LG Thrill 4G Hands-on
CTIA has brought the 3D hype to the next level with two new devices featuring support for the third dimension, but in the light of the recent AT&T-Mobile merger AT&T's LG Thrill 4G is what may end up in many pockets. You might be fooled by the new name, but the LG Thrill 4G is nothing else but a re-branded LG Optimus 3D, which you should be pretty familiar with. It uses the same glasses-free parallax display technology on a 4.3-inch screen with a pretty standard resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The dual 5-megapixel camera setup on the back will bring you 720p HD videos in 3D and 1080p full HD in 2D.
This 4G-capable powerhouse comes with a noticeable heft – it has a weight of 5.93 ounces (168 g), which you can definitely feel. But even the design isn't final yet and could change in the couple of months before the device actually hits shelves.
On the inside, though, the dual-core TI OMAP 4430 is one of the most powerful chipsets out there just cracking the benchmarks. The Thrill 4G will unfortunately be launched with Android Froyo, instead of the latest Gingerbread version. It also comes with eight pre-installed applications making use of the 3D capabilities of the device including the 3D Gallery as well as a 3D Game & Apps portal, along with all four gaming titles: Asphalt 6, Gulliver's Travels, Lets Golf 2 and NOVA.
1. Howard Stern (unregistered)
i'm over the 3D fad already... batteries can't keep up with the phones as they are now, let alone the 3D crap that's going to be put in them...
2. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Apple need to sue lg. That keyboard looked exactly like the iphones.
13. shynepo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 May 2010)
LG makes the apple retina display, samsung makes the A4 chips, and now samsung makes the A5 chips, so apple doesnt need to sue anybody........
3. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Before we lose battery juice. Imagine that!
10. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol. that was a great indicator of battery life right there.
why has noone put in a 2000 battery in there? 1500? blah!! I dont mind the extra thickness as much as i mind having my "wireless" device always wired to a wall!!
21. cln (unregistered)
what we need is a solar panel on the phones... I had a calculator in the '90 with it... what's the hold-up?
4. jsobotka (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Aug 2009)
Me too... I'm so sick of 3D, I'm gonna gouge one of my eyes out so that I never have to see in 3D again!
I can't imagine why people would want to capture and view 3D images and video. So that you can re-watch your kid's soccer game the same way you originally experienced it? Give me a break... just watch it the way the good lord intended... in two dimensions. 3D is a gimmick... just like high-definition TV... and color TV... and TV.
I'm not sure how 3D is going to run down your battery, though... it's really the higher resolution displays that are requiring more power, not the fact that your content is in 3D and there is a parallax barrier on top of your display. What you should really hate and go on a rant about are pixels. Plus, typically, 3D content is half the resolution of 2D content (e.g. 3D Blu-ray discs), so considering the extra compression you would get from the two lower-resolution images being quite similar, 3D content is actually likely to be smaller than it's 2D counterpart, which will help your battery life. Now what were you complaining about?
5. devil_20 (unregistered)
the video says its a LG Thrill 4G but its something else on the inside.., its a LG optimus3D
7. tmoney83 (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 May 2009)
same phone. tmobile call it optimus at&t call it thrill
9. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
im not sold on the 3d tech.. have to play with it myself to see about that, but the optimus 3D is the current powerhouse champion until the GalaxyS 2 comes out, then the fight begins! SGS2 will have the stronger chipset, but the monsterous amount of dual channel DDR2 ram in the LG is going to give it a huge turboboost, so it will be fun to see.
6. tmoney83 (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 May 2009)
now i got to pick the thrill or atrix. my upgrade is up in may. and i have a feeling HTC and samsung will be talking about a 3D phone soon. picking a cell phone used to be easy. smh
11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
eh atrix is already over... dont get it... wait for the htc pyramid or something of that nature
12. shynepo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 May 2010)
you mean to tell me this phone doesnt launch with gingerbread??
No way in hell................
14. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I like 3d...I have a 63" Samsung 8000 Plasma with 3d. Playing Call of Duty Black Ops and Crysis 2 in 3d is fun as hell. Allot of the movies out there that use 3d just SUCK which makes 3d seem cheap, but when done right its actually fun.
Is it something everyone NEEDS....no way, they still need to build on it, but it has potential to just be an added feature for entertainment.
As I said GAMING in 3d is much better than just watching regular tv...Although the Xgames in 3d over the winter were sick!
15. JCC (unregistered)
Did anyone else notice that the pictures have an "E" beside the signal strength? I hope that doesn't mean EDGE. Are they not in at least a 3G coverage area?
16. wezy (unregistered)
one prob i c already.... just like the current phone. THE BATTERY LIFE SUCKS. instead of makeing a pointless 3d phone. improve on the battery life of the current phone out. then i will be happy
17. arokingpin (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)
Round of applause for the guy in the second video, I think he's an ATT sales rep. Not only does he not know the specs of the phone he's doing marketing for, but he manages to accidentally say people aren't interested in 3d phones... Lol
18. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
EVO 3D is better. It has more ram, higher res display, bigger battery, android 2.3, htc sense, it's not made by LG, and it's not on shitty ATT who blocks installation of non market apps!
19. UrTht1Guy (unregistered)
Can't you turn off 3D on the phone? Bcuz if u cant....tht knida sux.. =/
20. Jose A (unregistered)
Yeah but this phone is packed with the TI OMAP4 Dual Core cpu, highest rank in benchmarks right now, killing the snapdragon dc and the Tegra 2. Think about it.