LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
The camera department is where the LG Optimus 3D left us with a mixed bag of feelings. The phone is a front-runner of 3D recording and we were impressed with the three dimensional pictures and videos, if just because the handset is among the first to offer them. But you also have traditional 2D capture with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. We should note that the camera samples were taken with a prototype unit and it's very likely that the quality will improve in the final version.
LG Optimus 3D Sample Video:
LG Optimus 3D Indoor Sample Video:
Next on the list is the 3D camera opening up the land of 720p HD video recording and 3-megapixel image stills. That's right – the quality of the picture gets degraded pixelwise in comparison to the standard 2D recording at 1080p full HD and still of 5MP resolution. The viewfinder itself shows a 3D picture, so you won't have a problem picking the right moment to snap.
Click here to view or download the 3D Sample images taken with LG Optimus 3D
LG Optimus 3D Sample Video in 3D:
LG Optimus 3D Indoor Sample Video in 3D:
In terms of options, you get the traditional settings including scenes and white balance, but you also get to control the depth of the 3D effect. We found the menu to be very intuitive, especially when it comes to the part when you have to switch between 3D and 2D stills and recording, which happens quickly with one or two taps.
Media playback looked impressive on the LG Optimus 3D. The spacious 4.3-inch screen is the perfect tool for watching videos and we were delighted with the handset's support for DivX/XviD codecs. Audio quality was also very clear even at its loudest with the standard Android music player. Finally, with the microHDMI-out port allowing you to easily wire the phone to a big screen TV, the phone is a multimedia powerhouse.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Optimus 3D comes with the stock browser in Android Froyo supporting all the essentials including Adobe Flash, multitouch, double tap to zoom and text reflow. In terms of connectivity, the phone features HSPA 3G connectivity capable of 14.4Mbps on the downlink, but also Wi-Fi b/g/n with the Mobile Hotspot function, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and DLNA, which round up the package. The handset's 8 gigs of internal memory are expandable through a microSD card slot handling as much as 32GB cards.
LG Optimus 3D is a different kind of a high-end device – one that aims to deliver the best of both worlds of performance and 3D entertainment. Luckily, it manages to avoid the trap of being purely 3D-centric and scare away the casual user, as you can easily forego the feature and use the handset in standard 2D mode, but still turn it on when you feel like experimenting. And when it comes to 3D, it manages to deliver a fun experience, so you can pop it out of your pocket and be sure that you'll impress the unprepared viewer.
It also impresses with the speedy interface and you can tell that TI OMAP 4430 chip under the hood does its job brilliantly. But it's not all roses as the handset ships with Android Froyo and might feel bulky for some. If LG manages to get the rest of the components right, though, it'll be close to convincing us that we should drink the 3D Kool Aid with the LG Optimus 3D.
LG Optimus 3D Video Preview:
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.