Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

Summary: With Sprint's HTC Evo 3D launching today and AT&T's LG Thrill 4G coming this summer, which 3D smartphone offers the best three dimensional experience? Here are my first impressions of both phones from CE Week 2011.

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It's not often that you get to compare two phones from two different carriers under the same roof, but I got to do just that at the CEA Line Shows Exhibit in New York City this week. With the national of the HTC Evo 3D on Sprint today, I thought I should give my initial impressions on the Evo 3D and the LG Thrill 4G (above, due in AT&T stores some time this summer), as both are 3D glasses-free, 3D smartphones.

On paper, the Evo 3D seems to be clear winner in the specs race with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, Adreno 22 GPU, 4.3" inch S-LCD screen at 540 x 960 pixels, 1 GHz of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and will ship with Android Gingerbread and at newest version of the HTC Sense UI.

The Thrill 4G, on the other hand, will ship with Froyo albeit with a proprietary UI (as announced in AT&T's press release from June 22), is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz TI OMAP4430 CPU, 512MB of dual channel RAM, has a 4.3" inch screen with a lower resolution than the Evo 3D at 800 x 480 resolution, but will have 8 GB internal memory and use a more powerful PowerVR SGX50 GPU that clocks at 300 MHz.

Both phones have two 5 megapixel rear cameras capable of capturing and recording in 2D at 1080p, and 3D at 720p and 30 fps.

According to BriefMobile, benchmark scores of the Thrill 4G actually show that its CPU combined with its superior GPU is faster than the Evo's, even though the Evo has the higher clock speed at 1.2 GHz. This meshes with my own hands-on experience with the Thrill as it seemed more responsive and more inviting to use because of its unique UI to access 3D content by rotating the icons as if they're on a merry-go-round.

When I tried out the 3D cameras on both phones, I was not impressed by the image captured on the Evo because it looked like a filter was added to the image rather than make the image look closer to reality, for lack of a better way to describe it. I felt the 3D photo I took on the Thrill 4G looked more natural.

This was also true of the 3D golf game Let's Golf 2 I played briefly on the Thrill -- the 3D effects showed depth without looking like it was trying too hard or too extreme to tire out my eyes. Although I did have to put more distance between my eyes and the screen after staring at the screen for more than a few minutes.

I also got to watch the Green Hornet trailer in 3D on the Evo that is preloaded on the phone, and came away impressed with how smoothly the resource-intensive file played on such a small phone. So much so  I almost ducked my head when an axe was being thrown into the screen.

Personally, I preferred the LG Thrill 3D's more subtle and natural effects despite having less RAM and shipping with an older version of Android, but the Evo definitely has the higher-res screen, a more future-proofed OS in Gingerbread, and a more polished interface in the Sense. Unless you must have 3D on your phone for games and movies, stat, I'd wait until AT&T releases the Thrill this summer so you can see for yourself before deciding.

HTC Evo 3D costs $200 on a 2-year contract with Sprint, and it is available in Sprint stores and retail partners across the U.S. now.

[Source: BriefMobile, AT&T press release]

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  • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

    4 Gig of Internal Memory??? Right there that makes this phone a flawed device! Any less than 8 Gig is a Joke because not every App can be moved to the SD Card!
    slickjim
    • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

      @Peter Perry
      That prevented me upgrading my EVO 4G to EVO 3D.
      Ram U
  • So what does 3D do to the battery life? (nt)

    nt
    Hallowed are the Ori
    • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

      @Hallowed are the Ori Let me get a review unit before I answer your question... -- gloria
      Gloria Sin
    • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

      @Hallowed are the Ori
      As per some reviews the battery is better than EVO 4G because EVO 3D comes with 1730maH battery. I haven't read about battery life in 3D video capture mode though.
      Ram U
    • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

      @Hallowed are the Ori I was playing with the phone today and the 3D was really hard on the eyes.
      slickjim
  • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

    The battery life on the 3D is much better than the one on the EVO 4G. I get about 1.5x more battery use out of it. On my EVO 4G I would go about 6 hours before a charge was required. I can go about 8 hours on the 3D. I don't use the 3D feature at all.
    faxmonkey
  • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

    Seriously? 3D phones? Ok, 3D might be cool for the majority of people who can see it, but will this make the phone any more useful to the user? Has this increased the quality time and ease of use of these items? This just seems to be jumping on the bandwagon for 3D which is being purposed as an innovation in film experience, one I'm not entirely sure is good for the industry. Instead of making a quality product it seems they want to slap the title of 3D on anything that doesn't honestly need to be there, such as mobile phones.

    What about signal reception? Ease of use? Can you even make a silly phone call on one of these things without having to line up your fingers with some 3D key you keep missing? How about the built in browser on these things? Did either company even try to build a platform which is user friendly or just 'neat' for kids to whine about but can only make calls in a 3 block area on top of a skyscraper in NYC because the hardware is too devoted to this new tech?

    I don't want to say new tech isn't useful, but to what end do we need 3D in our phones? Or is it just another 'designer' option which will fail due to the carriers inability to support it with the resources they have already stretched too thin?
    andoenfw
    • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

      @andoenfw
      This is not an iPhone. Of course it can make and not drop calls no matter how you handle it. Sense 3.0 is reason enough to get this phone. No more unlocking phone and then finding the app you want to use. Just drag the app during the unlock feature. Great user experience. Add the speed of the dual-core processors and everything just zips.
      faxmonkey
  • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

    Another joke on the consumer. What ever happened to just b eing able to make a call? I had a "2G" always could call dropped a couple now and then, then I upgraded to 3g, Couldn't find a connection, or Got edge as soon as I try to place a call, so I upgraded to 3 G, Now I can hardly get a connection... not even edge. Stop the madness Just give us a clear line like we need, no movies or stupid games, dumb apps, Just a line to make that important call, and email.. and occasional web, ( for maps and GPS).
    saintcroix
  • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

    I applaud your comment Saintcroix. It seems the consumer is being caught up with the glamour and not in what matters here. Just to make a call on a device which its intent "was" designed for communication has become passe. I agree these companies are making better phones that can do all sorts of high tech gadgetry, but keeping my call active or even getting my call to connect is so overlooked. If I want 3D I would prefer it on my Laptop, Desktop or even better my Home Theater where I can truly enjoy this type of tech. I prefer not to have most of what is offered on these types of devices, which even with size improvements are still too small to warrant 3D capability. As far as the memory and processors thats all fine and good; but is the consumer really paying attention to what is truly being done here. Silly contracts, the cost of Tech on this type of device, versus what this device is truly used for. Not knocking anyone and their selection of devices but I would pick my poison better..
    mspidey82
  • RE: Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D today, 3D smartphone showdown with AT&T's LG Thrill 4G imminent

    <br>3D, 3G, 4G, iPhone4, now it does everything from email to photos, it just can't hold a darned call without dropping it.<br><br>Apple invented the computer retailing gimmick of the century: sell people a phone that doesn't work, so they resign to using it as a computer. To the other companies trying to join this trend: Apple pretty much cornered the "phone that isn't" market. You'll have to find something else your devices won't deliver: eternal life, sex appeal, free parking everywhere... So what are we not getting next?
    mrdelurk@...