The world of content is always changing, and it seems like cell phones are rushing to take advantage of all of these changes. In order to stay interesting to the public, cell phone makers have to make sure that the next wave of phones is always more interesting than the last. That’s a tough act to keep up with, but we think that they do pretty okay so far.
What phone are we talking about now? Well, if you’re interested in the Sprint side of things, we have to mention the HTC Evo 3D.
Is this going to be a high end phone? Definitely. Is it going to necessarily be on par with the Galaxy series or other phones in that class? We’ll let you be the judge of that.
This phone has a lot of “firsts” going for it. It’s the first 3D smartphone released to the US market, and it’s also one of the first phones to run the HTC Sense 3.0 user interface. A lot of people have had pretty high expectations of what this phone should be like so let’s get down into the specs to really see what’s going on under the hood, shall we?
When you look at the phone, you might not be sure what’s so special about it. However, when you turn on the phone, that all changes.
The front of the phone starts revealing what’s really going on here. You will have a 4.3-inch display at qHD resolution. For those that aren’t in the loop, that’s a resolution of 540×960. That’s HUGE compared to the classic 480×800, and the extra space makes a difference. You’re going to have more pixels on the screen, which will make all of your images and graphics a lot sharper. It should also be harder to notice those individual dots on the screen.
You’ll see the 1.3MP front-facing camera, as well as the earpiece.
When you flip the phone over, that’s when you’re going to get to the 3D capability. It’s displayed in the form of double cameras that work together to render 3D content you’re viewing. Both cameras are 5MP, which means image size is going to be pretty decent.
Digging deeper into the specs, we really see how interesting the EVO 3D can honestly be.
The dual-core processor is 1.2Ghz, which means that things are going to zip by — as long as the memory is there, of course. And it definitely is — a full 1GB of RAM to play with on the phone. You’ll have no problem looking up the best content the Web has to offer, even when you’re on the go.
Right now the operating system is Android 2.3, which might kind of be a drag to some. Still, the future is always changing and we think that there’s really nothing at all wrong with Android 2.3.
Sense 3.0 is an interesting interface that brings some neat features to the table. For example, you will be able to manage memory better and close apps that you’re not using. You’ll also be able to free up space a little easier through the interface, something that users complained about.
We haven’t covered battery life yet, have we? Early reports of the EVO 3D state that battery life is pretty good, but it really depends on your usage. We’re not really fond of mentioning battery life because it’s really so subjective. For example, you might think that the battery life of a phone is going to be great, but what if you’re watching a lot of video? That’s going to eat through the battery. GPS? Eats through the battery. Wimax? Another battery chomping process. If you’ve got a lot of long phone calls, you’ll see your battery get chewed up there as well. It just depends on what you’re trying to do, so you need to make sure that you have things taken care of — through bringing your charger with you and possibly even an extra battery.
Worried that you’re really not going to get the most out of your 3D phone? Don’t be! We wouldn’t leave you hanging like that.
Looking at 3D content is not a problem — you can view it just like you would with regular content. The Green Hornet movie as well as Spider-Man 3D are both loaded onto the phone. So that’ll give you immediate access to amazing 3D movies, and there are also a lot of 3D still photos that are placed on the phone automatically. You can always get rid of them if you want, but we thought they were actually pretty cool.
You can also take 3D photos and videos, but it’s going to be subjective as to how they turn out. Lighting is going to really make the difference in the type of results that you get.
At the end of the day, who would we really recommend this phone to? Plenty of people, actually. Even if you’re really not sold on the 3D effect, this is going to be a great phone. Sprint tends to come to the party a little late sometimes, but they’ve gotten better about that. This is going to be a phone that comes at a time where people really need to get excited again about not just cell phones, but the carriers behind them. Longtime Sprint loyalists will be pleased by the Evo 3D, and they’ll probably buy it.
If you’re not sold on 3D hype just yet, you might look at another Sprint phone. Still, we think that should be at least on your list for a comparison shop. Check it out for yourself!