LG Optimus 3D MAX Hands-on Review

LG Optimus 3D MAX Hands-on Review
After the launch of the LG Optimus 3D last year (Thrill 4G for AT&T), it seems like the company is at it again this year, with a successor called Optimus 3D MAX. So, what's the new stuff, you may be wondering? Here's the breakdown:

In terms of design, the previous Optimus 3D was a quite bulky handset, but LG has made some significant improvements in this respect, by reducing the thickness of the device to the bearable 9.6mm. Overall, we're glad to see that the Optimus 3D MAX has some relatively compact dimentions, while retaining its strong features.

Speaking of features, it still has a nice 4.3” display, which has actually been improved to deliver a better 3D viewing experience. However, the resolution is still 480x800 pixels. The processor powering the new 3D beast is a dual-core TI OMAP 4430, clocked at 1.2 GHz.

Taking care of 3D photography are two 5MP camera sensors, which are complemented by a single LED flash. Users will be able to shoot 3D video at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, while 2D recording will go as high as 1080p. A nice addition is the option to stream 1080p 3D video to an HD TV using the MHL port of the LG Optimus 3D MAX.

The new 3D smartphone by LG will come loaded with... wait for it... Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an update to Ice Cream Sandwich is promised. Once the update arrives, we expect it to bring the custom UI that's also present on the Optimus 4X HD, for example, which you can check out here.

Availability info is scarce at the moment, but overall, this handset should come out sometime during Q2 2012.

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Optimus 3D MAX
  • Display 4.3 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Dual-lens (3D))
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware TI OMAP4430, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1520 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.6
    LG Optimus UI



7. linuxluver

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I bought this phone. It's a very worthy upgrade. To me, it feels like a Samsung galaxy S II in terms of performance, weight and size....but with all the 3D stuff I want. The dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM give some degree of future-proofing as this is a higher spec than most of the Android phones being sold today. Ok, it isn't the top of the mountain......but they don't have 3D. This one does. The extra memory means I can happily use ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro instead of the default UI and I see no performance hit. (I always turn animations off on ANY phone). The Android v2.3.7 on this phone has a default theme that looks a lot like ICS. To be honest, I can't see much benefit in the upgrade to ICS, but I'll take it when it comes....No hurry here. I'm absolutely loving this phone. Yes, I owned the original LG Optimus 3D. Yes, I had the ghost call issue on the Android v2.3 update.....so flashed back to Android v2.2. The way I see it, LG will have pride and they also are a company that grew quickly and you don't do that if you can't learn from past errors. The LG 3D Max is proof LG learns form its mistakes. I'm glad I bought it, despite the issues with the previous model. Hopefully the ICS upgrade will sort those out. Whatever.....I love the new LG 3D Max.


Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Why didn't they use their newest Optimus UI and not the old one? The new one is much lighter and has better graphics. I would never buy a phone with the old UI, but the new one so far, looks great!

5. Bangthering_007

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Its bcoz this is runnin only GB-Android 2.3.

3. kanonk

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

last years specs

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

3d isn't for me.

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Good but.....I still have a bad taste in my mouth from when I had the Thrill.

6. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Right? I have the thrill and love it, but after the run-around they kept giving about 2.3 I don't think I'll buy another LG. Now if my rep wants to GIVE me one that would be different...

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