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LG Nitro HD Review

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Camera:

The LG Nitro HD’s camera interface is no different from other devices running the LG Optimus UI skin, seeing that it’s functional and easy to operate, although the settings menu feels a bit cluttered, due to the sheer number of options available.

Camera interface - LG Nitro HD Review
Camera interface - LG Nitro HD Review
Camera interface - LG Nitro HD Review
Camera interface - LG Nitro HD Review
Camera interface - LG Nitro HD Review
Camera interface - LG Nitro HD Review
Camera interface - LG Nitro HD Review
Camera interface - LG Nitro HD Review

Camera interface


It might not take the gold medal when it comes to taking photos, but we’re nevertheless satisfied with the decent images that its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera is able to produce. In fact, they’re definitely good enough to use for a 4” x 6” printout, but beyond that, it’ll expose some of its detail deficiencies. Outdoor shots are accompanied with average details and a cooler color production, which is actually more prevalent with indoor shots under artificial lighting. Under low lighting conditions, its overall quality is dulled by some evidence of digital noise and graininess – though, its single LED flash manages to counteract some of the blemishes. As a whole, they’re not great, but undoubtedly acceptable enough to please our eyes.

Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Samples made with the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review

Samples made with the LG Nitro HD


Strong - Indoor samples - LG Nitro HD Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Nitro HD Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Nitro HD Review

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5ft - Indoor samples - LG Nitro HD Review
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Indoor samples


Looking over the 1080p videos that we’re able to capture with the handset, the results are more of the same with its average quality. Again, fine details are average at best and accompanied with a distinguishable cooler color reproduction – but they’re supplemented by its smooth 29 frames per second capture and clear audio recording. However, it suffers from some artifacting when panning very quickly, or when moving to different lighting conditions very quickly.

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Multimedia:

Using the Optimus UI 2.0's media player to listen to songs is pretty straightforward. All songs loaded on the smartphone are placed into the playlist where they can be arranged in the order the user pleases. Flip the phone in landscape mode and you get a neat 3D like display of your media library, completed with album art and sorted alphabetically. Lacking equalizer options with the internal speaker, audio quality is average with its balanced tones.

The Optimus UI 2.0's media player - LG Nitro HD Review
The Optimus UI 2.0's media player - LG Nitro HD Review
The Optimus UI 2.0's media player - LG Nitro HD Review
The Optimus UI 2.0's media player - LG Nitro HD Review

The Optimus UI 2.0's media player


With its 720p display in check, the LG Nitro HD is undeniably regarded as being a suitable HD video watching device – and it doesn’t disappoint with its sizable display. Loading our test video encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, it has no problem playing it smoothly and entirely. Simply, our eyes are presented with a visual treat thanks to its beautiful display.

Watching HD videos - LG Nitro HD Review
Watching HD videos - LG Nitro HD Review

Watching HD videos


Previously, many of LG’s recent Android powered smartphones packed along a dedicated microHDMI port for quick sharing of multimedia content. However, the Nitro HD opts to use an MHL port instead, which means that you’ll need to purchase an optional adapter to gain video out functionality. Nevertheless, we’re able to instantly get that gratifying mirrored experience right away – then again, you can opt to use the SmartShare app to do it wirelessly via DLNA.

Packaged along with a 16GB microSD card, it’s sufficient to handle the needs of most people – though, you can always replace it with a 32GB card instead. Meanwhile, it also packs 1.81GB of internal storage that’s strictly reserved for apps.


Software:

Looking over some of the preloaded apps on the LG Nitro HD, there’s nothing of particular interest since it boasts all of the commonly packaged apps we find with most AT&T devices. Of course, AT&T’s presence is in full force with things like AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, Live TV, and myAT&T. On the other hand, there are still plenty of other third party apps that might appeal to certain individuals – such as Amazon Kindle, MOG Music, Polaris Office, Qik Lite, Wi-Fi Share, and YPmobile.

Preloaded apps on  the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Preloaded apps on  the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Preloaded apps on  the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review
Preloaded apps on  the LG Nitro HD - LG Nitro HD Review

Preloaded apps on  the LG Nitro HD



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posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:38 6

1. medalaster01 (Posts: 41; 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: 3033; 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: 333; 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: 6274; 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: 1099; 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: 6274; 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: 36; 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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