August 9, 2011 by admin
The Optimus series of smartphones has to be LG’s crowning glory. The LG Optimus One provided some brilliant performance for a good price while when it came to the dual-core category, the LG Optimus 2X did a fantastic job too. Then there was the LG Optimus Black that came with style and power to go with it. Now we have LG Optimus 3D, will it be another smashing hit?
LG’s decision to run the LG Optimus 3D on Android v.2.2 Froyo might be such welcome news for many. However, LG expects to provide an upgrade sometime in the future, so let’s hope that happens. Running on the standard Android v.2.2 means you get the seven Home screens which can be filled with your own selection of widgets and apps. Pressing on a widget for long enables you to remove it and on the LG Optimus 3D you can also resize your widgets with the preset sizes. Speaking of customization options, the phone lets you decide what four icons you want on your floating deck too. With the phone comes the ever so cool LG widget, the Social+ aggregator. It’s actually better than the FriendStream tool found on HTC Sensation. You can just click on a tab to switch network feed, or hit some other tabs that provide specific functions for each social stream.
The LG Optimus 3D comes with a 4.3 inch touchscreen which we would say is the standard size these days. The screen comes with a resolution of 480 x 800 thus producing excellent images that are both bright and crisp. Although no smartphone has been able to solve the fading effect under sunlight, this phone doesn’t do too badly under sunlight.
When talking about a 3D phone, the camera performance obviously plays a big role. Since there are two 5MP camera sensors on the back (to provide the 3D images and videos), that is probably the main reason why this phone is thicker and bulkier than the likes of Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4. Using the Android picture setting is pretty straightforward plus the button on the right helps to switch between 2D and 3D easily. On the screen you will find the zoom options plus the numerous modes that LG has made an effort to include with this phone. The 3D pictures taken on this phone were pretty good. The camera is speedy too as you can take shot after shot in quick succession with minimum wait time. Shooting videos in 2D gives you a Full HD 1080p format while in 3D you only get 720p. However we must say the 3D effect when the video is viewed on the LG Optimus 3D was truly excellent as you can really feel that there is depth in the image.
The LG Optimus 3D’s internet functionalities were amazing. For instance, the addition of a tab on the bottom of the browser which is home to the back and forward shortcuts, and a Tabs button to show all the open windows was one of the interface tweak LG has done to make the browsing experience better. The phone comes with wi-fi 802.11g and data connection support for UMTS, HSDPA and HSUPA signals. There were no issues with the Wi-Fi connectivity as we were logged on for as long as we like without being disconnected.
The LG Optimus 3D didn’t do so well with battery life. The 1540mAh unit, although slightly larger than the a520mAh on the HTC Sensation was a sheer disappointment as it didn’t even make it through a day of 3D use. Even with normal use like updating your Facebook status now and then drained the battery rather quickly. When it came to call quality however, the LG Optimus 3D did well even without a noise cancellation mic on board. The earpiece was louder than normal which is in no way a bad thing plus those on the other end didn’t complain about anything either.
Pros and Cons
However, battery life was a real downer plus the bulky phone wasn’t exactly a plus point. The price of the phone might keep the average Joe away from this phone.