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Review: HTC EVO 3D

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Music

The EVO 3D's music powers are slightly different from the Sensation 4G's so we'll look at them more in depth.

First, the on-board music application is very good. I like the way HTC has adjusted the stock player to give it more visual appeal. There are some great equalizer settings available, though you can't access them at all unless headphones are plugged in.

The EVO 3D also has an FM radio, which is a nice feature to have. It worked well in my tests.

 

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For on-device purchasing, the Android MP3 Player/Store application is on board. The latest version of this application doubles as a store and a stand-alone media player if you wish. It also works with Amazon's Cloud Music Service.

Speaking of clouds, if you use Google Music, you'll need to download the newest Android music player to access it, as Google Music doesn't work with the HTC music player.

HTC's ListenNow application is not installed. The EVO 3D also has Sprint Radio, which is a streaming radio service. If you want Slacker or Pandora, you'll have to snag it from the Android Market.

Video

On the video side of the equation, your options include the stock YouTube application, Sprint's Mobile TV application, and HTC's Watch service (read about Watch in the Sensation 4G review.

One thing the EVO 3D does that most other handsets don't is play back 3D video content. For example, the EVO 3D is preloaded with a 3D version of Green Hornet. I searched the Watch application for other 3D content, but wasn't able to find any. Even so, you can watch the entire Green Hornet movie in 3D on the handset if you wish. It's pretty cool, though with so little 3D content available from Hollywood for mobile devices such as the EVO 3D, it's hard to say if this will be useful in the future. Of course, it plays back the 3D content - including HD video - captured on the device itself.

2D video content that you record, side-load, or download is played back in the gallery application, as is 3D content. 3D content that is pre-loaded (i.e., via WatchNow) needs to be played in the WatchNow app.

 

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