Below are links to a few unbiased reviews (is such a concept possible?) regarding a some of the leading 3D and Animation software products. 3D requires such a commitment to master, that most users become religiously committed to their product. It's rare to find someone who is qualified to make a fair comparison of competing products.

These gallery links might interest students considering a commitment to 3D learning

3D models can be viewed and downloaded from dozens of excellent sites:

The Society of Digital Artists provides an excellent technical comparison of 3D tools for those already using a product.