LG is not as widely known for delivering notable smartphone powerhouses as some of the other popular brands out there. That badge goes to the likes of Samsung, Apple and HTC. That perception is false however as the company has had a line of high performance phones called the Optimus line. With the unveiling of the Thrill 3D 4G, destined for AT&T, LG hopes to increase the public’s awareness of their high end phones. And what better way to do that than to create a phone that has some very impressive specs, including glasses free 3D viewing as well as 3D photo and video capture.
LG Thrill 3D 4G
- Incredible Introductory price
- AT&T 4G speed and reliability
- 512MB of RAM and support for 32GB
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LG Thrill 3D 4G
- View and create glasses 3D content
- High quality dual core processor
- Brilliant 4.3″ 3D LCD Touch SCreen
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Specifications of the LG Thrill 3D 4G:
- AT&T 4G HSPA+ with 4G LTE service on the way
- Ships with Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread OS
- 1GHz TI dual-core OMAP4430 processor
- 8 GB internal memory, 8 GB preloaded microSD memory card with support for optional 32 GB
- Glasses free 3D viewing and photo/video capture
- 4.3 inch 3D LCD capacitive touch screen
- 480 x 800 pixel resolution
- 16 million colors
- Virtual QWERTY keyboard
- Accelerometer sensor for auto rotate
- Gyro and proximity sensors
- DLNA capable enables sharing videos and movies wirelessly with a compatible HDTV or other DLNA device
- Touch sensitive controls
- Rear facing 5 megapixel dual cameras for taking 2D and 3D photos
- Captures full HD 3D 720p video or HD 2D 1080p video
- Micro USB 2.0 port
- Communications and Internet:
- HTML browser support as well as full Flash support
- Pre-loaded Google Mobile services
- Onboard GPS for navigation
- Wireless-N WiFi and 4G Mobile Hotspot capable
- User friendly Bluetooth connectivity
Design & Features
The LG Thrill is not the thinnest or lightest phone we have tested. However with a weight of 168g and a thickness of 11.9mm it does not rank among the heaviest or thickest. On the top of the device is the standard button to the right and 3.5mm headphone hack to the left. The top right side of the device features a miniHDMI and microUSB port both tucked under a plastic covering.
On the back of the decvice is a 5 megapixel camera that features stereoscopic photo and video features as well as geo-tagging. The camera will take 1080p videos at 24fps and 720p shots at 30fps (3D). By the way, did we mention this phone is 3D? Yes the Thrill will definitely put the thrill in 3D imaging and videography (bad pun intended). There is also some nice 3D content that comes pre-installed on the phone, as well as one click access to a 3D multimedia hub.
The secondary camera is located up front and the 4.3 inch screen sports a 480 x 800 pixel display that comes with support for 3D (glasses-free) viewing. There is also an LG 3D UI.
Other featyres include 8GB of internal storage, dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and support for 32GB microSD cards. Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and +EDR are all along for the ride as well as stereo FM with RDS, WiFi, quadband GSM with HSDPA support.
Our only major drawback in design is the thickness of the phone. We wish LG could have somehow slimmed down the profile of the Thrill a bit, otherwise, we have no major issues with the design.
Overall performance is great. We did not have a problem finding tasks and programs to throw at the Thrill. Thankfully, the Thrill did not have a problem keeping up. GPS performance was great and when away from large metal structures, we never had a problem picking up a good GPS lock.
While we are on the topic of performance, let’s discuss 3D in some detail. Yes the Thrill does support 3D and it is glasses-free, no need for clunky and stupid 3D glasses in public or private places. Not only can the phone shoot 3D photos and 3D vdeo at 720p thanks to dual rear facing cameras, it can also be viewed on the stereoscopic screen. How does it perform? Well according to us, it is passable. You’ll have to forgive us as we are not big fans of 3D whether in movies or on 4.3-inch cellphones. That said, if you are into that type of stuff, than you will be thrilled (no pun intended).
Every once in a while we did notice a slight hiccup in performance, but nothing too great. Camera quality is good but not great. Same thing can be said about the battery life.
Overall the Thrill provides good performance. We wish LG had put a bit more work into it but overall it is a good phone and if 3D is a must, there are few other options to consider, especially on the AT&T network.
When it comes to 3D, mixed reviews are out. Many are for it, even more seem to be against it. We are one of the ones jumping on the 3D hating bandwagon. That doesn’t mean you have to ride our bandwagon. If you’re all for 3D and you think it’s something you will love, than the 3D has something for you as this will be one of the biggest selling points of this phone. I have owned the LG Thrill for about a week now, and I absolutely LOVE the 3D features. The 3D photo capture is my favorite feature and I’m having a fantastic time capturing 3D shots of my puppies. Its astonishing to me to be able to enjoy the 3D pictures without any 3D glasses!!
However, if 3D is not for you, the LG Thrill still is a very strong contender with its dual core processor and rich feature set. Of course there are always additional options you might want to consider from among AT&T’s 4G lineup, such as the Samsung Infuse 4G, the Motorola Atrix 4G, or the HTC Inspire 4G. I myself was determined not to get caught up in the 3D hype, however the Thrill’s low $29.99 price tag made me reconsider, and I have certainly enjoyed taking LG on a Thrill ride (pun most definitely intended).