Jun 24 AT 4:51 PM Nick Gray 55 Comments

HTC EVO 3D: your questions, our answers

Our HTC EVO 3D first impressions post from yesterday was a quick look at our initial thoughts on the phone.  We know we didn’t answer everyone’s questions, but that’s why the internet gods invented Twitter.  We asked our followers (if you don’t follow us on Twitter, you should) if they had any questions about the HTC EVO 3D. Turns out they did.

Q: Can you take a sample 2D video in a noisy environment?
Yes.  You can record 2D and 3D video in quiet and noisy environments.  But I’m sure you already knew that.  Here’s sample clip 1 and 2.  One thing most people do not know is the HTC EVO 3D can record stereo audio while recording video.

Q: Does it allow for full HDMI mirroring:
A: Yes.  I have not tested it out for myself (since HTC didn’t include the cable with my review unit), but I have stopped a few videos on YouTube that show full HDMI mirroring on the EVO 3D

Q: Is the 3D screen jarring?
A: No. Keep in mind that only the camera, gallery and movie apps have 3D capabilities as of now.  It does take a bit to find the sweet spot, but I’ve watched the entire Green Hornet 3D movie that’s included on the phone without any eye strain.

Q: Is the carousel effect smooth?
A: Yes, HTC Sense 3.0 is very smooth and responsive.

Q: Can you use a WiiMote to play games?
A: I’m not sure.  Other HTC phones have had issues using the WiiMote with their stock HTC Sense ROMs.  I’d imagine the same issue is present on the HTC EVO 3D.

Q: Have you had any issues with the calendar update?
A: No.  I was prompted to download and install the update as soon as the phone was turned on.  I’ve read about issues people are having, but did not experienced any myself.

Q: When will the bootloader on the 3D be unlocked?
A: If I told you I’d have to kill you.  HTC has not released any details as to when the bootloader on the EVO 3D will be unlocked.

Q: How many peanuts can fit on the EVO 3D’s screen without stacking them?
Great question! I’m gonna say 53.  Anyone want give this a try and send us a picture?

Q: Is it cooler than an iPhone?
Most definitely!  The majority of people I work with (at my day job) have iPhones, and they’ve all been drooling over my demo unit for two days now.

Q: Does user created 3D content look good?
Yes, if you know how to properly frame the shot.  The majority of pictures people take will not look good in 3D, but if you look for the right angles you can get some neat shots.

Q: What if you enable a password lock and launch an app directly from the lock screen?
A: The password, pin and pattern unlock screen appear after the HTC lock screen even if you use app shortcuts.

Q: Should I wipe the phone after installing the maintenance updates?
A:  Starting fresh is always a good option, but not necessary.  I have not experienced any issues after installing the maintenance update on the EVO 3D

If you still have questions about the HTC EVO 3D, sound off in the comments and we’ll do our best to find the answer.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Brian P.

    FYI the You Tube app can also handle 3D. In fact that is where 3D has shined for me. Search for some 3D clips and it will blow you away.

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    • http://Website TWiT Commander

      I know, right? The first element in an array is array[0].

      So you can be second and still say FIRST!

    • yasir khan

      i just buy a new 32gb sd card , i had 8 gb before , now i move all the data from the 8gb to 32gb but its not working . what should i do for that ???

  • http://Website Eric

    Does the EVO 3d have gorilla glass ?

    • http://Website Petter

      Since it says that the Evo, along with about 25 other HTC phones, has Gorilla glass, I think it’s likely that this phone also has gorilla glass.

      However, I’m not sure how accurate their website is, as I find it extremely unlikely that the Motorola Cliq and the Backflip have Gorilla glass.

      Link: http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/#products-with-gorilla

  • http://Website Clara76

    Why is it so ugly and fat?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Who knows, but I think a friend of mine really wants to dump his iPhone 4 for the EVO 3D. He really loves the look of the phone.

  • http://Website mmark27

    Thanks for the video! That stereo sound makes the difference! Sweet. Now, time to decide…

  • http://littlegreenrobot.net Alex

    In regards to the Wiimote question, the Wiimote will work with devices running Bluetooth 2.1, not 3.0. So if the EVO 3D is a Bluetooth 2.1 device then yes it will work, if not, then no.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    I am truly amazed at the overall speed of this device. The power management mode is refreshing to say the least. I have so much to look at here just learning the device takes time. Inital thoughts very impressive

  • http://Website FERNANDO

    My only complaint so far is that the high audio speaker loudness is significantly lower than my EVO 4G. And also, I need the arrow keys back on the keyboard like on the EVO 4G.

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    So i actually walked into a sprint store to check out this over hyped phone first i did a speed test n barely got 2mbps on the so called now network the new sense was eh ok but its still sense!! But over all that phone was ok but not worthy of all the hype hell my single core tbolt is alot faster an my benchmarks was higher. 3d camera = gimmik

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      Benchmarks don’t mean $#[email protected]

      • http://Website snowbdr89

        they dont mean much but they do mean something!! thats kinda like saying 4g speeds dont mean much…

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Keep in mind that all benchmark scores will be negatively effected by the qHD display since the 3D tests run at native resolution. The Sensation and EVO 3D both have 30% more pixels quick makes the processor work that much harder. It’s a trade-off. We’ll see how much the dual-core Snapdragon will push the benchmark numbers once the myTouch 4G Slide comes out next month

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      Your A TOTAL ASS HOLE with your views and thoughts It’s a joke what your walking around with is a WELFARE VERSION OF THE EVO 4G and you act like you have something special WELL YOU DON’T GET OVER YOURSELF…The Evo 3d is the fastest device on the android block and it puts the thunderbolt TO SHAME SPEC WISE AND PERFORMACE WISE YOUR DEVICE IS LAST YEARS SPECS AT BEST EVEN THOU IT CAME OUT IN JANUARY…Sense 3.0 on the Evo 3d is better than anything you have on that thunderbolt. Matter of fact we won’t even talk about ALL THAT CARRIER BLOATWARE YOU ARE WALKING AROUND WITH ON THAT VERIZON DEVICE IT’S TOTALLY SAD GUESS YOU WILL HAVE TO ROOT THAT SORRY DEVICE…..LEAST WE WON’T HAVE TO DO THAT…We have a battery management/power saver mode on our device as well as a native task killer to go along with a native apps2sd card application that is all optimized for the device. We don’t have too DOWNLOAD APPLICATIONS FROM THE MARKET…IE…TASK KILLER, APPS2SD, AND VARIOUS OTHER THINGS which are not optimized for the device…..Your in another world my friend and it shows because you don’t class or appreciate elegance when you see it….NO MATTER ABOUT YOU we evo 3d user KNOW WE HAVE THE BEST ANDROID DEVICE ON THE MARKET…..

      • http://Website snowbdr89

        Oh dick you dumbass i have 0 bloatware and im already runnin sense 3.0 on my tbolt and you wanna talk about speed? I have clocked my tbolt at 2.0 runnin the virus rom but now im on the new das bamf rom but i can still clock my phone up to 1.8 ghz i wont even bother comparing network speeds since we alk know lte made wimax its bitch!! Dual core is good for a couple of things games n multitasking but you can get speed from any phone thanks to rooting and awesome roms!! That comment really shows how fucking dumb you really are dick.

        • http://na Scott Gordon

          Dude save the childish language for the rest of your classmates at the pre-school you go to. You obviously think your phone is the best thing in your little sad world..get a life, dude. I just got the evo 3d and it is a fast and one of the most fun devices I’ve ever played with..I am enjoying it so much and so are others. Just because your jealous and your locked in to a contract for two years with a phone that you don’t like, which is obvious due to you defending it like it is your first born. I think maybe you should find a girlfriend or a hobby or something and enjoy your life. And Richard I can see your lovin’ your new phone too ha buddy? It is the fastest device I’ve ever seen..blows the iphone4 out of the water. Enjoy your new phone and also if you haven’t Richard look up the 3d videos on you tube..theres a lot of fun stuff there. Peace.

          • http://Website snowbdr89

            Aww dick has a friend maybe you two can exchange phone numbers so you can sext each other and send each other weiner pics in 3d. actually im month to month and im not stuck with one phone and yes i do defend it not because its a tbolt because its a single core !! So my point is single core phones can be just as fast if not faster then a phone with dual core so does it feel good to try an put a pre schooler in place?

          • http://Website Richard Yarrell

            Yeah this snowbdr89 is one LOST SOUL poor guy wouldn’t know something good if it laid in front of him and begged him WHAT A WAIST HE IS. I will check those videos out most definitely and enjoy your evo 3d cause it is the best Android has

    • http://Website Exynos

      The reason that the benchmarks are higher is that 1- sense 3 is more CPU hating, 2- the dual core is not lime a tegra, the dual core in the evo 3d, evo 4g+, and the sensation are asymetricsl dual core which means it has the currently open app running in one core and the background apps running in the other core to reduce slowdown found on any non asymetrical device, single core or tegra ( my xoom, mt4g, cliq, my friends Droid x2, etc)

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        We have not seen anything to suggest that HTC Sense causes benchmark numbers to be lower.

  • http://www.indysupertech.com Gadgetjedi

    Got the 3vo yesterday. I was hesitant to give my Evo 4g, but I’m glad I did. The phone runs very smooth. Have not experienced any issues with internet or call quality like some reviews suggested. Gotta think it was location. I consider the 3d just a perk…cool in short bursts. The performance of the phone, however, is lightning fast and responsive. Even though it’s relatively the same size as the Evo 4g, it just feels lighter, and more sleek. Also, the cameras don’t protrude out like the pictures portrayed. Like the thickness of a dime. No regrets whatsoever.

  • Prince77

    I don’t have the Green Hornet movie on my phone, I also don’t have the 3D demo videos or pictures on my phone.

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      The green hornet movies is on the microsd card which is an 8gig class 4 card. Just hit the htc watch application at which time you will recieve a notification to update htc watch at that time except update and download. You can also hit the green hornet movie icon it is there in your tray..Special note if you have a 16 gig or 32gig card right now make them transfer whatever is on the sd card included in the phone to your 16 or 32 gig card you will be better off. I had a 16gig class 4 sd card made by kinston that I am using in my evo 3d instead of the 8gig class 4 sandisk card that is included in the evo 3d.

  • http://Website Mark

    Richard, if HTC or Sprint is not paying you for all these ramblings, then you seriously need a life. We’re all Android fans here and don’t care what carrier or Android phone you have as far as you’re under the Android umbrella. Stop being like that “Ben” guy and trying to split us up with your fanboy-ism.

    • http://Website snowbdr89

      If htc or sprint is payin dick then they really are hurting because dick has no f**king clue about android or anything!!

      • http://Website Richard Yarrell

        I have clue enough to buy the best HTC and SPRINT has to offer every year like clock work. It must be pretty horrible in your lonely world YOU AND VERIZON ARE NOTHING BUT FLOPS and so is that SHITTY TBOLT…That was specially designed for your great speedy overpriced network. What you getting 3 or 4hrs at best battery wise. YOUR A CLOWN trying to sound so educated about ROMS and ROOTING I know your not built like you want people to believe..

        • http://Website randomguy

          This coming from the moron who seriously told others that Sprint had data and voice over the same network, and that you could use data while in the middle of a call? Or that rooting was for “2 year plus devices”? Or that there are no Gingerbread devices on Verizon, when in fact, there are at least 3? Please. You have no clue of anything. Least of all Sprint.

          • http://Website snowbdr89

            Ok wait a sec, dick said you can only root devices that are two years old and sprints network you can talk n surf an gingerbread isnt for vzw phones? Im not sure if i should laugh my ass off at the moron. or feel sorry for the pathetic soul!!

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      My friend you and that other BOZO snowbdr89 both NEED TO SHUT UP AND GO BUY A LIFE. This article is about the EVO 3D and NEITHER OF YOU HAVE ONE. Go play in your lonely park or better yet go BUY A REAL PHONE FOR A CHANGE…

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    Is the screen used the same (as in exactly) as either the Nintendo 3DS or any of the Japanese phones with 3D?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      No. The EVO 3D features a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) 3D display while the 3DS features a 3.53 inches display (3.02 inches wide, 1.81 inches high) with 800 x 240 pixel resolution.

  • http://Website Stewart

    I can confirm that the evo 3d does not work with wiimotes. I also was going to try the hdmi output, but you need an adapter, the cable will not plug directly into the mhl port as some will have you believe.

    • http://Website No hdmi mirroring

      So no Wiimote connection and no HDMI mirroring, wow! What a let down. I should have gotten the SGS2. I knew I should have done that instead. Oh well, I’m still within my 30 days so thankfully its going back. I like the fast web on sprints wimax service in downtown Boston, and i love the sense UI….but i got the phone mostly to play it via my hd tv……too bad.

  • http://Website No hdmi mirroring

    Just got my mhl cable last night and connected it to my hd tv and there is no hdmi mirroring. Very dissapointed. The phone is going back
    if sprints customer service doesn’t fix the issue.

  • http://Website Ejayson

    Can someone tell me if I can use this phone in Holland If I buy in the states. ??

  • http://Website RyuKen

    I once saw a website that provides a microusb able to hdmi port on your hdtv without MHL and still charges through alternative wiring and porting. I bookmarked it but can’t find the link.
    Please help me b/c I want to watch videos on my hdtv.

    Thanks in advance!

  • http://Website eddie

    I got my EVO 3d my ear piece is not working on incoming call and I tried different ones and got another phone and still having same problem
    Reply as soon as possible thank you

  • Brian

    Has anyone heard of the EVO 3D malfunctioning when sending picture mail and sending pics to unintended contacts in the phone’s memory?

  • Zakeeeeee

    I bought an Evo 3D afew days ago. Was wondering does it has gorilla screen? I havent got any screen protector on since the day I bought it and it still look totally new and un scratched.

    • Trey

      I think it does have gorilla screen because it took me two months to make a little scratch

  • http://None Haroon

    Can. You take the 3G function off on the htc and what’s better the htc evo 3d or the lg optimius

  • Bikerreaper

    Has anyone come across the gallery all of a sudden not finding your pics? My gallery acts like it’s empty but when I use the file explorer, the pics are still on my sd card. I even went around a back way and opened them through a camera app and saved them, they show up in the gallery but when I restart the phone they are gone again! What the hell?!! ANYONE??! Thanks.

  • jesse muna

    I have some issue on my evo 3d phone. The 1st. issue is that I can’t upload to facebook. secondly I get an alert on the phone saying I have problem with lava and internet connection’

    Please help

  • Bulusma

    How can i use HTC Sense…? so i mean i’m not able to watch my videos and photos on TV, who can answer to my question definitly?

  • Bulusma

    How can i use HTC Sense…? so i mean i’m not able to watch my videos and photos on TV, who can answer to my question definitly? I will look for answers everyday on my e-mail

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah got the lg thrll 3d phone going too watch a 3d movie on my 3d phone

  • Fez Kazi

    Any clue on how to play 3d videos in the Browser (not the youtube app)

    Why? The app doesnt work behind a proxy…. :(

  • Bella

    How do I remove things from my widget? I accidentally added 3 clocks to my home screen

    • Fez Kazi

      Touch the widget you want to remove. HOLD your finger on top of it till the screen changes.

      At the bottom of the screen you’ll get two Buttons: Edit, Remove
      At the top of the screne you’ll get a red bar.

      make sure you touch and hold for a long enough time and touch only 1 widget, not more than 1.

      When the bars appear at the top and bottom, move the widget over to REMOVE. done!!

  • Random name

    Does the phone fell weird in your pocket, since it’s so fat?

    • Fez Kazi

      You do need some fairly spacious jeans pockets :p I had to give away 2 jeans for that reason.

  • Trey

    Mine let’s me change the password but stays as the old one when I unlock it…but it let’s me use the new one when I reset it to turn it back on then goes back to the old one…why is that?