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Richard Yarrell reviews the EVO 3D

Editor’s note: We’re all pretty big fans of Android around here, but lately even the Android and Me staff has been impressed with the persistence of a certain superfan. If you follow our comments, you know who I’m talking about: a Mr. Richard Yarrell. Richard has been a non-stop force in our comments for months now. And as a community-powered blog, from time to time we like to welcome passionate Android voices to step up and share their experiences.

I want to first congratulate all who purchased the EVO 3D. This is honestly a great device to have. I won’t discuss the specs of the device in this review; by now, everyone already knows what they are. What I will say is that Sprint’s overall commitment to providing the best for their customers should be applauded most.

What I feel is the best feature of the EVO 3D

I want to take this time to highlight what I feel is the best feature of the EVO 3D: the battery life. I know this subject has always been a major Android issue. Previous EVO 4G owners were all aware of all the battery related issues we had with that device. Based on that experience, one year later, we all should know exactly what we need to do to maximize the usage of our device’s battery on a daily basis.

The EVO 3D comes with a native battery management application that can be controlled by the user, using the pull-down notifications shade. There you will see the “Quick Setting” menu. In that area , you can control your mobile internet (toggle between 3G and 4G), as well as GPS and Bluetooth 3.0. You can access all this with just one tap. A check mark will appear, and you will see a notification that says “On.” You will also find an “All Settings” tab and “Task Manager” in this area. You can close running processes, which will save you memory battery life as the day progresses. This task killer is a native application from HTC, which prevents you from downloading any task killers from the Android market. (I have always hated these and have never used them on any of my Android devices). Since that task killer is native, it is optimized for the EVO 3D and helps the device immensely from a battery standpoint.

Under “Settings,” you will also see the green battery symbol. When you tap on that area, you will find a “Power Saver Efficiency” mode that, if turned on, will give you an opportunity to select a certain percentage to totally control your device. Customizing other certain areas, as selected by the user, will further allow better use of the battery. I leave mine placed on 30%. This way, I can receive another 4 to 8 hours of use when this mode kicks in. In my mind, HTC has gone the extra mile to fully ensure battery life is far better than what EVO 4G owners are used to.

Another very desirable aspect of this device is located under “Settings.” When you go to “SD and Phone Storage,” you will find a selection that will say “Make More Room.” When you tap that area, you will find two selections. One choice gives you the chance to clean the cache on rarely used applications, and the other section allows you to clean the cache on all applications. Whichever selection you tap, you will find the opportunity to “Move All Applications” to your installed SD card. And I do mean all applications can be moved to the SD card–even carrier related applications. With this choice the user can send every application to their SD card, which will free up all of the internal memory for whatever you choose to store on the device. This feature has never been discussed or shown on video. This feature is very valuable in itself.

When you select “Move to SD Card,” all the applications that are available to be moved will appear. When you check an application and hit “Next,” the application goes straight to the SD card. Special Note: There is a chance the user might get a message stating that the application can’t be moved to SD. Back out of that message and reselect the application. It will move to the SD card on the second attempt. Why does it work that way? I’m not sure. But it works in that manner.

Let’s discuss how I feel about the design of the EVO 3D

Since purchase, I have had enough time to take a real good look at the design of the EVO 3D in comparison to my past EVO 4G. I feel the build quality of the EVO 3D is much stronger. Obviously, one of the first visible improvements with the HTC EVO 3D is the higher resolution 4.3” qHd (540 x 960) Super LCD display that it’s packing. Compared to the one gracing the EVO 4G, this one is indeed far better with sharper details, iridescent color production and high contrast. Though it does seem to wash out at extreme viewing angles, all in all this display is beautiful. In my mind you can clearly tell it’s from the EVO family because of the circular rings surrounding each capacitive touch Android button. Seeing that they’re placed close to the bottom edge, we tend to accidentally hit the “Search” and “Home” buttons more frequently than others. I wouldn’t want it any other way for the EVO brand.

Talking about the camera in the rear of the device

I spent this past holiday weekend taking plenty of pictures in 2D and 3D, but did not complete any videos. I love the clarity of the 2D photos, as well as the depth of all the 3D pictures that were taken. My device was a show stopper. People gathered around my phone. Dozens of people with iPhone 4 were simply amazed at the 3D device and really liked the photos. I feel another opportunity to fully enjoy this device is the featured dual 5-megapixel auto-focus 3D camera with dual LED flash. In tandem, it snaps stereoscopic 3D stills and videos, making it unique versus the competition. Its parallax barrier overlay offers a 3D viewing experience without the aid of any glasses. All in all, I am very satisfied with the camera options and the clarity of all photos taken. It’s better than the EVO 4G in my mind. But that’s probably open to debate, which is fine with me.

I simply love the Interface and Functionality of the EVO 3D

What more can be said about HTC SENSE 3.0? It is simply a pleasure to see this on the EVO 3D. In my mind, HTC saved the best for the Sensation and the EVO 3D. The overall daily experience of HTC sense is something to behold. There is plenty to add to your device and plenty to experience, which adds plenty of flare and a lot of fun to the overall user experience. Much like some of its contemporaries, the HTC EVO 3D features a well equipped 1.2GHz dual-core asynchronous Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor with 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 220 GPU. In my mind, the higher amount of RAM is what assures the fluidity and overall snappiness of the device. Trust me, there is so much going on here with just one core. I really don’t believe I have used my EVO 3D, as of this written review, to it’s fullest potential yet. I also think that, with the various 3D capabilities of the handset, extra RAM keeps things very consistent in the speed department without sacrificing performance. Truthfully, the handset executes everything effortlessly with no issues regarding responsiveness and speed. Even with a heavy, graphically-intense live wallpaper activated in the background, the HTC EVO 3D is still able to casually navigate all 7 home screens in a snap. It should be a crime. I love looking at all the transition effects on the device. And it comes with Gingerbread 2.3.3 straight out the box. I’m happy with that, but I privately feel 2.3.4 should’ve been released instead. But since not many devices will launch new with Gingerbread, I’ll make the best of this.

Browser/Music/Multimedia on the EVO 3D:

The strength of the EVO 3D is the internet browsing and multimedia. This device is extremely fast from a browser standpoint. I have noticed it seems quicker than the EVO 4G, and it appears that some work may have been done on the browser. The overall 4G connectivity on the EVO 3D is exceptionally fast here in my area of New York City. While 3G seems slow, what I have realized is the connection to 3G has been made much faster on the EVO 3D than the EVO 4G, which always took a while to connect for some reason. Compared to the Nexus S 4G and the EVO 4G (connected over 4G not Wifi), the EVO 3D stomps (and bitch slaps) them both. The stock HTC music application has been jazzed up with cover flow and SRS equalizer. It’s just a better user experience and interface. The music player is crisper than the EVO 4G. I had downloaded Google Music initially, but have since decided to uninstall Google Music in favor of HTC’s native music application. Content was king on my past EVO 4G and that tradition has been passed down to my EVO 3D. I have Netflix on my EVO 3D, as well as the Flashlight app and all the content related applications: twit.tv, mediafly, mlb.com, Cnet TV, androidcentral,tv.com, Skype Video Chat, Yahoo! Messenger, Revision 3, Geek Beat RV, Qik Video Chat, XDA developer, Stictcher, Tune-in radio, Pulse News, Google News. It just never ends on my device. The EVO 3D is running and running strong.

Preloaded Applications on the EVO 3D

I personally have enjoyed the Spiderman game immensely. The Green Hornet movie was fine, but I have since downloaded other movies for my enjoyment. The EVO 3D comes with the new and redesigned Sprint TV/Movies application, Sprint Zone, the newSprint Mobile and the new Sprint Radio–all applications absent from the EVO 4G that offer decent content the EVO 3D can take advantage of. All the lovely Google applications are present, as well as the new Google Plus/Huddle applications, which I am proud to now be a part of. You will also see Sprint Nascar, Amazon Mp3, Blockbuster, Qik Video and the new Polaris Office Suite (a great addition), as well as Media Share. All in all, a very nice compliment of applications plus whatever else you download from the Android market and other third party places.

The one bug I have about the EVO 3D

One of the most undesirable things about the EVO 3D is speaker phone volume. This is something that is puzzling to say the least. With headphones the sound quality is very good. You can even select the SRS to kick in, and a great pair of headphones will sound great at all times. Without the headphones the speaker volume is very low, something disappointing for me. But it’s not a deal breaker. In the world of Android there are equalizers that can be used or sound enhancers that can be downloaded from the market to better enhance the quality of the speaker.

Overall Conclusion

All in all, this is an exceptional device. It’s something special for the EVO brand on Sprint, and we should all rejoice in happiness. As my daily driver, what I appreciate most is the speed and overall crispness of this device. Media content is amazing, web browsing is a total joy. And gaming (which I was never big on with the EVO 4G) is something totally different on the EVO 3D. The games I have installed are Homerun Battle HD, 3D Bowling, 3D Finger Bowl, 3D Basketball, Asphalt 6, Let’s Golf 2 3D, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. I will be looking for other games as the opportunities arise. You will be very surprised by this device on a daily basis, and you can rest assured that this device will receive all the support necessary, just as the EVO 4G has. Updates from HTC will be a premium–something that other manufacturers and carriers have not lived up to. I am proud to be an EVO 3D owner and will be looking forward to the next iteration of EVO in 2012. You can bank on that.

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  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    Awesome review.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Thank you very much

      • http://alostpacket.com/ alostpacket

        Kudos to Richard and to A&Me. You really gotta love this site for the easy-going attitude and outside-the-norm stories we get once in awhile.

        • Richard Yarrell

          What else can any supporter of this site ask for? This was a great opportunity.

  • noriega713

    Good review… No wonder I haven’t seen him around here lol… Either way congrats Richard

    • Richard Yarrell

      Thank you very much.

  • hansalvato

    I salute you mr yarrell.I was beginning to think you only posted once and somebody else continued the comments.I saw your myspace a while ago I think.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I appreciate your congratulations they are really appreciated. Usually when I do post you can tell it’s me cause the picture of me will appear with my post. Any other post that you see here on this site that doesn’t have my picture after the posting means the FAKE Yarrell has struck.

  • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

    Great review! Next time…. VIDEO REVIEW! :D

    • Richard Yarrell

      Yeah your right.. I have to get my video game going. Thanks for your friendship.

  • Marcus

    Awesome review! And its awesome that they let you review it!

    • Richard Yarrell

      I appreciate that change to review this device. This opportunity was a great experience to realize how much work it really takes to do an honest reviews. I applaud the entire staff of androidandme they have a very hard and enjoyable job

  • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    I take back anything negative I’ve said about you Richard. Nice thorough review.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Thanks for your support. We all should appreciate the work being done here at this site. They do this for all of us and we should always make this our number one stop every day.

  • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    AndroidAndMe… PLEASE make reader/commenter submitted articles a regular feature.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      You’ll be pleased to know that once we get the redesigned site up and running, we have some plans for user-submitted content. We are still working out the details. More to come.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I am pretty the androidandme staff will make a way for this to happen for all of us. I look forward to that for the next person.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    As everyone knows already, I’m a huge HTC fan, but I’m not really that impressed with the EVO 3D. It’s a good phone, but I’d rather go with the HTC Sensation due to the size, weight, design and lack of 3D. The one feature I would take from the EVO 3D is the ability to remove (or hide) the pre-loaded bloatware that carriers love to put on all our phones.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Way to steal Yarrell’s thunder, Nick.

    • Richard Yarrell

      It looks like we both support HTC that’s such a great experience in my bioj

    • Richard Yarrell

      It looks like we both support HTC to the hilt that’s a great thing in my book. The differences of the Sensation and Evo 3D is more on the software side where the user will always have better control of the device which I believe is a sprint thing. Tmobile blocks out certain elements of the device from the user which I feel is unnecessary to do. It’s no question that htc is tops and always will be but the relationship between sprint and htc guarantees them to always recieve the best device from htc yearly.

      • jrizk07

        and what exactly does Tmobile block out of the phone??

        Not to say I love tmobile since i’m now with Verizon but they do have an outstanding policy when it comes to android.

      • Azeem

        Which elements are being blocked by T-Mobile? At one time, video chat on the MyTouch4G didn’t work, but that has since been resolved. Also, no carrier in the US is releasing updates timely, for HTC phones or otherwise(Samsung). Your whole response is deleriously fabricated.

        • Damien

          “It’s no question that htc is tops and always will be”

          …This is coming from someone who said he’s objective and NOT a fanboy? Lmao.

          • squiddy20

            Yeah. He’s also said in direct reply to me that he was a “fan of all of Android”, yet called the Thunderbolt “Thunderdud” and is always talking about the “underspeced devices” on Verizon. He’s the least objective person on the planet. For weeks, the idiot argued with many people (including me) about how the prcoessor in the Sensation was inferior to the same exact processor in the Evo 3D, despite many different sources being shoved in his face to the contrary. While this review might be good, he’s a total joke. Ask him to do a review of anything without an “Evo” brand on it, and he’ll say it’s the biggest piece of crap ever.

  • BigBadButcher

    You have been a huge supporter of sprint and the evo line and you my friend did a great job.. ..

    • Richard Yarrell

      I appreciate your response to my review. I know at times I come on strong about sprint and htc I never mean any harm to anyone. At the end of the day we should all support android our platform that matters most.

      • squiddy20

        BWAHAHAHAHA! You’re such a kiss-ass! You sure as hell do NOT support all of “Android”, or else you would never have made up “Thunderdud” or “AssT&T”. If you truly supported Android, you would not bash all phones that don’t have an “Evo” in the name. If you truly supported Android, you’d see the many different phones on the many different carriers as a good thing instead of the scourge of the earth. And were you serious when you stated “I never mean any harm to anyone”? You, who on many occasions, have stated other’s OPINIONS (which can’t be proven right or wrong) were wrong or “useless”? You, who have told me personally that I am “useless” and called me some racist name for white people from the 70s that I’ve never heard of? Not meant any harm in those kinds of remarks, eh? Shut up you hypocritical fool. You can’t lie to save your life.

        • Richard Yarrell

          As I stated in the past and will always state FIND A LIFE your world is dark and gray with no prospects of anything but sitting in that lonely room in your moms basement. I feel for you but honestly your the BIGGEST CLOWN on any site. Thanks for your UNEDUCATED RESPONSE class is something I knew you could never muster up not even for this. But people like you i love because you keep us sharp and away from a total world of darkness. Keep taking your meds or go ask for a higher dose. You fool

          • squiddy20

            As I stated in the past, how do you know I am “sitting in that lonely room in [my] moms basement”? Only a dumba** would assume something so stupid. For all you know, I could live with my dad, I could have my own place, I could be living with friends, I could be living on a military base with housing provided for me. Fact is, you don’t know jack sh*t. Please don’t assume to unless you’re prepared to make yourself look like a complete and utter fool. And please enlighten me about how my post was “uneducated”. I stated nothing but facts. You’re the one who screamed “Thunderdud” and “AssT&T” all over the forums. You’re the one who called me a racial slur for white people from the 70s. You’re the one who has told other’s that their opinions were wrong or “useless”. Those are facts. You’re the fool for thinking you could out-insult, outsmart, or outdo me. Keep on trying though. I laugh at your pitiful excuse for a retort.

  • M

    wow, richard you can actually write and you didn’t use all caps :0

  • jrdulog

    Question: Haven’t updated to OTA because I wanted to keep it root-compatible per se, but now with HTC publicly stating it was going to have an unlocked bootloader update, is it safe for me to update so I can check out HTC Watch? Thanks!

    • Richard Yarrell

      Best of luck to you. You will be happy with this device.

      • squiddy20

        He asked you a question you dumba**. The least you could do is say you don’t know because you think rooting is for “2 plus year old devices”.

        Yes people, the Great Richard Yarrell told me on many, many occasions that quote exactly. Ask him any normal question about the Evo 3D, and he’ll say nothing even remotely bad about it (far from “objective”), but get to the topic of rooting and not only does he have no clue, he also *usually* begins to bash anything having to do with root.

    • squiddy20

      Unless you’re having other problems that the update will most likely fix, there’s no reason for the update. Just go here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1147632 and download one (or both) of the files. I’m not sure if it’s necessary, but if neither of the files work, make sure you have “Unknown Sources” checked (most likely found in Settings -> Applications).

  • monlosez

    Can you do Galaxy SII Within when it comes out?

    • Richard Yarrell

      I will try to get sprint to send me the unit when it arrives

      • squiddy20

        Reallllly now? You’ll actually review the GS2, and do it objectively? I’d love to see you try. Especially considering all the trash talking you’ve done about the GS2 in the past.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Meds anyone, I guess your really hurting I feel for you. Poor soul self infliction is a ruff thing.

          • squiddy20

            It’s “rough” you moron. “Ruff”, or “woof” as it’s more commonly known, is the onomatopoetic form for the sound a dog makes. Any kid in grade school knows the difference between the two. What happened to spelling everything right with all the correct punctuation and mostly good grammar like it is in your “review”? Did you revert to your kindergarten insults and knowledge for little ‘ole me? I’m truly touched. You’re only showing yourself to be a two-faced fool. Try insulting me with a liiiiitle bit more class next time.

        • B2L

          I just wanted to say thank you Squiddy20. You speak the truth, i completely agree with everything you had to say. Anyone who reads Android And Me or Phandroid on a frequent basis knows exactly how much of a fanboy Richard Yarell is, I actually found it quite hilarious that they actually published his review.

          How can someone with such biased opinions write a good review? they can’t, simple as that.

          With all of the comments on this review, you are one of the few to speak the truth. Thanks again Squiddy.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I must take a moment to express thanks from the entire staff at androidandme. They have truly been very supportive of me and helpful in such a way that doesn’t happen on other sites that in itself is priceless. Androidandme will forever be number one in my heart. Special thanks to EDGAR, TAYLOR, AND CLARK as well as the ENTIRE androidandme team. I appreciate all the comments from everyone they are truly appreciated.

    • Angie Strickland

      Thanks Richard! We’re really glad you wanted to participate.

      • Richard Yarrell

        I appreciate the chance it was something special I must say. My hats off to everyone at androidandme your jobs are very demanding filled with deadlines and daily meetings and discussion I’m sure. Everyone on this site does a great job at supply and demand and we as avid followers of this site appreciate your dedication,

  • ZEROleaf

    You don’t see sites let there users write reviews often. I enjoy androidandme.com and it’s usually the first site a visit everyday. It’s awsome you guys let the infamous Richard Yarrell write a review and like I said it’s rare to see websites have such a commitment to there fans. Props for androidandme, you guys kick ass! Nice review Richard!

    • Richard Yarrell

      I appreciate your comment to my review this was a great opportunity. Androidandme has always been special to me and I know many people that openly love this site. The future is very bright for androidandme and I am just happy to be a part of this site in a small way.

  • kstagg


    Richard. You blindsided me. I expected a 500 word, ALL CAPS, single paragraph diatribe about how the EVO3D was awesome and all other phones and carriers besides Sprint sucked.

    You are an excellent writer – you did a hell of a job here bud. Keep it up. You won me over as I have one too. Loving battery life as well.


    • Richard Yarrell

      Yeah, I know this would’ve been something people wouldn’t expect. I’m just glad for the opportunity I know this device might not be for everyone. I just wanted to clear up any misconceptions that seem to be floating around out there. This is a great device the 3d is something that is a great feature that brings plenty of open discussion which at the end of the day helps people to better see the abilities of this device. Personally I can see the future being very bright for the evo line.

      • squiddy20

        “I just wanted to clear up any misconceptions that seem to be floating around out there”

        Like the misconception you seem to have about uninstalling pre-loaded apps? You’ve said on forums all over the web that you can remove “all” pre-loaded apps. In case you missed all the headlines, you can’t. You can only remove Sprint’s apps. Or the misconception you have about the Sensation’s processor being inferior to the Evo 3D’s? Those misconceptions? For a Sprint/Evo fanboy, you sure don’t seem all that “in the know”.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Your Samsung Moment isn’t in the know either. When you graduate to better technology and can grasp reality much better hit me up. At best your very delusional

          • squiddy20q

            Ummmm… Duh? My Moment is a PHONE. It can’t think for itself, therefore it can’t be “in the know”. Since when did you get so stupid? Oh that’s right, ALWAYS. Just because I own a Samsung Moment, doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about. For instance, I know more than you ever will about rooting and the real inner workings of Android. You HAVE to know what you’re doing to get it to work right. Am I complaining about that? Not one bit. I actually love it. Not only do I gain knowledge from the experience, but I’ll be better off for it in the future when I do move on to a better phone. I won’t be like you asking “how do I do this” a billion times because I’ve already done it! Baring some coding exceptions and differences, the methods for rooting a phone, custom ROMs, kernels, and the like are basically the same from phone to phone. That’s why I can most likely answer jrdulog’s question, despite the fact that I don’t actually own the device. It’s called “being informed”. Something you are obviously not, especially since you’ve gotten so many things wrong in the past few months. You should just quit while your behind. People are beginning to see the real you instead of the mask you put on for this “review” and for all of those “thank you” posts. Hit me up when you can answer a few simple questions (instead of making more childish insults) and admit that you were wrong.

  • Uncemister

    This is proof that anyone can sit down and write an informative review. Great job, Richard

    • Richard Yarrell

      The opportunity to do this review was a great experience something I will remember. Who knows bigger things might just blossom from this opportunity. Thanks for your comment.

  • Scotter

    Thanks for the review. The phone sounds nice. If it were thinner and was stock Android, I would be all over it. The 3D thing to me is a bit too gimmicky. Yes, I realize it can be turned off.

    The review… I want to give constructive criticism. It sounds like a toothpaste commercial or an episode of some lowest-common denominator sitcom. Sentences like “I personally have enjoyed the Spiderman game immensely. The Green Hornet movie was fine, but I have since downloaded other movies for my enjoyment. ” sound a bit … canned.
    Do real people say “I have since downloaded other movies for my enjoyment?”
    Now if English is a new language for this reviewer, then I totally understand. Otherwise, sounds just a bit too formal and contrived.

    Finally, it sounded like an HTC/Sprint commercial. Seriously. Did HTC pay you to do this review?

    I know. I’m being picky :) I really do appreciate the review but given the “commercial” tone, it is hard to fully trust the review as impartial.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I must say your a funny dude. Maybe I should’ve made a commercial who knows what the future holds. Bottomline here this review is based on an actual everyday user and that alone makes this extremely legitimate. Thanks for your comment on the review.

  • jwhap

    Dude, good review! We have had our differences in the past but the one thing that makes blogging great is having a difference of opinion and hearing others. Though I will not be changing my service to sprint, hearing a users perspective was nice. Your reasons for liking the evo 3d are valid and quite frankly hearing that HTC is doing something about battery life is good to hear as that has been my complaint on HTC devices. (I would know as I have had 3 of them). Though I totally think your an evo fanboy, I appreciate your review! Thanks.

    • Richard Yarrell

      You know, The funny part is that yes we have had our differences no question about that but in android land that will always be i never take it personally. And yes I am proudly an EVO BRAND and HTC/SPRINT fanboy i came by that based on the quality of the product and that will always be with me. Thanks for your support

  • Gekko

    This is totally inappropriate. It’s lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!

    • Richard Yarrell

      Oh brother…….

  • R2D2

    I have to disagree with you with the feel/ design.. I think HTC FAILED BIG time with the cheap power button,cheap aluminum front housing ..that i already have a small spec of white showing ontop of front speaker , and I really handle my phones with care, I see alot more paint coming off with normal use and if you happen to drop phone face first its gonna look ugly. Aso usb location, makes it harder to use an external speaker and to charge at the same time to play music. The Evo 4G never had any of those issues…plus alot more issues as of now with signal, heat issues, sound, but I do beleieve will be fixed soon with software update.

  • agutnicki

    3 things missing from review. The HDMI out although it is an arduous task in the fact that you must buy a new adapater, a new HDMI out and you must plug in your charger as well, it still nevertheless plays very well on the big screen ( Sprint TV won’t play on the big sceen). Plus not having a kickstand is a big negative. Plus there is a less app selection in regards to campatibility compared to the previous Evo 4g, i.e., you cant download firefox, dolphin hd and others unles you sideload with the.apk file.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I’ll be first to say that I am also going through KICKSTAND WITHDRAWAL…I do miss it alot. As for all the other issues some people have experienced the overheating I suppose I have not so I can’t really express any concerns. Design will always change that’s something that we will never have control over regardless sprint has gone the extra mile for the customers and that’s appreciated definately. As the future moves forward one thing will always hold true the evo brand will always have a top notch device to represent sprint and android and I will always be along for that ride year by year new device by new device. Thanks for taking a moment to respond to my review…Ps. I an using Dolphin Hd on my Evo 3d as an alternative browser and it works great.

  • Azeem

    My single criticism on this review is that reviews are meant to be objective critical reviews, and that cannot possibly be achieved by having a self-proclaimed fanboy do a “review”. This instead reads as a puff piece, designed more for marketing purposes than an actual critical review.

    That being said, as another commenter mentioned, your writing style is excellent, and was a very welcome blindside from your typical comments. The grammar! The punctuation! Proper capital letters! If you were to post comments utilizing this great style of yours, your comments could be taken more seriously instead of fanboy dribble, which is why your comments have been the running joke of this site for some time.

    In the future, if you wish to continue writing reviews(and you really should), try and keep the overwhelming fanboyism curbed, and keep utilizing your fantastic style. I, for one, eagerly await to see how you surprise me next.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      But to his credit, this is an Android fan site, and he does point out what he feels is inadequate (speaker phone) and how the phone is improved upon the original EVO 4G. This article would help those EVO 4G owners that are on the fence decide if they should switch to the 3D, as well as the people who are thinking about waiting on the Motorola Photon 4G.

      But fanboyism is kinda expected, this is Androidandme, not http://www.wereviewphones.com or something that covers cell phones in general (I would say BGR, Engadget, Gizmodo, but they all seem to be more and more biased the last 2 years).

      • squiddy20

        While I agree that this is an Android fan site, Richard Yarrell is not a fan of all that is Android. A true fan of Android would not run around screaming in all caps “Thunderdud” (in reference to the HTC Thunderbolt) or “AssT&T” (AT&T) every chance he got. A true Android fan would welcome the many different devices on the many different carriers all over the world. Yarrell hasn’t “welcomed” anything other than HTC products, and even then it’s mostly been nothing without an “Evo” brand. Being a self proclaimed Evo/HTC/Sprint fanboy automatically dismisses any chance of being truly objective.

    • Richard Yarrell

      In all honesty it’s ashame that you can’t see past the thoughts or feeling you my have regarding what you think is being ” SELF-PROCLAIMED FANBOY”. In the real world it’s we the consumer who purchases these devices and it’s we the consumer who’s stuck with them for the life of the 2year contract. This review is extremely OBJECTIVE based on an everyday user who has the device NOT someone that just reviews the unit for that moment and sends it back. So in the real world this review is most important because I use this device daily and many sprint users maybe on the fence trying to decide what is the best move for them to make. I made my move being a former EVO 4G owner from June 4th 2010 to June 24th 2011 gives me even more credibility because I understand everything evo and everything sprint/htc related so in this game I am well informed in all products I purchase. I habor no bad feeling to anyone who doesn’t like my comments on this site because regardless of anyone’s feelings android will be android and the expression and thoughts of everyone not just myself at the end of the day is all that matters. The future might be bright for other related articles on this site which I openly love. I guess as the days move forward and you least expect it RICHARD YARRELL will appear again.

      • Azeem

        I can’t see past the fanboy because the fanboy has run rampant with your review. Also, just to help you out….

        Objective, adjective — not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudices; based on facts; unbiased.

        No sir. Your review was most definitely *not* objective. Credible? Arguably. I certainly won’t doubt your knowledge on the Evo family of phones or of Sprint’s service. And really, anyone who did would be a fool. It’s not difficult to imagine you scouring the internet for any mention of Sprint or Evo just to be able to chime in your approval, rush to their defense, or start stroking yourself.

      • squiddy20

        You ARE a self proclaimed fanboy! You’ve told me and many other those exact words over at Phandroid! And you’ve usually thrown a Sprint or HTC in with the mix too. FYI, most review sites take a few DAYS to review phones, not just one. They normally say so in the first few sentences of the review. Keep on trucking with that brilliant ignorance though. Oh by the way, you don’t “understand everything evo and everything sprint/htc related”. You have no clue about anything related to root (which is encompassed in that “everything evo”). You told me on many occasions that Sprint’s voice and data networks were one in the same when they never have been. You’ve told me that you can use data on your Sprint phone while in the middle of call, also completely untrue. You’ve told me many times that “no one but [me]” owns the Samsung Moment, when there are at least 100 people on SDX who visit the Moment forums daily. You’ve also told people their OPINIONS of the Evo 3D were wrong or “useless”. You’re as far as objective as it gets.

        • squiddy20

          To quote one of your own comments above: “And yes I am proudly an EVO BRAND and HTC/SPRINT fanboy”
          Get real. You can’t say you are a fanboy in one comment and then basically say you’re not in the next post. The few people who do take you seriously, probably won’t anymore. Superb job at being such a good two-faced suck up.

          • Richard Yarrell

            In the real world I know and represent everything Google/Htc/Sprint and all things EVO BRAND. And you know the funny part is as each day moves forward my thoughts, and contributions to android will become more widely known. We appreciate your stopping our parts but next time keep to the topic at hand which is the review. Bigger better and some pretty fun days are ahead for me. Thanks for stopping through anyway

          • squiddy20

            If you know “all things EVO BRAND” then how is it that you incorrectly stated on Phandroid, Android Central, AND Android Police that “all” apps could be removed from the Evo? Not even 2 days ago you stated exactly that, despite many sources stating that you could only remove Sprint apps. If you know “all things EVO BRAND”, then how could you not answer jrdulog’s question about rooting? If you “know everything” Sprint, then how come you stated many times that data and voice networks were one in the same when they never have been? If you “know everything” Sprint, then why have you been saying the Hero 4G will be a dual core phone when many other sources have confirmed that it will be dual MODE? I’ll tell you why you don’t “know everything”: IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. There will always be some little shred of info that anyone won’t know. Only an ignorant moron would say he/she “know’s everything”. And you clearly don’t “know everything”. Shut up already. You’ve lost and are only digging yourself deeper in the pit of shame.

        • Richard Yarrell

          I was wondering what took you so long to respond so I helped you out. I knew you would take the bait because of your emotional instability that’s well known throughout all forums you attend. Rather you liked the review I new would be irrelevant cause you only can here because you saw the name. I can’t help but laugh at you and what you represent which really is much in the real world. Enjoy yourself

          • squiddy20

            “and what you represent which really is much in the real world.” Thanks for the compliment! I really really do appreciate it! If you want people to take you seriously, maybe you should proofread ALL your posts. It’d save you quite a bit of trouble. I realize that in the quote above you meant to insult me, but the fact that you made such a stupid error is quite ridiculous. Come back when you can make a real insult about me. How do you know if I’m “emotionally unstable”? You don’t know me. You know relatively nothing about me. You on the hand, can’t pass up a chance to gloat and shove your “knowledge” in other people’s faces (which btw, is usually wrong). And in case you can’t see, pretty much all of your comments are rated below 0. No one gives a crap. This further proves your self-centeredness. You couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get your word in, even when you had no clue what to say. One of the commenters asked about rooting. Instead of just saying “I don’t know” because you don’t, you replied with “Best of luck to you. You will be happy with this device”. He/she ALREADY HAS “this device”. Your comment was completely unnecessary.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Everytime I see something posted from you i can’t help but laugh about all the silly things you argue about on so many sites. I often ask myself why would someone like you appear on these sites with some of the attacks you have on people. Unfortunately I couldn’t come up with logical reasons other than you just being some kind of baseless fool those kind exist in everyday life. You should honestly retire throw your device in the garbage and unplug your computer that’s located in that dark room and just find something useful to do in life like maybe get a real job and become a welcomed member of society. At this rate I would hide my face and change my name on sites as often as you do if I was you cause I already know if we ever seen who you really are in any kind of picture WE ALL WOULD LAUGH. At best your a total JOKE and need to leave this space to the big boys cause your a child playing a grown folks game.

          • squiddy20

            Every time I see something posted from you, I can’t help but laugh at how much of a moron you make yourself out to be. You fought with many people (including me) about the “differences” in the processors of the Sensation and Evo 3D when cold hard FACTS were shoved in your ignorant little face proving you completely wrong. As I stated in this very article, stop assuming I live in a “cold dark basement in your mother’s house”. I don’t live in any basement of any building. But I’m fairly certain you do. “I would hide my face and change my name on sites as often as you do if I was you”. Hmmm well seeing as how I’ve used the same screen name all over many different websites and never been banned once, I think I’m doing just fine. You on the other hand, need to get a hard kick in the a** and soon.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    What’s just as awesome as this review is Mr. Y’s responses!

    Great review, I think it would help others on the fence for the EVO 3D – you basically explained how the phone feels and performs. Now someone has a better idea than playing with the phone for a few minutes in the store. It’s also a review for Android fans, you know what us Android users complain and laud about our devices and made sure to point those flaws/awesome features in the review.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on the review. This device is my daily device somthing that I will have till next year’s EVO BRAND so the fluidty as well as the performance of the device is the most important aspect in my world. The Evo 3d REALLY IS an exceptional device in all aspects and anyone getting this device WILL BE HAPPY.