While it's not likely to draw the crowds that the original did due to the plethora of Android devices on today's market, Sprint's HTC EVO 3D is quite the phone on paper.  Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, it offers a 4.3-inch stereoscopic qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels, dual 5-megapixel cameras with 720p HD video recording capabilities (in 2D and 3D), and Android 2.3.  It launches on the nation's third largest carrier on June 24th for $199.99.

I've had 24 hours to put the newest 3D smartphone to the test, and here's what I've discovered so far:

  • I'm warming up to the EVO 3D's build quality.  It's no match to the similarly-equipped HTC Sensation 4G, but the texturized battery cover, red accents, and metal housing gives it a premium feel.
  • Sprint's new superphone ships with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface, version 3.0.  It's more of an evolutionary update from Sense 2.0; new features include a customizable lockscreen, carousel homescreen animation, and a revised interface in the app drawer.  Those familiar with stock Android will see Gingerbread's revised email and Market notification icons peeking out from under HTC's custom skin.
  • The EVO 3D feels faster than the recently launched HTC Sensation 4G, probably due to its 1 GB of internal memory (the Sensation has 768 MB).  That said, Sense 3.0 seems like a resource hog in comparison to competing user interfaces like TouchWiz 4.0 and (gasp!) the newest iteration of Motorola's UI.  Despite the added memory, I still see lag here and there, particularly when working with the 3D features of the phone.


  • EVO 3D has dual 5-megapixel cameras that are capable of shooting 720p HD video in both 2D and 3D.  Overall, the image quality is decent, though it pales in comparison to the 8-megapixel shooters out there.  That's the tradeoff required for 3D, though.  
  • On the 3D note, I'm still undecided on the overall quality of the content.  I get a headache after using the 3D camera for more than five or ten minutes due to the way it displays the picture.  The 3D content on the LG Optimus 3D is much better, with clearer images that are far less brash.
  • EVO 3D has a 1,730 mAh battery, and with moderate use like calling, text messaging, emailing, browsing the web, and downloading a few apps (all on 3G, mind you), I was able to make it into the evening before the phone powered down.  It's not the most impressive Android on the block in regards to battery life, but it should get you through the day.  Kick on 3D or 4G though, and you're looking at a dramatic reduction in battery life.


  • Call quality is clearly not the focus of this device.  The earpiece volume is loud, but I find that the wireless radio struggles in areas where the Samsung Nexus S 4G and HTC EVO 4G don't.  Sprint is mediocre at best in my office, and the EVO 3D has trouble holding on.  While standing in the same place, I regularly rotate between zero, one, and two bars of service.

There's much more to come with the HTC EVO 3D.  In the meantime, check out the unboxing video!

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"Aaron posts his first impressions of the HTC EVO 3D. Will this be your next device?"

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Jason Mason Most def
Facebook user I can't wait to see this one, but since we buy used phones and this isn't even out yet, it's going to be a while ):
Jose Garcia I'll wait for the reviews to come out. I just don't see myself using the 3-D features that much, it'll be nice to look at for a few months but then I'm sure I'll get tired of it. HTC should concentrate more on battery life and of course better (cellphone) picture and sound quality when recording videos.
Jamel Pegues Hell yeah ima see can I pre order
Marwan J Sayegh Hell yeah, as soon as its available, I gonna grab one, hopefully while the no rebate promotion is still going on
Kendrick Taylor I like evo 3d to bad i just bought the epic. Wen is the motorola atrix coming out on sprint
Michael Diaz Great another power hog of a htc phone that looks all the same. Why do people get happy when a htc phone comes out they are all the same. A htc evo with a different body wow.... What a new phone.
Ele Garcia Dual core processors,a screen that rivals iphone4,more ram,rom awesome graphics..I'm there dude I'll be camping outside a sprint store!!! .
Mamahnita Combs Yes I will add it to my collective We are the HTC EVO you will be upgraded resistance is futile. LOL
Joshua Castro Of corse yes!!!!
Oscar Pena YES!!!!
Ali Kalvert I'm leaning towards the Samsung galaxy s 2 better display and 1080p video recording What say u ?
Henry Lavender If there will be a GSM variant and if its coming to the UK then yes it most probably be my next device
Benjamin Padilla @Chuck Cherry. This IS the EVO 2. It's just called 3D for obvious reasons. By the way, I just tried the 3DS and 3D is definitely not a gimmick. Pretty awesome actually.
Gerardo Ortega Can't wait
Nathaniel Hull Most definetly..... and u can turn the 3D off fools, and its dual core wit more ram, new sense, android 2.3, the list jus goes on.... CANT WAIT!!!!!!!
Benjamin Padilla A very good possibility. We'll see.
David Diaz Macias IDK the epic 4g looks better
Ahmed Jamal Ibraihimi Hey Aaron do the dog fight between Htc evo 3D and lg optimus 3D, then I thnk we cud take some desicion........
Leighton Chappell I have evo. By time I get a upgrade, there will probably be an evo 4d
David Hore I hope it comes to verizon. I cant switch to sprint and i want a dual core htc phone
Zach Cline Learn to spell.
Marcus NinersEmpire Look tite but ill stay wit my evo I already have. Evo2
Ivan Alvarado Hell yes it will be.
Sheriesa Thomas Heck yeah!!
Jabin George Can't wait till I switch from my epic 4g to htc evo 3d.i it simply looks awesome.
Elis Diaz I will qualify for full discount when my contract expires in Jul of 2012, I am looking forward to whatever HTC has available at that point. Probably a quadcore minus the 3d (it's a fad for phones) and a much nicer camera hopefully, thinner, better screen and long battery life.
Jason L Naylor Cant wait
Dee Motto Love I'm getting that phone when I switch
Byktor Urvaes Yeah!!!! :-)
Robert Wernikoff Hell yeah. I want it for not just its 1.2ghz dual core snapdragon processor, the new HTC Sense UI ,n also for the memory. N I like how it looks. N this is the next HTC EVO 4G so don't wait to long. But yeah I'm getting this cuz I LOVE Android but sadly I'm stuck with a damn bb curve 8530 till it comes out. :(
Tonio Johnson Yep, got a Samsung epic and lack of updates is a killer. Rooting and installing ROM's is becoming a pain with the different recoveries out and certain one's using different file systems.
DeMonte Greene I mean out
DeMonte Greene Wen is the HTC evo 2 coming our
Jamille Browne If the AT&T-mo merger goes through then yes, yes it will be
Ken Bringenberg Jr Yes. Yes it will
Kendall Mob Fach my next divce is what i will win on the ipad/smartphone giveaway]
Marti Ruiz i dont care about 3D just im looking faster and thinner smartphones
Steve Moore ... Um, yup!
Esa Edvik Still waiting for a high end qwerty device from HTC. Here's hoping Desire z gets a worthy successor with all of z's numerous bugs fixed...
Carlos Olivares 3d isn't the only thing it has, easy more ram, 1.2 ghz dual core processor and many other things...
Hatim A Paghadiwala for sure im going to buy this
Marvin Oubre Definately. I've been off contract since January waiting for the right phone to be released. This is the one!!
Esa Edvik Looks a bit too Nokia-ish :o Scary.
Charles Anthony Hell no its kinda stupid already have the evo don't care about 3D waiting for evo 2
Benny Lane Jr. Yes it will! I'm leaving my service provider of 3 years for sprint as soon as it is released!
Lionel Wright NO!!! Then again....maybe! I'm interested in that G2x. but MORE interested in the INFUSE 4G. Not really a lot of info about it though!
Brandon Folch YES, Evo 4 Lyfe!
Victor Rios Nope I have T-Mobile but if I had Sprint...definitely!

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