LG Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) Review
Cameras - the LG Optimus 3D has three of them, but it still left us with a mixed bag of feelings. The phone is a front-runner of 3D image capture and video recording and that's impressive. We loved experimenting with three dimensional pictures and videos, which turned out to be quite fun. But our guess is that traditional 2D capture is what most people will pick most of the time and that's where the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on the back falls short of any stellar high expectations.
Images are by default captured by the left camera from the duo, but the biggest problem here is the way below average picture quality. Details were at a very low level with the background eating up the edges. Contrast was also bad and the camera had a poor dynamic range. That's just a warning, though, you can check out the samples below yourself to get an idea. Except for those issues, the camera is fairly quick to shoot. It also supports digital zoom, different focus modes including macro and scene settings. Sadly, LG has implemented a limitation that forbids you from using the camera after the battery drops below 10%. That might make sense for users saving the last breath of their battery for a call, but after all it's the user who has to decide and for some taking a picture before the battery dies might be more appropriate.
recording video, you'll be pleased to see support for 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second with continuous auto-focus. Things are looking slightly better here as you get more details and the exposure compensation algorithms better adjust the video, recorded in MP4 format, but some of the issues with contrast and dynamic range remain. Just like in most other full HD-enabled cameraphones, zooming was supported only in 720p, but not 1080p mode.
LG Optimus 3D Sample Video:
LG Optimus 3D Indoor Sample Video:
Next comes the 3D camera serving 720p HD videos and 3-megapixel image stills. You got it right – the quality of the picture gets noticeably degraded in comparison to the standard 2D recording at 1080p full HD and stills of 5 megapixels. The viewfinder itself shows a 3D picture, so you won't have a problem picking the right moment to snap.
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:
Traditional settings like scenes and white balance controls are all there, but you also get to control the depth of the 3D effect. There's also an in-built image editor – a welcome addition for basic editing. You can crop and rotate images, add filters frames and even combine images. Overall, we found the camera interface to be very intuitive, especially when you have to switch between 3D and 2D stills and recording, which happens quickly with one or two taps.
The spacious 4.3-inch screen is the perfect tool for watching videos on the go and we appreciate the fact that LG has included support for DivX/XviD codecs. Unfortunately, high-def MKVs are a tall order for the Optimus 3D. Audio sounded clear even at its loudest with the standard Android music player. You can also add up to 32GB of memory to the built-in 8GB through microSD cards. 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 Android Froyo browser supporting all the essentials including Adobe Flash, multitouch and double tap to zoom. The browser supports text reflow only when you double tap to zoom in and out, but doesn't reformat text when you use pinch to zoom. The only slight change is the addition of a strip stretching at the bottom, allowing you to quickly go back, forward, switch between tabs, open new tabs and access settings. It's convenient but some idealists might find it annoying that they can't disable it or view the browser in full screen. Next to the address bar in the browser is the bookmark icon, taking you to four tabs of bookmarks, most visited pages, history and pages you've marked to read later. Those temporary bookmarks are only saved until you view them and then automatically disappear – an elegant solution for readers.
Overall, the browser has been slightly tweaked and makes perfect use of both the big screen and the dual-core processor. Flash also runs great and if you're looking for a capable mobile device to access the web, the Optimus 3D is among the best out there.
In terms of connectivity the only thing missing seems to be 4G, but the phone features HSPA 3G at 14.4Mbps on the downlink, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and DLNA via LG's SmartShare app.