LG Optimus 3D review

LG Optimus 3D review

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  • The first phone to enter the third dimension finally arrives

    The influx of 3D TVs in our living rooms is only set to continue, bringing a huge wealth of content flinging itself out of the screens and now that trend is ready to move to mobile phones.

    LG is the first brand to get behind the new technology, offering up the Optimus 3D (while beating HTC’s Evo 3D to the punch); a phone with a whopping 4.3-inch screen, dual-core 1GHz processor and above all: a glasses-less 3D screen.
    It uses similar technology to that which we’ve seen in the Nintendo 3DS – but can LG manage to achieve the same kind of success on a smartphone?

    LG Optimus 3D Screen:

    The Optimus 3D is rocking one of the largest screens on the market, using Super LCD technology for the display. This means a bright and vivid picture for web browsing, movie watching, and a quick response under the finger.
    Obviously there’s another level on offer here: the 3D layer, using the parallax technology to help images pop out of the screen at you. We’ll level with you: we’re not convinced that the quality of the screen will convince your mates to rush out and invest in this latest tech when you show off your latest gadget.

    The screen is considerably darker in 3D mode thanks to the extra layer in use, and the sweet spot to view the 3D is easily lost if you move your hands even a small amount (although this can be mitigated by using the 3D depth slider)
    The bundled 3D games are standard fare (Let’s Golf, Asphalt 6) and none really pop out the screen and wow – more just a constant struggle to keep the 3D in focus.

    Video is better – the ability to convert your own 2D movies into 3D is cool, but not always giving the correct image unless you’re watching a crowd scene. The bundled stuff works a lot better and. providing you hit the perfect angle, looks stunning.

    LG Optimus 3D camera:

    The dual 5MP snappers are actually pretty impressive; the shutter speed in both 2D and 3D mode is more than acceptable. In terms of a decent 3D effect, the pictures are much better quality than the gaming or even movie watching.
    The video recording isn’t too impressive though – when watching back our 3D 720p video, it was impossible to keep the 3D effect in view if the subject moved too close or far away from the camera rapidly, which is a feature you’d hope the camera could mitigate.

    LG Optimus 3D interface:

    We’re a little disappointed that LG only decided to go with Android 2.2 for the launch of the Optimus 3D, when nearly everything else on the market is jumping into bed with Gingerbread these days. This means slightly less efficient battery management and audio quality – although, we have to say LG has managed the latter pretty well with the music player, as it’s quick, rich in sound and has an ace UI in landscape mode that lets you see your albums in a scrollable wall.

    The general UI has been skinned with LG’s now-standard Android effort, with a dock of four icons to play with at the bottom and the applications all separated into 3D, general and downloaded. It’s a simple system to use if you’re new to the smartphone game, and thanks to the dual-core technology on board, it’s one of the fastest under the finger out there.

    LG Optimus 3D Battery:

    As you can imagine, all this technology comes at a power-price, and that cost shows itself in the battery life, which is only a 1500mAh option (almost 25% less powerful than the Motorola Atrix). General non-3D use will see the Optimus 3D battery level declining at around 7% per hour, although a little more if you’re constantly surfing the web or playing games. However if you start hammering the 3D features you’ll find that battery life drops considerably more quickly, to the point when we could nearly wipe all the power within two hours’ of constant use.

    LG Optimus 3D Verdict:

    3D is still a gimmick to some people, and the Optimus 3D does little to change that perception. It’s a monster of a phone in terms of raw power, so on that basis alone we’d recommend it, but don’t expect mobile 3D to be a game-changer just yet.

    Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy are to offer the LG Optimus 3D free on £35 per month 24 month contracts or for £499.95 as a SIM free pay-as-you-go device.

    Will 3D phones become the future of the mobile market or are 3D handsets just a passing trend? Let us know what you think via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds. 

    LG Optimus 3D Specs:

    • OS: Android 2.2
    • Processor: 1GHz dualcoreTegra 2
    • Storage: 8GB internal/8GB microSD card
    • Screen: 4.3inch 800x480
    • Battery: TBC
    • Connectivity: HSDAP 14.4Mbps, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi b/g/ny
    • Camera: Dual 5-megapixel/1.3-megapixel LED flash
    • Video: 720p 30fps
    • Talk time: 240mins
    • Dimensions: 128.8x68x11.9mm/168g

  • The world's first 3D smartphone put through its paces.

    LG Optimus 3D Build

    At just 11.9mm thick, the Optimus 3D is only a couple of milimetres fatter than the anorexic-skinny Samsung Galaxy S2. It's by no means a small phone, however, keeping in current smartphone vogue by offering up a super-sized 4.3-inch display. When we played with it at MWC, however, it felt somehow less solid to us than its rivals, despite its slightly greater 168 gram weight.

    Click here to launch our gallery of LG Optimus 3D pictures.

    LG Optimus 3D Android

    The Optimus 3D will run Android 2.2 FroYo out of the box, but LG are promising a swift upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread soon after its release - necessary if it's to compete with other MWC faves like the Samsung Galaxy S2 or the Acer Iconia Smart.

    LG Optimus 3D Screen

    The handset packs a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen, with an 800x480 resolution. Of course, the big draw on this latest of LG handsets is its 3D screen, which uses similar technology as the upcoming Nintendo 3DS to display images in 3D without the use of glasses. We were impressed with the results, noting that the effect added depth to images, rather than making them leap out at you.

    LG Optimus 3D Camera

    The other proud boast of the Optimus 3D is, of course, its 5MP dual-cameras, which allow users to record 3D video and take 3D still pictures. The camera can also record regular 2D footage at 1080p, while the 3D footage records at 720p. Also present is the now obligatory front facing camera for video calling, although LG are being cagey about its resolution. We'd guess somewhere around 1.3MP.

    LG Optimus 3D Battery

    The Optimus 3D is powered by a fairly standard 1500 mAh battery, but we'd expect the power drain to be intense. The screen is standard LCD, which saps more power than the AMOLED staple of Samsung handsets, and we've seen already the effect that the glasses-less 3D technology has on the battery of the Nintendo 3DS. Expect to charge your Optimus 3D at least every night.

    LG Optimus 3D Price

    Online retailer expansys is taking pre-orders for the Optimus 3D handset (unlocked) and are pricing the phone at £515.

    LG Optimus 3D Launch Date

    Again according to Expansys, UK consumers can get their hands on the Optimus 3D from April 25th.

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