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LG Thrill 4G Review

LG Thrill 4G

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LG Thrill 4G Review
Strangely, the LG Thrilll 4G is plagued by muffled voices through its earpiece and speakerphone, which proves to be challenging in comprehending length conversations. Luckily, our callers on the other end of the line have better luck seeing that they’re greeted with clear and audible voices.

During our testing, we didn’t experience any major fluctuations with signal strength in high coverage areas within the greater Philadelphia area. However, we find it absolutely frustrating to find consistent dropped connection with its mobile hotspot functionality – meaning, Wi-Fi devices connected to it unexpectedly lose their connection to the handset.

Taking into account its beefy hardware and 3D aspects, it isn’t going to be forgiving with battery life. Rightfully so, this is the kind of handset that you’ll need to charge as often as you can since it eats battery like no other. With normal usage, which primarily consists of texting, web surfing, and the occasional phone call, we’re able to get close to the 10-hour mark before completely dying.


When it comes down to value, there’s no denying that the LG Thrill 4G exudes plenty of it from head-to-toe as it combines all of the lovely features found with any high-end smartphone on the market – plus, it’s tastefully complemented by its 3D capabilities. To tell you the truth, we still can’t take our eyes away from its $99.99 on-contract pricing because it’s not too often we see handsets of this caliber launching from the start with something so tantalizing. As we’ve seen, it doesn’t hit the high mark in all categories, but it’s a bit more forgiving due to its competitive pricing. We believe it has more pros than cons for this price, so it’s a no-brainer decision to pick this one up if you’re into the whole 3D thing.

Software version of the reviewed unit: LGP925-V10a-JUN-17-2011
Android Version: 2.2.2
Build number: FRG83G
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LG Thrill 4G Video Review:


  • Impressive $99.99 on-contract pricing
  • Plenty of 3D specific features
  • Powerful hi-end smartphone


  • Battery sipper
  • Terrible 2D camera performance
  • Constant dropped connections with mobile hotspot
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posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:05 2

2. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:59

12. OfcJScottG (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 11:13 2

3. bbabiuk (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jul 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.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 21:40 1

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:58 1

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

At least they gave it a good rating

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 22:40 1

7. jsjr76 (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Sep 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.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 16:18

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...

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 21:55 2

9. M-Walsh (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Sep 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

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:42

10. james braselton (unregistered)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:58 1

11. OfcJScottG (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 15:55

13. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 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...

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 09:04

14. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

It's a penny from AT&T now! That's an amazing deal...

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LG Thrill 4G

LG Thrill 4G

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
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, 6 hours talk time

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