Parallel Universe: LG Optimus 3D Preview

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We’re yet to give the LG Optimus 3D a thorough going over – cavity search included – but while we’ve got a couple in the office, the Phones 4u white exclusive AND the black one, we thought it’d be rude not to give them an airing, even if it is a little premature.

Design:

There’s no hiding the fact that the LG Optimus 3D is a bit of a porker, and that’s meant in the nicest possible way (it’s the mobile equivalent of being ‘cuddly’). It’s thicker, heavier and well, just chunkier than the slimline smartphones that have passed us recently. But we suppose pocket space is a small sacrifice to make for all that 3D tech and dual-everything processor that LG has shoved in.

The LG Optimus 3D’s naked front (naked in the sense that there’s nothing on it, not a hardware button in sight), only makes the dominant 4.3-inch screen look all the more impressive, and that’s before we’ve even fired the thing up.

Innards:

The LG Optimus 3D will run Android 2.2 from launch, but the Koreans are promising a swift upgrade to Android 2.3. It isn’t until you crack open the menu, however, that you realise that this is no ordinary ‘droid. The icon based menu divides all yer bits between 3D Applications, bog standard ones, and Downloads; it’s a nice touch but we’re not yet convinced by the one screen for all approach. Thankfully that dual-core, dual-channel processor that LG have been blathering on about helps and makes zipping down that big old list of apps a simple and speedy motion.

3Dness:

The clue is in the name, but for those not so quick on the uptake, the LG Optimus 3D comes with some intelligent tech that lets you watch, record and playback 3-Dimensional content on the phone, without those ridiculous glasses. There are 3D menus to explore, YouTube in 3D, 3D games, and something called a dual stereoscopic camera, of the 5 Megapixel variety, that lets you take 3D photos and videos. Cool? Yes. Gimmicky? Maybe.

Final Word:

Within the first 15 minutes of entering the building, the LG Optimus 3D got more attention than Katie Price would’ve done if she were strolling about in her undies. We’ve since managed to smuggled them out of the building so you’ll be getting our full review next week.

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