LG Thrill 4G Review

The first announced 3D phone was the European LG Optimus 3D, but here in the US, it’s actually the HTC EVO 3D that’s spreading the word regarding the novel feature into the minds of consumers, as it hit Sprint's shelves a couple of months ago. Very soon though, AT&T’s variant of the Optimus 3D - the LG Thrill 4G - will follow the same path, but unlike its rival, its allure is found elsewhere outside its 3D capabilities. Instead, it’s aiming to win over the hearts and minds of people by simply tantalizing them with its superior on-contract price of $99.99. Regardless of that, will it be enough to lure people in and wholeheartedly accept the novel 3D features?

The package contains:

  • LG Thrill 4G
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • 8GB microSD card
  • Quickstart Guide
  • microHDMI Cable


Not surprisingly, the LG Thrill 4G is an almost exact facsimile to its European counterpart with the exception of its obvious AT&T branding in the rear. Nowadays, its industrial design is undeniably commonplace at this point, but despite that, it’s still one solidly constructed handset. By today’s standards though, its overall size makes it feel unwieldy at times and doesn’t quite come off as compelling to some of the razor thin designs incorporated by the heavy hitters in the big leagues.

You can compare the LG Thrill 4G with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Easily considered its attention grabber, the Thrill 4G’s 3D display appears to be slightly better than the one on the HTC EVO 3D – mainly due to its better viewing angles. With most things 3D-related, our eyes need a tiny bit of time to adjust and recognize the 3D effect, but in the end, it works well. However, we’d recommend limiting the amount of time gazing at it since our eyes tend to fatigue after prolonged usage. So yeah, the whole 3D things works rather well, and you definitely get that sense of depth with things.

Without a doubt, the 4.3” LCD display is undoubtedly plentiful, however, after checking out some of the competition sporting qHD resolution, the WVGA (480 x 800) one in use with the Thrill 4G doesn’t come off as astounding on paper anymore. It still  produces a decent amount of detail and poppy looking colors. Also, its great viewing angles allow it to maintain its appearance, though, its brightness output is still lacking and ultimately requires us to shield it from the sun.

As for everything else, it sports all the same buttons and ports that we normally find. Still, the notable things that stand out from the rest are the two camera lenses in the rear, which allow it to shoot 3D photos and videos, and the microHDMI port that easily connects the handset to a big screen television. Plus, we have to give kudos to it because the handset is packaged along with an HDMI cable – something that you rarely see happen.

LG Thrill 4G 360-degrees View:



2. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

This would have been a killer phone had it come out in feb ATT waited too long to put this out

12. OfcJScottG

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Or maybe if they hadn't released it at all!!!!

3. bbabiuk

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

I agree. It is coming out way too late. I was really interested in it a few months back. Not for it's 3d capabilities. But rather the Ti Dual core processor, and the dual channel ram. I still think this is going to be a decent device, but I think the old saying "timing is everything" really applies here.

5. Ariel unregistered

But. evo 3d came out earlier and the 3d is not as good as the thrill, So this is better technology. I cant wait to see this amazing phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

At least they gave it a good rating

7. jsjr76

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

This phone has amazing build quality and amazing screen clarity. It also has a seious software flaw and it bricks itself after x number of power cycles. Im on number two in 48 hours. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!!!! It great while it works, but google LG Thrill bricking and you'll find a mess of complaints. Oh, and battery life sux. Best option thus far is the Atrix or Inspire. Good luck, buyer beware.

8. Phoneguy1234 unregistered

I've had this phone for 3 days now and no problems besides user error, haha. Not sure what the person's problem with bricking is...is it rooted? if not it could just be a bad phone, as someone that sells cells I see it all the time when we just get a bad phone or two in... sad to say but it happens... The phone itself is great, being someone that jumped the apple ship to Android there are a vast number of better features than the iPhone, and this phone is more advanced than the next iPhone could possibly be... Also, the processor ROX! Never seen a phone this fast...

9. M-Walsh

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

The first 3D phone in the world and has finally popped up in the USA! The LG Thrill(Optimus 3D) is packing some serious power and a high quality 3D screen. This phone should appeal to anyone that likes 3D and video games. The glasses free 3D screen looks great in 2D and 3D. It is very similar in quality to the 3DS but larger and higher resolution. Compared to the HTC EVO 3D, the Thrill has the edge in the 3D and CPU department. Benchmark tests show the Thrill as a top performer, Everything runs fast and games are very smooth. The Thrill screen produces a good 3D image with plenty of depth and a decent viewing angle, just like the 3DS. LG baked in some really nice 3D features and games that the competition is lacking. The LG "3D Space" app is a really cool 3D menu that nicely organizes all of the 3D content. Three Free 3D games (NOVA, Golf, Asphalt 6) and a 3D book are preloaded on the Thrill, along with a number of 3D movie trailers and clips. The Thrill appears to support more 3D games than the EVO 3D at this time with about a dozen available. Many of the 3D games have a 3D slider that allows you to adjust the effect. Expect a good amount of added depth with the 3D games, All of the Gameloft 3D games are 99 Cents each when purchased through the "3D Games" App that is preloaded. 2D/3D Camera does a decent job, although appears a bit dark in all but the brightest light and lacks a shutter button, I hope LG will allow the 3D button to work as camera shutter button in future update. Youtube 3D is the killer app for this device. Tons of free 3D is available on Youtube, Search 'YT3D' on Youtube to view all 3D videos. Gingerbread update is coming in October, along with LG's 3D game converter which will add 3D support for about 40 more games! Bottom line: Better 3D experience than the competition. LG - Please make a glasses free tablet! *** P.S. If you will buy this LG Thrill 4G I suggest at:www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005BINK4Y/phonearena.com-offer-20

10. james braselton unregistered

hi there dont care about battery life just give me 3d my 3ds spioled me on 3d

11. OfcJScottG

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Have it. Hate it. C'mon Samsung GSII!!!!!

13. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

this phone isn't that bad.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXkTEfAI05I that video is from the low end LGE phones. Compared to this phones videos, its a lot better. But obvouisly, I should not compare that phone to this phone...besides, this phone is 3D...

14. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

It's a penny from AT&T now! That's an amazing deal...
Thrill 4G
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP 4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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