Getting a 3D phone? Check our coverage first!

Getting a 3D phone? Check our coverage first!
Well, well... so the LG Thrill 4G finally hit the streets in the U.S. and you are really starting to wonder if you should become part of this whole 3D thing, which looks so interesting, yet so vague at the moment. What can we say - your hesitations are very reasonable. On one hand, viewing images or video in 3D on your phone, without the need to wear special gear is nothing short of cool, but on the other, this kind of entertainment has been known to quickly wear off with many users out there. That's why we think that before you decide to jump the gun and head to the store, you should be completely aware of what the purchase of a “3D phone” will bring you.

By “3D phone”, we mean a phone like the just-released LG Thrill 4G for AT&T, or the HTC EVO 3D for Sprint – i.e. one with a glasses-free 3D display and a dual-lens camera, which will allow you to shoot your own stereoscopic photos and videos. Naturally, before anything else, it is highly-advisable that you first read our reviews, which cover the 3D, as well as all the other aspects of these smartphones:

In both reviews, you can check out some 3D image and video samples that we made using the handsets, in order to give you an idea of what content you'll be able to create and enjoy. That's actually very important, since, as you're probably aware, 3D content as a whole is pretty scarce at the moment, meaning that you'll be largely dependent on what you can produce with your own handset. And when you have a glasses-free 3D display, you'd want to use it, right? Still, if those samples couldn't give you enough idea, here are some more posts, where you can enjoy our prominent 3D-photography skills:

But wait! Before one gets a 3D phone, shouldn't they first learn how 3D is done? Of course! And you bet we've made sure to have a pretty good explanation of that glasses-free 3D magic right here, waiting for you:

Finally, it's understandable that you might be worried about the eventual adoption of this technology. After all, who would want a consumer product that no one else has? We all know that such a scenario would translate into lack of support from both manufacturers and developers. What we think on the matter is that most probably, 3D in phones won't reach a state of mass market adoption, but there will still be a decent niche for such products. At least that's what our own little research here indicates.

So, now that you're fully aware of what you'll be getting by purchasing one of these hot handsets, do you see yourself as a true fan of 3D? Will this be a feature that you'll use more than a few times? Feel free to sound off in the comments below!

Related phones

Thrill 4G
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP 4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h talk time)
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1730 mAh(6.00h talk time)



1. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

i've never personally played with these types of phones, but if its anything like in the theatre, all it does is give me a headache after less than 30 minutes of use. i for one do not see a need for such a thing on my mobile, but thats my opinion

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

If you are going to get a 3D phone get the better one which is the HTC Evo 3D. Now if you can't afford the best, then get the LG Thrill 4G. 3D is so much fun, I have the HTC Evo 3D & the 3D effect is insane.

3. evo-ninja

Posts: 32; Member since: May 23, 2011

i don't no maybe it's me but never have had a problem wit my evo-3d or the movies, 3d phones are the new perspective of looken at the world, the ability to see things on a flat display in 3d is something you will love to have

4. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

The only 3d device that I would use is a Nintendo 3DS. Iknow that the 3D phones are pretty cool but I really can't see myself using it.

5. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I have played with the EVO and while in the movies the action seems to come right at you, and the televisions make you seem like your in the action, the phone gives you a 'layered' look. It is totally cool but I dont see myself buying one. The coolness would wear off too quickly for me

6. Allday28

Posts: 341; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

3D phones are really STUPID!!

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Allday28, 3D phones are not stupid. Just because you don't like 3D doesn't mean it's stupid. If you don’t like something that is fine, but to say it's stupid insults everyone who likes 3D. I am sorry but I don't like anything stupid! Grow up buddy you sound like a little kid! Laron said it best “It's not stupid, just different.”

24. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I myself don't really like the 3D effect. I have tried the Optimus 3D in the shops and the eyes really hurt after a few minutes use, same with the 3D TVs.

17. 3D unregistered

28, I think you're stupid. $30 for a dual-core phone with an extra 3D feature is the best deal you can get. You don't have to use 3D. Just don't launch it.

7. Laron unregistered

It's not stupid, just different.

8. Jimmer unregistered

The EVO 3d is awesome! It makes me sick that people get the old EVO instead because they say "I don't need 3d." The 3d feature is 3% of what the phone is! The EVO 3d has a better screen, way better processor, better battery life, and so on. If you NEVER use the 3d feature, the EVO 3d is still a good phone....but the Photon may be better.

10. phxgoose unregistered

sadly it makes me motion sick looking at them. But i think they are really cool, the camera is fun.

11. n3x!s702 unregistered

Played with both.. the 3D experience on the Thrill is better.. The Evo 3D is just an Evo with 3D.. The thrill really improved the Android experience by making improvments to the interface without extra bloat ware.. Evo was a good phone, but the thrill wins, hands down, as a better phone.. Good job for once LG.

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is not what says!

13. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I would have to agree with you SAE. LG has yet to really impress me with a smartphone that's made it stateside.

22. MobileMonkey

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 10, 2011

I've used both and while I like the Sense experience better, Thrill definitely smacks the EVO 3d around. Pictures and videos come out better, video output via HDMI looked more crisp, and it blew away the EVO 3D on all tests. The screen, even without 3D, was more crisp on the EVO but lacked the color of the Thrill. I think they're both good phones but I have to give it to LG this time around.

14. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

R u guys all F**king me? the Thrill 4G is much better. The Evo 3D has a higher-res screen but is of far inferior quality and contrast levels are low. The Thrill 4G has a future-proof, OMAP processor which will be able to handle new games and stuff, unlike the A8 architecture of the Evo 3D's. The 3D is far more prominent and 3D videos and camera shots are better. The Thrill 4G is much cheaper with or without contract. Sure its stuck with Froyo for now but the GB update is well on the way. The problem is that all sites are biased towards HTC's and biased against LG's and Motorola's. If any of you here have any sort of brain, I'd get one of the new Moto droids like the Droid X2, Droid 3, Droid Bionic, Photon 4G which have better build quality, better screens and future-proof processors. If you must have a 3D smartphone I'd definitely go with the Thrill 4G

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

HTCiscool, I don't know where you get that the OMAP dual-core is future proof. This time next year phones will be quad-core. Also the Adreno 220 GPU can handle any game out there. While the LG Thrill finally get Gingerbread, the HTC Evo 3D will get Ice Cream Sandwich. I don't know how you can throw the Droid X2, Droid 3, Droid Bionic, & the Photon 4G when this article is about 3D only? The HTC Evo 3D has the better screen compared to the Motorola qHD screens because the screen they use are Pen Tile LCD which has a grainy look when zoomed in. I hope you are kidding! lol

25. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

@SAE LG has alr made the commitment to update the Optimus 3D/Thrill 4G to ICS .

23. MobileMonkey

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 10, 2011

Not sure about the future-proof comment considering how fast everything is evolving, especially with talks about Quad-Core but I agree with the rest. Even though the EVO 3D has the higher res screen, it still looks inferior to the Thrill with the much better color accuracy and brightness. Oh and I checked out that Bionic and that looks to be the phone to beat. I just wish they would've gone with dual channel like the Thrill cause the Thrill still seems to beat it on the tests I ran on both phones.

15. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

This 3D thing is dumb. I used the HTC 3D for 6 hours to do a review and it was a waste of time

19. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

i have the lg thrill , its awesome!!! i think the 3d effect was better on it, than the evo3D, , and olny morons and trolls, say that 3D is a gimmick !!!


Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 01, 2009

well i wasnt big on 3d either, but after playing with the evo 3d for awhile and sprint giving me a great discount on it i got one. WOW! this is a great smartphone! i look at the 3d part as just a bonus if i wanted to watch a 3d movie or rent one, take 3d pics,videos... iim a huge fan of htc phones love there sense 3.0. so u can justify and say its gimmicky to talk yourself out of it. but thats your loss!

21. Yeahh unregistered

Alot of people say that the 3D on the thrill is better when I watch phone reviews on YouTube.

26. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

i have used both phones and the 3D effect on the LG is wayyyyyyyy better than the EVO. also, LG has more 3D applications on their phone unlike HTC

27. james braselton unregistered

hi there your right i have iphone 4 right know will my contracts up sooon soo if iphone 5 is stilll 2d i willl buy 3d lg thrill

28. Buy mobile phones unregistered

That is really nice , LG is leading the the 3D phones industry after the optimus 3D if they will launch the thrill they would really can do great job! Buy Mobile phones

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