LG Optimus 3D Review
LG Optimus 3D was one of the highly expected smartphones of 2011. It was first revealed in the Mobile World Congress in 2011 and the phone promises to give users the ultimate 3D experience. The phone boasts of plenty of features – such as a dual core processor, glasses free 3D display and twin stereoscopic cameras on the rear which allows one to shoot 3D videos and stills. The phone promises to be quite powerful and it looks to carry forward the success of Optimus series of smartphones. The phone competes directly with HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. Go through our LG Optimus 3D review to know what the phone has in store for you.
LG Optimus 3D Smartphone Design and Feel
LG Optimus 3D is surly a beast. It is quite chunky and though at dimensions measuring at 128 x 68 x 11.9mm, the phone may not seem huge, but feels bigger than Samsung Galaxy SII, HTC Sensation and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. If you have small hands, then gripping the phone might be a problem. The phone is made entirely out of plastic, but that does not make it feel cheap. The front of the phone is a mixture of faux brushed metal while the back is made up of rubbery plastic with a metal stripe. It is quite heavy weighing approximately 168 grams and we were quite impressed by the build quality of the device. LG as used some high quality materials in construction of the phone which gives it a premium feel. There are no holes which easily collect dusts.
LG Optimus 3D Features
Optimus 3D is being marketed as a phone with tri-dual technology. It has a dual-core processor, dual cameras and dual-channel memory. Let us check some of the other key features of this phone:-
The phone sports a massive 4.3 inches 3D LCD capacitive touch-screen display which is capable of displaying pictures of maximum resolution measuring 480×800 pixels. The colors, brightness and contrast displayed were quite good and we did not face any problems reading the screen contents in direct sunlight. However we will still prefer the AMOLED screen of Samsung Galaxy S when it comes to sunlight legibility.
Along with the four usual Android buttons beneath the screen, there is power button at the top of the screen. On the right hand side you get the volume rocker switch and LG has added a 3D button in the place where normally you get the camera button. With the help of this button users can turn on and off the 3D effect. Most of the operations are carried out in Optimus 3D in 2D only, but users can add 3D effect while watching photos and videos.
The phone comes with a wide range of 3D apps ranging from the latest games to a 3D gallery. Some of the inbuilt applications which you can find in the phone are:
- Google Search
- Google Talk
- Document viewer/editor
- 3D/2D video editor
It was a bit bizarre to find out that the phone runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo). However, LG has assured that the phone will OS of the phone will soon be updated to Gingerbread. With Gingerbread phones flooding the market, it is important that the OS is updated to Gingerbread. Users get seven scrollable Home screens which are occupied with own choice of shortcuts and widgets. The lock screen of the phone is quite impressive and LG’s own weather widget and clock takes the top half of the screen. The 3D features can be found within LG’s standalone 3D space application and overall the interface is quite simple and clean.
Messaging and Keyboard
Optimus 3D is equipped with just a single keyboard. The keyboard is a simple touch-screen QWERTY keyboard which is quite simple to use. Because of the large screen, the keys appeared big and we did not face any problems typing with it. The phone is capable of handling all type of messaging be it email, SMS or MMS. The email app supports many active email accounts and handles your mails quite easily.
LG Optimus 3D Performance
One thing users need to keep in mind that Optimus 3D does not work in 3D mode all the time. It looks like a high-end 2D Android smartphone with similar menus, apps and icons. The 3D features can be found in 3D space menu. The feature can be launched either from an icon on the home-screen or by pressing the 3D button present in the phone. Once activated, users get 3D menu where there are links to fire up the 3D camera, apps etc. When viewed in the 3D, the resolution of the screen dips which is very much noticeable. The 3D effect is quite impressive and watching photos is 3D was amazing. Getting cool 3D videos can be a bit tricky but after adjustment we hope that users will get smooth 3D videos. There are few games which have been configured for 3D and their performance was also quite up to the mark.
LG Optimus 3D Camera Quality
The presence of a couple of 5MP camera sensors is a major reason for the heavy weight of the phone. The camera helps you to capture 3D images and videos. The camera application is straightforward and the pictures captured came out quite well. Lot of details was captured and we did not notice any significant amount of noise. Though the camera application takes some time to open, the camera is quite fast to operate.
But the annoying part is the power limitation when it comes to opening the camera application. If the phone has less than 10% of the battery remaining, then it refuses to open the camera application. Just like cameras of other high end Android phones, the camera of Optimus 3D is equipped with advanced features such as autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging. Digital zoom and various focus modes are supported by the camera.
LG Optimus 3D Video Quality
Video quality is quite impressive. The phone is capable of recording both 2D and 3D videos. In 3D mode, the camera captures 720p videos@ 30fps and in 2D mode it captures 1080p videos @30fps. The 3D videos were quite superb and so were the 2D ones. The 1080p clips were recorded in MP4 format and the frame rate was quite smooth. Overall the videos were sharp, crisp and smooth.
LG 3D Smartphone Connectivity
A smartphone of this magnitude needs to offer solid connectivity and LG has ensured that the phone gives robust connectivity. It supports both 2G as well 3G network along with support for Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot. For transferring of local files, you have Bluetooth 3.0 supporting A2DP and EDR profiles. With the help of HDMI port, the phone can be connected to a 3D television. Users also get microUSB 2.0 along with 3.5mm audio jack. The phone has all the necessary connectivity options.
LG 3D Smartphone Multimedia
The phone is DivX certified and therefore it is capable of supporting a wide range of video formats. The DivX and Xvid AVI files played quite well and it also played a medium resolution WMV file and usual MP4 videos quite well. The phone handled music quite well and when we heard the music through a loudspeaker, the music was very loud and it played quite well without any distortion. The only missing feature of the phone is the lack of an FM radio.
LG Optimus 3D Carrier
AT&T is the carrier of Optimus 3D.
LG Optimus 3D Battery Life
Battery life is one of the weak aspects of Optimus 3D. The battery failed to last for even for a single day. Frankly we did not expect the battery life of the phone to be robust considering its high specs.
LG Optimus 3D Price
On contract price of the phone with AT&T is approximately $ 50 while without contract the price of the phone is approximately $ 500. The price of the phone in India is not yet known.
LG Optimus 3D Verdict
Optimus 3D is a powerful phone which is packed with impressive features. The glass free 3D experience is quite superb. It has all the dedicated features to become a top notch smartphone and the phone will not disappoint you.