Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Future: now in 3D

This past week the largest exhibition of mobile technology for the coming year took place: CTIA 2011, and I have to say it was a large step forward for the mobile industry. The link above leads to a recap of the total events of the CTIA convention but I will be focusing on the 3D aspects of the convention in this post. Before we begin our discussion I must issue a disclaimer: I personally am having a hard time understanding why a person would need a 3D phone or television, but I am aware of the growing tread and I can see that 3D will be HUGE. 3D technology has been adopted much faster then LCD, Blue-ray, or Plasma ever were. Two 3D phones were introduced at this convention HTC EVO 3D for sprint, and LG's Thrill 4G for AT&T.

Lets start with the HTC EVO 3D. As you might already know this is the successor to the HTC EVO 4G. But enough with the introductions lets get to the good stuff : 

I have to say that is a very attractive piece of machinery. In addition to having a 3D display and a 3D camera on the back for capturing your own images the specs on this phone are beastly. This phone maintains the same 4.3 inch screen HTC has become known for while also rocking a glasses-free 3D display. The phone sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (which is another peeve of mine. While it is exceptionally powerful I can not justify the need for two cores on a phone, but that is a discussion for another time). Like the EVO 4G this phone is 4G capable and has a 1.3 mega-pixel front facing camera. This phone also has 720p playback for 3D videos. With or without the 3D this is hands down the most powerful phone in the mobile industry right now.

The second 3D phone that was debuted at CTIA this past week was LG's Thrill 4G for AT&T:

Similar to the HTC EVO 3D this phone has a 4.3 inch glasses-free 3D display, dual 5 megapixel stereoscopic cameras. This phone has a 1 GHz dual core processor and 720p play back resolution. As I have previously stated about the EVO 3D, with our without 3D capabilities the specs of the phone make it one of the best on the market. This one even comes with a complementary teaser video. 

These two are great phones and they foreshadow the coming shift in mobile technologies. It will soon become standard for a phone to have 4G, 3D and dual core processors, and while these things are nice to have the question has to be asked: "what is the point?" Why would you need a 3D display on your phone, how useful can 3D be on a 4.3 inch screen? Why would you need a dual core processor on a phone? Even some laptops do not have dual core processors. As long as the consumer does not have to pay extra fee's for these "benefits" I guess its not a problem right?

1 comment:

  1. Although I completely agree with this post, I personally prefer the newest Droid. Texting is beastly and the phone overall is a solid piece of technology. the 3D feature is pretty incredible though, cellphone technology has sure gone far!