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LG Optimus 3D review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The LG Optimus 3D currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Using something called "parallax barrier screen technology", the LG Optimus 3D holds the honor of being the first 3D capable phone. This glasses-free 3D experience is accomplished through the use of two 5MP cameras located on the back of the phone which record stereoscopic 3D video in HD.

To further the 3D focus of the phone, LG is partnering with the YouTube 3D channel, which provides a dedicated app on the phone, allowing users to upload/share 3D content.

The Optimus 3D boasts a huge 4.3-inch display generating 480 x 800 pixels, placing it among the top displays in both size and resolution. Add a 5MP camera with LED flash and auto-focus, HD video record (in both 720p and 1080p formats!), and a secondary camera for video calling, and it's clear that this phone wants to show off.

You also get an MP3 player, video playback in a wide assortment of formats, FM radio, full internet browser and built-in support for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Rounding out this menu of fun, high-end features is GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack and expandable memory up to 32GB.

The LG Optimus 3D is a powerful phone that breaks new ground, and is sure to cause a stir among users.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Like it or not, 3D technology is entering our world more rapidly that the tech evolution is able to handle. Today we have 3D cinemas, home 3DTVs, glasses-free 3D screens at the malls or even street billboards imitating 3D with some extra attachments. Wearing glasses is no fun anymore so we’re...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
NDTV

There are just two 3D smartphones available in the market today - the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC EVO 3D. In terms of ergonomic looks, UI and style, you are better off with the HTC. The 3D performance is however better on the LG. The depth perception, viewing angle and pictures taken in 3D look much b...

- Sameer Mitha, NDTV
Brighthand

The LG Thrill 4G's capabilities may be a fun gimmick, but in the end that's primarily what they are. The 3D camera is quirky but eventually of limited use, and the 3D menus have even less of a shelf life. In the end, the 3D effects are good for a little showing off, and maybe occasional utility in t...

- Adama D. Brown, Brighthand
What Mobile

When used in the right conditions, LG Optimus 3D is an excellent experience – and you get all the benefits of a powerful Android phone too. But, the battery life is a problem and there’s a heavy price to pay to go 3D too.

- What Mobile, What Mobile
Geeky Gadgets

The LG Optimus 3D is an interesting device, there are a lot of things to like about the Optimus 3D, and there are a number of things that let it down, we really liked the 3D features, especially the 3D games.Recording 3D videos is also a nice feature and we also enjoyed watching a few 3D videos on Y...

- Roland Hutchinson, Geeky Gadgets


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Common Questions


LG released the Optimus 3D on May 25, 2011.


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LG backs up the Optimus 3D with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The LG Optimus 3D's screen size is 4.3 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP4430 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
5.7 GB

Internal memory is 5.7 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 21 days standby time.

Optimus 3D Specs

Brand LG
Overview
Release date May 25, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 14.4, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP4430 1 GHz
Internal Storage 5.7 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.39 W/kg
Body: 0.642 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.9 x 8.8 x 1.2 cm (5.1 x 3.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 168 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
3D Yes
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features 3D
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
3D, Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Thrill 4G, P925, P925G

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GSMArena

The device is more than reasonably priced and offers some really awesome features for the money

Like it or not, 3D technology is entering our world more rapidly that the tech evolution is able to handle. Today we have 3D cinemas, home 3DTVs, glasses-free 3D screens at the malls or even street billboards imitating 3D with some extra attachments. Wearing glasses is no fun anymore so we’...More

Like it or not, 3D technology is entering our world more rapidly that the tech evolution is able to handle. Today we have 3D cinemas, home 3DTVs, glasses-free 3D screens at the malls or even street billboards imitating 3D with some extra attachments. Wearing glasses is no fun anymore so we’re glad to see that when LG has decided to make a 3D phone, they’ve made it right.
And here we are, witnessing a revolution with the first ever 3D smartphone - the Optimus 3D. There’s hardly another 3D handset to match its 3D capabilities. Yes, you surely can find a match or even better smartphone, but not a 3D one.
The one things that has bothered us the months between the announcement and the release - the 3D quality - has turned really nice. The 3D display looks and feels better than the EVOS 3D's and playing 3D content could be quite a fun. The 3D tech is not so advanced to work in full resolution or to work for more than one person, but it’s still an awesome feature even in this present state.
As far as the smartphone part is concerned - there are probably better performers out there, but none of them has the 3D magic, right? Still, the Optimus 3D is an excellent smartphone, although a big one, and if you could give LG a little time to work on the Gingerbread update, you won't be disappointed for sure.

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NDTV

3D performance is good but lack content

from NDTV

There are just two 3D smartphones available in the market today - the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC EVO 3D. In terms of ergonomic looks, UI and style, you are better off with the HTC. The 3D performance is however better on the LG. The depth perception, viewing angle and pictures taken in 3D look much better on the LG Optimus 3D...

More

There are just two 3D smartphones available in the market today - the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC EVO 3D. In terms of ergonomic looks, UI and style, you are better off with the HTC. The 3D performance is however better on the LG. The depth perception, viewing angle and pictures taken in 3D look much better on the LG Optimus 3D.

Overall, it's hard to recommend either of the devices as 3D is still gimmicky on the small screen, lacks content and above all, there is very little 3D usability on the phone. For the most part, your everyday activities are in 2D. 

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Brighthand

A very attractive smartphone for the price, with great performance and lots of options

from Brighthand

The LG Thrill 4G's capabilities may be a fun gimmick, but in the end that's primarily what they are. The 3D camera is quirky but eventually of limited use, and the 3D menus have even less of a shelf life. In the end, the 3D effects are good for a little showing off, and maybe occasional utility in the camera, but not much beyond that...

More

The LG Thrill 4G's capabilities may be a fun gimmick, but in the end that's primarily what they are. The 3D camera is quirky but eventually of limited use, and the 3D menus have even less of a shelf life. In the end, the 3D effects are good for a little showing off, and maybe occasional utility in the camera, but not much beyond that.

But that shouldn't be held against the phone as a whole: in fact, the Thrill is one of the better smartphones I've seen for the price. It offers a big screen, plenty of memory, and a blazing fast dual-core processor at a suggested retail of just $100. That makes it one of the most advanced "mid range" devices available, and the little things like HDMI video-out just serve to cement that position.

It would be a mistake to judge it only on the 3D features it's marketed for; it would make an excellent smartphone for someone who wants power-user features on a budget, or just a multimedia powerhouse.

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What Mobile

3D screen, responsive, incredibly bright touchscreen

from What Mobile

When used in the right conditions, LG Optimus 3D is an excellent experience – and you get all the benefits of a powerful Android phone too. But, the battery life is a problem and there’s a heavy price to pay to go 3D too.

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When used in the right conditions, LG Optimus 3D is an excellent experience – and you get all the benefits of a powerful Android phone too. But, the battery life is a problem and there’s a heavy price to pay to go 3D too.

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Geeky Gadgets

Well made, display is pretty good, 3D games

from Geeky Gadgets

The LG Optimus 3D is an interesting device, there are a lot of things to like about the Optimus 3D, and there are a number of things that let it down, we really liked the 3D features, especially the 3D games.

Recording 3D videos is also a nice feature and we also enjoyed watching a few 3D videos on YouTube, although the content is limited with no 3D movies available for the device at the moment....

More

The LG Optimus 3D is an interesting device, there are a lot of things to like about the Optimus 3D, and there are a number of things that let it down, we really liked the 3D features, especially the 3D games.

Recording 3D videos is also a nice feature and we also enjoyed watching a few 3D videos on YouTube, although the content is limited with no 3D movies available for the device at the moment.

The things that let the Optimus 3D down are the size and weight of the device, it feels a lot heavier than other devices we have tested and also more bulkier, the battery life is another minus point, especially if you plan to use the Optimus 3D for a lot of 3D content.

As a regular smartphone, ignoring the 3D features and content the Optimus 3D does a pretty good job, there are better devices out there at the moment, but with the addition of the 3D features it certainly makes the Optimus 3D a fun device to use.

If you haven’t seen the Optimus 3D we would recommend that you go an try one out for yourself and check out the 3D features to see what you think before buying the device.

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Engadget

Overall performance is outstanding for the price point

from Engadget

You may be tempted to consider the Thrill a niche product, and rightfully so. After all, there's no mistaking that it is -- first and foremost -- a 3D camera hunkered inside a phone. But in exchange for a Benjamin, you're getting a decent dual-core device that uses good (but not great) components...More

You may be tempted to consider the Thrill a niche product, and rightfully so. After all, there's no mistaking that it is -- first and foremost -- a 3D camera hunkered inside a phone. But in exchange for a Benjamin, you're getting a decent dual-core device that uses good (but not great) components throughout the remainder of the phone. Whether or not you approve of this pioneer's adventure into unexplored territories, you could do far worse than the Thrill 4G.

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PhoneArena

It combines all of the lovely features found with any high-end smartphone on the market

from PhoneArena

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 trut...More

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.

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BGR

Overall, the LG Thrill 4G is just a mediocre device

from BGR

I like the Thrill 4G because LG tried to differentiate itself with a device that could display and record 3D content. It’s a fun concept and works in practice, but it’s hard to recommend a phone simply because it offers 3D as an option. The third dimension, as it stands in mobile, is purely for entertainment purposes, and the problem is the phone has so many other faults...

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I like the Thrill 4G because LG tried to differentiate itself with a device that could display and record 3D content. It’s a fun concept and works in practice, but it’s hard to recommend a phone simply because it offers 3D as an option. The third dimension, as it stands in mobile, is purely for entertainment purposes, and the problem is the phone has so many other faults.

The Thrill 4G has a solid build, despite its plastic accents, but it’s far bulkier and heavier than many of its competitors. Worse still, I can’t stand the yellow blotches on the display and hope that both AT&T and LG take care of those before this phone hits store shelves. Call quality was satisfactory, but I had issues with its download speeds in New York City.

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Mobile Syrup

It is assuredly one of the most versatile and affordable Android devices currently on the market

from Mobile Syrup

If you can’t already tell, we really, really like the Optimus 3D. Its 3D features may seem gimmicky, and certainly they are, but they’re a bonus feature on an already-loaded product that blows away many of its competitors in terms of performance, screen vibrancy and build quality. It’s also incumbent on us to mention that the O3D is significantly cheaper than the upcoming HTC EVO 3D — $75 less, when purchasing outright, in fact — and that will go a long way to bring buyers to the fold. For those who like the hack their devices, the Optimus 3D has a vibrant modding community and an unlocked bootloader, so rooting/flashing is a no-brainer. As we speak, devs are hard at work bringing the popular CyanogenMOD 7 ROM to the device, 3D features intact. Ultimately, if you can get over the fact that the Optimus 3D runs Froyo, and that it’s bulky, it is assuredly one of the most versatile and affordable Android devices currently on the market. Highly Recommended....

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If you can’t already tell, we really, really like the Optimus 3D. Its 3D features may seem gimmicky, and certainly they are, but they’re a bonus feature on an already-loaded product that blows away many of its competitors in terms of performance, screen vibrancy and build quality. It’s also incumbent on us to mention that the O3D is significantly cheaper than the upcoming HTC EVO 3D — $75 less, when purchasing outright, in fact — and that will go a long way to bring buyers to the fold. For those who like the hack their devices, the Optimus 3D has a vibrant modding community and an unlocked bootloader, so rooting/flashing is a no-brainer. As we speak, devs are hard at work bringing the popular CyanogenMOD 7 ROM to the device, 3D features intact. Ultimately, if you can get over the fact that the Optimus 3D runs Froyo, and that it’s bulky, it is assuredly one of the most versatile and affordable Android devices currently on the market. Highly Recommended.

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Digital Versus

The phone's battery life, its weight and the lack of 3D content is dissapointing

from Digital Versus

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High-end finish

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Good screen

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Films 3D movies and takes 3D photos

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Decent interface

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Battery life

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Design and weight

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You may get headache after a few minutes in 3D mode

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Not much 3D content

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High-end finish

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Good screen

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Films 3D movies and takes 3D photos

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Decent interface

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Battery life

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Design and weight

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You may get headache after a few minutes in 3D mode

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Not much 3D content

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Slight lags in the interface
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The LG Optimus 3D, the HTC Sensation or the Samsung Galaxy S II? We'd pick the Galaxy S II for its lightweight design, its screen and its responsiveness; the Sensation for its Sense interface and its excellent finish; and the Optimus 3D for its 3D screen and camera, which do their job just fine. We were, however, disappointed by the phone's battery life, its weight and the lack of 3D content.

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