.1 seems like I'm using my old HTC hero again. Runs great and looks even better. I like the EVO 3d , but my upgrade is not till Jan. By then all latest phones and reviews should clear up my next choice. As for now my EVO 4g is awesome. If everyone's EVO looked and ran like mine, sales for the 3d would suffer.

    • andrew

      agreed, I too am running Virus Kingdom Revolution b1.3 as well and I love Sense 3.0. The lock screen, carousel just rocks! Cant wait for evo3d to come out and hopefully it will be rooted within a few days.

  • Terek

    Laptop Mag: "he nonetheless had a blast "

    This is my next: "He especially liked"

    Cnet: "She thought the 3D features "

    Gizmodo: "he found it extremely"

    Endgadget: " Myriam immediately ", "Myriam disliked ", "in Myriam’s words"

    I see what you did there!

    • Tom

      He/she/it? The world will never know.

  • Richard Yarrell

    As I stated before THESE REVIEWS MEAN NOTHING ARE OVERRATED...I brought my evo 4g on June 4th 2010 with nobody's help or thought and this year on June 24th 2011 at 8am I will be buying my Evo 3d with bells on. Engadget as well as BGR are nothing nore than APPLE FANBOYISH SITES I DONT BLAME THEM FOR NOT GIVING UP A GOOD REVIEW MAINLY BECAUSE HTC HAS BEEN WIPPING IPHONE ASS SINCE 2009. Bottline here true and current Evo 4g owners already know exactly what they have and how to use there devices and upgrading to the Evo 3d is hands down they ONLY CHOICE. This device has the best specs on the market without 3d NO OTHER DEVICE WILL HAVE BETTER SPECS ALL THE GALAXY S2 DOES IS MATCH SPEC BY SPEC WITH THE EVO 3D...Otherwise nothing will beat this till after Jan 2012 so for the remainder of the year the Evo 3d will rule android. Battery life is great on this device due to the fact that HTC installed the battery management application on the device and if you read REAL REVIEWS FROM REAL PROFESSIONAL REVIEWERS...IE...WIREFLY.COM BOB KOVAC, WALL STREET JOURNAL WALT MOSBERG, CNET.COM AS WELL AS LITTLEGREENROBOT.COM AS WELL AS ANDROIDCENTRAL.COM AND ANDROIDANDME...Check out all these reviews you will find out the truth about this device battery wise, preformance wise. This device will be a winner.

    • squiddy20

      Wow. What a moron. 1. You didn't state anything "before" because you didn't post anything here "before". Shut up. 2. You really can't say "these reviews mean nothing" on this website and praise a review of the exact same phone over at Android Central. What a hypocrite. 3. Engadget and BGR are TECHNOLOGY sites, not Android specific. They cater to Android, Apple, Windows, and anything else technology related. Get that through your tiny little brain. 4. If HTC has been "wipping" ("whipping" you unintelligent dolt) the iPhone's ass, then why has the Apple sold more iPhones than HTC has sold its own phones? Why is there more media coverage of the iPhone than there is of ANY of HTC's products? You're just a wishful, deluded fanboy. 5. I thought we covered this "nothing else will rule 2011" crap. 1 device CANNOT "rule" a market for so long because of one simple word: choice. Anything or anyone can't "rule" anything if people have a choice about it. Some may be turned off by the 3D. Some may not want a huge screen. Some may want a hardware keyboard. "Choice" is what "rules" Android, not a single phone. Also, in case you don't know, Android already has a "battery management application". It's called Settings->About Phone->Battery Info. Ever used an Android device?

      • Fanboy1337

        Rofl. Thats a one angry apple fanboy. You mad bro?

  • chris

    The gs2 is better dick. And why do you ccare so much of what oothers say? I mean you think it is the best so that's all that should matter. Until the gs2 comes stateside and blows it away ha.

  • Steve

    Gs2 is made by samsung, good luck with that! It will probably get icecream sandwich 2 years from now!lol! That thing couldn't hold htc's jock strap!

  • Waz

    I had a Samsung Epic for 1 hour and took it back because samsung has the worst reception of any phone I have ever had, except the samsung moment. Anyone that has a brain can figure out that a phone with a dual core processor is going to get better battery life and any phone that has 4 gig internal memory and comes with a 8 gig card is awesome, ( I personally have and use a 32 gig card in my EVO 4g and it will be going in my new EVO 3d). Also I hear that the evo3d will record video's at 30 fps and produce 1080p video on a beautiful screen that makes the Epic look washed out. The way I see it, there will always be the type of person that likes companies that tell them what to do and don't mind having closed source everything like apple. I myself like to have a choice what is in my phone and I also like being able to take pit my memory card and insert another one with different content on it, and also be able to have multiple batteries at my disposal so when I'm hiking or camping, or skiing, or anywhere I don't have a charging system I know that my phone will work in case I have a problem. So don't tell me the apple 3g, 3gs, 4g can hold a candle to the EVO 4g or the new EVO 3d. HTC is the most progressive cell phone company in the world, and people that don't dream or aren't free thinker's deserve an I phone and apple.

  • Sam

    I just got my New Evo 3D at an HTC Event! WOW! I'm switching from an EVO to then new and Improved 3D. At first I was skeptical if the pictures/Videos would even be close to 3D. But after getting it home 4 hours ago, I am beyond words!!! I took a picture with a cup, in front of my laptop, and after viewing it on my Evo 3d I literally felt that I could reach into my phone and grab the cup! Yes! Thats how good it looks!! Sense 3.0 is awesome!!! Device is super super quick, with no lag!!! So for all you skeptics out there?!?! BELIEVE IT!!! This phone is AMAZING!!

    • Jaymoon

      2 lenses, 1 cup?

  • Treyster

    Uhuh, and they rated Samsung's Galazy S2 and LG's 3D phone higher. S2 got a 9. You know the low review score could be because hmmm....HTC compromised on several areas for the 3D. Even with a quality 5 MP camera and a qHD screen, the screen took a hit due to the paralax barrier and it's lines plus the bad optics on the camera.

    Engadget isn't the only one that looks at the iPhone. So does every other general smartphone reviewer in the world. And truth is iPhone brought a lot to the table. Is PhoneArena more "biased" because they post so many Apple articles? Yet they gave the Palm Pre a 9.9. Their highest score ever.

    Lately innovation from both Apple and Android manufacturers has been low though other than spec bumps. I think WebOS and WP7 will be at the forefront in the future.

  • http://techpakora.com TechPakora

    when will i have this device in pakistan???

  • Richard Yarrell

    @Squiddy20...Simply your just and idiot someone that has no desire to purchase anything new from an technology standpoint. Just because your on sprint I already know you have no DESIRE TO PURCHASE AN EVO 3D so your OVERALL responses her and in other forums are TOTALLY USELESS SO WHY DON'T YOU GET LOST....These forums are and should be for current Evo owners or potential new Evo 3d owners WHICH WILL NEVER BE YOU...Take your sorry Samsung Moment and go play on a lonely highway someplace do us all a favor...Again your posts are useless in the technology world go back to your PLAY GROUND AT PHANDROID...

    • squiddy20

      Seriously? You're calling me an idiot? Try spelling everything right and using proper grammar before insulting someone about how much of an "idiot" they are. Hahaha you guess wrong again. I don't not have a desire to "purchase anything new". I would just rather wait till the initial bugs a worked out before I even begin thinking about what to get next. I can guarantee you, within the first 3 weeks after the E3D is released, there will be a bug fix of some kind. I don't have anything against the device, it's just the way technology works. Even Apple's "great" products have at least a few bugs at release. "These forums are and should be for current Evo owners..." Ummm, not necessarily. For your info, not all current Evo 4G owners are too thrilled about the E3D. Try being a bit more realistic next time. Also fyi, I might get an E3D. It all depends on how well the 3D works, if it gives me headaches, like I know some 3D tech does. It depends on how well the device actually works. Just because it has the Evo moniker doesn't mean I hate it or something. Again, try being a bit more realistic next time. How would "play[ing] on a lonely highway someplace" do you a favor? I laugh at how stupid all of your comments are. They make no sense and provide no counter argument besides baseless insults and how "Godlike" the E3D/Sprint/HTC are. Grow up.

  • Richard Yarrell

    @Sam....I am very proud of you and your purchase you was not MISLEAD BY ALL THOSE USELESS PREVIEWS THAT CLEARLY WAS PEOPLE NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO WITH THIS DEVICE. You seem to be a man that understands the progression of technology and wants the very best I applaud that. Myself I will have my Evo 3d on friday June 24 at 8am I truly look forward this year to the newest Evo to the family. This device will be special in so many ways and trust me you will be happy till the next quadcore Evo arrives in July 2012. Enjoy your Evo 3d and you should join the Evo family over at a site dedicated to everything evo. Check out http://WWW.goodandevo.net you will like that site..

    • Kai

      OMG, I swear you are such a fanboy of HTC. If HTC made the iPhone you'd say its the greatest thing ever. The main feature it advertises sucks, period. Evo is just a wannabe. Great device, but this iteration certainly has its flaws. And you have the ugliest avatars I've ever seen.

    • squiddy20

      Please explain how one doesn't know "what to do with this device"? IT'S A SMARTPHONE. Not a quantum computer. I've seen children (under 10) use smartphones better than their parents can. Get real.

    • me

      You are an idiot, and it would make me feel ashamed to want an EVO 3D if I had to associate myself with you. You sir, do not know how to properly utilize all the abilities of a smartphone.

      That being said, I am picking up my EVO 3D on Saturday which is the first day that I will be out of contract with AT&T.

  • RyuKen

    Plz no bashing. We're all (most of us) adults. I am getting the EVO 3D on laun ch day and find out for myself if the reviews are true.

    U can read all u want but testing it out on launch day is the best way.

    CASE closed!

    • CJ

      Amen! I don't trust any review of anything.

  • CJ

    Every time I see viewing angle as a con I have to ask myself WTF are they doing with their phones. I've never on any occasion ever looked at any of my phones other than directly. I don't hold it or put it on the table off to my left or right. I don't hold it at odd angles, etc. I would wager that the average person places their phone directly in front of them also.

    • megatron

      HA HA, Nice to see I'm not the only one who feels this way. Since when is a narrow viewing angle a bad thing. I prefer a little privacy most of the time when I'm using my phone. If I want to share my photos or something with a few people, then fine. But if I want to share with a group of people, I'll use an HDMI cable, I'm not gonna try and use a 4.3" screen for more than 2 or 3 people.




    • rickle

      Holy caps Batman..

  • Nardo

    I have heard bad/good things about the EVO 3D device coming out this week and the only way I figure I can truly found out if the device is right for me is to personally try it out for myself. No on can tell you EXACTLY how great/horrible the device is because everyone uses it differently...but the reviews do make you think which I am doing right now lol

  • http://tinyurl.com/commision-command Pollyand

    Like thousands, I ran out opening weekend and grabbed up a Sprint HTC EVO. The EVO is without a doubt the coolest smartphone I have ever owned. Yet the biggest complaint facing the EVO is battery life. Well the good news is that I have discovered several tricks and tips to extend the battery life over 50% and I am here to share them with you.