Still happy with EVO 3D?General

Are you still happy with your HTC EVO 3D?

  1. Yes

    76 vote(s)
  2. No

    17 vote(s)
  3. IDK

    6 vote(s)
  4. Yes, but I'd like a phone on another carrier

    1 vote(s)
  5. Yes, but I don't want Sprint anymore

    8 vote(s)
  6. Yes, but I want ICS already

    56 vote(s)

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  1. wake69

    wake69 Well-Known Member

    I would put my 3d up against any current device in terms of performance and battery life. I am rooted but thats my choice and i will do this for all phones that are of the android flavor that i own for the rest of my life. I have yet to see a world breaking phone released since the release of my 3d.

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  2. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    OK, so rooting will void your HTC warranty but Sprint honors your TEP. I found this quoting policy, take them a rooted phone, they say please avoid it, and try to reinstall the factory rom. Problem not resolved, honor the TEP as hardware issue.

    sprint's policy on rooting (please sticky) - Android Forums at

    We have a number of members who are Sprint employees posting here that that's true.
  3. jdsingle

    jdsingle Well-Known Member

    I got so fed up with Swype this morning I decided to root just to uninstall it. If my phone dies oh well. I'll just take the cost I would have paid to get a new phone and use it for my ETF.

    Thanks for the info though!
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  4. BenChase7

    BenChase7 VIP Member VIP Member

    Yea, I really like the EVO 3D, too! I've had the Photon, Galaxy S II, and, now, the EVO 3D. It really is a great device, and you're right... even after being almost a year old, its still very competitive with about anything out there. It just amazes me how some people gave it a bad rep just because 3D is "gimmicky." I would want this phone with or without 3D capability. Here is the funny thing.. I can count on one hand how many times I've used the 3D functions. For those who focus simply on the 3D aspect of the phone and overlook the rest.. well, they are truly missing out. There is soo much more to the EVO 3D than 3D. I'm glad I've got an EVO 3D.
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  5. brownhornet

    brownhornet Well-Known Member

    Switched to the GS2 and yea I prefer it in pretty much every way.
  6. brownhornet

    brownhornet Well-Known Member

    That wouldnt be a good idea considering HTC has the worst battery life out of all smartphones ive ever used. And the xynos definitely wouldn't be out performed by the 3D. Now don't get me wrong the 3D is a nice phone, but...NO lol. There is a reason the GS2 was voted the best smartphone last year by pretty much EVERY blog and it wasn't just because they didn't like the 3D. It's just a better phone.. to me anyways and I owned both.

    Performance wise, HTC phones would fare better if they would make that bloated overlay known as sense optional to uninstall without having to root. It slows the hell out of the phone and uses way too many resources. Yea, you can root and use a sense free rom but then you have to sacrifice losing some type of functionality since HTC refuses to give out the source code at this point. Even if you opt to use another launcher sense is still there. A lot of people may not like touchwiz but it most definitely doesn't bog the phone like sense does.

    And then there's the cameras... horrible. The quality of the pics is bad even with the Amaze camera mod, it just makes it a little better than what it was. I guess HTC finally got the hint that their cameras sucked and upped the ante with the HTC One, but then they went backwards by making the battery (which is still too small btw) not removable. The battery life of HTC phones is a black eye for most... carrying around spare batteries, chargers or having to flash this kernel or that kernel just to get 8 hours is unacceptable. Fortunately, I don't have that problem anymore.

    Every phone i've had since the vogue has been an HTC phone but I just got fed up with the 3D. Fed up from having to charge my phone up at noon when I was barely using it, etc etc. Fed up with not being able to remove sense without losing 4G/3D/etc etc. When they figure out they need to add at least a 2500 mah battery, make sense removable or at least start releasing the source code within a timely manner ill come back because I actually like their phones. But I just can't stand for the fact of what I have to do to make it through the day anymore.
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  7. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Sorry it didn't work out for you. On light/medium use, as I have often posted, I have 50% battery left after 18 hours and overclocking to 1.5 GHz puts the S3 at par with the Exynos save for 3D rendering. I run Sense, everything works.

    Android is all about choice, glad your SGS2 is working out for you.
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  8. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Clearly entitled to your opinion, but myself and many others clearly do not share the same sentiment as you, or even the poor battery life. I have gone almost 37 hours before requiring a full charge on moderate usage. It just seems to me that it's possible and likely that you had some process in the background eating away at your battery. If you want to blame HTC for that, go ahead. The only thing that I will stand with you on is the terrible camera, but then again - it is a cell phone. I will never understand why people would expect a phone to take pictures like a Canon/Nikon DSLR. It doesn't and it shouldn't.
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  9. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Highly recommend the HTC Amaze camera app ported to our phone with 3D support, no root required.

    It's still a cell phone camera, but I am liking that app, I must say.
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  10. wake69

    wake69 Well-Known Member

    Yet you still come to our forum and have the 3d listed as your phone. I love sense and before root i still made about 12 hrs of battery with usage. However these phones are mini computers and since my first smart phone, i learned to carry a charger with me. nbd.
    it is a cell phone so i dont care about the camera. and as for the sg2 if you like it, good on it and have fun.
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  11. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy VIP Member

    Google Voice forces me to keep Autosync and background data on in order to work and I don't need to recharge in a normal work day from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, when I use my phone streaming internet music during my work hours and quite a bit of texting in the evening. on sentence, but yeah...

    I'm rooted, but mostly everything is stock currently, except I'm OC'd when screen is on and underclocked when it's off. On the weekends when it's mostly just texting with no music playing or any real heavy usage, I'll go from Saturday morning to Sunday night without touching a charger and still have some juice left.

    If you don't like the phone, you don't like the phone. Simple as that. I just find that the grass is always greener on the other side. Would I like to play with a GS2? Sure. I'm just not going to buy one. Even if I feel that it's an upgrade, it's not enough of an upgrade, IMO, to justify the jump. I will be interested in seeing the HTC One get pit against the Galaxy S3, but that's another discussion.
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  12. brownhornet

    brownhornet Well-Known Member

    lol I mean, it's not like i'm on here everyday. I honestly dont care enough to constantly change what phone I have as much as I swap...and it's not as if there's a ton of activity in the 3D forum anyways. And BS on the 12 hours with usage before rooting. People always say that ish but what it really translates to is 12 hours with hardly nothing sync'd, 10 minutes worth of calls and maybe 30 minutes screen on time. And yea, they are "mini computers" but there is NO disputing that HTC by far has the worst batteries out of all smart phones. Everyone knows this. And contrary to what you believe, it honestly isn't necessary for all smart phone owners to carry a charger or spare batteries around whether they're mini computers or not.

    That's basically fan boy talk because you don't want to admit the obvious. And if the camera didn't matter on smart phones then OBVIOUSLY HTC wouldn't be going out of their way to make the improvements on the next batch. For the record, the IP4S is the MOST uploaded on flicker so yea, i'd say the camera does matter. But of course it doesn't matter when you have literally the worst option. Like it or not i'm not saying anything that everyone here doesn't already know...whether they care to admit it or not. It is what it is.
  13. brownhornet

    brownhornet Well-Known Member

    And again, I always HEAR people say "well yea I use my phone all day and my battery life is fine.."...but I never actually encounter any of these people in the real world lol. EVERYONE I know in person that has a Evo or a 3D constantly complain about how bad the battery is. And the funny part is, all these same modifications people claim help... i've been doing since the touch pro and it rarely ever pans out the way people claim it does unless I disable half the features of the phone.

    People will turn off background data and then say "well my battery life is fine I get 10 hours"...yea, but then if you have apps with push notifications half of them don't come until you turn the screen on. The sacrifice just isn't worth it anymore to me.
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  14. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    I don't turn off anything. My facebook syncs once every day. My brightness is set to a reasonable level - 35%, I think. Overclocked while active, and underclocked while inactive. It all results in beautiful battery life. Either way, the people you have seen that suffer from the negative effects like you do are still part of a small sample size.
  15. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Sorry it didn't work out for you, hornet, but your conjectures about others getting good service are simply that, conjectures about how we do things.

    When I first got my phone, I set it and let it alone, and got well over a day with plenty of use, background and syncing on, gps on - NO battery tweaks, not the "baby it" stuff you describe.

    Night and day difference from my Evo.

    And my battery claims don't involve underclocking at all.

    Now, I will show respect for your personal experience but it's time for you to reciprocate.

    Those of us getting the great service you didn't get are not wrong, inexperienced and not lacking in the ways of smartphone inner mysteries.

    It's called your mileage may vary, that's all. :) ;)
  16. nothingbutaGthingbaby

    nothingbutaGthingbaby Well-Known Member

    The update from last month (or Jan?) has really made the EVO 3D a much more enjoyable phone for me simply because the battery is lasting a lot longer than it was and I'm able to use the phone like I want to, it keeps going much like this run on sentence.
  17. thor492001

    thor492001 Member

    i love it
  18. cmanbrazil

    cmanbrazil Well-Known Member

    With all your knowledge about devices -I know its way more than mine- you know better than your response. Its not that i am calling your claims false, but you know enough to deduce that hornet is speaking for a great number of users.

    Maybe it is a city issue at least as far as the battery is concerned. I am in Columbus Ohio, all three people I know with the device, in addition to commentary for some folks at the Easton Sprint store, and its quite clear that a good number of users in Columbus suffer from a number of battery, camera, sound, an other issues that make this phone problematic in areas.

    For me, some of the areas I have learned to live with. For sound I use headset or plug in the car, the camera is tolerated, and I bought Seido's biggest battery which gives me no worries for the day, even though my phone is a brick.

    What I get are great apps from google that I use daily, such as maps, tasks, calendar, and email. In addition, the dolphin browser, pdf viewer, youtube, and a few others work well.

    This phone is a step up from the original evo. It doesn't though make it a well rounded device.

    Am I happy with the device? Yes. Do I think other phones are better in several areas? Yes. Is it my most important piece of technology? Yes. Do I want a better phone? Yes. Can I happily live with the deficiencies until renewal time? Yes.
  19. jdsingle

    jdsingle Well-Known Member

    This is dead wrong. I can assure you if the battery life on this phone was that terrible there would be large threads going around from Android nerds all around. If you have GPS, 4G, constant data sync, your phone is going to die quicker. We've got multiple EVO 3Ds in the family and guess what, as long as we have these off the phone survives no problem. Is the sound level on the speaker phone weak? Yes, try Volume+ as has been mentioned in numerous other threads.

    Commenting on how Google makes great apps that you use all the time doesn't help the battery argument either. Make MacBook Pro has a well designed battery in my opinion but if I sit here watching movies on a 17" screen all day the battery life is significantly shorter. There is no phone out there with a perfect battery short of getting an extended one. Just because you've seen a group of people with battery issues (which I am a firm believer most likely stems from GPS, data, and heavy use) does not mean it is a wide spread issue and makes the phone suck.
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  20. cmanbrazil

    cmanbrazil Well-Known Member

    I said the phone was problematic in areas and how well you liked the phone probably has a lot to do with how you use the phone. As I stated, I have learned to live with the faults, and what I like about the phone and android offset the issues i have with it.

    I don't understand why people have to excuse the phone's negatives. So yes heavy use will drain the battery faster as a rule. However, some phones drain quicker than others, and that can be acknowledged as well.
  21. brownhornet

    brownhornet Well-Known Member

    Like I said, i'm yet to encounter one person that just turns the phone on and gets 12 straight hours out of the box unless they're barely using the phone. And with all the folks I know with Evo's and 3D's that's yet to change. Regardless of what you say, out of all the smartphones i've used HTC's battery life is by far the worst.
  22. brownhornet

    brownhornet Well-Known Member

    Uh, there WERE threads about the battery life of this phone... PLENTY of them. Let's not forget the phone came out in June of last year so it's not like they would be at the top of the page. Half the folks here are using juice defender for a reason. There's no way you're going to convince me this phone gets good battery life when i've had 3 of em and lived within a quarter mile of a tower. I live in the same location now with the GS2 and with no mods I can get at least 3-5 hours more time out of it than I could with the 3D...bone stock.
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  23. C21Realtor

    C21Realtor Active Member

    Mine was delivered slightly before launch, because I was a Premier Sprint customer. This is still wicked fast. The phone functions well for all that I do and most of what I try. I really like having the 3D feature, and hope there is a 3D feature on the next HTC. Not sure the best way to view / share 3D content. Someday, I'll figure out how to find 3D movies to watch.

    I have been a smart phone user since the Palm 650. Man, how times have improved. My teen son's iPhone 4s offers zero appeal to me. Other Android devices offer nothing more than I have to make me want to switch. Watching Motorola.
  24. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Nobody is trying to convince you of anything. We're just simply telling you that we experience otherwise. I have not once used JuiceDefender, and I do not plan to use it at any point in the foreseeable future. I'm still pumping out a day and change on CM7 with moderate usage. I often saw similar or better results on my favorite Sense ROMs (Eternity/Supra). In any event, HTC may have many devices with poor battery life, but there are plenty of workarounds to change that. If you want to play the blame game, go ahead - but don't keep spouting the same nonsense over and over again in every single post you make. It makes you look desperate.
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  25. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy VIP Member

    I think everyone has made their point. There's no sense in repeating the battery argument ad nauseum. Neither side is going to convince the other of anything.

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