The HTC EVO 3D
Oh yawn, another 3D product. Seriously, do people really care about 3D TVs? You want to watch some blue-alien-filled B-grade trash with an A++ budget? Your call, buddy. HTC's EVO 3D is one of the latest consumer devices to jump on the 3D bandwagon, joining the LG Optimus 3D and the Nintendo 3DS as mobile devices that deliver 3D viewing without glasses. And if you ever encounter a sentence with more '3D' in it than that, we'd be surprised.
The HTC EVO 3D is a superior device to the Optimus 3D, which was itself a decent albeit not outstanding phone. When the EVO 3D hits the Australian market, the Android phone it is likely to be up against is not another 3D handset but Samsung's flagship mobile: The exceptional Galaxy S II. Below, we've got a rundown on some of the basic specs of the two phones.
HTC EVO 3D vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Specifications
|Feature||HTC EVO 3D||Samsung Galaxy S II|
|Operating system (OS)||Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)||Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)||Draw|
|Display technology||Capacitive Super-LCD||Capacitive Super AMOLED Plus||Galaxy S II|
|Display resolution||540x960 pixels (qHD)||480x800 pixels||HTC EVO 3D|
|Camera||Dual 5 megapixel, , dual-LED flash, autofocus, 3D||8 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation, face and smile detection|
|Internal memory||1GB||16GB or 32GB||Galaxy S II|
|Expandable memory||microSD card slot||microSD card slot||Draw|
|Dimensions||126.1mm x 65.4mm x 11.3mm||125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm||Galaxy S II|
|Weight||170g||116g||Galaxy S II|
|Application store||Google Android Market||Google Android Market||Draw|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM 8660 dual-core (1.2GHz)||ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1.2GHz)|
|Bluetooth||3.0 with A2DP||3.0 with A2DP||Draw|
|NFC (Near Field Communication)||No||Yes (but not the Australian model)|
|HDMI-out||Yes (via MHL)||Yes (via MHL)||Draw|
|Adobe Flash support||Yes||Yes||Draw|
In some respects they are similar handsets: They are both equipped with 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreens, though Samsung does have the benefit of an AMOLED display, and both have dual-core ARM-based processors, for example.
The HTC EVO 3D has the edge when it comes to pixel count, and it has the obvious benefit of a 3D display. On the other hand: Do you really care about 3D? This is a question of personal preference, obviously, and if you want an extra dimension to your smartphone experience then you have no real choice but to go with the HTC handset. But I freely admit I can't see the appeal, particularly given the limited amount of 3D content available (still). Of course, maybe with 3D handsets from two vendors on the market we will see growth in this area; but quite frankly, I just find it hard to care.
The HTC EVO 3D is a bit heavier than the Galaxy S II — which really is an amazingly light phone, especially considering the size of its screen. However one thing that we don't really like about the Galaxy S II is that it feels so light and a bit flimsy. We haven't had a chance to spend time with the EVO 3D just yet, we expect it will be built in the tradition of HTC phones like the Desire and Desire HD — well constructed and super-solid feeling.
Both handsets have microSD slots to make sure you have enough storage to load every Frank Zappa album ever, but the Samsung clearly has the edge when it comes to internal storage.
Perhaps the most obvious difference between the two phones, bar the 3D, is the preloaded interface overlays. The EVO 3D comes with the latest version of HTC's Sense UI, while the Galaxy S II is equipped with Samsung's TouchWIZ overlay. To be frank I'm a bigger fan of Sense — perhaps mainly because of familiarity — and TouchWIZ tends to feel a little clunky. But this is really just a question of personal preference.
And in the end the choice between these two phones is likely to come down to just that. In my view, the 3D capabilities of the EVO 3D just aren't that appealing; but if you really want to want to watch a blue-tinged Pocahontas remake on a mobile device, then go for it — despite 3D still being a gimmick in my view, the HTC EVO 3D is a great phone in its own right. On the other hand, the Galaxy S II is also a fantastic handset: It's super-light, super-thin and equipped with an AMOLED screen.
So the question is: Which will you choose? The HTC EVO 3D or the Samsung Galaxy S II — let us know in the comment section below (or possibly just flame me point out how biased I am and that I'm obviously paid by Samsung, HTC and/or Apple. You know you want to.)