LG Optimus 3D - Keepin' it Real

Launch SRP: S$938


Acquainting Yourself with the Optimus LG 3D

The user experience on the LG Optimus 3D is similar to the one on the LG Optimus 2X, so getting around the phone was pretty self-explanatory. Like the Optimus 2X,  the user interface (UI) on the Optimus 3D seems to have taken a leaf out of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, featuring a blend of widget-positioning and app shortcuts.

Pinch on any home screen to get an overview of all 7 pages. From here, a button allows you to set your default canvas.

LG makes it easier for users to add widgets, shortcuts or folders onto the screens. Simply tap and hold on the main screen or hit the add button under the Settings tab.

Pinching the screen not only condenses all the apps, it also allows you to view the number of apps downloaded. Other than that, you can manage your apps and categories here. Clearly seen here is also a whole slew of precluded 3D Applications.

Managing your apps (left) and managing categories (right).

This is the 3D Space app which naturally sports a 3D UI. Here, you can access all 3D-related apps through shortcuts such as the 3D Gallery, 3D Games, and 3D Camera. This also includes a YouTube 3D app, which does not only allow but also encourage users to upload 3D content on a shared platform.

You can adjust the depth of 3D effect in-game through a slider on the side, as seen in Asphalt 6. 

The LG Optimus 3D also comes with an embedded smart content conversion software embedded in the phone that allows users to convert existing or newly-captured 2D content - specifically photos and videos - into 3D, and vice versa. As such, the Optimus 3D offers more flexibility in terms of 3D creation and content sharing as compared to the HTC Evo 3D. To add on, an upcoming free software for converting 2D games to 3D will be available for download in the fourth quarter of 2011, a move which will effectively expand LG Optimus 3D's 'portfolio' of 3D games.

The LG Optimus 3D is unfortunately equipped with a slightly outdated Android 2.2 OS but an official LG spokesperson has informed us that the Gingerbread update will be coming in the fourth quarter of this year.

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