LG Nitro HD Review
Introduction:

Following suit after its rivals, LG has now joined the 4G LTE party on AT&T by unleashing the mighty LG Nitro HD. Knowing that it'll be tough to go head to head with competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid,  however, the Nitro HD, as its name implies, has brought forward one very impressive asset – a 720x1280 HD display, to deliver a screen clarity that would be unmatched by its opponents.

But having in mind its above-average price tag of $249.99 with a two-year contract, we think it'd still be worth it if we take a closer look at the LG Nitro HD, in order to determine if it's really capable of leap-frogging the competition.
LG Nitro HD Review

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide

Design:

Above all, we’re soundly convinced that 4G LTE smartphones don’t need to be clunky anymore like Verizon’s batch of first generation devices – and it’s perfectly evident with the LG Nitro HD! Amazingly, it’s lighter (4.5 oz) than the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, thanks obviously to its all-plastic construction. Comparing it to the Skyrocket, the LG Nitro HD is also easier to handle with one hand because it’s not as wide, while maintaining a consistent slim figure of 0.41” thickness all around. Meanwhile, we do like the patterned design in the rear of the device since it keeps the entire thing clean looking, but doesn’t necessarily provide as good as a grip over a soft touch finish. As a whole, we’re most impressed about its feather-like weight, but in terms of design, it goes with a conventional approach that’s cookie cutter in nature.

The LG Nitro HD maintains a consistent slim figure of 0.41” thickness all around - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD maintains a consistent slim figure of 0.41” thickness all around - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD maintains a consistent slim figure of 0.41” thickness all around - LG Nitro HD Review

The LG Nitro HD maintains a consistent slim figure of 0.41” thickness all around


LG Nitro HD Review

You can compare the LG Nitro HD with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Already, we’ve seen 720p displays on the HTC Rezound and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but what’s different with this one is that it employs an IPS panel – thus, delivering a good balance between brightness output and color accuracy. Likewise, it’s one of the most detailed displays out there because when you do the math for its 4.5” 720p (720 x 1280) True HD IPS display, it cranks out a respectable pixel density of 329 ppi with RGB arrangement. Its detail is most prominent when you look at fine text within the web browser, where it’s able to produce sharp visuals, whereas non-HD displays tend to look garbled. On top of that, it boasts some really good viewing angle to maintain its clarity even in outdoor settings.

The LG Nitro HD employs a 4.5” 720p True HD IPS display - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD employs a 4.5” 720p True HD IPS display - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD employs a 4.5” 720p True HD IPS display - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD employs a 4.5” 720p True HD IPS display - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD employs a 4.5” 720p True HD IPS display - LG Nitro HD Review
The LG Nitro HD employs a 4.5” 720p True HD IPS display - LG Nitro HD Review

The LG Nitro HD employs a 4.5” 720p True HD IPS display


Below the display, its capacitive Android buttons are spaced far from one another, which reduces accidental presses. On the opposite side, there’s a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that can shoot videos in full 1080p resolution.

LG Nitro HD Review
Capacitive Android buttons - LG Nitro HD Review
Front-facing camera - LG Nitro HD Review

Looking around the sides of the smartphone, there’s nothing really out of character with it seeing we find things like its volume rocker, power button, noise cancellation microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, standard microphone, and microUSB port. Turned off because it doesn’t offer a microHDMI port? Well, fear not because you can connect an MHL adapter to its microUSB port to gain video out functionality.

Bottom edge - LG Nitro HD Review
Volume rocker (left) - LG Nitro HD Review
Right edge - LG Nitro HD Review
Power key, microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top) - LG Nitro HD Review
Power key, microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top) - LG Nitro HD Review

Flipping it around to its rear, we find its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash squarely in the top middle area – with two notches in the bottom right corner for its internal speaker. Prying off the rear plastic cover doesn’t take much force, which then grants us access to its microSD card slot (16GB card preloaded), beefy 1,830 mAh battery, and SIM card slot.

The back has a patterned design - LG Nitro HD Review
The back has a patterned design - LG Nitro HD Review
The back has a patterned design - LG Nitro HD Review
The back has a patterned design - LG Nitro HD Review
The back has a patterned design - LG Nitro HD Review
The back has a patterned design - LG Nitro HD Review

The back has a patterned design



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33 Comments

1. medalaster01

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

LG Nitro HD though first hd from manufacturer it fails, because it is LG.

2. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Sadly so...

6. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

wait. The g2x was the first tegra phone. Optimus 3d was the first 3d. i guess there are a couple of phones worth praising LG for. I like LG. not over rated much. I just hate their software so much.

7. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

That's why the LG G2x from T-Mobile was good. Why? It had Stock Android Gingerbread.

10. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Exactly the G2x on stock gingerbread runs very smooth and lag free and it only is clocked at 1ghz dual core with only 512mb of ram. While you have phones like the rezound running 1.5ghz dual core and 1gb of ram and yet it can be sluggish at times. Sense UI is to blame for that just like LGs UI is as well. Put a stock android rom on this and it would be insanely fast and zippy.

25. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

I haven't used LG phones much, but if by "software" you mean their design, I think it's way nicer than Samsung's ugly TouchWiz design. I'm just shocked that their Optimus Sense is actually designed well and I never paid attention to LG phones.

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Well we may finally have an LG phone worth buying :D I like he polished look but hate the sluggishness of the LG UI. They never really been great at software, ir hardware for that matter Brand aside, this is a rather decent offering.

8. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yeah it's pretty decent. I like the 720p IPS LCD display and LTE, but the sluggish UI, so-so camera, and $249 price point are deal breakers. And who KNOWS when this device will get Ice Cream Sandwich.

19. LGlady

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

The camera on the Nitro is way better than on any of the other compared devices so I don't know what you are complaining about

26. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

They might not have been great at software design, but to bring some balance Samsung's android software design is way uglier. I agree this definitely looks like an LG phone worth buying, and primarily the "IPS" HD display that has me sold on it.

4. samda

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

The unit used by gsmarena team ran much smoother.. : /

5. jasongohjr

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

Laggy is a no no....

27. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Yeah true but so is Galaxy S2 t-mobile version and HTC amaze are laggy and a lot of other high-end smartphones. It's the "snapdragon" processor that doesn't have a great reputation, and also the maximum software to hardware optimization which most android powered devices lack. That's why iphones and recent windows phones, run by lower specs perform way more smoothly, because they're optimized well in that area.

9. nelnel21

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

how does this get a 8.0 and the skyrocket get a 7.5 score. compare the pros vs the cons of both and i'm sure the majority would much rather have the skyrocket with a "bland design" than "sluggish performance" of the nitro. the only thing the nitro has over the skyrocket is it's hd screen.

11. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

The skin on this phone looks horrible. Other than that and the uninteresting design, in terms of specs is a great competitor.

28. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

are you kidding me????? It's way nicer than Samsung galaxy whose TouchWiz is horribly designed.

12. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

LG phone always longer than other phone with the same or smaller display LG 2X is a terrible phone if you ask me. I had it and sold it as soon as i can :(

13. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Wrong OEM, released at the wrong time, with the wrong software, and the wrong hardware. If Samsung released the Galaxy Nexus on AT&T right now you can be sure as hell, LTE or not, this would be the phone to get.

14. bambiheo85

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

why there are so many people saying that this is the first hd phone =.= it's the galaxy note. And btw, note get 7 and this urly thing get 8 ???

29. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

definitely not the first HD phone, but the first phone with a 720p high quality "IPS" display.

15. Carlitos

Posts: 623; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

1.5 mbps on HSPA+ is pretty neat, considering the max you can get i believe is 2mbps. I like the display, but the UI is kinda suckish, i remember how motoblur use to be just as worse or even worse, now its one of the best ones out there. LG needs to step it up, or stick into making TV's or dishwashers.

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

2mbps is not the max on HSPA+, especially for this phone.

16. eli577

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Everbody's complaining about lagging. This kind of lag, which is hardly noticable is acceptable to me. Btw the first HD screen thing: it's true that it's not the first HD screener, but the first one to use RGB matrix, which is really noticable. Just put this phone next to a Nexus and a Rezound. You'll see the difference. I like the look of the phone, it's simple and cool, like the Nexus (and don't tell me the Nexus looks better :D)

30. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Right on the bulls eye! I had a chance to experience Nexus and Rezound displays and wasn't too satisfied. Nexus- matrix pixels still noticeable on small fonts such as when zooming out, and the screen's white color is dull, producing "yellower" or "bluer" color than normal. Rezound- nice but lacks great contrast and nice viewing angles.

17. K1N9J

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

why does everyone hate lg so much?

18. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I don't know, I have an LG Vortex I play with, it is very smooth, impressive for the processor speed, Aren't any flagships for Verizon from LG, I wouldn't mind giving one a shot....

31. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

good question!

20. LGlady

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

All of you that hate LG not sure why exactly because all manufactures have their issues and you are just not mentioning those. Stop haten on LG.... Have any of you even played with the Nitro or are you all going by past devices or isolated issues? I can tell you from experience that this device is outstanding and deserves recognition! Go LG

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I owned the lg C1500 and it got poor signal in the house - I would be willing to try another one, again.

23. louay_joumaa

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

i might trade up my htc rezound with that,much better screen but hate the software:P
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)

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