The official price and release date for Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D were finally announced a couple days ago, and it’s just crying to be picked up. Announced at CTIA 2011, this device has been one of the most anticipated of the year. And it only has a few worthy competitors. (Mostly the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S II).
Soon after the EVO 3D’s price and availability were made official, multiple companies started announcing pre-order offers. Target seems to stand out amongst the crowd, since they’re offering a $150 credit if you’re willing to trade-in your HTC EVO 4G. And Radio Shack is willing to give a $100 credit for it. Why should you give up your beloved EVO 4G? Here’s 7 reasons why the upgrade is very much worth it:
If you thought your HTC EVO 4G was fast, wait ’til you see the power of the EVO 3D. Packing one of the best processors to-date, the EVO 3D’s 1.2 GHZ dual-core Snapdragon will surely impress. Not only is this CPU clocked higher, but the dual-core factor should also substantially improve the performance of the device.
Though this might be a battery drainer for some, (we all know Android devices have bad battery life anyway–especially ones with HTC Sense), this device does have 1 GB of RAM, which will greatly improve your multitasking experience.
3D Camera and Display
Though many think a phone should not be 3D, it’s actually very nice to have the option. Being able to record and watch 3D video (glasses-free) can definitely improve your media experience. 3D is growing–slowly, but it is growing–and this feature makes your device just a bit more future-proof. But if you just can’t get used to 3D, it’s very simple to turn the feature off. Even without it, this is a great phone.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
It’s mid-2011, and you’d expect all devices to be released with Android 2.3. But that’s not always the case. Many devices are still being released with Froyo, which is simply not acceptable at this point. The HTC EVO 3D, however, does come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, making it one of the very few to have the latest Android OS.
HTC Sense 3.0
If you guys haven’t seen the improvements in Sense 3.0, you’re really missing the action. It’ll only take the first power-on for you to see how much HTC Sense has improved. Literally the first thing you see, the lock screen is among the most exciting features of Sense 3.0. (At least it’s my favorite). And that’s only the beginning.
The HTC EVO 3D features DLNA and HDMI (MHL port). This will prove amazing for those who want to take their entertainment to a bigger screen. Plug in your device via HDMI or simply sync it wirelessly, if your TV is DLNA capable. It’s that simple to play your HD–and 3D–videos on your living room big screen.
While some other high-end devices are being released with a price tag of $250-$300, the EVO 3D is breaking the rules, with a price of $199.99 on a two-year contract. So, if you trade in your EVO 4G at Target and get the $150 credit ($100 at Radio Shack), it adds up very nice. (We’ll let you do the math). Although, if you try to sell your EVO 4G through a site like eBay or Craigslist, you might end up getting even more for it.
Pre-orders are up and running, so make your decision and be sure to get your device by the 24th. With the popularity of the EVO 3D, supplies probably won’t last long.
EVO 4G, I love you, but people (and technology) change. It isn’t you, it’s me…
As always, we’d love to know what our readers think. Let us know your opinions! Are you pre-ordering your EVO 3D? If so, are you trading in your EVO 4G for the store credit?
Radio Shack has put together this closer-look video of the EVO 3D, as if you needed any more prompting.