LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
While Android Froyo has passed the test of time, we'd certainly wish to see the more contemporary and functional Gingerbread. LG promises that an update will be available soon, but initially you only get Android 2.2 skinned with LG's Optimus UI. The Optimus 3D features a beautiful weather widget pulling information from AccuWeather and there is the Social+ social network aggregator bringing you the latest updates from Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The home screen also supports pinch to zoom, so when you zoom out you get an overview of all of your home panes which you can rearrange and quickly access. The drop-down menu in the home screen has been improved with five additional icons for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, volume control and screen rotation.
Except for that it's largely the standard Froyo UI, much like the interface of the LG Optimus 2X, so feel free to check that out for a more detailed look at Froyo and the Optimus UI.
But it's the 3D Space view that really makes the phone stand out in the Android crowd. A carousel of 6 big icons swirls around with each of the icons coming with its own animation unfolding your way giving you a clear sense of the 3D effect. The first icon that you'd want to tap in the 3D Space view is the 3D guide which will show you the ropes of 3D viewing and recording. Then there is the YouTube icon taking you straight to all 3D videos in YouTube.
3D gallery application, which works smoothly and offers plenty of eye candy with its two different views. Alas, you can't really sort the content as it's displayed in a continuous row of tiles arranged by date, but while not extremely functional, the app does deliver the visuals.
The 3D Games and Apps section is probably the one which will define the success of the handset, but unfortunately currently there are only four apps available – Asphalt 6, NOVA, Let's Golf 2 and Gulliver's Travels. While all those apps claim to be optimized for 3D we saw only a very minor effect there, mostly noticeable in the menus and titles but not so much within the game, making us often wonder whether that's really the 3D we were looking for.
1. SinSilla (unregistered)
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 (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)
Why can't Verizon get the super cool phones ever?
3. UMMWhoCARES (unregistered)
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 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
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 (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
id personally would rather have this then the htc evo 3d
5. ddialogue (unregistered)
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)
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)
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)
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.