LG Optimus 3D Max


A fast phone with a weak battery

We currently live in such a world where, if you want your gadget to sell well even if it isn’t that awesome, you announce to the world that it has 3D support. Many manufacturers do that. But LG prefers to keep it professional. Their Optimus 3D Max follows after the Optimus 3D from last year and it goes to show that even such a feature can be a con if you don’t think twice before installing it. The unlocked version costs $635. More on this smartphone in the following review.

4.3 inch Gorilla Glass display

The LG Optimus 3D Max is heavier than its predecessor. But it is way thinner than that model, measuring only 4.99″ x 2.65″ x 0.38″. But still, its big width will be a problem if you have small hands. So if you plan on using it with only one hand, refrain from doing that. Because you will drop it a lot, as we did during tests. The standard buttons, ports, jacks and everything else in between is located on either side of the phone. Nothing major is missing in action.

What left us annoyed were the keys for Volume. Which were really hard to press. The rear uses plastic in its composition. You will have problems with it, because it will slide off a surface since it does not have a serious textured surface.LG-Optimus-3D-Max

The touchscreen on the Optimus 3D Max is 4.3″. It is of a Gorilla Glass variety. Yes, that means protection against damage to its surface. There are 480 x 800 pixels. Game-playing will be a very comfortable activity, thanks to the generous dimension of the display. Brightness levels were all around excellent. As were colors; the latter exuded both vividness and richness every step of the way.

1.2GHz dual-core processor

But even if it comes with 3D support, there will be a con to that. Because the user needs to look at the phone’s display at the exact correct angle if she/he wants to fully enjoy the 3D option.

The processor LG uses on this model is a 1.2GHz dual-core. Its speed is a pro. Even tasks which are simple will be done very quickly. Tasks that are known to require a lot of energy from a CPU are also performed quickly. We only had one instance when the processor died on us; it was when we used a 3D app.

But the major con here is the operating system. Which is Android’s Gingerbread. The manufacturer had said that they would install the ICS soon. But that never happened.

Two cams included

The smartphone also features two cams. One of them is on the device’s rear. It is a 5MP one. Its 2D pics looked very good. The movies we shot had great quality, also. The camera on the front delivers the same very good performance in 2D. But in 3D, both cams lack the multitude of features found while taking photos/shooting clips in 2D.

Signal quality when we used the 3D Max from LG was good. We definitely did not experience buzzing or dropped calls when testing this smartphone for this review. The only con to be had was with the volume; which turned out to be muffled. The quality of the output speakerphone was superb.

As expected, using a lot of 3D at the same time made the battery die out quickly. Quickly as in after 2 hours of use. Turning these off will leave the battery with a lot more energy.

Test conclusion

The LG Optimus 3D Max can be relied upon. Its fault is with the 3D feature.