LG Optimus 3D review: Hands on

LG's 3D phone more than just gimmick?

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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.

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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.