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LG Nitro HD Review

LG Nitro HD

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LG Nitro HD Review
Listening through the earpiece, we notice that it tends to crackle at the loudest setting – plus, we have to combat against the grainy tones of voices. Conversely, our callers are treated to a better experience with clear sounding voices on their end. Meanwhile, its volume output is absolutely strong and potent when using the speakerphone, but it’s accompanied with some crackling and muffled tones at the loudest volume.

Maintaining a signal strength of -77 dBm in high coverage areas, which is able to put out 4 to 5 bars, we didn’t experience the handset fluctuating or dropping phone calls in the greater Philadelphia area.

Knowing that it tucks away a beefy 1,830 mAh battery, our expectations are obviously high for this 4G LTE enabled device, but sadly, its performance with HSPA+ connectivity is rather limiting. Certainly, we’re glad to get by a solid work shift with no problems, but it’s only able to provide us 12 hours of juice with normal usage – so yes, this is something that requires constant charging. Oppositely, we manage to get 318 minutes of continuous talk on a single charge.


Let’s get straight to the point, there are some very profound qualities of the LG Nitro HD that stand out, but when you look at the overall picture, it doesn’t have the effect of getting us all excited in the inside. Yes, we adore its detailed 720p display and 4G LTE connectivity, though, for $250 with a 2-year contract, it’s still up there in terms of pure pricing. Nonetheless, there are aspects of the device that stick out like a sore thumb – like its paltry battery life and sluggish performance. Obviously, this device would’ve been a monumental offering if it were even released a month ago, however, it doesn’t necessarily pack a whole lot of firsts. Likewise, the introduction of the Ice Cream Sandwich filled Samsung Galaxy Nexus might deter people from siding with the Nitro HD – mainly because there is no exact timeline on when it’ll get upgraded. Looking at the big picture, it’s undeniably a respectable offering, but doesn’t particularly come off as a benchmark device in any way.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.5
Build Number: GRJ90
Kernel Version:

LG Nitro HD Video Review:


  • Detailed 720p display with accurate looking colors
  • Very lightweight
  • 4G LTE connectivity


  • Sluggish performance
  • Weak battery life
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posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:38 6

1. medalaster01 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:55

2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

Sadly so...

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:43 2

6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:11

7. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 18:43 2

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:31 1

25. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:00 3

3. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:55

8. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 10:49 1

19. LGlady (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Dec 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

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:35 1

26. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:07

4. samda (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:17

5. jasongohjr (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)

Laggy is a no no....

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:40 1

27. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 13:56

9. nelnel21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 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.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 09:40

11. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:45 1

28. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:45

12. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 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 :(

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 18:38

13. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 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.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:23 1

14. bambiheo85 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Dec 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 ???

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:48 1

29. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 13:59

15. Carlitos (Posts: 557; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 22:18

21. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 15:38 1

16. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 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)

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:54 1

30. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 17:42 4

17. K1N9J (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)

why does everyone hate lg so much?

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 00:21 2

18. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 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....

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 18:54

31. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)

good question!

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 10:53 2

20. LGlady (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Dec 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

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 22:19

22. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2011, 03:30

23. louay_joumaa (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

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

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LG Nitro HD

LG Nitro HD

OS: Android 2.3.5
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Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (326 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Dual-core, 1500 MHz
Size5.27 x 2.67 x 0.41 inches
(134 x 68 x 10 mm)
4.50 oz  (128 g)

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