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Why Would I Want A 3D Phone?

Why Would I Want A 3D Phone?

by Brad MerrillMarch 24, 2011

I’m sure you’ve heard about Sprint’s HTC Evo 3D.  This is big for Sprint and HTC without a doubt, but I’m really skeptical about whysomeone would want a 3D phone.  I know it’s gonna fly off the shelves, but are consumers really going to want to have a 3-dimensional 4.3 inch screen?  The rest of the specs are nice too, but I think 3D is just a gimmick to make the Evo suck less.

Why do you want a 3D TV, or even just a large-screen TV?  It’s about immersing yourself in what you’re watching, which gives you a more enjoyable viewing experience.  If it takes up all or most of your field of vision, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the content.  That’s also the appeal of big screens at movie theaters.  3D is just a bonus that makes the experience that much more awesome.

But why do you want your phone to have 3D functionality?  What’s the point?  There is no way you can immerse yourself in a movie being played on your phone the same way you could if you were watching it on a 50-inch HDTV.  It’s much too small, and there’s sure to be too much going on around you for you to actually enjoy the 3D features unless you bury your face in it and never look up.  Fuhgeddaboudit.

Not to mention the supply of content.  YouTube is apparently working on some 3D stuff, which will likely become the overwhelming source of content for 3D phones.  I doubt any mainstream companies will create content specifically for 3D phones, because two phones hardly constitute aplatform.  Fuhgeddaboudit.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I just don’t think 3D has a place in the smartphone market.  What do you think?

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.