LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Review
Cameras - the LG Optimus 3D has three of them, but it still left us with a mixed bag of feelings. The phone is a front-runner of 3D image capture and video recording and that's impressive. We loved experimenting with three dimensional pictures and videos, which turned out to be quite fun. But our guess is that traditional 2D capture is what most people will pick most of the time and that's where the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on the back falls short of any stellar high expectations.
Images are by default captured by the left camera from the duo, but the biggest problem here is the way below average picture quality. Details were at a very low level with the background eating up the edges. Contrast was also bad and the camera had a poor dynamic range. That's just a warning, though, you can check out the samples below yourself to get an idea. Except for those issues, the camera is fairly quick to shoot. It also supports digital zoom, different focus modes including macro and scene settings. Sadly, LG has implemented a limitation that forbids you from using the camera after the battery drops below 10%. That might make sense for users saving the last breath of their battery for a call, but after all it's the user who has to decide and for some taking a picture before the battery dies might be more appropriate.
recording video, you'll be pleased to see support for 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second with continuous auto-focus. Things are looking slightly better here as you get more details and the exposure compensation algorithms better adjust the video, recorded in MP4 format, but some of the issues with contrast and dynamic range remain. Just like in most other full HD-enabled cameraphones, zooming was supported only in 720p, but not 1080p mode.
LG Optimus 3D Sample Video:
LG Optimus 3D Indoor Sample Video:
Next comes the 3D camera serving 720p HD videos and 3-megapixel image stills. You got it right – the quality of the picture gets noticeably degraded in comparison to the standard 2D recording at 1080p full HD and stills of 5 megapixels. 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:
Traditional settings like scenes and white balance controls are all there, but you also get to control the depth of the 3D effect. There's also an in-built image editor – a welcome addition for basic editing. You can crop and rotate images, add filters frames and even combine images. Overall, we found the camera interface to be very intuitive, especially when you have to switch between 3D and 2D stills and recording, which happens quickly with one or two taps.
The spacious 4.3-inch screen is the perfect tool for watching videos on the go and we appreciate the fact that LG has included support for DivX/XviD codecs. Unfortunately, high-def MKVs are a tall order for the Optimus 3D. Audio sounded clear even at its loudest with the standard Android music player. You can also add up to 32GB of memory to the built-in 8GB through microSD cards. 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 Android Froyo browser supporting all the essentials including Adobe Flash, multitouch and double tap to zoom. The browser supports text reflow only when you double tap to zoom in and out, but doesn't reformat text when you use pinch to zoom. The only slight change is the addition of a strip stretching at the bottom, allowing you to quickly go back, forward, switch between tabs, open new tabs and access settings. It's convenient but some idealists might find it annoying that they can't disable it or view the browser in full screen. Next to the address bar in the browser is the bookmark icon, taking you to four tabs of bookmarks, most visited pages, history and pages you've marked to read later. Those temporary bookmarks are only saved until you view them and then automatically disappear – an elegant solution for readers.
Overall, the browser has been slightly tweaked and makes perfect use of both the big screen and the dual-core processor. Flash also runs great and if you're looking for a capable mobile device to access the web, the Optimus 3D is among the best out there.
In terms of connectivity the only thing missing seems to be 4G, but the phone features HSPA 3G at 14.4Mbps on the downlink, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and DLNA via LG's SmartShare app.
3. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Easy choice: choose Galaxy SII. Choose the LG if you want to impress your friends for 10mins with the gimmicky 3D (that's about how long your battery will last). The Galaxy SII is a beast with future-proof features and no gimmicks...clearly the winner.
4. KingK (unregistered)
What future-proof features?
It has no features that no one else has. Meanwhile missing some its self.
Both these phones will be obsolete this year anyway.
6. bastian890 (unregistered)
About samsung gs2 i don´t like the fact that it doesn´t have stereo speakers or stereo mics for video and i always disliked android icons and widgets and i´m not a fan of samsung either.But with dual core 1.2ghz speed, a processor that delivers the best benchmarks so far, 1gb ram, 4.3 super amoled plus without the pentile arrangement as the previous model, codecs support, mhl and usb on the go, bluetooth 3.0, it´s certainly future proof and won´t be obsolete in at least three years. It´s even hard to imagine better features. I can only think of camera improvements, quad core processor, foldable screen... by the way i don´t own a gs2.
14. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
No phone is future proof. No matter what features or specs it has, there will be a phone out within 6 months that is just a little bit better, with many others following suit.
Granted, it will still be a great phone for another year or more, much the same way that the EVO 4G is still a great phone, despite no longer being the best.
2. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if u want battery, performance, camera, and higher rez screen, go SGS2. If you want performance and 3d go for the LG.
Personally I think after a few XDA mods the LG battery could be made to last quite a while.. it will need a gingerbread rom and probably removal of the 3d stuff to do it though. The phone is a large screen powerhouse though.
15. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
The SGS 2 has a lower res screen than most new HTC and Moto phones. And if you want performance and 3D, definitely do not go with the LG. The EVO 3D is better all-around.
20. Trick (unregistered)
SGSII and LG Optimus 3d have same screen size and resolution, 4.3" 800X480.
On certain benchmarks like flash the LG optimus g2x beats the SGSII in performance. The G2x is essentially the same hardware as the 3D without the 3D. In other cases (sunspider for instance) the SGSII comes out the better. Check Andandtech's Review.
Battery life sucks on all smartphones. My wife and I shoot for about 15 hours of life on our Captivate and Inspire4g phones and often we are disappointed.
12. Starfleet Captain (unregistered)
They gave the EVo 3D a 9/10. This phone got an 8/10
8. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
With all due respect, but canPA ask John to do the video reviews? Seriously, the guy (whoever he is) is so boring. Hearing his voice make me sleepy, and is also too biased towards apple. Please make John your chief reviewer. That guys is awsome and unbiased like the one making this video
13. Motto Pubies (unregistered)
I think whoever does the written reviews also does the video portion. That being said, I agree with you. John V is the best video reviewer on PA and should do all of them even if he just reads what somebody else wrote. The other video reviewers here are pretty bad actually, and I have a tough time even finishing the video.
9. lockscreen (unregistered)
lol the lockscreen looks awful compare to sense3
10. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
They gave this phone a 8? Wtf suppose to be a 10 :) and the sg2 is too plane and boring.. IMO
17. dontneedaname (unregistered)
It's wide and tall for a phone with this size of screen. even the Evo, which is known to be a massive phone is shorter and narrower.
16. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
im poor in comparing cameras. Can someone of you please explain me the red lines that appear on these pictures?
19. Illusionist (unregistered)
Ahhhh..that's going to be really annoying..every couple of weeks finding a new "killer" phone with tons of new features and glossy structure,buyers need some break!
i have the LG 3D 47" LED..and i can say the whole 3d technology is little boring and sometimes crab..i don't think it can be the fashion for the next ten years.
any how..this device is an invention it self ,but not every invention is a great product,
i experienced the brand new Sammy G S II and it's an amazing device..a real miracle.
21. arun rawat (unregistered)
i like this phone . its look is so nice and good.
22. LGNoob (unregistered)
I purchased an LG Thrill and am completely disappointed. I've read a bunch of reviews about it and none have discussed the true downsides of the device. It's as if they used the phone long enough just to make the review. This is what I've found:
The phone is glitchy. The home screen will restart and redraw my icons and widgets so there are times when I hit the home button that I'm presented with a temporarily blank screen and left waiting. Not to mention that pretty much anything that LG has made software-wise has either frozen/crashed or reset on me with normal use. There are even times when I can't seem to unlock the phone because the swipe screen only goes up a little bit and then resets so I have to try over and over until it finally unlocks (and yes I know you have to grab the bottom of the slider).
Hardware wise seems to be solid, however things like the gyroscope stopped working on me so I had to reset the phone to get it to detect and change from portrait to landscape mode. The speaker when listening to phone calls distorts constantly with higher pitched voices until you turn the volume down under half volume which is not as high as I'd like because I don't push the phone directly against my ear.
Of the 4 stock icons on the bottom, at least 2 are stupid but you cannot change them to what you actually want there. I rarely use the phone icon and I never use the 3D icon.
3D isn't just kinda stupid, it's terrible. You get this terrible looking picture (because it's 1/2 the resolution streeeeetched out) that never looks quite right. The games inputs change from tilting to pushing the screen because you can't tilt the device without losing the 3D image. And the reason each person has a different experience is that each person's eyes are at different distances from eachother on their heads. Also, the flash does not function in 3D capture mode. The 3D is a complete waste and should not be the sole reason to buy this phone.
It's really freaking heavy. I'm not used to LG or Motorola devices so to me this thing feels like a brick.
The battery life does suck bigtime. I left my phone completely idle from a full charge just to see how quickly the battery would drain... after 4 hours I was down to under 80% charge which means it should only last at MOST 20 hours total. It reminds me of my old Palm Pre.
The build and finish of this phone is top notch though. I LOVE the feel of the back cover and the brushed panels on the front are a nice touch.
I hope this review helps potential buyers.
24. salim (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2011)
you can change the 4 stock icons on the bottom and the battery life isn't that bad it can last with me more than 30 hours with moderate use. I didn't face any of the problems you mentioned so I think its a very good phone after all... ;)
23. Damon (unregistered)
I am looking for a tough phone that will work well and download fast. I think the LG Thrill sounds great! There is a lot to love on this phone, mainly the dual-core processor and 4G. I love streaming movies so with all of these features, the Thrill should have no problem keeping up with me. The app that I use to stream is the DISH Remote Access app. I love this app because it lets me stream movies and TV shows anywhere I am in clear HD! As a customer and employee of DISH Network, I have been using the DISH Remote Access app for a long time on my previous phone, and I know that it is going to work great on the LG Thrill once I get it!
25. azhan (unregistered)
the galaxy s2 and the lg optimus 3d is the same.the difference between them is 3D.some people i agree that battery is terrible but i'm sure that lg will under estmate this and will make powerful battery like the same standard as galaxy s2 really if you want a phone that has a long lasting battery and does the same speed as the galaxy s2 plus do 3D than your best option is the HTC EVO 3D trust me thats a beast