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LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview

LG Optimus 3D

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Camera and Multimedia:

The camera department is where the LG Optimus 3D left us with a mixed bag of feelings. The phone is a front-runner of 3D recording and we were impressed with the three dimensional pictures and videos, if just because the handset is among the first to offer them. But you also have traditional 2D capture with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. We should note that the camera samples were taken with a prototype unit and it's very likely that the quality will improve in the final version.

2D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
2D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
2D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview

Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
Outdoor sample pictures shot in 2D mode - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview

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When switching to recording video, you'll be pleased to see support for 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second which instantly translates into a rich level of detail. Just like in most other full HD-enabled cameraphones, zooming was supported only in 720p, but not 1080p.

LG Optimus 3D Sample Video:



LG Optimus 3D Indoor Sample Video:




Next on the list is the 3D camera opening up the land of 720p HD video recording and 3-megapixel image stills. That's right – the quality of the picture gets degraded pixelwise in comparison to the standard 2D recording at 1080p full HD and still of 5MP resolution. The viewfinder itself shows a 3D picture, so you won't have a problem picking the right moment to snap.

3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
3D camera interface - LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview



Click here to view or download the 3D Sample images taken with LG Optimus 3D

LG Optimus 3D Sample Video in 3D:



LG Optimus 3D Indoor Sample Video in 3D:




In terms of options, you get the traditional settings including scenes and white balance, but you also get to control the depth of the 3D effect. We found the menu to be very intuitive, especially when it comes to the part when you have to switch between 3D and 2D stills and recording, which happens quickly with one or two taps.

Media playback looked impressive on the LG Optimus 3D. The spacious 4.3-inch screen is the perfect tool for watching videos and we were delighted with the handset's support for DivX/XviD codecs. Audio quality was also very clear even at its loudest with the standard Android music player. Finally, with the microHDMI-out port allowing you to easily wire the phone to a big screen TV, the phone is a multimedia powerhouse.


Internet and Connectivity:

The Optimus 3D comes with the stock browser in Android Froyo supporting all the essentials including Adobe Flash, multitouch, double tap to zoom and text reflow. In terms of connectivity, the phone features HSPA 3G connectivity capable of 14.4Mbps on the downlink, but also Wi-Fi b/g/n with the Mobile Hotspot function, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and DLNA, which round up the package. The handset's 8 gigs of internal memory are expandable through a microSD card slot handling as much as 32GB cards.


Expectations:

LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Preview
The LG Optimus 3D is a different kind of a high-end device – one that aims to deliver the best of both worlds of performance and 3D entertainment. Luckily, it manages to avoid the trap of being purely 3D-centric and scare away the casual user, as you can easily forego the feature and use the handset in standard 2D mode, but still turn it on when you feel like experimenting. And when it comes to 3D, it manages to deliver a fun experience, so you can pop it out of your pocket and be sure that you'll impress the unprepared viewer.

It also impresses with the speedy interface and you can tell that TI OMAP 4430 chip under the hood does its job brilliantly. But it's not all roses as the handset ships with Android Froyo and might feel bulky for some. If LG manages to get the rest of the components right, though, it'll be close to convincing us that we should drink the 3D Kool Aid with the LG Optimus 3D.


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LG Optimus 3D

LG Optimus 3D

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP 4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.07 x 2.68 x 0.47 inches
(128.8 x 68 x 11.9 mm)
5.93 oz  (168 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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