While I’m not too big of a fan of this whole glasses-free 3D trend, I am a fan of big ol’ megafast superphones — and, silly 3D screen aside, that’s exactly what the just announced EVO 3D is.
Take a glance at our quick hands-off demo video above, and join us behind the jump for our hands-on impressions and photos.
That 3D screen? Meh. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of 3D media in general, but 3D on this screen isn’t particularly great. The “sweet spot” (the viewing angle where the 3D effect works) seems pretty small. I might be crazy, but I remember the sweet spot/overall 3D effect on the Optimus 3D being a bit better than this.
It feels great in the hand. It’s a hair thinner than the original EVO while being a biiiit taller, which makes it feel just a tad less brick-like.
The back of the handset has a slight texture to it (see the photo below), which, while subtle, somehow makes the back of the handset feel less cheap in the palm.
The software on this hardware was super early and thus pretty dang crashtastic — but they’ve still got plenty of time to brush that up before the summer launch.
When the software is workin’, it’s fast. The video above doesn’t necessarily show this particularly well, but things were smooth as butter in our hands-on time after the fact.
The build of HTC Sense running here has a few subtle, but welcome, changes over HTC Senses past. There’s a fancy new lock screen that lets you jump straight into a 4 customizable tasks (phone, mail, camera, and messaging, amongst others), and new fullscreen weather animations.
Sense also features a new, roulette-wheel-esque swipe mechanism on the home screen which lets you zoom past multiple screens with one quick brush of the finger. It’s a bit too sensitive for me (I’d probably turn it off, actually), but I imagine some folks will love it.