Performance:

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.

Conclusion:

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: 2.6.35.11+

LG Nitro HD Video Review:



Pros

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

Cons

  • Sluggish performance
  • Weak battery life

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

7.8
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