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Wednesday Poll: Interested in 3D on your Android smartphone yet?

For some reason, device manufacturers decided that 3D technology in smartphones is the new hotness, but we’re wondering how many of you are actually excited about it?  We now have 3D devices from LG and HTC (both phones and tablets) on the way this summer, all of which look like phenomenal devices on paper.  But from the responses we’re getting on Twitter though, the idea of having 3D technology on your phone or tablet isn’t overwhelmingly in favor.  Is this something you have to have in your next device?  Is it one giant gimmick?  We asked about this back in January; view the results here.  Let’s see if anyone has changed their mind.

Interested in 3D technology on a mobile device?

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  • Anonymous

    What are the full specs on this device again? Well…even if you never use the 3D, the specs clearly beat ANYTHING currently out there.

  • Tyrian

    After getting to play with a Nintendo 3DS this weekend, I cant say Im on board with the technology. When looking at the screen for a few minutes, then looking away to talk to someone, and then trying to refocus on the 3D screen, my vision was blurry. In short, theres no practicality to it.

  • digsoreos

    This is probably something that has to be experienced and viewed in person before being able to make a solid judgment on the matter. It’s like if someone had asked people whether they wanted a cell phone with a 4.3 inch screen around the time of the Razr’s and when the trend was smaller and thinner…before smartphones came out. I’m sure most would have said no. That’s not to say 3D is a good idea that most people will want even after experiencing it on a phone first-hand, but just something to think about.

  • qb

    Very excited. The idea of making 3d video calls has my interest peaked. A la R2D2 the original OG DROID.

  • Amddude

    Rather not screw up my eyes ……

  • Jtiff

    do we have to wear glasses to use it?

  • Jtiff

    do we have to wear glasses to use it?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X3VEXS2UUAHHJQOWJK35FTXVQE incredible monkey

    build me phone that sits in side a 1 by 1 inch cube and projects out a totally 3d touch ui augmented reality overlay that only I can see and then i’ll think 3d adds functionality.

  • John

    3d is a fad.

    • Anonymous

      The internet is a fad

  • Anonymous

    like tvs I’m only interested if I don’t have to pay a premium for it.

  • Rw-1

    Another fad being pounced upon …

    Another feature that will suck the life out of batteries already taxed tot eh limit on mobiles.

    Hey, here’s an idea … Why don’t all you HW manufacturers get together on making new BATTERY technology to handle all the FLUFF you want to place on these devices you’re desigining in the first place?

    Anf if not the batt tech, then design a good phone with metal to handle the heat dissapation, etc.

    We need 3D on a mobile like pigs need wings, it is already being proiduced on large scale devices (sorry 350z) and there would be no savings in developing it for mobile at this time. In fact, costs are cheaper for larger products instead of the miniturization factor in scaling it down for mobile. If the reverse were true we’d have it already on mobile and only now seeing 3D tv’s …

    Crap, pure and simple crap, not needed.

  • Jeff

    I’ll take 3D ONLY if my boot animation is Emperor Palpatine saying “The time has come. Execute Order 66.”

  • The350zWolf

    FWIW, to me it makes sense, from the manufacturers point of view, to develop this expensive technology on a small scale, hence phones and tablets, and then produce it large scale -large monitors, tv’s-. This way if the technology flops or is prohibitively expensive, then the losses are minimized. Is all about developing the technology as low cost as possible and test the market. If these phones flop no biggie, as long as they win the race o the patent office.

    • DBK

      Uh but it is already built in to some tvs. Wouldn’t that mean they are going backwards?

  • Trophynuts

    why isn’t this on android-life site?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      i know right?

  • tbaybe

    can we get a “F NO” option??

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of 3-d movies, or video games, so I am not particularly interested in having the capability on 4″ screen. All the devices as of yet are 2d/3d, so it doesn’t really bother me that much other than raising the prices a bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    eh.. unnecessary. :-

  • http://twitter.com/hpizzy Hiral Patel

    Great lets look even more dorky with 3D glasses – “Hey did you get my text” yeah “hold on let me throw on my glasses and check”

    • Anonymous

      glasses-free experience

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500860219 Tino Wallace

      no glasses required for this, kinda like the 3DS. I’ll have to see it in action first to make a decision.

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

    3D for a smartphone? Im not liking that idea at all. I think the idea of 3D tvs are ridiculous and now the 3D phone is just to over the top. How about we prefect 2D before we branch into 3D. Here’s the problem I have with android, there rushing ahead of everything, and their not even prefecting it. It’s a shame,

  • Jchammer123

    Sounds like we have a lot of close-minded people here!!! I can’t wait to see what a 3D cell phone is like!!!

    • Anonymous

      Close-minded because we 92% percent are either not interested or waiting to try it before jumping on the bandwagon? I’m not interested in the tech at this point, and am more concerned about battery-life, CPU, internal storage, etc. because I don’t use my phone to watch movies. I have two 52+ inch plasmas at home to watch movies on so I don’t need it on a phone. What else is 3D good for right now on a phone? People have different tastes and needs. I don’t knock the companies for coming out with the tech, because I know there’s a niche market for it.

  • Gg101

    It seems like people don’t understand how the 3D works on the Evo 3D. For almost all purposes the screen is in regular 2d. Only upon viewing specific 3D content (images and video, possibly games down the line) does the screen go into 3d mode. You can take pics and videos in 2d or 3d, so if you don’t have any 3d content it will just act like a 2d phone (w/ a qhd display).

  • Chris Nimon

    Sounds interesting but if it jacks the price up even more then I don’t want it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

    So what is next? Holograms? :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=203000255 Adam Beutler

    Why are people even against this, if it doesn’t cost extra and you can turn it off than it’s a win all around. If you don’t like the 3D then turn it off and use it as you normally would.

    • KSChris

      Why are people against people being against it?

    • Anonymous

      of course it costs extra. a 3d phone is invariably more expensive than a non-3d phone. look at the 3ds, it’s more expensive than nintendo’s console! it adds nothing to the experience. there is no extra functionality because of 3d, it’s not an “innovation” like touchscreens. just a costly gimmick.

  • Anonymous

    I’m more interested in it on a 10 inch tablet to take advantage of ESPN3D, Blockbuster 3D/Netflix 3D, and YouTube 3D but its a good start on the phone since it gives consumers an easy way to create 3D content. Oddly I’m also really interested in 3D videocalling

  • Anonymous

    I’m more interested in it on a 10 inch tablet to take advantage of ESPN3D, Blockbuster 3D/Netflix 3D, and YouTube 3D but its a good start on the phone since it gives consumers an easy way to create 3D content. Oddly I’m also really interested in 3D videocalling

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care for 3d but that phone is beautiful. Too bad its on sprint though.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care for 3d but that phone is beautiful. Too bad its on sprint though.

  • Anonymous

    To 3D implementation I have three words:
    Stop! No! Don’t!

  • Rizzidy

    The short-sightedness of many of the comments here is astounding.

    Why all the hatred of innovation? You sound like a bunch of appleinsider.com idiots.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ericbell19050 Eric Bell

      I can’t believe it. Where did the openness to new technology go?

      • Anonymous

        I’m all for advancements in technology, when its actually useful. All 3d on a phone would do is waste resources, slow down processes, drain the battery, and destroy viewing angles.

      • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.orlando1 -Christopher Orlando

        Its not that they shouldnt try it, the thing is until its good I wont buy it.

    • Anonymous

      I know for me I’m stating my opinion. If phone manufacturers want to make them go ahead. We are talking about phones here, so it should be able to do what it was designed for and operate as a phone. Placing 3D capabilities could be nice, but I’m sure it will drain the battery life. All of this just so I can see my skins and launcher in 3D isn’t really worth it for me. Not to mention that the human anatomy isn’t made to actually enjoy the 3D technology… hence the reason why many people get headaches and seizures watching 3D movies.

    • KSChris

      I love how some people are getting their panties in a wad just because not everyone is excited for the same things they are.. LMAO.

      I like 3D. I’m not against it. In general. But even in movies, it’s still a tricky thing to do right.. to this day, the only movie I’ve seen that’s really done the tech justice has been Avatar.

      It’s just not there yet. It is being used as a gimmick far too often.

      And I have no interest in it on a phone, regardless of whether you can turn it on or off, when we have enough shit on our phones that jack battery life as is.. I can only imagine how this would affect it.

      Innovation is fine. But so is having an opinion on said innovation. Not everything that’s invented has to be liked by everyone.

      • Rizzidy

        Typical response from the anti-evolution crowd…

        • KSChris

          LOL, whatever..

        • Lee

          I guess I’m “anti-innovation” as well, because I agree with KSChris.

        • Anonymous

          New doesn’t mean innovation. Most of the time innovation is either cheaper, easier, or faster. Those weird little bracelets aren’t innovation, they are a fad. Same can be said with 3d. Remember those red and blue 3d glasses? Remember what happened in between then and now at the cinema? 3d quit being a popular fad.

        • http://profiles.google.com/berzerk Brandon Prenger

          I suppose Beta and Mini Disc’s weren’t innovative because they failed. The technology opened up competition and something better emerged, and I think that is what the consensus here is. We want something better, and are dis-satisfied thus far with what we’ve been given. It’s consumerism at it’s finest.

          • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.orlando1 -Christopher Orlando

            Exactly right, not all ideas and patents are innovation and will be around for years to come. 3D will be cool one day, but now it sucks, therefore I have no interest in it being on my phone.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t call this “innovation”. There’s absolutely nothing I can think of as to how adding unnecessary ‘3D’ technology to my phone will make it more useful than it ever was before.

      • Rizzidy

        Just because you can’t think of it doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. We’ll never now until the market has its hands on these devices. Just think back to the early days of smartphones. Would anyone have ever guessed that we would have all the different types of apps that we have now?

        • Tesseract 3

          Sure, you can use that argument for just about anything though. You could use use a similar argument to point out how many people here could be right and it might completely flop.

          • Rizzidy

            Yep, and that’s the whole damn point. We won’t know anything if we don’t try. Shutting down 3D before dev’s get their hands on it is STUPID.

          • Tesseract 3

            But getting annoyed at people because they aren’t interested in the technology is equally stupid.

      • Chris

        anything on a phone that doesn’t involve calling or texting is useless. a phones purpose is to call people or text. so music on your phone is useless. a built in camera on your phone is useless. games, books, videos, and other apps on your phone is useless. even pictures on your phone is useless but its all there. 3d technology is just another one of those gimmicks thats more useless then everything else.

        3d technologies only purpose to to make the phones display look better. Unless you used a phone with 3d technology in it you can’t really judge how it is. But the technology in a phone is just being released so it’s obviously not going to be good.

        3d films existed since the 1950’s with the release of “Bwana Devil” in 1952 but the new technology wasn’t good. It took them 50 years to make the 3d technology in movies better and more popular but it still isn’t perfect. So i doubt their first or even 10th attempt at making a 3d phone will be even close to good. but they can’t get better without releasing failed attempts at it. It might even take them a few decades before the 3d technology in a phone is good.

        • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.orlando1 -Christopher Orlando

          this also doesnt mean I have to buy their failed attempt. the poll was aking would we be interested, and no I wouldnt till its good.

        • Chris

          I never said you have to buy it. u said theres nothing u can think of as to how adding unnecessary 3D technology to your phone will make it more useful then it was before. well i gave reasons why 3d technology will always be a useless feature except for making the display better. and that it will take many years before the 3d technology in a phone is good

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t call this “innovation”. There’s absolutely nothing I can think of as to how adding unnecessary ‘3D’ technology to my phone will make it more useful than it ever was before.

    • Tesseract 3

      New does not necessarily = good. Just ask anyone who invested in betamax or eight track tapes back in the day.

      • Rizzidy

        Cool. Show me where I said anything about this being good or bad. Stay on topic, learn to read, etc.

        • Tesseract 3

          Same tired response from you. Get a new line, your old one is getting boring, come up with something better to say, come up with an argument instead of flaming etc.

          Also this: Posted by you:
          “The short-sightedness of many of the comments here is astounding.

          Why all the hatred of innovation?”

          New doesn’t mean it’s innovative, in other words doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. New might just be… new. It might not be very good at all. You are trolling and hating because some people think it isn’t very good. Maybe it… isn’t very good. Besides, what the hell is innovative about 3D? It’s been around for awhile and it just never really catches on.

          • Rizzidy

            Ahh yes, the old “you disagree with me therefore you must be trolling” argument. Nice one. Stay in school.

          • Tesseract 3

            All I heard was a lot of quacking.

      • Chris

        3d technologies only purpose to to make the phones display look better. Unless you used a phone with 3d technology in it you can’t really judge how it is. But the technology in a phone is just being released so it’s obviously not going to be good.

        3d films existed since the 1950’s with the release of “Bwana Devil” in 1952 but the new technology wasn’t good. It took them 50 years to make the 3d technology in movies better and more popular but it still isn’t perfect. So i doubt their first or even 10th attempt at making a 3d phone will be even close to good. but they can’t get better without releasing failed attempts at it. It might even take them a few decades before the 3d technology in a phone is good.

      • Chris

        3d technologies only purpose to to make the phones display look better. Unless you used a phone with 3d technology in it you can’t really judge how it is. But the technology in a phone is just being released so it’s obviously not going to be good.

        3d films existed since the 1950’s with the release of “Bwana Devil” in 1952 but the new technology wasn’t good. It took them 50 years to make the 3d technology in movies better and more popular but it still isn’t perfect. So i doubt their first or even 10th attempt at making a 3d phone will be even close to good. but they can’t get better without releasing failed attempts at it. It might even take them a few decades before the 3d technology in a phone is good.

    • Joe

      Because 3D induces the same exact symptoms heavy motion sickness can give you after snorting a line of specific painkillers. I can’t believe no one knows. Real 3D which the human eye can look at without screwing up his sight or nausea is what you see in life. 3D from an electronic screen/monitor, WILL make you nauseas. It’s just a matter of how long you need to stare into it.

      People are overly excited about the 3D, saying how it’s the evolution of technology. It’s not. We’re devolving if we’re inventing something new but renders it useless to be watched more than a consecutive hour or two because you start throwing up. Much like electric cars that seem to die every 2 hours on the road but takes 18 hours to charge? That’s not evolution.

      “Look, we invented a new car that runs on oxygen! As long as there’s oxygen you can drive! But there’s no gas pedal, you need to cycle through. And you can’t get above 20mph.” No one will buy that car except for seniors who already drive 20mph. You’re not going to take this car to the highway or anything. So in a way, it’s very limited.

      Sure the 3D phone is innovative because it’s a new concept. But just because it’s innovative doesn’t mean it’s good for you. After Japan’s nuclear reactor disaster, majority of the people does not support it. Strange how couple of months ago, USA was about to launch a large nuclear reactor program. Nuclear reactors are technically innovative. A surge of energy and cheap energy for all household in America. He said it in the State of the Union with people clapping. It sure was a damn good idea. Yeah, that billions of dollar program is probably cancelled. This is just an example. Just because it’s trendy or innovative doesn’t mean you should get it. Almost every new Mercedes model they put out has been innovative in terms of technology. Same for Toyota’s iReal (the chair that you can drive around town with a computer screen letting you communicate with other’s who has the iReal).

  • Anonymous

    Why does it say I said yes? No way I’d say yes.

    • Anonymous

      lol

  • Anonymous

    3D TV, 3D Movies, & 3D Phones = FAIL
    Stop it people….. just … stop

    • Rizzidy

      *failure

  • Anonymous

    If it doesn’t raise the cost of the device and doesn’t decrease performance, then I have no problem with it, but I don’t need it.

  • Wctaylor79

    IMO waste.. really what daily actions or applications would you need 3D for? Watching movies and playing games.. yeah cause my boss pays for me to do that.. of course I am here on this site right now.. LOL

  • vz2006

    Not a Bionic?… I pass!

  • Joos519

    I can’t wait for either the LG optimus 3d or the HTC. 3d with no glasses is the next evolution in entertainment and for smartphones, which are used for many usages. I think it’s a perfect fit especially for gaming and taking pics. People who say they don’t want a 3d phone are B.S’ing big time. That’s like back when the flat screens first came out and people were saying, I don’t need that, I have a tube tv. As soon as people see this thing in person, they’re going drool! You know you want, just admit it.

  • DroidSloth

    Need more options, like, “Interested but would depend on …” carrier, manufacturer, other phone specs I guess. I’m interested but not quite “OMG Can’t wait”

  • Anonymous

    II feel Sprint and HTC drop the ball on this EVO 3d for one most ppl I know with Sprint are with them because their cheap and don’t really care about the latest and greatest this should’vebern a EVO 2 without the 3d and second I think 3d is just not meant for phones for safety reason ppl already do stupid stuff while text and talking on the phone we don’t need them doing it with a 3d phone… Bottom line is will ppl buy this or other 3d phones yes but I don’t think its gona be a big hit not for a couple more years

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    I want to see it in person.

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Not interested at all.

    You know why? Because why would anyone need to see 3D on their phone? Doesn’t make sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    You’ve never even used it before, but you already know it kills battery life? That sounds like a fail to me.

  • Anonymous

    Thats some sexy looking hardware.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    lame gimmick that will likely eat battery life to render the effect.. FAIL

    • Rizzidy

      10 bucks says this guy has a 3D phone in 2 years and says “FAIL” about phones that are still 2D only.

      • JimK

        Jesus do you work for the company that makes the screens or something? SOme poeple think it’s a dumb idea. Get over it.

      • Tesseract 3

        You are the biggest troll on this board. For the love of god shut the hell up. Every thread you are arguing with people, every single comment thread, there is a controversy and it surrounds YOU. Jesus Christ you are annoying.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        so what, ideas cannot be bad? I guess you need to do a little research on the “revolutionary” Google Revue internet tv box…. which failed miserably and only recently came out.

        So yeah, some ideas, they just straight away suck. this is one IMHO.

        Oh, and BTW, in 2 years it would be impossible for me to have such a phone as my Verizon NE2 is up in 7 months, I will get a new NONE 3D phone then and will have that for at least 2 years.So the match alone proves you wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    I’m sure all the people that voted no have never even used a phone with 3d before. I’ll form an educated opinion after I’ve had the chance to play with 3d on a phone first. That new Evo 3D looks pretty amazing. Verizon really needs to get a 3d phone in their lineup as they are the only carrier without one right now.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      I have never been to the top of Everest, but I know it would be damn hard and cold.. feel me?

      • LionStone

        Yea, I don’t even care to watch a 3d movie at the theaters, so why would I want to on my cell phone? Why would I ask one more thing of my phone that I know I don’t need? Want video Skype!! And Netflix, then ill be 100% happy with my T-Bolt.

        • http://profiles.google.com/ericbell19050 Eric Bell

          Those are applications that those companies own. If they dont want to make applications for android then manufactures like HTC have no power over that. I’m sure HTC would love to see those features on their phone too but until then i dont see any problem with trying new technologies. Its better than no advancements at all.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ericbell19050 Eric Bell

        You cant compare a given fact (Everest being cold) to something brand new that practically no one has tested let alone a finished product of it. Its a new technology that will work out the kinks in the near future. Just look at amoled screens. They had many problems but now the new super amoled plus screens are nothing less than amazing. Everyone needs to stop with all the FAILS and give it a chance. And if you dont like it, flip the switch and turn it off.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          I disagree 100%. life experience, 3D movies, 3D tv’s, previous phone ownership, power intensive CPU services, etc – you take your knowledge base and draw upon it and then can make a fair determination about this product without ever having seen it. that’s part of what a human is capable of. either way, whether you like the analogy or not, one can absolutely make personal determinations about things we have not actually seen – at least I have that skill.

          BTW, sure, I will look at the amoled screens and maybe agree with that example, but then you need to look at iPhones failed wrap around antennas that are state of the art, tons of research, best of the best developers, and what happened in the real world? they have tremendous proven problems.

    • http://profiles.google.com/droidczar Shayne Buckley

      The poll says ‘not interested at all.’ It doesn’t say ‘hate it and refuse to ever consider it.’ Right now I’m not interested in a 4G phone, but if the specs beyond that are good, I’ll still look at the phone. I will too form an informed decision, but I’m really ‘not interested’ in the topic of 3-D until technology improves and there are no long-term issues (think opti-grab from The Jerk)

  • Daniel Archibald33

    we should just wait till 6D comes out, that is when they actually act the movie out right in front of you in your own home…LOL

  • Anonymous

    No, pointless on a phone until they can recognize gestures in free space, not touching the screen.

  • Alvinm 77

    I cant front, the Evo 3D is like my dream HTC device spec wise but I dont know about the 3D part. Just watching a 3D movie give me a headache. Cant imagine looking at a 3D screen all day and my widgets floating around.

  • Alvinm 77

    I cant front, the Evo 3D is like my dream HTC device spec wise but I dont know about the 3D part. Just watching a 3D movie give me a headache. Cant imagine looking at a 3D screen all day and my widgets floating around.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ericbell19050 Eric Bell

      you know you can turn it off at anytime right?

      • Alvinm 77

        No I didnt. Just read the spec sheet. Didn’t see the conference. Sprint doesn’t have 4G in my city. VZW does. Cant see myself going backwards speed wise so I’ll stick with my trusty Thunderbolt lol.

      • Anonymous

        No you can’t. There is no magic 3D off button except for the camera. The 3D content is dependent on the media you are viewing.

      • Anonymous

        No you can’t. There is no magic 3D off button except for the camera. The 3D content is dependent on the media you are viewing.

    • Gg101

      The Evo 3D will only be in “3D mode” when displaying 3D content (images and video). Otherwise, its always displaying gold old regular 2D.

      • Anonymous

        I think HTC reworked sense for 3D effects.

    • Anonymous

      Personally I’d only use 3D for video content

    • Brendan

      It doest use 3d for the ui just apps and videos

  • Daniel Archibald33

    i would rather see full 1080p video recording and Skype with video for my thunderbolt.

  • Tacown

    I can’t stand 3d movies, and television … keep it off my phone.

    • Anonymous

      I feel you a that I don’t want anything 3d except my blu-rays

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

      I would rather have regular phone cameras be improved before add 3D capabilities