LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
This is a global GSM device. It can be used with AT&T (3G support at 1900MHz band) and T-Mobile USA (without 3G).
The LG Optimus 3D, expected to arrive as the LG Thrill 4G for AT&T stateside, does one thing most other handsets can't do – glasses-free 3D on a 4.3-inch screen. But if you think that 3D is just a gimmick, the handset will not zealously try to convince you of the opposite as the feature is implemented very subtly so you can easily use the phone without it. The dual-core TI OMAP4430 chip paired with dual-channel memory makes the Optimus 3D one of the speediest handsets we've seen to date. Throw in full HD 2D video recording, and you get the main highlights of the Optimus 3D. It's not absolutely perfect, though, as it can be a bit too bulky for some and it comes with Android Froyo instead of Gingerbread.
The LG Optimus 3D has a hefty weight of 5.93 ounces (168 g) that you can instantly feel. It's not among the slimmest of phones either with 0.47 inches (11.9mm) of thickness, but while that might be a downer for some, it makes the phone feel solid in the hand. The 4.3-inch LCD screen with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels dominates the front and defines much of the handset's functionality. After all, it's among the first 3D parallax displays on a phone (the other is the HTC EVO 3D) allowing you to view 3D content glasses free. When in good ol' 2D mode, the screen has very good viewing angles, but a slightly disappointing direct sunlight legibility.
You can compare the LG Optimus 3D with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
But how does glasses-free 3D work? Holding the 3D button on the right is when the magic happens and the screen shows its parallax nature by feeding your eyes 3D images and videos which you can see without glasses. Basically, parallax means that you have an extra slit plate atop the standard screen, which blocks part of the picture for each eye, so you see a slightly different variation of the same image with each of the eyes. The tradeoff? You'll have to be willing to sacrifice quality as you only get to see half of the horizontal resolution.
There is one key requirement for the whole magic to work – you have to look straight at the screen. Looking from the side, you'll only see shades and won't get a sense of depth, which means that only one person can enjoy the 3D view at a time. When gazing straight in, however, the screen unveils a very realistic 3D picture. Actually, the people who got to look at the Optimus 3D were impressed by the functionality and had lots of fun. But while the initial reaction is extremely positive, we have to mention that our eyes felt slightly tired after a couple of minutes. It all depends on the personal preference, though, if 3D is not the exact thing you're after, it seems likely that you'll find yourself playing with the feature only once in a while and mostly use the screen in the traditional 2D mode.
Taking your eyes off the screen, you'd notice that the LG Optimus 3D is actually made of plastic, but with a soft-touch coating on the back and a brushed metal-like finish up front it doesn't feel plasticky, which is a good thing. Below the screen there are four capacitive buttons reacting swiftly with haptic feedback, while an earspeaker, a proximity sensor and front-facing camera are above the display.
left, lid-protected and nested in the body of the Optimus 3D, are the microUSB and microHDMI-out port. On the opposite side, there is a volume rocker and a nifty little 3D button that toggles 3D mode on or off.
top holds the lock key, a second microphone that the handset uses when recording audio and video and a 3.5mm standard headset jack.
Finally, the phone looks big and solid, but very well built. The somewhat boring colors contribute further to its serious looks. If you don't mind that along with the thick profile of the device, you'd be rewarded with a phone ready to serve you with top notch functionality.
1. SinSilla (unregistered) posted on 29 Jun 2011, 08:35 1 0
Which software version had the device you were previewing?
From the looks of the pictures and videos i think you had an old build (since i have seen way better quality shots from the O3D).
2. MpowerSkills posted on 29 Jun 2011, 12:58 2 0
Why can't Verizon get the super cool phones ever?
3. UMMWhoCARES (unregistered) posted on 29 Jun 2011, 18:09 0 3
I've already seen and played with the evo 3d and that phone was lame. It was laggy when scrolling pages and the 3d was lame at the same time gave me a headache. Now this phone is even worst spec so I say "FAILED" just like how I said to the evo 3d FAILED.
8. twenti7 posted on 22 Jul 2011, 14:12 0 0
You must have played with a broken EVO 3D, cuz that phone is blazing fast. It blows the iPhone 4 out of the water. (even my iFan friend says so) And the 3D is just an added feature, like using the LEDs as a flashlight. If you really don't like it, you don't have to use it.
The way I see it, there is no reason to get this phone over the EVO 3D (unless you're in love with ATT). it's July 2011, there's no reason that a phone should be released without Gingerbread. Not to mention worse screen/resolution, and a worse processor.
4. chinakidoliver.iab posted on 01 Jul 2011, 16:17 1 0
id personally would rather have this then the htc evo 3d
5. ddialogue (unregistered) posted on 03 Jul 2011, 08:54 0 1
I've been patiently waiting for something better to come along at at&t. This phone looks nice and the size/weight doesn't bother me at all. I think 3D is a gimmick...I certainly hope the 2D camera quality improves because that just won't pass in today's competitive handset market.
6. makken (unregistered) posted on 08 Jul 2011, 00:43 0 0
We should not forget that this LG O3D is the first 3D phone in the world and after some time passed after its announcement it did not lose its advantages even HTC came out with similar phone. LG needs to quickly issue update to Android 2.3 to keep the interest to the phone.
7. jacky1234 (unregistered) posted on 12 Jul 2011, 08:30 0 0
I was hoping that the 3D would be more used in the machine.
From what i've seen, this phone only uses the 3D for the camera while adding a little with the 3d Carousel UI.
For example, they could've 3D-ified the whole user interface, having a 3D music player with 3D visualizations. 3D widgets, 3D wallpapers, 3D app drawer and updated 3D icons.
This phone seems like the same as any other LG android phone with that 3d camera added.
9. darkfox1009 (unregistered) posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:39 0 0
I have this Phone, and the HTC is s**te compared to this. Also the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU has latentcy issues and runs almost .5 GHZ less efficient than what it's really producing. This phone is better hands down. The viewfinder on the LG is even more crystal clear than this. Don't listen to these hacks about the HTC having a faster CPU because i doesn't.