LG Nitro HD hands-on

LG Nitro HD hands-on
So the LG Nitro HD has landed, bringing LG up to par with some of its competitive rivals – namely Samsung and HTC. Actually, it’s the third 4G LTE smartphone for AT&T’s camp, but in its quest to differentiate itself from the existing crop, it’s packing a 720p display to meet the competition head on.

Honestly, the LG Nitro HD looks exactly like the LG Optimus LTE, which isn’t a bad thing per se, but doesn’t jump out at us as something killer looking – like what we find with the Motorola DROID RAZR’s solid design. Rather, its all-plastic body makes it impressively light weight, and possibly feels lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket in the hand. In the rear, it features a patterned design, but seeing that it has a slick plastic feel to it,  the entire thing feels rather slippery.

Staring straight at us, its 4.5” 720p (720 x 1280) LCD display looks mightily sharp, and even better, its wide viewing angles allow it to maintain its clarity at all angles. Looking at it from a good distance away, it’s almost hard to distinguish how superior it is in detail with its 329 ppi pixel density – so yeah, it’s sharp looking and definitely stands out. In terms of color reproduction, we dig the punchy colors it’s able to dish up, which ultimately goes a long way in highlighting its visual flare.

Beyond its snazzy looking display, it packs some wicked hardware under the hood to complement its larger than life status – like a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. And of course, it’s packing a 4G LTE radio inside of it to offer users lightning fast data speeds. Meanwhile, it’s running the standard LG Optimus skin on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread that we’re all so familiar with by now.

At $249.99 on-contract, it puts itself right against the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, but of course, there are certain aspects about it that could appeal to some people – like its 720p display. In the meantime, we’ll be checking it out to see how it handles.

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Nitro HD
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1830 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)



1. monkeyfeet

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

Looks nice, its a Galaxy variant with LG's name on it.

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

IDK, about this phone. All lg phones I had in the past... um... the screens burnt out.

15. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

LG makes the iPhone screen

4. username

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

actually, most of the Galaxy variants have a small chin on the bottom, back of the phone. Sent from Galaxy Nexus

5. monkeyfeet

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

I guess I should clarify what I meant, it looks like a wannabe Galaxy S2.

13. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It can be better than S II actualy.

23. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Except the screen blows Galaxy S2 screen out of proportions. I actually laid my hands on both phones today and the display on the LG is just phenomenal, it's a 4.5 inch version or the iphone's "retina" display. It makes the S2 screen and it's dull yellowish tint and lower resolution look like crap.

8. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"Sent from Galaxy Nexus"....??? Email much?

10. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

LG steals from Samsung Samsung steals from Apple Apple steals from Tech Market

18. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

really? considering LG had the world's first full touch screen phone tt utilized the capacitive touch display.. considering they had a touch screen phone before Samsung did, and all Samsung did was take LG's UI and put it on to their own phones... touchwiz looks like Optimus UI (aka S Class UI). Look at your Samsung Jet and look at the LG Cookie. The LG Cookie's UI looks very much like what the Optimus UI looks like now whereas the Samsung Jet uses the older UI and both phones are released about the same time. Look at the first LG touch screen phone's UI and look at Samsung's first touch screen phone UI. They look exactly alike :O and LG came up with a touch screen phone before Samsung. AND FYI Phonearena posted an article about the Prada phone by LG 1.0, it said that is the phone that many phones today, including the I-Phone, is based on. SO if Samsung steals from Apple, it indirectly steals from LG. the only reason why ppl say LG copies Samsung is bcos Samsung devices are more widely distributed than LG's. so your post should go like this: Samsung steals from LG Samsung steals from Apple Apple steals from LG & Tech Market


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Im worried how long this will take to get ICS.

12. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

That is the big question mark for now knowing how LG works.

6. monkeyfeet

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

I am very curious how sweet that display is though..

21. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

I have a gut feeling that the display is amazing on this phone. I have seen the HTC rezound and Nexus 720p display, and wasn't 100% impressed. The nexus matrix pixels start messing with the eyes on small fonts and rezound screen's color is slightly dull and viewing angles are still poor. I think IPS implementation will benefit significantly to the quality of this HD display.

7. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

not a bad looking phone for an LG. I hope Verizon's LG revolution 2 is something similar with LTE. The display looks pretty close to super AMOLED HD

24. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

No the display doesn't look close to the AMOLED HD, it actually beats it. Main reason is that on Samsung's AMOLED displays, they went back to pentile matrix, which theoretically displays worse resolution than specified. And second, amoled still have the yellowish tint instead of bright white on their displays.

9. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

LG steals from Samsung Samsung steals from Apple Apple steals from Tech Market

11. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

John V. it's an AH-IPS LCD display. Some people like me will prefer it over super AMOLED.

22. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

I used to brag about amoled, trying to give it credit for color vividness, until I got a HTC sensation with a qHD display with standard RGB pixel layout and now I don't wanna look back at amoled (amoled plus, etc.). The retina featuring IPS technology is even more impressive with much better contrast and viewing angles than my qHD display. The amoled matrix pixel layout is just not eye friendly, colors are over saturated and don't look real, and most amoled screens although claiming limitless contrast ratio lack the bright white color which practically puts their "praised contrast ratio" to waste. The amoled's white color spectrum is dull and usually "yellower" or "bluer" than normal. So hands down I believe 720p IPS LCD display wins!

14. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What cpu/gpu does it have under the hood? Anyone?

17. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

cpu is a 1.5ghz snapdragon s3 with probably a adreno 225 gpu

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Very nice hand set Lg. But your ui sucks. And will never buy another Lg phone again.

19. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

PhoneArena, what the heck!!! I've been waiting for a review for this phone for months and you give it a couple of paragraphs! That's lame!

20. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

On the 14th LG going to announce another phone the LG Prada K2, the specs are little lower than the Nitro. Still trying to figure out why team with Prada.......again.

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