LG Nitro HD Review
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.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Start Guide
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.