LG Optimus 3D Review
If there's one thing you can rely on in the ever-changing technology landscape, it's this: if a new gimmick is available, it'll be LG at the front of the queue offering it to its customers. And the LG Optimus 3D is the world's first glasses-free 3D phone. But one person's gimmick is another's cutting-edge, so let's suspend any scepticism until we've given the phone a fair trial.
Let's get straight to the meat, because the Optimus 3D is all about 3D. We've watched 3D movies at the cinema, we've played 3D games on the Nintendo 3DS, and some lucky people have watched 3D at home on their brand new TV's. Yes, 3D is all the rage, and now that stereoscopic glasses-free displays are available it makes sense to include them in mobiles. 3D imagery needs some hefty processing power, but the Optimus 3D comes with a dual core processor and a new dual memory architecture, so speed is not a problem. The 3D effect is surprisingly good, although viewing angles are narrow so you need to be looking directly at the screen. But what exactly can you view in 3D? Firstly there are games. They're fun and they're 3D - what more do you want? There aren't many at the moment - Nova, Gulliver's Travels, Asphalt 6, Lets Golf 2 - but more will come. Next there are youtube clips. Again, not many yet, but this will certainly grow with time. This is cutting edge, remember? Finally, there's content that you create yourself. That's right - the Optimus 3D has a 3D camera. Now that's starting to get impressive. Two 5 megapixel cameras work together to record images and videos that can be viewed on the 3D screen or uploaded to another device that supports 3D. The wow factor is beginning to appear.
One thing's for sure though - this is LG's most costly phone, even beating the LG Optimus 2X in the expensive stakes. But there's a good reason for that. The Optimus 3D comes with everything. In addition to the 3D stuff, it's a seriously powerful device with its "tri dual" architecture, its huge 4.3 inch display, and Full HD 1080p video recording (720p HD in 3D mode).
It's a hefty phone, although quite slim, but a lot of tech has been packed inside the covers. Style-wise it's a bit of a slab, but you can't call a phone this thin a brick. More like a slate perhaps. At 168g it's a very heavy phone, although there are many smartphones in the "very heavy" category these days, including the best-selling HTC Desire HD, so presumably that's not too much of a problem.
Like the Optimus 2X, the Optimus 3D runs Android 2.2, although an update to 2.3 should become available in due course. In our Optimus 2X review we discussed LG's Android modifications, which include home screen customisations, clock and weather widgets, social media feeds and other tools. These are all well implemented, and of course with such a fast processor, the user interface is very responsive. Android is still our favourite mobile OS and there are now over 150,000 apps available for download.
Web browsing is good on the Optimus 3D. We love the big screen. We love the Flash support. We love the fast HSPA implementation supporting downloads of up to 14.4 Mbps, plus Wi-Fi for even faster data access.
We also love the GPS feature with the latest Google Maps.
Connectivity is outstanding. In addition to 3G HSPA and Wi-Fi, the Optimus has Bluetooth, USB, a 3.5mm headphone connection and a HDMI port. Memory is generous, with 8GB supplied and the potential to add a 32GB microSD card if more is needed.
The battery has a huge 1500mAh capacity, but the onboard tech has an insatiable appetite for power, and even this mammoth battery can't last much longer than a day or so. You'll probably find yourself charging the phone every day. Perhaps more often than once.
We debated for ages about what rating to give the Optimus 3D. In the end we've gone for 4 stars. This device is a seriously impressive smartphone. Features such as 1080p full HD video recording, a 4.3 inch display, and masses of memory and connectivity cannot be ignored. And the icing on the cake is the 3D, which works very well. But we can't ignore the poor battery life, the size and weight, and the fact that it lacks the latest release of Android. It's an excellent phone, but not perfect.
Features of the LG Optimus 3D include:
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