Hands-on With Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D at CTIA 2011 (video)
Though the buzz around CTIA began rather early and abrupt with the news of a certain GSM carrier eating up another GSM carrier, leave it to Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, to come bring everyone at CTIA some new buzz to talk about. At yesterday’s conference, Hesse unveiled two new high-end devices to be carried on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network, the HTC EVO View 4G and the HTC EVO 3D. Both devices will be top of the line, with one being a tablet and the other a 3D-capable phone.
The EVO 3D will be replacing the EVO 4G as the company’s top dog, which has served Sprint very well by being the best-selling device in the company’s history. Now the EVO 3D will attempt the same feat as the original, by offering a true glasses-free 3D experience with even better specs.
On the EVO 3D I found the dual 5 MP cameras that are the reason behind the magic of the 3D capability on the phone, along with a 4.3″ qHD display that allows the 3D images to “float” above the screen without requiring glasses.
3D content has never been my cup of tea for two reasons: I don’t enjoy paying extra money just to buy a headache, and I’ve never really seen any point. With the exception of Avatar, 3D has never enhanced any movie I’ve watched. And I have a hard time believing it will anytime soon. However, the glasses-free experience wasn’t half bad. Instead of the images jumping at you, they just floated above the screen, without giving me a headache. I had to look at the screen straight-on to get the full experience, which is one of the biggest setbacks to viewing any 3D content on this device.
Also unique to the HTC EVO 3D is the new dual-core MSM8660 Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor that is the first to offer an “asynchronous processor”. What this means is that each core can work together or separately, depending on the needs of the phone, in order to make the CPU as efficient as possible, quite hopefully saving on battery life.
All in all, the HTC EVO 3D is a great and fully-packed phone. The big question to me is: if you’re not into 3D, why pay the extra money to have that feature? Most likely, you’ll be able to find a handset that comes with the great features you need or want, and you can save money by not opting for the 3D. By purchasing the EVO 3D, it’s not as if you’re being forced into watching 3D content, but I do think it’s a waste of money if you don’t.
What do you think about the EVO 3D? And 3D phones in general? Will you be getting a 3D-capable phone anytime soon?