LG Optimus 3D: A Glasses Free 3D Device Of The Year 2011

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LG had taken the mobile world by storm with the introduction of the first ever dual core phone to the market and now they have done it again by producing the world’s first ever 3D phone.

LG Optimus 3D comes in a great package which is flagship domain. You get 1080p video recording and glasses free 3D screen which is one of the main selling points of the device. Without any further delay let’s take a look at the device.

Looks And Feel:

The device looks and feels the same way as its sibling Optimus 2x that is having the same candy bar design, although its bit bigger and heavier at 163g but most people would forgive that extra weight in favor of the 3D capabilities of the device.

Optimus 3D sports an 4.3inch stereoscopic LCD screen of WVGA resolution. The screen has good colors and contrast levels but it cannot come up to the level of the Super AMOLED displays in the market. The sunlight legibility isn’t that quite good also.

What sets this devices display apart is in its ability to display 3D contents which you can view without the use of 3D glasses which sometimes becoming annoying. The 3D mode of the device works only in landscape mode. The 3D display gets little time to get used to but the 3D images produced are very nice and crisp.

But this 3D viewing comes at a price only one person will be able to view the 3D images or videos because if another person is looking at the screen at an angle he will only notice a 2D image of video being played.

The device is constructed entirely out of plastic with a faux brushed metal on the front. This gives the device a very attractive looking appearance. The back of the device has a metal strip on soft rubber plastic which makes the device very comfortable to hold.

You also get two 5MP camera lenses on the back with a tiny LED flash squeezed between the two camera lenses. You also get a dedicated 3D key at the spot where you usually would find a camera shutter key.

The 3D key launches the dedicated 3D interface which LG have specifically designed for this phone.

The general build quality of the phone is very good it is built solidly with a very durable exterior frame. Its little on the heavy side but you get used to the weight soon and the phone also handles extremely well.

Hardware And Performance:

The device comes with a 1500mAh Li-Ion battery which is quoted to provide up to 100hrs of stand by time and 4hrs of talk time.

The device comes with Android 2.3.4 along with LG’s customization over the Android OS. When you press the 3D button on the side of the phone the cool 3D interface launches from which you can select 3D categories of photos, videos and games.

The 3D is powered by the TI OMAP 4430 chipset with dual core Cortex-A9 1Ghz processors and PowerVR SGX540 GPU with 512MB of RAM. The performance of the device is very similar to the Optimus 2x since they use the same processor.

The amazing thing of the device is its dual 5MP camera which comes with 3D toggle button in the camera interface. Unfortunately the 3D photography is limited to only 3MP.

In 3D mode you get some extra options such as to adjust 3D depth and 3D focus mode.

In 2D mode the 5MP images that are produced are very impressive with good color and fine details, noise levels are kept in check and also the contrast levels are good. In 3D mode the 3D shots are also quite good and noise levels are kept low.

If your recording video in 2D you can go up to 1080p but if you choose 3D recording then the maximum resolution is only up to 720p. Despite that the result is quite good. There is no stutter of any kind even in 3D mode and the videos are produced with a smooth bitrate even in the dark.


This is a smart phone revolution introduced by LG with their Optimus 3D because there is hardly any phone that will be able to match the capabilities of the device.

3D viewing is quite good with good 3d image and video quality. The 3D display also looks and feels better than other 3D device out there.

As far as the smartphone goes well the performance is reasonably well but there are still devices out their which provide much better specs and performance but they don’t have the 3D magic in them.

If you are looking for a 3D phone then Optimus 3D is the phone for you but if you are not into 3D then there are some other devices at good price range which provide much better performance.

Video Review:

Key Features:

  • 4.3inch 16M-color capacitive LCD stereoscopic touchscreen of WVGA resolution 480 x 800 pixels
  • Android OS Gingerbread 2.3.4 with LG 3D UI
  • Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • Dual 5 MP autofocus cameras, LED flash; stereoscopic 3 MP pictures
  • 1080p@30fps video recording, stereoscopic 720p@30fps videos
  • Front facing camera with video calls
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • microHDMI port
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • Innovative gesture controls
  • Adobe Flash 10.3 support
  • Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement

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