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LG Optimus 3D MAX Review

LG Optimus 3D MAX

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LG Optimus 3D MAX Review
Call quality from the phone is pretty good – we were able to hear loud and clean sound in the earpiece, and the other side said they could hear us well, with no audible distortions.

The 1520mAh battery on the Optimus 3D MAX is rated for merely 4 hours of talk time in 3G mode, so the phone performs way below average in that department.


LG makes one of the very few phones for 3D shenanigans with the Optimus 3D and now the Optimus 3D MAX.

 If we leave the 3D aspect aside, the 3D MAX it is a bit heavy mid-range device with run-of-the mill dual-core processor and WVGA screen resolution. On top of that it takes mediocre pictures, regardless if 2D or 3D, and has a substandard battery life when it comes to talk time.

However, we do have the 3D aspect, plus the phone has received a spec bump compared to its predecessor, sports a good call quality, and has a thing going for it designwise with the metal buttons and port lids. Thus if you are into the whole 3D thing, the LG Optimus 3D MAX is a decent choice.

Most people wouldn't bother with 3D on their phone, though, and then there are some way nicer upstream alternatives , like the HTC One X or the Sony Xperia S, and more capable phones for less, like the Galaxy S II, so it might be a hard sell.

The HTC EVO 3D also offers 3D capabilities, but has a nicer screen and better design, and even if you get last year's LG Optimus 3D, you'll get the third dimension at a discount compared to the 3D MAX,  barely sacrificing anything on specs.

Software version: GRK39F

LG Optimus 3D MAX Review:


  • Glasses-free 3D screen and 3D pics/video capture
  • 2D to 3D converter for apps, pictures and video
  • 3D gaming
  • Metal buttons and port lids class it up


  • Modest spec bump comes at too high of a price
  • Mediocre pics and video quality in both 2D and 3D
  • Substandard battery life
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posted on 22 May 2012, 07:15 3

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Practically same phone as last year for a higher price. If i want this phone ill get a LG thrill and overclock it a little

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:18 3

2. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)

it got 7 !!! that means galaxy note and this thing is on the same page !!! you gotta be kidding me...if note got 7 than this thing should get not more than maybe 5.5, maybe 6 max.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:28 6

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

4 in my eyes. hell 480*800 is so last year. and a 4430? what was LG thinking

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:10 2

6. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I'm guessing the scorring system for phonearena is an inconsistent ratio of gadget to phone capability. The Optimus 3D Maxx, I must admit, is a hell of a gadget, but sucks at being phone. I think the score is appropriate but it us maybe a little to generous.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:51 2

4. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

This vs 3ds?
Buy this.

posted on 22 May 2012, 09:49 3

7. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)

Probably because battery would get drained faster.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:53 2

5. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

In singapore,it is called the optimus max.

posted on 22 May 2012, 09:50 2

8. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)

Still a pretty well balanced phone, though resolution is not that great.

posted on 22 May 2012, 11:02 2

9. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

This is acutally the leftr over of last years parrllelx barrier screen, so they are trying to utilize and sell it in new phone.... new A15 phones will have better sterioscopic capability wait for them... this has no improvements over lg thrill, just 200 mhz procesor and 1 gb ram.. which is usefull only for multitasking more apps... no real performancce improvment at all...

posted on 22 May 2012, 14:11

10. mcmikechan123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

what are the 3g bands of this phone? can i use it on tmobile US?

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:10

11. Crossblade (Posts: 215; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)

you can't

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 17:06

12. linuxluver (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

The 3G bands are 900/1900/2100MHz. That's a match for T-Mobile as far as I know. T-Mobile use the European frequency set - like Vodafone and others.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 17:07 1

13. linuxluver (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

Unlike anyone else commenting, I have actually bought this phone.

It's a very worthy upgrade. To me, it feels like a Samsung Galaxy S II in terms of performance, weight and size. That is a good thing as the S II is an awesome phone. This phone hits a sweet spot for price and performance....AND it has all the 3D stuff I want. (I've tried the HTC Evo 3D and didn't like its display. The LG display is better for 3D, IMHO).

The dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM give some degree of future-proofing as this is a higher spec than most of the Android phones being sold today. Ok, it isn't the top of the mountain......but they don't have 3D. This one does.

The extra memory means I can happily use ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro instead of the default UI and I see no performance hit. (I always turn animations off on ANY phone).

The Android v2.3.7 on this phone has a default theme that looks a lot like ICS. To be honest, I can't see much benefit in the upgrade to ICS, but I'll take it when it comes....No hurry here.

The battery life is MUCH better. I have been unplugging at 7am and generally around 10:30pm / 11:00pm the battery is still at about 30%. The original LG Optimus 3D would be at 25% around 4pm. So this is a huge imrpovement. Your experience may vary, depending on how much you use the phone in a day. For any phone of this class the display will eat power.

I'm absolutely loving this phone. Yes, I owned the original LG Optimus 3D. Yes, I had the ghost call issue on the Android v2.3 update.....so flashed back to Android v2.2.

The way I see it, LG will have pride and they also are a company that grew quickly and you don't do that if you can't learn from past errors.

The LG 3D Max is proof LG learns from its mistakes. I'm glad I bought it, despite the issues with the previous model. Hopefully the ICS upgrade will sort those out. Whatever.....I love the new LG 3D Max.

If you don't like 3D, then don't buy this phone. But if you do like 3D then you really can't go past this phone. It's the best 3D phone there is. Bar none.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 00:35

15. mrjamesdean5 (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Can I upgrade it to ICS? I'm from Mexico city and I really want this pone, but I would prefer if it can be ugraded to a recent Android versión.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 19:09

14. iamsquonk (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)

I would consider upgrading, if it wasn't for the "ghost call" problem on my P920,and the pretty shonky customer services. My other half has just got an HTC One X and it is so much better to use.(In my humble,not up to much, opinion.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size4.99 x 2.65 x 0.38 inches
(126.8 x 67.4 x 9.6 mm)
5.22 oz  (148 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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