Lg Smart phone Bet on 3D to Differentiate from Competition

Optimus 3D allows you to view content in 3D without special glasses

In recent years, 3D technology won the cinema, television and video games. With the Optimus 3D, LG aims to bring the 3D also for smart phones. With suggested retail price of R $1,999, the device is one of the most sophisticated phones on the market and competes with Samsung Galaxy S II, Xperia Play , Motorola Milestone 3, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, which must get to Brazil until the end of this year.

Physical characteristics

With touch screen 4.3 inches and weight of 169 grams, Optimus 3D is a little chubby when compared to its closest competitors. Much of the extra weight can be attributed to the components necessary for 3D technology, as the two rear 5 megapixel cameras each (the device also has a camera for videoconferencing of 1.3 megapixel). The chubby body of appliance does not bother, but may displease users who value the design.

The front of the appliance has no physical button. The 4.3 inch screen occupies almost the entire surface and back, at the bottom, four common keys in Android phones: context (triggers open application functions on the screen), Home, back and search.

On the sides are volume knob, button of the 3D features, USB port and HDMI output. The latter lets you send to 3D TVs three-dimensional videos recorded on the appliance (the Optimus 3D comes with HDMI cable). The power button is on top of the appliance, near the entrance to headset at Photionary.com.

On the back are the two 5 megapixel camera, LED flash and speakers. The finish of the appliance is sober and good quality, with paired, edges and a matte black plastic material on the back.

3D

The biggest curiosity regarding the appliance if 3D technology works. In tests of the iG, it was found that the 3D work convincingly. But the quality of the image depends a lot on the type of content, the viewing angle and the lighting scene.

The Optimus 3D uses the method known as parallax effect to generate the 3D sensation. This method, similar to the one used in the video game Nintendo 3DS, dispenses with the use of special glasses.

The good side of this method is that no one need pay mico using 3D glasses in public places. The downside is that, to understand the 3D, it is necessary to hold the unit in a fixed position and any slight movement and enough to make the image blurry.

A button on the side of the device activates a menu with all 3D features. By means of this menu it is possible to watch the 3D videos from YouTube channel, see pictures in 3D videos stored on the appliance, press the camera and play games in 3D.

The Optimus 3D also has a button that displays common videos in 3D. In practice, this distorts the video button to create the illusion of depth. It is possible to note the move to 3D, but the effect is quite subtle and does not compare the videos created natively in 3D.

System

The Optimus 3D hits the market with the 2.2.2 version (Froyo) Android. Is a disadvantage in relation to some of its competitors, who already have the version 2.3. But the LG claims that an update to the newer version should be available by December. In tests of the iG, the Optimus 3D proved an appliance quickly. Practically there was no gagging when using the programs.

Optimus 3D interface is not very different from that of other Android devices. The main screen features a weather forecast component which occupies half the floor area for applications, but, as with any Android device, this can be changed by the user.

Conclusion

With R’s house price $2000, Optimus 3D is a device for those who don’t mind spending a lot to have a first smart phone. But your main attraction, 3D content, has limited appeal. At the moment, there is little content produced natively in 3D. In addition, the 3D effect generated by the device is convincing, but requires surgeon’s hands and tired the view after a certain time.

The bright side is that, even without taking into account the 3D, the appliance does not disappoint. He is quick, has wide screen and with good sensitivity and, with the December Update, you will have access to all the features of Android.

Factsheet
Appliance: Optimus 3D
Manufacturer: LG
Configuration: dual core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB of memory for storage, microSD card, 4.3-inch capacitive screen, Android 2.2, 3 g, Wi-Fi, 2 rear 5 MP camera with LED flash, front camera of 1.3 MP
Strengths: wide screen and with good sensitivity, fast, 3D effects are interesting mostly in games.
Weaknesses: “fatty” when compared to appliances in the same category, lack of native 3D content limits the use of the resource.

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