Optimus 3D Max – The 3D Android Phone from LG Reviewed

So far in 2012, we have seen that other than HTC and Samsung, the second tier Android giants have started to show some resistance in the market.

Earlier this year, LG announced a few Android phones in MWC 2012 at Barcelona. The LG Optimus 3D Max was one of the LG phones released in MWC 2012. As the name suggests, the LG Optimus 3D Max is the next version of the first 3D phone i.e. LG Optimus 3D.

So, what does Optimus 3D Max offers? The phone came out in the markets and we didn’t waste much time to grab it from the stores.

Here’s a detailed review of LG Optimus 3D Max

Build and Looks of Optimus 3D Max

The shell of the phone is made up of metal. It feels very nice to hold the phone as it grips pretty nicely into the hands. Comparing it from its predecessor, the Optimus 3D Max is lighter and thinner (just 9.6 mm). But you can’t keep this phone in the line of ultra-thin Smartphones.  It weighs just 148 grams.

The phone has a glossy effect which will not go fade anytime soon. The ports and side buttons are well placed on the either sides of the phone. The thing which makes it look premium is that the ports and the buttons are made up of metal instead of the cheap plastic which is widely used by the phone manufacturers these days.

On the front, there’s a small secondary camera above the display. There are four touch sensitive buttons (Menu, Home, Back and Search) just below the screen. Turn it over, you will find the dual cameras and a LED Flash located between both the cameras. The speaker is on the bottom of the back side.

The micro USB port and the volume rocker are present on the left face of the phone. There’s a sliding lid over the micro USB port which is very comfortable to use.

On the right there’s a 3D button which executes all the 3D content inside the phone. It can also switch the phone’s display into 3D Mode. The power button and the 3.5 mm Audio jack are present on the top face of the phone.

Features and Performance of Optimus 3D Max

The LG Optimus 3D Max is powered dual core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz which resides on TI OMAP 4430. 1 GB RAM also comes along with dual core processor. We sat down testing its resistance. We removed all the apps which came along with the phone. We downloaded AnTuTu and ran it. The result we got was good. The final score we got was 5584 which surpassed Samsung Galaxy S II but not by much. Multi-tasking wasn’t painful at all. Unlike its predecessor the Optimus 3D Max ran smoothly and was up to the mark always. But 2D graphics were on the lower side.

We downloaded Angry Birds Space from the Play and executed it with 5 web applications and Music player running in the background already. We noticed a bit of heat after a certain period of time which didn’t increased further. There was no lag in the game. It was running smooth and nice.

The Optimus 3D Max comes bundled with Android v2.3 which was pretty disappointing for us. We have noticed in the past, LG devices tastes the updates after every device in the market is equipped with it. The User Interface of the phone is nice and simple. The 3D glitch is appreciable but still we have seen some excellent Interfaces over the past year and LG needs to work on this.

It has got a 3D LCD capacitive display of 4.3 inches. The resolution of the display is 480×800 pixels which is on the lower side. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Comparing this with the previous edition, there’s just one change. The Optimus 3D was equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass whereas this one has got new bundle. The brightness of the display is on the lower side. While comparing this one with Samsung Galaxy S II we found that colors and brightness were on the lower side. You will face some problems while browsing under the sun in a hot sunny day. Talking about the viewing angles, we don’t have anything to complaint about. Five guys were sitting in front of the phone watching trailers of the upcoming movies. There were no problems in sighting the movie trailers.

The thing which makes the display a 3D display is the parallax barrier layer located on the uppermost layer of the display. This allows you to enjoy the 3D content without the 3D glasses. It sends different sets of pixels to either of your eyes and it seems like you are watching things in perspective. It also allows you to play 3D games. The display is good. It could have been even better if the resolution and brightness of the display were better than what they are now.

This 3D phone comes with Dual-cameras of 5 MP each. The Dual-cameras allow you take 3D snaps as well as you can record 3D videos. We stepped outdoors and snapped a few shots (mostly 3D and a couple of 2D shots). The quality of the images was good. When we shifted indoors, the quality dipped a bit. But when some of the lights were switched off then the quality of the images took a certain turnover. In the dark conditions, images went a bit noisy.



The camera of Optimus 3D Max also allows you to record Full HD Videos. You can also record 3D HD Videos with the Dual-Cameras. We tested the video recording outdoors. The videos were recorded at a decent frame rate. The 3D videos were much better than what was produced in Optimus 3D. But still there were a couple of issues to notice. The colors weren’t that good. It didn’t bloom like we expected from it. The sharpness of the video was good but we were expecting it to produce more sharp details.

The sound quality of the phone is average. We played a few Bollywood songs with low bass, it was OK. But when we switched to Owl City there was no rise in the bass levels. The bass levels aren’t good enough. If you are a music lover who’s looking for a droid, you have read a lot and you need to move towards HTC Sensation XE or some XPERIA devices standing in the line.

The call clarity was good. We were able to hear loud and clear on our side. The receiver wasn’t having any complaints regarding the voice conversation. He got everything clear during the call. No need to repeat the sentences or anything like that.

The Optimus 3D Max comes with a battery of 1520 mAh. We were disappointed by the performance of the battery. Under our performance test (The Angry Birds Test) the battery went down in 10 hours. On a regular use you will get it around 26 to 30 hours maximum. A friend of ours used the phone for a voice conversation over 3G and it blanked out in about 4 and a half hours. Battery is big point of worry in this phone. So if you are in a mood to record hours of video, beware you are carrying extra batteries with you.

Price and Conclusion of Optimus 3D Max

In the European markets the Optimus 3D Max is priced at €500 which is around $635. It hasn’t reached the US stores yet. If it hits anywhere around $600 we would suggest you to wait for a while and let the price dip a bit, if you are really anxious about this device.

In the Indian markets the Optimus 3D Max will cost you INR 28990 which is surprisingly less than its predecessor. After taking a good overall look at this phone. We’d suggest you to go for this if you want high performance and 3D fun. But if you are serious about grabbing some 3D and 2D stuffs and don’t worry much about the performance we would suggest you to go for HTC EVO 3D.

Ratings of Optimus 3D Max

  • Build and Looks – 7.0
  • Features – 6.5
  • Performance – 7.0
  • Camera – 6.0
  • Price – 6.5
  • Overall – 6.5