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Round 3: KeyboARd
hTC added swype-like capability to the eVo 3D’s
keyboard with Trace, a feature that lets users draw
a line between letters to quickly type. This was
especially handy for typing in portrait mode, since
we made more mistakes than we liked when pecking
with two thumbs. The larger landscape layout proved
more accurate. In both modes we appreciated the
subtle haptic feedback.
The LG Thrill comes with two virtual keyboards,
the stock Android layout and the LG keyboard. The
stock Android 2.2 keyboard is enabled by default,
and it has large dark-gray keys with white lettering.
The LG keyboard with light-gray keys and black
writing isn’t that much different, but we preferred
it because of its dedicated .com button and added
space between the keys. (This made typing a little
When we ran the Typing Tutor Typing Droid
test on each phone, we scored a higher-accuracy
rating of 84 percent on the Thrill, compared to 79
percent on the eVo 3D. We also typed faster on
the Thrill, notching an average speed of 163 words
per minute (compared to 152 wpm for the eVo).
Winner: LG Thrill 4G. Thanks to its larger keys, we
were able to peck out messages quicker and with
fewer mistakes on the Thrill 4G.
Round 4: SpecS And
The 1.2-Ghz dual-core snapdragon processor and
1GB of RAM inside the eVo 3D proved swift in our
testing, enabling nifty animations as well as fast
app switching. The dual-core Thrill 4G features a
1-Ghz TI oMAP 4430
CPU and dual-channel
memory, making it
one of the fastest
on Linpack, an
that measures over-
the eVo scored 37.7,
compared to 43.5 for
the LG Thrill 4G.
When it came to
graphics, the eVo
managed a strong
7,118 on the An3D-
though the LG Thrill 4G
still outpaced it with
a score of 7,442.
In everyday use, we
found that the Thrill 4G
had more than enough
oomph to handle de-
manding games, hD
videos, and 3D content.
Winner: LG Thrill 4G. The Thrill 4G’s stronger
benchmark scores give it the edge.
Round 5: SofTWARe
The eVo 3D runs sense 3.0 on top of Android
Gingerbread (os 2.2.3), and the changes to the
lock screen alone will make many want to buy this
smartphone. on the home screen you’ll find four
shortcuts that you can drag into a circle to launch
those apps right away. For example, you can go right
into your Gmail inbox, start the camera, or fire up
the phone dialer all with a swipe. This saves time,
and is really a game-changer for Android phones
as far as we’re concerned.
The most noteworthy UI feature we encountered
on the Android 2.2 -powered Thrill 4G was the apps
menu, which divides itself into 3D Applications,
Applications, and Downloaded Applications.
Unfortunately, there’s also an annoying toolbar
that sits at the bottom of the web browser, taking
up screen real estate.
Winner:hTC eVo 3D. hTC’s sense software provides
useful shortcutstoyour most-used apps and an attractive
interface for scrolling through home screens.
Round 6: 3d AppS And GAMeS
While there’s definitely a narrow sweet spot for
getting the best 3D effect on the eVo 3D, it was nice
to see a shot of flowers pop. We could definitely see
some depth to the image. however, if you tilt the
phone from side to side, you get an effect not unlike
those old baseball cards that showed two different
pictures depending on how you held it.
sprint pre-loads the eVo 3D with a copy of
The Green Hornet 3D. Unfortunately, you have
to sign up for an hTC Watch account in order to
access the content. We had better luck with the
bundled demo of the Ultimate Spider-Man: Total
Mayhem 3D game. The 3D effect is adjustable
right on the playing screen, and we found slinging
webs at the bad guys to be immersive without
The Thrill 4G’s screen offers sharp glasses-free
3D images that appear to float just above the
display. however, to get the 3D effect you’ll have
to move the phone around until you get the proper
viewing angle for your position.
LG provides several ways to discover or create
3D content on the Thrill. hitting the 3D button
launches a gorgeous dedicated 3D menu with
a ring of five 3D shortcut tiles you can rotate. 3D
Games and Apps takes you to a separate 3D apps
screen that contains four games by default. We
found that the images on Let’s Golf and N.O.V.A
3D offered great depth and were fun to play.
Winner:LG Thrill 4G. LG wins this round because the
Thrill provides a one-stop shop for 3D content.
Round 7: 3d phoToS And Video
When we shot 3D photos and videos with the
eVo 3D’s dual-lens camera and showed them
off to friends and family, most of them were
pleasantly surprised to see a phone do 3D without
glasses. A 3D video shot on our office rooftop
displayed vibrant images, but only a few shots
You can share captured 3D video shot on the
eVo on YouTube, which has an increasing selec-
tion of 3D trailers and user-generated 3D content.
When we tried to play a video on an hP envy 17
3D, it displayed a split-screen version of our eVo
3D’s footage. however, the notebook accurately
displayed 3D photos, which really popped when
we donned the 3D glasses.
The dual 5-MP cameras on the back of the
LG Thrill allow the phone to take both 3D and 2D
images or videos. 3D photos were sharp and offered
several layers of depth. When we panned the new
York City skyline from the same rooftop, objects in
the foreground and buildings in the background
were more clearly separated than on the eVo 3D.
still, colors were a bit more washed out.
Winner: LG Thrill 4G. Though the eVo 3D offers
images with better contrast, the Thrill’s dual cameras
offered greater 3D depth, plus the phone can stream
photos and videos to a 3D TV via hDMI.
Round 8: 4G Speed
The eVo 3D’s 4G speeds were plenty fast in
new York City, where we conducted the bulk of
our testing. on four occasions speedtest.net
registered above 8 Mbps downloads, and the
handset averaged 6 Mbps. however, as with most
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