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LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

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Interface and Functionality:

We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the 3D MAX, which we've examined many times before. You can switch it to another version, with the obligatory cubic elements everywhere to show you this is not just your regular phone. Everything – from icons in the main menu, to the markers that show which homescreen you are on, is drawn as a cube, which is, frankly, a bit over the top, because it makes the alternative interface look like a LEGO app.

We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

We have LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Optimus 3D MAX


Other than that, it is the usual LG Optimus UI, in its 2.0 reincarnation for Gingerbread, which is about to be replaced with Optimus UI 3.0 in LG's Ice Cream Sandwich phones, that is much more streamlined and functional.

The on-screen keyboard is comfortable enough, as there is a decent amount of space between the keys, and the screen is large enough for hitting the right key, yet not overly so, so you'd have to dislocate your thumb to reach the “a”, for instance.

On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

On-screen keyboard



3D:

Besides the cheesy cubic interface, the phone flaunts its 3D capabilities in your face the second you enter the main menu, with the first six apps there starting with “3D” in their name. There is nothing much different from the Optimus 3D, though. We get the same 3D Space carousel, which can be called by a physical button on the right, and offers quick access to 3D gaming, the 3D camera mode, 3D Gallery, YouTube 3D, as well as a tips and tricks section.

The 3D Space carousel - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The 3D Space carousel - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The 3D Space carousel - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The 3D Space carousel - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

The 3D Space carousel


We enjoyed 3D gaming the most, as it adds an interesting twist to the visuals, but can give you a headache if you are more susceptible to this change in perspective, and drew the battery down pretty fast. On top of that, the 3D “sweet spot” seems pretty narrow, losing the effect outside of a pretty restricted range of view.

3D gaming - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
3D gaming - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
3D gaming - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

3D gaming


LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

There is also a 3D converter for apps, with the default one in it being Maps, so you can observe 3D renderings of those buildings in select cities as the 3D gods intended. You can also add other apps, but the converter didn't seem to do anything with those 3rd party ones we added.

3D converter for apps - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
3D converter for apps - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

3D converter for apps


Converting also works in the gallery as well, where both pictures and video playback can be scaled from 2D to 3D and back, which is fun for a while, but gets old pretty soon. Thankfully, YouTube 3D has a dedicated app on the phone, so you can finally watch “Gorgeous Women in 3D” in full glory without the dorky glasses.

Converting also works in the gallery as well - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Converting also works in the gallery as well - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

Converting also works in the gallery as well



Processor and Memory:

LG has clocked the dual-core TI OMAP 4430 20% higher in the Optimus 3D MAX, compared to the Optimus 3D, which we guess is where the “MAX” comes from, and has doubled the RAM for a total of 1GB. We have 8GB of internal memory on the phone, and a microSD card slot for further expansion. The phone does a fine job moving around in the interface and starting default apps, with no apparent lag or hiccups.

Texas Instruments has always paid special attention to the capabilities of the DSP module in their mobile chips, hence its usage in the 3D-capable MAX. Here are some cold hard benchmark numbers of the supplied processor for you:


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus 3D 2057 5370 25,3
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
Sony Xperia S 3206 6595 37,5
HTC One S 4867 7012 60,7

Internet and Connectivity:


The default Android 2.3 Gingerbread browser performs well on the LG Optimus 3D MAX. It renders the page in real time while zooming in or out, which slows it down somewhat, but overall the speed of rendering, scrolling or panning around is decent. Text reflow also works fine when you double-tap in an article – the screen stutters for a split second, and the text appears wrapped in the width of the screen for easier reading.

The default browser performs well on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The default browser performs well on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The default browser performs well on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The default browser performs well on the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

The default browser performs well on the LG Optimus 3D MAX


The phone sports a 21Mbps HSDPA radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, FM Radio and DLNA managed by the SmartShare app, plus it has an MHL port for TV-out.

NFC is leveraged by the LG Tag+ app, and the company supplies Sleep Mode, Car Mode and Office Mode tags in the box, each with different settings for the ringer, connectivity radios, screen brightness and so on. Interesting to try, but not much quicker than just changing those settings with a profile widget.

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posted on 22 May 2012, 07:15 3

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Practically same phone as last year for a higher price. If i want this phone ill get a LG thrill and overclock it a little

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:18 3

2. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)


it got 7 !!! that means galaxy note and this thing is on the same page !!! you gotta be kidding me...if note got 7 than this thing should get not more than maybe 5.5, maybe 6 max.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:28 6

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


4 in my eyes. hell 480*800 is so last year. and a 4430? what was LG thinking

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:10 2

6. Birds (Posts: 958; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I'm guessing the scorring system for phonearena is an inconsistent ratio of gadget to phone capability. The Optimus 3D Maxx, I must admit, is a hell of a gadget, but sucks at being phone. I think the score is appropriate but it us maybe a little to generous.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:51 2

4. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


This vs 3ds?
Buy this.
But,Lg YU NO PUT QUAD-CORE PROCESSOR INTO IT?

posted on 22 May 2012, 09:49 3

7. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Probably because battery would get drained faster.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:53 2

5. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


In singapore,it is called the optimus max.

posted on 22 May 2012, 09:50 2

8. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Still a pretty well balanced phone, though resolution is not that great.

posted on 22 May 2012, 11:02 2

9. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


This is acutally the leftr over of last years parrllelx barrier screen, so they are trying to utilize and sell it in new phone.... new A15 phones will have better sterioscopic capability wait for them... this has no improvements over lg thrill, just 200 mhz procesor and 1 gb ram.. which is usefull only for multitasking more apps... no real performancce improvment at all...

posted on 22 May 2012, 14:11

10. mcmikechan123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


what are the 3g bands of this phone? can i use it on tmobile US?

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:10

11. Crossblade (Posts: 187; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


you can't

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 17:06

12. linuxluver (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


The 3G bands are 900/1900/2100MHz. That's a match for T-Mobile as far as I know. T-Mobile use the European frequency set - like Vodafone and others.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 17:07 1

13. linuxluver (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Unlike anyone else commenting, I have actually bought this phone.

It's a very worthy upgrade. To me, it feels like a Samsung Galaxy S II in terms of performance, weight and size. That is a good thing as the S II is an awesome phone. This phone hits a sweet spot for price and performance....AND it has all the 3D stuff I want. (I've tried the HTC Evo 3D and didn't like its display. The LG display is better for 3D, IMHO).

The dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM give some degree of future-proofing as this is a higher spec than most of the Android phones being sold today. Ok, it isn't the top of the mountain......but they don't have 3D. This one does.

The extra memory means I can happily use ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro instead of the default UI and I see no performance hit. (I always turn animations off on ANY phone).

The Android v2.3.7 on this phone has a default theme that looks a lot like ICS. To be honest, I can't see much benefit in the upgrade to ICS, but I'll take it when it comes....No hurry here.

The battery life is MUCH better. I have been unplugging at 7am and generally around 10:30pm / 11:00pm the battery is still at about 30%. The original LG Optimus 3D would be at 25% around 4pm. So this is a huge imrpovement. Your experience may vary, depending on how much you use the phone in a day. For any phone of this class the display will eat power.

I'm absolutely loving this phone. Yes, I owned the original LG Optimus 3D. Yes, I had the ghost call issue on the Android v2.3 update.....so flashed back to Android v2.2.

The way I see it, LG will have pride and they also are a company that grew quickly and you don't do that if you can't learn from past errors.

The LG 3D Max is proof LG learns from its mistakes. I'm glad I bought it, despite the issues with the previous model. Hopefully the ICS upgrade will sort those out. Whatever.....I love the new LG 3D Max.

If you don't like 3D, then don't buy this phone. But if you do like 3D then you really can't go past this phone. It's the best 3D phone there is. Bar none.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 00:35

15. mrjamesdean5 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Can I upgrade it to ICS? I'm from Mexico city and I really want this pone, but I would prefer if it can be ugraded to a recent Android versión.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 19:09

14. iamsquonk (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


I would consider upgrading, if it wasn't for the "ghost call" problem on my P920,and the pretty shonky customer services. My other half has just got an HTC One X and it is so much better to use.(In my humble,not up to much, opinion.

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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.99 x 2.65 x 0.38 inches
(126.8 x 67.4 x 9.6 mm)
5.22 oz  (148 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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