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LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Review

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LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Review
When it comes to the battery life, the huge 4.3-inch screen is a key factor squeezing all 1500mAh of juice by the end of the day with moderate use. Actually, when in stand-by mode the battery drain is not that noticeable, but just after lighting up, the screen greedily devours juice. The performance of the phone's battery is among the phone's biggest downsides, so you should either prepare a spare battery or keep a charger nearby if you want to make sure that your phone will last you through the day.

Even though the Optimus 3D doesn't have a second mic for noise cancellation, call quality on the handset is very good. Our callers reported no issues and heard us loud and clear in our natural tones, while on our side, the earpiece was so loud we had to set the volume at just above the middle.

The LG Optimus 3D is different if only for its 3D function. Luckily, it's also a great all-around player and doesn't focus solely on 3D, which is entertaining for a while, but might come with a bonus in the form of a slight headache for some. When you use the handset in standard 2D mode, though, it's an extremely powerful device with one of the snappiest chips out there. It makes a huge difference when navigating in menus and fiddling with the browser.

But this overweight powerhouse eats battery like there's no tomorrow, and if you don't plug it in for a while, its battery doesn't last to see tomorrow. 2D images were also a disappointment, just as the fact that it ships with Froyo instead of Gingerbread, but LG will hopefully fix the latter with an update soon. We wouldn't let those spoil the enthusiasm of early 3D adopters – for them the LG Optimus 3D will definitely deliver, but the rest might prefer a thinner handset with a more durable battery.


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Pros

  • 3D is fun
  • Extremely snappy, fluid navigation
  • Great browser

Cons

  • Battery struggles to last a day
  • Bulky
  • Disappointing camera performance in 2D
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posted on 15 Jul 2011, 08:35 1

1. sotos73 (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)


Galaxy s2 or lg 3d tell me please !!!!!,

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:39 5

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.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:10 3

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.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 17:23 3

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.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 15:56 2

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.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 08:58 1

2. remixfa (Posts: 13902; 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 15:59

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.

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 07:54

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.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 15:10 1

5. sotos73 (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)


Is the evo 3d better??

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 18:14

12. Starfleet Captain (unregistered)


They gave the EVo 3D a 9/10. This phone got an 8/10

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 21:17

7. megamrambo (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2010)


Strange accent, I wounder what kind?

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 06:07

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

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 06:47

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.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 17:41

9. lockscreen (unregistered)


lol the lockscreen looks awful compare to sense3

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 22:55 2

10. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1676; 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

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 12:03

11. okmasta (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


balky? it's only 11.4mm thick..

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 15:52

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.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 16:49

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?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:08

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.
isn't it?!

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 10:14

21. arun rawat (unregistered)


i like this phone . its look is so nice and good.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 17:56

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.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 08:49

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... ;)

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:22

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!

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 18:33

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

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LG Optimus 3D

LG Optimus 3D

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP 4430, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
512 MB RAM
Size5.07 x 2.68 x 0.47 inches
(128.8 x 68 x 11.9 mm)
5.93 oz  (168 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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