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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: LG Optimus 3D - Aesthetics & Features

For my final review on the LG Optimus 3D, I’m going to focus on the usable 3D elements and the look & feel of the phone itself. As mentioned earlier, the LG Optimus 3D comes with a 3D Hot Key in the same location where traditionally you would find a dedicated Camera button on other smartphones The hot key allows users to switch from 2D to 3D on the fly and switch back. Hold it for a couple of seconds and it takes you into the 3D Guide, which is your portal to all the 3D stuff in the phone; Games, Apps, YouTube 3D, the 3D gallery and the 3D camera.

Tipping a hat to its moniker the phone delivers 3D content efficiently and without hesitation. Pre-loaded 3D games like N.O.V.A, Asphalt 6 and Let’s Golf 2 (all award winning games btw) deliver the content they promise. I did notice that sometimes while playing N.O.V.A. the 3D effect  would result in what looked like a double screen – you would see two distinct layers (since you’re not wearing glasses). However, you can get rid of this problem simply by adjusting the depth of the 3D in the game (yes, you can do that). While these are only the pre-loaded games, you have the following games available to download:
  • Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles
  • James Cameron’s Avatar
  • Ultimate Spider Man: Total Mayhem
  • GT Racing: Motor Academy
  • Shrek Kart
  • Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
  • Real Football 2011
  • Star Battalion
  • N.O.V.A. 2 -- Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
  • Dungeon Hunter 2
  • Fishing Kings
  • BackStab
  • Eternal Legacy
  • Shadow Guardian

Sweet, huh? Wanna make it sweeter? LG is taking content creation to a new level with a free software that can convert 2D games to 3D, available for download to all Optimus 3D owners in the third quarter. So now-ish. Video content can also be converted to 3D, just by selecting the on-screen conversion option. You can even take 3D movies and pictures, again by just flicking the switch. The actual 3D portal of the phone is actually pretty well rendered itself, which is a delight. It’s good 3D that doesn’t give you a headache.
One interesting thing about this phone is that it has comes with exclusive access to YouTube 3D, which is the video sharing website's dedicated 3D portal. Through this you can view and share 3D content on YouTube. I must admit that I didn’t really use much of this earlier on, but once I had the phone, I did dabble around and for the most bit I liked what I saw. It’s a decent portal for you to upload your 3D video content. According to Wikipedia:

“The YouTube Flash player can display stereoscopic content interleaved in rows, columns or a checkerboard pattern, side-by-side or anaglyph using a red/cyan, green/magenta or blue/yellow combination. In May 2011, an HTML5 version of the YouTube player began supporting side-by-side 3D footage that is compatible with Nvidia 3D Vision.
The LG Optimus 3D is a big, bulky phone with a mega 4.3in 480x800 screen. Fortunately for LG, I like my phones big and my iPods small, so I’m the last person to complain about the size of the phone. The finish is exquisite and if you turn it around, the cameras and flash are seated in a metallic strip and the rest of the phone sits in a dark black/brown case giving it an aura of suave. The 4 home keys light up on the bottom panel when the phone is in use, however if they’re not lit up it’s pretty hard to tell which is which. Minor issue, but you get over it soon enough.

Great phone, great apps, great features and great design. This phone is the ultimate put-on-table-to-set-the-mood phone.


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