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LG Nitro HD Review

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LG's Optimus UI is installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, and is what runs on the Nitro HD. Adding a slight tweak, it also boasts a total of 4 layouts/themes that provide prearranged layouts – these include Play, Work, Travel, and Custom. Other than that, the Optimus UI has remained pretty much intact – simple, yet functional. You get seven home screens that you can customize to your taste with shortcuts or widgets. Should you like to do so, you can change which one of them gets brought up when the “home” key is pressed. Even though it offers all of the lovable aspects of Gingerbread, it’s going to be hard to entice enthusiasts knowing that Ice Cream Sandwich is out there, but beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess on when this will receive its update to the most up-to-date Android experience. If you want to learn more about the handset’s functionality and interface, please check out our in-depth review of the LG Optimus 2x.

The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - LG Nitro HD Review

The LG Nitro HD runs with LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread


As much as we’re thrilled to know that a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with 1GB of RAM is inside of this beast, we’re saddened to see the handset unable to deliver a silky smooth response with various actions. For example, we notice some choppiness with its performance while navigating across the homescreen with a static wallpaper – and it’s even evident as we kinetic scroll through the app panel! Despite that, it’s able to launch applications in a relatively quick manner with minimal wait. Naturally, its 720p display might be the culprit that’s impacting its overall performance, which isn’t terrible to tell you the truth, but it’s nonetheless visibly lessened and stands out.


Functionality:

Another feature that Optimus UI 2.0 delivers is the implementation of motion gestures. Just like on the LG Optimus 2X, tapping on the sides of the device can move the cursor when typing or browsing through the image gallery. Moreover, you can use motion gestures to turn off your alarm clock or to mute an incoming call by flipping the phone over. We can argue how useful these motion gestures can be in real life because the idea of physically hitting a pricy device, no matter how lightly you do it, can always cause an accidental drop if you are not being careful enough. Luckily, some or all of the motion gestures can be turned off through the Settings menu.

Blessed with such generous space, there’s no arguing that the LG Nitro HD will perfectly accommodate a wide array of people when it comes to typing up messages. Not only do we find both the stock Gingerbread and LG on-screen keyboards sufficient with their layouts, but their instantaneous responses allow our fingers to consistently type at a fanatical rate without the worry of any lag. Of course, if physically typing isn’t your kind of thing, you can always use the voice recognition service as an alternative.

Typing up messages - LG Nitro HD Review
Typing up messages - LG Nitro HD Review
Typing up messages - LG Nitro HD Review
Typing up messages - LG Nitro HD Review

Typing up messages


Being the Android powered device it is, the LG Nitro HD delivers the good old fashion Gmail experience we’re so used to seeing at this point, but equally as usable, the LG Email app is also quite useful on its own. too As for setting up accounts, it’s your typical process of providing an email address and password for automatic set up. However, you might be asked to input additional pieces of information before it’s able to correctly complete.

Gmail - LG Nitro HD Review
LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Email app - LG Nitro HD Review
LG Nitro HD Review

Gmail

 

The LG Email app

 


Internet and Connectivity:

Although it’s not the first, but actually the third, AT&T customers will be able to take advantage of the smartphone’s galloping 4G LTE connectivity – well, that’s as long as you’re located in any of the few markets that have the network up and running. In our usage, we strictly used it with HSPA+ connectivity, and even with that, we’re content with the speeds that we’re exposed to. Specifically, we find its download speed to be satisfying as we’re able to get up to 11.27 Mbit/s. However, its upload speeds with HSPA+ are rather lackluster seeing we’re getting 1.5 Mbit/s on the average. Strangely, we notice some choppiness with its web browsing performance, which is more evident when Flash content is present. Despite that issue, it’s still tolerable enough to accept.

Web browsing experience with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Web browsing experience with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Web browsing experience with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Web browsing experience with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review

Web browsing experience with the LG Nitro HD


Traveling abroad isn’t a problem with this GSM smartphone, even more when it’s able to get HSPA+ speeds in most countries. Of course, it features all the typical connectivity items we’d normally expect to find – like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:38 6

1. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


LG Nitro HD though first hd from manufacturer it fails, because it is LG.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:55

2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Sadly so...

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:43 2

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:11

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 18:43 2

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; 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.

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:31 1

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:00 3

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:55

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.

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 10:49 1

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

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:35 1

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:07

4. samda (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


The unit used by gsmarena team ran much smoother.. : /

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:17

5. jasongohjr (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


Laggy is a no no....

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:40 1

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 13:56

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.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 09:40

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.

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:45 1

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.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:45

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 :(

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 18:38

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.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:23 1

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 ???

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:48 1

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.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 13:59

15. Carlitos (Posts: 298; 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 22:18

21. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


2mbps is not the max on HSPA+, especially for this phone.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 15:38 1

16. eli577 (Posts: 81; 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)

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:54 1

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.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 17:42 4

17. K1N9J (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


why does everyone hate lg so much?

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 00:21 2

18. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; 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....

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:54

31. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


good question!

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 10:53 2

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

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 22:19

22. networkdood (Posts: 6250; 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.

posted on 11 Dec 2011, 03:30

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

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:56 1

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.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 20:58

24. MpowerSkills (Posts: 35; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)


After my experience with the Revolution, I can't see myself buying a LG device any time soon.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 19:53

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.

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LG Nitro HD

LG Nitro HD

OS: Android 2.3.5
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Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (326 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1500 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.27 x 2.67 x 0.41 inches
(134 x 68 x 10 mm)
4.50 oz  (128 g)

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