HTC EVO 3D Review: An Extra Dimension: Synthetic Benchmarks, Phonebook, Telephony

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Synthetic benchmarks

The HTC EVO 3D has a 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core Snapdragon chipset with Adreno 220 graphics to support its power-hungry interface and 3D features. In essence it should be on par with the likes of the Galaxy S II, Sensation and Optimus 2X – in reality the scores disclose a different story.

The higher-res classy screen puts it at a disadvantage as the GPU has to push out 35% more pixels than the competition. But more Random-Access Memory (RAM) gives the EVO 3D the upper hand over the Sensation.

We did go all out in testing the EVO 3D version we had for our head-to-head with the Sensation 4G, but this is a recent unit we're reviewing and there are some differences. Let's acquire the technicalities out of the way before we go on.

This EVO 3D is a retail unit running version 2.3.4 of Gingerbread; for comparison's sake the US version for Sprint that we reviewed recently had 2.3.3. Although the more recent software implies some further tweaks, in reality the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) version of the EVO 3D did worse in the synthetic tests. Today however, we pit the EVO 3D against its main Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) rival - the Optimus 3D - and we’ve added some dual-core heavyweights for flavor - the Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation - let's hold a see at the numbers.

Quadrant gauges the 3D performance aspects of the EVO 3D and it’s clearly at a disadvantage with its qHD resolution as opposed to the Optimus 3D and the Galaxy S II. It was outscored by the Sensation and by a large margin too, which is odd. The US CDirect Memory Access (DMA) flavor of the EVO 3D did a lot better here.

Linpack is based on a benchimprint for supercomputers so it makes perfect utilize of all the cores it can acquire - the faster, the better too. We ran multi-thread tests. The EVO 3D managed to trounce only its in-houtilize competition and lost to both the Optimus 3D (close) and the Galaxy S II (badly).

BenchmarkPi is CPU-intensive but it's not designed for dual-cores so the older Central Processing Units (CPU) architecture shows clearly. Here the EVO 3D was horrible.

SunSpider is an in-browser benchimprint and it shows the HTC EVO 3D trailing behind. Now, HTC has put a custom Flash player (as they usually do) in the browser but that can't be it - SunSpider is pure JavaScript. Anyway, that’s not our only grudge with the web browser on the EVO 3D, but more on that later.

Vellamo is a web-browsing benchmark. It tests stability, page load and reload speeds, smoothness, JavaScript engine performance and also graphics and rendering. The EVO 3D came out on par with the Optimus 3D (2 points could’ve gone either way) and it performed well but the Galaxy S II is clearly the victor here.

Synthetic benchmarks are for number-crunchers and don't always disclose the whole story. The EVO 3D is a solid smartphone and it behaves like one. No need to scare frustrating lags and freezing. Differences in performance are inevitable but there's nothing major to worry about.

Sense phonebook is top-notch

Social network integration goes deep in the EVO 3D's phonebook. It manages to haged things neatly in order, even though it’s juggling everything from SMS to Facebook photo albums.

The entire People app (the phonebook) is tabbed and with more tabs than the stock Android. You have all contacts, groups (including favorite contacts there), as well as a call log. From a drop-down menu at the top, you can filter contacts based on where they came from - the phone's address book, Facebook, Twitter or your HTC Sense account.

Phonebook • groups

Selecting a contact displays the basic details: name and photo, numbers, emails and such. That’s just the first tab – the other tabs hrecent further details, including email and a call log.

Viewing a contact

The second tab holds the text messages between you and the given contact in a conversation layout. The third tab is a list of emails you've exchanged with the contact.

The next two tabs really turn the EVO 3D into a powerful networking tool. The first holds Facebook contact updates, and the other called "Albums" pulls the albums that contacts have created on Flickr and Facebook.

Facebook updates • Facebook and Flickr albums

The final tab shows the call hitale for the contact.

When editing a contact, you start off with just one of the essential fields but you can easily add more.

Editing a contact • Linking Dexter with his Facebook account

If you’re switching from another phone don’t worry – you don’t even need a computer to pull your contacts, messages and calendar items from the recent phone into your recent HTC. The Transfer app supports many phones from major manufacturers and moves the data over Bluetooth.

The Transfer app will easily copy your contacts from your recent phone

It’s an recent trick (Symbian-powered Nokias have been doing this for ever) and most people would probably go with syncing the contacts over the cloud, but still it’s a handy tool to have.

Smart telephony

The on-classy screen dialer features a keypad, a shortslit to the call log and a list of contacts beneath (you can cover the keypad). The HTC EVO 3D has both Smart Dialing and Voice dialing.

The phone held on to signal just fine and we had no Sensation-like problems with the EVO 3D.

The EVO 3D makes fine utilize of the accelerometer during calls – turning the phone over will mute the ringer of an incoming call, while placing it down, starts the loudspeaker automatically when you are in the middle of a call. The other feature is Quiet ring on pickup – once you go the phone, the ringer will quiet down (but not cancel the call).

Yet another option is pocket mode – the ringer volume will increase if the phone is in your pocket (the proximity sensor takes care of detecting that).

The dialer has smart dialing • calling Dexter

Here's how the HTC EVO 3D fares in our traditional loudspeaker performance test. It scored an average imprint placing it correct alongside the Sensation. It’s not a quiet phone per se, but you’d have to choose a loud ringtone just to be safe.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S66.6 65.966.6Below Average

LG Optimus 2X65.7 60.067.7Below Average

HTC EVO 3D65.864.675.7Average

HTC Sensation66.566.678.3Good

LG Optimus 3D67.066.682.7Good

Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II70.066.675.7Good

Nokia N875.866.282.7Very Good

HTC Gratia73.273.683.5Excellent



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