LG Optimus 3D - Keepin' it Real

Launch SRP: S$938

Overview & Design

Three Dimensional Mobile

With 3D technology penetrating TVs and even game consoles, it was only a matter of time before the 3D wave hit the most popular consumer product segment - the handy mobile smartphone. Will the niche technology take off? While it's too early to tell if consumers would treat it as an added feature or an unused gimmick for salesmen, today we're going to evaluate one for the first phones to feature it - the LG Optimus 3D. First glimpsed at MWC 2011, it was one of two dual-core smartphones (the other being the HTC Evo 3D) to showcase the technology. For those who weren't aware, we even did a quick video preview to compare both the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC EVO 3D against each other:

Off the bat, the LG Optimus 3D sports a rather simple design similar to its contemporaries. Materials used were a mixture of plastic and faux brushed aluminum (front), adding a touch of class and sturdiness to the device. However, the phone isn't exactly light at 168 grams and to add on, it isn't sleek enough at 11.9mm in thickness. The real estate in the front is taken up mostly by a large 4.3-inch touchscreen with minimal space assigned to the four touch buttons below. Otherwise, the smartphone looks relatively unassuming. 

The smartphone is heavier than most of its close competitors, but feels sturdy. Because of its heft, we found it slightly difficult to wrap our hands comfortably around the phone. Ladies might want to have a hands-on to gauge your handling comfort.

Four capacitive buttons line the bottom. These are the usual suspects, and are normally found on Android phones (albeit in different sequence). From left to right: Settings, Home, Back and Search functions.

On the left profile, you will find both micro-USB and HDMI ports. These are protected by plastic caps that can easily be pried open. Because the micro-USB port is often utilized, we found that the constant removal and fixing of the cover can get slightly tedious. Perhaps a sliding cover would have been more useful here.

The volume controls are found on the right profile alongside a small dedicated 3D key that's a tad hard to press. No shutter button spotted here though.

Over on the top profile, a 3.5mm audio output jack sits on the far right hand side of the power/lock button. Like the 3D button, we found the latter a bit too tiny for our liking.

The back cover is easy to pry open without having to break a nail. Simply lift it up from the small opening at the bottom of the phone. The usual suspects are found here: the battery compartment, microSD and SIM cards. Thankfully, the SIM card is hot-swappable by virtue of the battery compartment being slight recessed than the SIM card.

Overall rating 7.5/10
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The Good
Sturdy and well-constructed build
Bright 4.3-inch LCD touch screen
Extensive 3D support
The Bad
Heavy and bulky
Unimpressive camera performance
Abysmal battery life
Running on Android 2.2 OS