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LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

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There are two 5MP camera modules on the Optimus 3D MAX, which together make the 3D picture and video capture possible. The interface is the good ol' Optimus UI, which is not the richest out there in functionality, only the usual scene modes and color effects are present. The important thing here is the 3D mode, of course, which can be switched on while taking a picture or filming at the touch of a button.

Camera interface - 3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Camera interface - 3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Camera interface - 3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Camera interface - 3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

Camera interface

3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

3D camera interface


The pictures are with a bit gloomy colors and narrow dynamic range, but detail is fine for a 5MP shooter. Indoors the flash washed out or overexposed some elements quite a bit, and the pictures turn out soft.

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus 3D MAX


Strong - Indoor samples - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


The 3D pics indeed add depth of perspective to the shot, which might be useful in some situations, but overall you can make do with two dimensional shots, so it's mostly for bragging rights. There is a slider that adjusts the 3D depth before you start taking pics or shooting video


Click here to view or download the 3D Sample images taken with LG Optimus 3D MAX

The phone captures fluid 1080p video with 30fps both outdoors and inside, but as the light diminishes, the footage becomes quite noisy. 3D video can be captured with 720p definition only, and it adds some interesting perspective to your clips, but we wish to see a bit livelier colors and sharper details.

LG Optimus 3D MAX Sample Video 1:



LG Optimus 3D MAX Sample Video 2:



LG Optimus 3D MAX Indoor Sample Video:



LG Optimus 3D MAX Sample Video 1 in 3D:



LG Optimus 3D MAX Sample Video 2 in 3D:



LG Optimus 3D MAX Indoor Sample Video in 3D:



LG Optimus 3D Indoor Sample Video in 3D:




Multimedia:

The music player is pretty bland, like on all Optimus UI phones, but it does the job with tune categorization by artists, albums and playlists. It doesn't have any alternative sound modes, but does sport a couple of equalizer presets, which, however, only work in headset mode.

The music player of the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The music player of the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The music player of the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The music player of the LG Optimus 3D MAX - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

The music player of the LG Optimus 3D MAX


The video player worked with everything we threw at it, and that means DivX/Xvid files too, up to 1080p definition without a hassle. The nice part of having a 3D-capable phone is that the 2D videos can be converted into 3D with the touch of a button in the video player interface. The depth of perspective during playback can also be controlled with a slider from within the interface. 3D videos can only be played up to 720p definition, the way they are captured.

The video player - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
The video player - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

The video player


There is a Video Editor app, which works with both the 2D and 3D clips, allowing you to trim and edit, as well as add pics and background audio to the resulting project.

Video Editor app - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Video Editor app - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Video Editor app - LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

Video Editor app



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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: 991; 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: 969; 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: 969; 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: 190; 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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