LG Optimus 3D review

Is the world's first glasses-free 3D smartphone worth the premium price?

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Again, the LG Optimus 3D comes with both 2D and 3D video abilities. In 3D you're limited to recording at 720p resolution, while 2D video clips go all the way up to the 'Full HD' 1080p image format.

And again, the 3D effect when viewing video on the phone's glasses-free 3D display is excellent. We obviously can't show it to you very well here, but it does come across convincingly. It's not a pretend effect – you really can see the depth of the images.

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LG has even included a "Depth" slider bar on the 3D video player, which is used to fiddle with the 3D effect. It makes a big difference too, with the filter adjusting the 3D intensity of both pre-recorded YouTube material and your own 3D clips to suit your eyes and brain.

It's a little flickery on playback, especially when switching between light and dark areas, but for a first go at mobile phone 3D it's a very impressive effort. 3D videos are encoded into standard MP4 format, so when viewed on your PC you see both the left and right frames side by side and squashed up a little.

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Back in the 2D world, LG's camera records its 1080p clips in MP4 format as well, producing good results. Images are fairly sharp – the sensor switches smoothly between light and dark bits of the image, with the quick autofocus keeping everything clear.

The frame rate was always smooth for us, even at maximum resolution, with a lot of background detail coming across in the footage. It's a very nice video camera.

The Optimus 3D's 1080p video clips look smooth, and there's data to back that up - VLC tells us the 2D videos are recorded at a solid 30fps. It's just as smooth when recording in 3D mode, too, with the 720p three-dimensional footage also emerging at 30fps.

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2D video recording options are more limited than in the still camera, with users able to change resolutions, select from a few white balance presets, put on a handful of sepia and negative filter effects, toggle audio recording and set the phone to save video to internal memory or SD card.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.37 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time13 Hour
Product ModelP920 Optimus 3D
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)168 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), EMS, Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height128 mm
Width68.8 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time450 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameP920 Optimus 3D Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberAESPML
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The mobile revolution begins...

LG Optimus 3D P920

The LG Optimus 3D is the world's first full 3D smartphone promising to change the way you interact with your phone. This high-performance smartphone lets you record, view and share 3D content without glasses. The 4.3" WVGA display provides bright images allowing users to view 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p) multimedia content. You can share content on YouTube's dedicated 3D channel directly from your smartphone or share via an HDMI 1.4 connection to your TV or DLNA Certified products.

Limited Warranty2 Year