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LG Optimus 3D review

Is the world's first glasses-free 3D smartphone worth the premium price?

Our Verdict

The battery will let you down, but the 3D effect of this phone is an amazing novelty and it's great for general web use

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 13 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Excellent 3D screen and effect
  • Big, accurate keyboard
  • Some good LG social and web interface additions
  • Smooth 2D 1080p video recording

Against

  • Poor battery life
  • Bland hardware design
  • Slow to unlock
  • Can also be slow to respond to some touches
  • Not running the latest version of Android

The LG Optimus 3D's Contacts system is a slightly tidier version of the standard Android options. You get four tabs – one for the dialler, call log, the big list of everyone and a collection of editable Groups for managing things a little more effectively.

The Contacts section is, by default, accessed via one of the floating dock buttons that sit beneath every Home screen. Press that and you're taken to the big list of everyone, with a search bar along the top and alphabetical list of shortcuts down the right-hand side for quickly scrolling down to your mate Zebediah.

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You're prompted to import all contacts from Facebook and your Google account if you have both already, plus each contact has their own custom page filled with your calling history and calendar entries. You're also able to add in instant messaging details, website addresses, notes and more.

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Again, LG has supplied a pretty nice contacts widget, which displays icons of members of your Favourites group on the Home screen and comes with a pop-up bar to select relevant actions when you touch someone's face. It's another nice LG widget that's well worth keeping on a Home page.

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Calling quality is excellent. We had no signal issues at all, with volume coming through loud and clear. It's so loud we got by with the earpiece volume set to around 7/10, so there's certainly room to spare for turning it up loud if you're somewhere noisy.

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Thanks to the LG Optimus 3D's secondary front-facing camera, the option to start a video call with someone is also present on their Contacts page. Plus, if your contacts list has been automatically populated with details for people from Facebook and Twitter, it's possible to only display details for people with phone numbers listed.

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You can also choose individual accounts to ignore and stop showing up completely, should you have more than one internet personality to keep hidden.

Calling

The dialler is simple - just a whopping great touchpad, with shortcuts to the Messaging app if you whimp out of phoning and decide to send a text instead, plus a video call button if your recipient also has an expensive new mobile with the right number of cameras.

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From within the Contacts you can add someone to the phone's Speed Dial settings, allocating a shortcut number for one-digit dialling. There's no noise cancelling feature in the Optimus 3D. But its speaker is plenty loud enough regardless.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.37 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time13 Hour
Product ModelP920 Optimus 3D
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)168 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), EMS, Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height128 mm
Width68.8 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerNo
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameP920 Optimus 3D Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberAESPML
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The mobile revolution begins...

LG Optimus 3D P920

The LG Optimus 3D is the world's first full 3D smartphone promising to change the way you interact with your phone. This high-performance smartphone lets you record, view and share 3D content without glasses. The 4.3" WVGA display provides bright images allowing users to view 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p) multimedia content. You can share content on YouTube's dedicated 3D channel directly from your smartphone or share via an HDMI 1.4 connection to your TV or DLNA Certified products.

Limited Warranty2 Year