Just how stupid or sane you think 3D is will affect how you feel about the HTC EVO 3D Sprint unveiled this afternoon here in Orlando at the CTIA show. Not only does this latest EVO have a beautiful 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pixel glasses-free "QHD" 3D screen, but it also shoots 3D stills and video, just like AT&T and LG's Thrill.
Even without the 3D, the EVO 3D is an impressive successor to the original. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (not the NFC-capable 2.3.3 version), and packs a powerful dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 asynchronous processor. Asynchronous means each processor is capable of working together or separately, depending on the processing needs of the app. A first for phones, it has dual five megapixel cameras on the front and rear, so you lose nothing in resolution snapping self-portraits.
So what's with the 3D? Personally, I think 3D photography is just dumb — I have yet to see any that look any better than those old "holograph" cards you used to get in a Cracker Jack box.
I saw nothing from the EVO 3D to change my mind, either. Still images only look good keeping your head and the camera stock-still. Moving either, and everything in the photo jumps a few millimeters left or right, depending on which direction you move your head.
Movies, though, didn't look awful. While there are the faint screen ridges de rigueur with glasses-free 3D, the affect, even slightly off angle, wasn't bad on the short clip of The Green Hornet I watched.
While there's a switch to let you toggle between 2D and 3D, the dual lens rear camera shoots both 2D and 3D at the same time in case you change your mind later. EVO 3D will be pre-loaded with Blockbuster On Demand, a source that includes 3D movies.
HTC and Sprint also announced a 7-inch 4G/3G tablet, the HTC View 4G (seen in the gallery below). Featuring a 1024 x 600 pixel screen and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz processor, View runs HTC's sense user interface, and sports a 1.3 MP camera in front and a 5 MP camera on the rear.
But View isn't just another 7-inch tablet. It's designed to work with a special stylus. Not only can you write or draw on any screen, it's also an audio recorder, much like a Livescribe smart pen — when you touch the pen down on what you've written you can hear the recording at that point. The demo looked as if it requires a rather high learning curve, but college students might find it handy for lectures.
Both the EVO and the View, due sometime this summer, include HDMI jacks and can connect to your home network to access PC-bound files via DLNA. Both also include mobile hot spot capabilities for up to eight users. No pricing was announced.