LG Optimus 3D review

LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D is a special smarthpone because its display is able to play 3D movies which can be seen without 3D glasses and it has 2 cameras which can take 3D photos and shoot 3D movies. The phone is quite massive even for 4.3 inches screen, having 128.8x68x11.9mm and weighing 169g. The thickness is not uniform throughout all the length of the phone. It is a bit thicker in the upper side because of the cameras. The phone is made from plastic with metal insertions. Overall it’s a well finished phone with a solid appearance.

LG has broke the mold with the 3D display, and the fact that you can see the effects without glasses is a very good thing because I don’t see anyone wearing special glasses to watch the phone. You can change from 2D mode to 3D mode by pressing the special button found on the phone’s side. The 3D hub will open and you will see the 3D apps grouped in five categories:

–          3D games & apps; here you can find the preinstalled 3d games: Asphalt 6, Nova, Let’s Golf 2, and Gulliver’s Travels.

–          3D Gallery; opens the pictures and movies gallery.

–          3D Camera; opens the camera.

–          YouTube 3D; unfortunately the 3D content from YouTube is reduced.

–          3D Guide; presents information on how you must hold the phone to take photos, shoot videos and to and to benefit at maximum of the 3D effect in games.

The phone has two 5MP cameras but they can be used at maximum capacity only in 2D mode. In 3D mode the cameras can make 3MP photos and record videos at 720p resolution but in 2D mode 5MP photos can be made and the videos can be shoot at 1080p full HD resolution. The 3D pictures are saved in JPS format; practically they are two photos which the phone knows how to overlap them. On the 2D devices the pictures appear as two adjacent pictures. Pictures taken in 2D mode are good but they need more color. The Optimus 3D also has a secondary camera for video calls.

The display is bright, clear, colors are good, and it responds well to commands. The resolution could have been bigger than 480×800 pixels. The display pixel density has 217ppi; it’s protected by a Gorilla Glass screen and has the LG 3D user interface.

The Optimus 3D has the same hardware configuration as LG Prada 3.0; a TI OMAP 4430 chipset with a dual core Cortex-A9 processor attached, clocked at 1GHz and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU helped only by 512Mb of RAM.  The internal storage has 8GB and it can be expanded through a microSD card up to 32Gb. The phone has a little lag when switching between 2D and 3D mode. The OS is Android 2.2 Froyo but it can be updated to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version.

FM radio is missing but the phone has GPS with A-GPS and Adobe Flash support. Other features we can find are: HDMI port, DivX/XviD and WMV support and 3D/2D video editor.

At connectivity the Optimus 3D has 3G HSDPA speed up to 14.4 Mbps (21 Mbps via software update), Wi-Fi with b/g/n protocols, DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP + EDR and microUSB 2.0 slot.

The battery is too small for this phone and the things it knows to make. I mean if you play with the 3D camera or you play 3D games it goes down to 50% in about 3 hours. It has 1500 mAh and at an intense use it heats a little but in normal limits.

Overall the LG Optimus 3D is a phone that certainly catches the eye with its 3D display and everyone will want to play with it. It doesn’t have a high price for what it knows to do, you can check good deals with the Optimus 3D and other phone on www.mobilephonedeals.com.

 

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