LG Nitro HD Review
Following suit after its rivals, LG has now joined the 4G LTE party on AT&T by unleashing the mighty LG Nitro HD. Knowing that it'll be tough to go head to head with competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid, however, the Nitro HD, as its name implies, has brought forward one very impressive asset – a 720x1280 HD display, to deliver a screen clarity that would be unmatched by its opponents.
But having in mind its above-average price tag of $249.99 with a two-year contract, we think it'd still be worth it if we take a closer look at the LG Nitro HD, in order to determine if it's really capable of leap-frogging the competition.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Start Guide
Above all, we’re soundly convinced that 4G LTE smartphones don’t need to be clunky anymore like Verizon’s batch of first generation devices – and it’s perfectly evident with the LG Nitro HD! Amazingly, it’s lighter (4.5 oz) than the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, thanks obviously to its all-plastic construction. Comparing it to the Skyrocket, the LG Nitro HD is also easier to handle with one hand because it’s not as wide, while maintaining a consistent slim figure of 0.41” thickness all around. Meanwhile, we do like the patterned design in the rear of the device since it keeps the entire thing clean looking, but doesn’t necessarily provide as good as a grip over a soft touch finish. As a whole, we’re most impressed about its feather-like weight, but in terms of design, it goes with a conventional approach that’s cookie cutter in nature.
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Already, we’ve seen 720p displays on the HTC Rezound and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but what’s different with this one is that it employs an IPS panel – thus, delivering a good balance between brightness output and color accuracy. Likewise, it’s one of the most detailed displays out there because when you do the math for its 4.5” 720p (720 x 1280) True HD IPS display, it cranks out a respectable pixel density of 329 ppi with RGB arrangement. Its detail is most prominent when you look at fine text within the web browser, where it’s able to produce sharp visuals, whereas non-HD displays tend to look garbled. On top of that, it boasts some really good viewing angle to maintain its clarity even in outdoor settings.
Below the display, its capacitive Android buttons are spaced far from one another, which reduces accidental presses. On the opposite side, there’s a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that can shoot videos in full 1080p resolution.
around the sides of the smartphone, there’s nothing really out of character with it seeing we find things like its volume rocker, power button, noise cancellation microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, standard microphone, and microUSB port. Turned off because it doesn’t offer a microHDMI port? Well, fear not because you can connect an MHL adapter to its microUSB port to gain video out functionality.
Flipping it around to its rear, we find its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash squarely in the top middle area – with two notches in the bottom right corner for its internal speaker. Prying off the rear plastic cover doesn’t take much force, which then grants us access to its microSD card slot (16GB card preloaded), beefy 1,830 mAh battery, and SIM card slot.
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1. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
LG Nitro HD though first hd from manufacturer it fails, because it is LG.
6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
wait. The g2x was the first tegra phone.
Optimus 3d was the first 3d.
i guess there are a couple of phones worth praising LG for.
I like LG. not over rated much. I just hate their software so much.
7. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
That's why the LG G2x from T-Mobile was good. Why? It had Stock Android Gingerbread.
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2842; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Exactly the G2x on stock gingerbread runs very smooth and lag free and it only is clocked at 1ghz dual core with only 512mb of ram. While you have phones like the rezound running 1.5ghz dual core and 1gb of ram and yet it can be sluggish at times. Sense UI is to blame for that just like LGs UI is as well. Put a stock android rom on this and it would be insanely fast and zippy.
25. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
I haven't used LG phones much, but if by "software" you mean their design, I think it's way nicer than Samsung's ugly TouchWiz design. I'm just shocked that their Optimus Sense is actually designed well and I never paid attention to LG phones.
3. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Well we may finally have an LG phone worth buying :D
I like he polished look but hate the sluggishness of the LG UI. They never really been great at software, ir hardware for that matter
Brand aside, this is a rather decent offering.
8. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Yeah it's pretty decent.
I like the 720p IPS LCD display and LTE, but the sluggish UI, so-so camera, and $249 price point are deal breakers.
And who KNOWS when this device will get Ice Cream Sandwich.
19. LGlady (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
The camera on the Nitro is way better than on any of the other compared devices so I don't know what you are complaining about
26. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
They might not have been great at software design, but to bring some balance Samsung's android software design is way uglier.
I agree this definitely looks like an LG phone worth buying, and primarily the "IPS" HD display that has me sold on it.
4. samda (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
The unit used by gsmarena team ran much smoother.. : /
27. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
Yeah true but so is Galaxy S2 t-mobile version and HTC amaze are laggy and a lot of other high-end smartphones.
It's the "snapdragon" processor that doesn't have a great reputation, and also the maximum software to hardware optimization which most android powered devices lack. That's why iphones and recent windows phones, run by lower specs perform way more smoothly, because they're optimized well in that area.
9. nelnel21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
how does this get a 8.0 and the skyrocket get a 7.5 score. compare the pros vs the cons of both and i'm sure the majority would much rather have the skyrocket with a "bland design" than "sluggish performance" of the nitro. the only thing the nitro has over the skyrocket is it's hd screen.
11. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
The skin on this phone looks horrible. Other than that and the uninteresting design, in terms of specs is a great competitor.
28. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
are you kidding me????? It's way nicer than Samsung galaxy whose TouchWiz is horribly designed.
12. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
LG phone always longer than other phone with the same or smaller display
LG 2X is a terrible phone if you ask me. I had it and sold it as soon as i can :(
13. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Wrong OEM, released at the wrong time, with the wrong software, and the wrong hardware.
If Samsung released the Galaxy Nexus on AT&T right now you can be sure as hell, LTE or not, this would be the phone to get.
14. bambiheo85 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
why there are so many people saying that this is the first hd phone =.= it's the galaxy note. And btw, note get 7 and this urly thing get 8 ???
29. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
definitely not the first HD phone, but the first phone with a 720p high quality "IPS" display.
15. Carlitos (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
1.5 mbps on HSPA+ is pretty neat, considering the max you can get i believe is 2mbps.
I like the display, but the UI is kinda suckish, i remember how motoblur use to be just as worse or even worse, now its one of the best ones out there. LG needs to step it up, or stick into making TV's or dishwashers.
21. networkdood (Posts: 5248; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
2mbps is not the max on HSPA+, especially for this phone.
16. eli577 (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
Everbody's complaining about lagging. This kind of lag, which is hardly noticable is acceptable to me. Btw the first HD screen thing: it's true that it's not the first HD screener, but the first one to use RGB matrix, which is really noticable. Just put this phone next to a Nexus and a Rezound. You'll see the difference.
I like the look of the phone, it's simple and cool, like the Nexus (and don't tell me the Nexus looks better :D)
30. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
Right on the bulls eye! I had a chance to experience Nexus and Rezound displays and wasn't too satisfied.
Nexus- matrix pixels still noticeable on small fonts such as when zooming out, and the screen's white color is dull, producing "yellower" or "bluer" color than normal.
Rezound- nice but lacks great contrast and nice viewing angles.
18. BattleBrat (Posts: 883; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I don't know, I have an LG Vortex I play with, it is very smooth, impressive for the processor speed, Aren't any flagships for Verizon from LG, I wouldn't mind giving one a shot....
20. LGlady (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
All of you that hate LG not sure why exactly because all manufactures have their issues and you are just not mentioning those. Stop haten on LG.... Have any of you even played with the Nitro or are you all going by past devices or isolated issues? I can tell you from experience that this device is outstanding and deserves recognition! Go LG
22. networkdood (Posts: 5248; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I owned the lg C1500 and it got poor signal in the house - I would be willing to try another one, again.
23. louay_joumaa (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
i might trade up my htc rezound with that,much better screen but hate the software:P
32. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
What exactly do you mean by "software"? The sense? If yes, I beg to differ, I think it's well designed at least compared to Samsungs TouchWiz.
24. MpowerSkills (Posts: 33; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)
After my experience with the Revolution, I can't see myself buying a LG device any time soon.
33. vanowm (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Seeing 8 out of 10 score for this phone I now highly doubt the competence of this website.
The phone is a joke, totally. The only good about it is the screen, which no doubt is the best at the time it was released, well, to be fair, camera is also surprisingly good. That's about it.
The battery drains in 3-4 hours with no screen active if you use any kind of heavy data (not even LTE data), even voice chat via google talk or skype will kill the battery in no time.
The compass is defective, and seems to be hardware defection (google navigator when switched to walking spins your direction 360 degree). Email support refuse to admit it, blaming on apps I'm using (all of them???), however their official forum moderators admitted the problem.
If you own headset for iPhone - forget it, it will not work on Nitro, it will only work as headphone, mic most probably wont.
The UI is laggy, even after hard reset (aka wipe user data). After some usage the lag become so bad that sometimes you don't know did it register your tap or not, waiting 1-2 seconds and tapping again more often then not produce double tap.
The US version (actually Nitro HD) has so much room wasted around clock, could fit an extra icon, this is specifically noticeable if you switch to 24H mode.
The community development for the phone is totally dead, because any good coders know better then wasting their time on this piece of crap - can't blame them.
ICS update luckily will be released this summer, it's over 6 month after release? And that's for the phone that was designed for ICS!!! Wait to go LG!
If you are looking for a decent phone DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE! It's not worth a $100, let alone it's release price at $600.