LG Nitro HD Review
LG's Optimus UI is installed on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, and is what runs on the Nitro HD. Adding a slight tweak, it also boasts a total of 4 layouts/themes that provide prearranged layouts – these include Play, Work, Travel, and Custom. Other than that, the Optimus UI has remained pretty much intact – simple, yet functional. You get seven home screens that you can customize to your taste with shortcuts or widgets. Should you like to do so, you can change which one of them gets brought up when the “home” key is pressed. Even though it offers all of the lovable aspects of Gingerbread, it’s going to be hard to entice enthusiasts knowing that Ice Cream Sandwich is out there, but beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess on when this will receive its update to the most up-to-date Android experience. If you want to learn more about the handset’s functionality and interface, please check out our in-depth review of the LG Optimus 2x.
As much as we’re thrilled to know that a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with 1GB of RAM is inside of this beast, we’re saddened to see the handset unable to deliver a silky smooth response with various actions. For example, we notice some choppiness with its performance while navigating across the homescreen with a static wallpaper – and it’s even evident as we kinetic scroll through the app panel! Despite that, it’s able to launch applications in a relatively quick manner with minimal wait. Naturally, its 720p display might be the culprit that’s impacting its overall performance, which isn’t terrible to tell you the truth, but it’s nonetheless visibly lessened and stands out.
Another feature that Optimus UI 2.0 delivers is the implementation of motion gestures. Just like on the LG Optimus 2X, tapping on the sides of the device can move the cursor when typing or browsing through the image gallery. Moreover, you can use motion gestures to turn off your alarm clock or to mute an incoming call by flipping the phone over. We can argue how useful these motion gestures can be in real life because the idea of physically hitting a pricy device, no matter how lightly you do it, can always cause an accidental drop if you are not being careful enough. Luckily, some or all of the motion gestures can be turned off through the Settings menu.
Blessed with such generous space, there’s no arguing that the LG Nitro HD will perfectly accommodate a wide array of people when it comes to typing up messages. Not only do we find both the stock Gingerbread and LG on-screen keyboards sufficient with their layouts, but their instantaneous responses allow our fingers to consistently type at a fanatical rate without the worry of any lag. Of course, if physically typing isn’t your kind of thing, you can always use the voice recognition service as an alternative.
Being the Android powered device it is, the LG Nitro HD delivers the good old fashion Gmail experience we’re so used to seeing at this point, but equally as usable, the LG Email app is also quite useful on its own. too As for setting up accounts, it’s your typical process of providing an email address and password for automatic set up. However, you might be asked to input additional pieces of information before it’s able to correctly complete.
Internet and Connectivity:
Although it’s not the first, but actually the third, AT&T customers will be able to take advantage of the smartphone’s galloping 4G LTE connectivity – well, that’s as long as you’re located in any of the few markets that have the network up and running. In our usage, we strictly used it with HSPA+ connectivity, and even with that, we’re content with the speeds that we’re exposed to. Specifically, we find its download speed to be satisfying as we’re able to get up to 11.27 Mbit/s. However, its upload speeds with HSPA+ are rather lackluster seeing we’re getting 1.5 Mbit/s on the average. Strangely, we notice some choppiness with its web browsing performance, which is more evident when Flash content is present. Despite that issue, it’s still tolerable enough to accept.
Traveling abroad isn’t a problem with this GSM smartphone, even more when it’s able to get HSPA+ speeds in most countries. Of course, it features all the typical connectivity items we’d normally expect to find – like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.