Hands-On: HTC EVO 3D, Samsung Nexus S 4G
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Mar 22, 2011, 12:53 PM by Eric M. Zeman
At the CTIA Wireless trade show in Orlando, Sprint announced a few new devices. We go hands-on with the HTC EVO 3D and the Samsung Nexus S 4G.
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HTC EVO 3D
Today Sprint showed us the new HTC EVO 3D, a follow-up device to the original EVO. The EVO 3D is a fairly impressive piece of kit. It's a large slab-style phone that has a gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD display. The upped resolution makes a big difference, and the screen simply radiates.
The phone is huge, though. At 12.2mm it is slightly thicker than the original EVO, but most EVO lovers will consider the trade-off worth it. The feel of it in the hand is good, despite its size and weight. The materials are all top-notch and build quality on the pre-production unit we saw was outstanding.
The EVO 3D has the same capacitive buttons on the bottom, volume rocker, 3.5mm headset jack and other features that were on the original.
The dual cameras, used for 3D imaging, look funky on the back but not terrible. HTC has done some good things with the basic design in order to incorporate them in a way that isn't awful. What's really interesting is that next to the physical camera button, the EVO 3D has a physical switch that must e used to select 2D imaging or 3D imaging. The camera can only do one at a time, and you have to choose which you want before you take the shot.
The 3D imaging and video capture are impressive, if not headache-inducing. We were surprised on how sharp, rich, and detailed 3D images and video were on the device. The 3D effect makes pictures simply pop from the screen. The issue is that you have to hold it at just the right distance and just the right angle in order to get the 3D effect. Looking at 3D content for a mere 10 minutes gave us a right proper headache, though.
You can share 3D video via YouTube, but that's about your only option when it comes 3D video. You can't share 3D images, the camera will only attach a 2D shot to MMS or emails. That's a pity, though understandable.
Sprint bumped up the battery size by about 20%, to 1730mAh, which will hopefully translate to better battery life than that of the original.
The pre-production unit on hand was running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest version of HTC's Sense user interface. We didn't notice any significant changes in the Sense UI. It was zippy, and we didn't see any issued with the software.
WIth WiMax and support for Wi-Fi sharing with up to 8 other devices, the EVO 3D hits all the right sweet spots. It will surely be as big a hit as the original when it goes on sale this summer.
Samsung Nexus S 4G
Sprint had the Samsung Nexus S 4G on hand at CTIA, as well, and we spent a few moments playing with it.
Visually, it is no different at all from the original Nexus S. It has the exact same shape, design, size, button placement, and software as the version that's available for T-Mobile. The only change is within — it has CDMA and WiMax radios inside rather than HSPA+.
The 4-inch Super AMOLED display looks great, as have all the Super AMOLEDs from Samsung. The Nexus S 4G is thin, light, and doesn't weigh all that much. I still dislike the overall sense of "plastic-ness" that I get when I hold it. (This is the same as all the Galaxy S phones).
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread user interface is great because Sprint hasn't messed with it at all. it's a full "Google Experience" phone, and has absolutely zero bloatware on board (including even Sprint's ever-present Football and Nascar apps).
It's a fine little phone for Sprint, and will surely be a good seller. Phone Scoop reviewed the T-Mobile variant of the Nexus S back in December if you're interested in a full look at all its features.
HTC's first 3D phone, the EVO 3D, lands on Sprint's network just in time for summer. With 4G and 3D on board, the HTC EVO 3D is poised to be a sequel worth tuning in to.
Mar 22, 2011
Sprint and HTC today announced the EVO 3D, a follow up to the original EVO smartphone that adds 3D picture-taking and video-capturing abilities. The EVO 3D has a qHD (960 x 540) 4.3-inch display, runs Android 2.3 and has HTC's Sense user interface overlay.
Jul 16, 2012
Sprint today announced that both the HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting in early August. Users will be notified automatically when the update is available to their device.
Mar 14, 2012
HTC today published in a blog post a list of 16 smartphones that will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, Raider, Rezound, Rhyme, Thunderbolt, and Vivid.
Feb 9, 2012
HTC today provided more details via its Facebook page on when it will update its existing smartphones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The first batch includes the Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE by the end of March, with the Sensation XL soon after.
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