Thanks to LG we were able to review the LG Optimus 3D Max.
At first look the Optimus 3D Max looks like a regular smartphone, but after using it for a few days we could infer on the good and bad of the device.
- CPU: Dual-Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
- Internal Memory: 8GB (5.3 GB available for the user), 1GB RAM
- External Memory: micro SD up to 32GB
- Display: 4.3 inch, 3D LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M color
- Camera: Dual 5MP, LED Flash, 2D and 3D video recording.
- Connectivity: NFC
After taking a look at the specifications you would expect Ice Cream out of the box, but no, you will be confronted with the Gingerbread version of the Android SO.
In the box:
- LG 3D Max
- Charging adapter
- USB cable
- User manual
- NFC Tags
Take a look at the unboxing of this device below.
Design and Ergonomics
This device has a pretty common design; the back and top have a rough surface, pleasant to the touch and which facilitates handling the phone, avoiding it slipping through your hands. The sides of the device appear to be metal but are made of gray plastic.
To compensate for the big screen, the phone is pretty thin and weighs only 150g which makes handling it easy.
On the left side you have the volume rocker and the micro USB port. The volume rocker is easy to reach even if you’re handling the phone with your right hand.
On the top you have the lock button and the 3.5 audio jack. On the right side you have the 3D menu button.
If you remove the back cover you will be able to find the micro SD slot on the top and on the center the SIM card slot. On the bottom there’s the 1520mAh battery and the speaker.
The strong suit of this design is the small bulge in the back on the speaker area that facilitates handling the device.
The 4.3 inch display is big enough to enable and enjoy video playback and game playing. Screen quality is also excellent which makes it almost impossible to lose screen visibility at any angle. Even with 3D active, you won’t notice much loss of visibility even at a 170 degree angle.
Performance and Software
As said before, it’s a shame the device doesn’t have the Android 4.0 version (at least) even when it has a dual core processor more than capable of handling the SO requirements.
Passing the unlock screen you have access to seven homescreen totally customizable with widgets and apps. With multiple wallpapers and themes available this device is easily customizable and you can do it until you’re happy with the result. It is also possible for you to play with the size of the widgets, which allows for yet another customization property.
In the lockscreen you have, as usual, the clock, Wi-Fi signal and battery indicator.
On the known Android notifications bar you can change the settings and turn on/off some functionalities such as NFC connectivity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You also have the quick music player app that allows you to stop the track currently playing or skip it.
Contacts and Calling
You can count on the usual contacts functionality. Like call log, contacts, groups and favorites.
The 3D Max allows you to import your contacts from your Google account as well as from your SIM card. Importing contacts has only one fallback which is contact duplication, although this happens only if you have contacts with different names.
The dial was well thought of because when you start to type a number it automatically searches for contacts with that number or with names that correspond to the letters present on those keys.
When you want to select a contact or search for one, you can either search manually or through the side menu which works without issues.
Creating contacts allows you to add the contact to the device, SIM card or email account. When you select a contact to edit there are multiple options that allow you to customize that contact’s information to your liking. For example you can add the email, group, ringtone, nickname and address.
If you take a look at the group screen you will not find favorites added automatically according to the frequency you use their contact but you will be able to see your contacts separated by where their contact is saved, your email account or your SIM card.
After a few calls there was no problem whatsoever when dialing or during the call. The volume of the call was perfect and there were no losses of signal.
Messaging and Email
Writing messages is easy and the keyboard responds without any faults. The dictionary works perfectly in English and Portuguese. On the other hand, when it came down to writing messages by voice input we couldn’t get it to get any word right.
Messaging interface is pretty common, you have blue and white balloons for sent and received messages. In this messaging interface you are able to attach images, videos, music tracks, contacts and slideshows.
Sending emails is as easy as sending messages. The email app allows you to use any mail account. Not much changed in the latest versions of the Gmail app, keeping the simplicity of sending, reading and archiving emails.
Next we describe some proprietary apps found in the Optimus 3D Max.
Allows you to see the running and installed applications, as well as the available space to store them.
This app gives you information about the stock market, which allows you to be updated about investments you possibly might have.
This allows you to listen to radio, only if you have the headphones connected. You can automatically search for stations and it saves their frequency. There’s a drawback though, the application isn’t able to detect the stations names.
You can access the google + social network through this app.
This application allows you to configure your NFC tags and the profiles available for each one of them. You already have some options for your Tags defined: car, office and sleep. You can configure the user mode to your liking as well as any of the other modes. This could be very useful if you need to set the destination of your car drive and don’t want to do it after you get in the car and waste time.
It’s easy to use and has multiple options in terms of organizing your music. You can order your music by Songs, Albums, Artist, Playlists and folders. The search function used here is exactly the same as in the contacts. You can also continue to listen to your music in the background and access it in the notifications bar.
Allows you to record audio which is captured clearly up to 10 meters and its playback doesn’t produce any background noise.
Allows you to play 2D and 3D videos that are in your device.
Once you’ve chosen the country from which you desire to get the news from, you are able to choose which type of news you want to receive and how often you want to be notified about them.
Also a widget, this app allows you to see the weather forecast up to four days. You can also add multiple locations that you wish to have information about.
Here you can write tasks you need to accomplish.
This is a pretty interesting application that allows you to make small modifications to your videos, such as little snips.
This productivity app allows you to read and create word, excel and presentation files.
Remote Call Service:
Allows a representative of LG to access your phone and control it, helping him see the error you reported or allowing him to show you something you asked for help about.
Allows you to share files between your phone and a Smart TV.
It’s a kind of play store, which only allows you to download anything if you are registered.
Doesn’t differ much from the usual image galleries we find in Android devices. You can edit and share images or pictures to a multitude of social networks.
This menu allows you to access to the 3D applications, games and camera. In this menu there’s a manual that explains the 3D functionality of the device. You can access YouTube 3D videos directly.
Video playback is pretty good, and with the 4.3 inches of screen you might expect some disruption of the image, but even in full screen its pretty good.
When it comes to audio saying excellent would suffice. There’s no distortion of pitch even at top volume without headphones. This applies to video playback and game playing.
We tested the Optimus with 3 different benchmarks, AnTuTu, Quadrant and NenaMark 2. We weren’t disappointed by the results. Besides the benchmarks we decided also to take the Optimus for a joy ride with some well-known games.
We didn’t have any problems or hiccups with Fruit Ninja or Jetpack Joyride. So we upped the ante with Zombie Frontier and Urban Rivals, which bore no evil fruits.
So we decided the ultimate challenge would be Dead Trigger, and the results can be seen in the video review.
Connectivity and Battery Life
The web browser is pretty quick and even with low signal it took only a few seconds to open any website. Our website took as much time as it would if we opened it in a desktop computer.
Zooming isn’t an issue as well. You can zoom in and out without distorting text and images. Even with multiple tabs open, the browser still responds well and allows you to see the tabs on a list or in a waterfall pattern.
When it comes to battery life there isn’t much to talk about. With Wi-Fi always on, reading some emails, sending a few messages and answering some calls it, lasts little more than a day. It gets worse if you play for a few minutes…
Besides the difference megapixel wise from the 5MP 2D camera and 3MP 3D camera you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference just by looking at the photos.
In regular 2D mode, auto focus is done automatically, leaving no room for user interaction to decide if the photo is focused in the right spot or not. In 3D mode the software alerts you when it is done focusing.
Video recording in 3D drags when you’re trying to record in natural light conditions indoors. On the other hand, when recording in normal mode you don’t notice any faults at all.
When recording outside you notice high brightness on the camera so it allows good image quality.
Indoor Sample Video:
Outdoor Sample Video:
After daily use of the Optimus 3D Max we came to a decision about the high and low points of this device.
With the price tag at around 499€ the 3D Max is a good choice for those who want to enjoy the 3D capabilities of the device as well as a good CPU and Graphic engine. Discarding the low battery life of the device we have to say it’s a well-rounded device that can excel in most environments.
Review by: AndroidEmotions Team