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sprint 4G devices, speeds dropped off steeply
as we ventured away from a window and further
indoors. our only major 4G complaint is that
sometimes the eVo 3D lost its 4G connection
and forced us to manually scan and reconnect
to the network.
The Thrill 4G rides on AT&T’s hsPA+ network,
which means that it’s faster than 3G but the
slowest and least consistent of the major car-
riers’ 4G networks. In our new York apartment,
the Thrill averaged 2.1 Mbps down and 188.2
Kbps up on speedtest.net. The speed numbers
were much stronger when we tested the Thrill in
Atlanta, where it managed 3.4 Mbps down and
648 Kbps up.
Winner: hTC eVo 3D. When it comes to 4G per-
formance, only the eVo 3D backs up the carrier’s
speed claims. Based on our test results, the Thrill
is 4G in name only.
Round 9: CAll QuAliTy
The eVo 3D delivered clear calls in both new York
City and new Jersey. one caller who answered
on a landline said we sounded “normal,” which
is good because at first she didn’t know we were
calling from a cell phone. on our end we heard
some fuzziness on the line, which was especially
pronounced when listening to hold music when
calling a doctor’s office. some words got broken
up as well when we dialed 1-800 -TeLL-Me and
tried to listen to the news.
The LG Thrill offers acceptable audio for
outgoing and incoming calls. When we phoned
a couple of different friends who were on
landlines, we found that incoming audio was
mostly accurate, though we experienced a few
moments of distortion. When we used a landline
to receive a call from the Thrill, the sound was
crystal clear. The speakerphone also produced
loud, accurate audio.
Winner: Draw. Both the eVo 3D and the Thrill 4G
sounded fuzzy at times, but overall both phones
offered clear call quality.
Round 10: BATTeRy life
sprint has heard the complaints about the eVo
4G’s short battery life, packing the eVo 3D with a
high-capacity 1730 mAh battery. Unfortunately, the
phone failed to run our battery test to its comple-
tion, but if we extrapolate the results, the eVo 3D
should last 7 hours and 46 minutes. That’s plenty
of endurance to get through the day and well
above the 5:49 smartphone average. however,
keep in mind that recording 3D video zaps the
battery quickly, as does viewing 3D content for
When we ran the LAPToP Battery Test, the Thrill
ate through 20 percent of its battery in just an hour.
That extrapolates to a battery life of about 5 hours,
a bit below the 5-hour and 30-minute category
average and far below the 7:46 minute provided
by the hTC eVo 3D. The Thrill is also rated for up
to 6 hours of talk time.
Winner: hTC eVo 3D. Plain and simple: The eVo
3D will get you through more of the day than the
HTC eVo 3d lG Thrill 4G
3d Apps and
The hTC eVo 3D won
five rounds and tied in
one, beating the Thrill 4G
with its sharper display,
speedier 4G performance,
more intuitive software,
and longer battery life.
The LG Thrill 4G won four
rounds, edging out the eVo
in 3D content, 3D photos and video, the key-
board, and overall phone performance. Both
smartphones fought to a draw when it came to
design and call quality.
so which handset should be in your pocket?
The LG Thrill 4G is a better 3D phone at a more
aggressive $99 price. however, what breaks
this deadlock is the eVo 3D’s faster 4G data,
which is unlimited. on AT&T you’re limited to
2GB unless you sign up for a more expensive
plan. You can’t go wrong with either phone, but
the eVo 3D is the better overall choice.
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