We’ve actually had an LG Optimus 3D (LG Optimus Thrill) in the building since May. Since we knew the lead time was going to be a while we waited to post our quick video guide until now so we could spend some time with the device. We wanted to get a real feel for 3D and whether it’s a gimmick or not among other things.
Our thoughts on 3D
Well 3D is here to stay, at least for a while. However it’s real life application quotient is rather low. 3D tv’s are still growing and let’s face it 3D gives some people a headache. How many you ask? Enough that think geek is even selling 2D glasses to wear in movie theaters to see movies on IMAX size screens without the headache. Having said all that, 3D is fun and great for sharing. Who wouldn’t want to catch their babies first steps on a 3D camera right?
More after the break
So yeah 3D, it does add to the experience and the LG Optimus 3D does it right. LG released two 3D products in the first part of the year (at least in other parts of the world). The LG G-Slate on T-Mobile or Optimus Pad everywhere else features 3D and then this handset the LG Optimus 3D. To give you the 3D effects the phone comes with two 5 megapixel stereoscopic cameras on the back. It also has a 3D display for viewing your 3D videos and photos and for playing 3D games. The LG Optimus 3D is also glasses-free technology so you don’t have to worry about always carrying around a pair of 3D glasses.
Gaming is a whole different story when it comes to the LG Optimus 3D. Now 3D gaming is fun and looks great on the Optimus 3D. This is partly because of the 3D display. The other factor is the 1ghz dual core OMAP 4 processor that is “dual channel” meaning that each core offsets the other providing consistent power to the devices processor. This means that the LG Optimus 3D is rendering FAST!
The LCD is a 3D LCD at 480×800 resolution. There is an LG 3D UI on top but it’s not nearly as obtrusive as some of the other OEM UI’s. The icons are boxier and the layout is a little different but in LG’s case the UI doesn’t interfere with the Android experience.
One draw back to the LG Optimus 3D is the fact that it ships with Froyo. We just learned recently that LG plans to upgrade the Optimus 3D to Android 2.3 in October however there’s no official word on that and it doesn’t say whether or not the US version dubbed the LG Thrill, will get the upgrade at that time.
To store all of your 3D games, photos and videos there is 8gb of internal memory on board, along with an expandable microSD slot that of course supports up to 32gb.
AT&T will be launching the LG Thrill this summer so it’s definitely worth checking out.