Tech Blog Review: LG Thrill 4G Smartphone

Once you have a taste for technology, it’s hard to stop. You’re always looking to take that next leap. Those who have been waiting for a 3D phone do not need to wait any longer with the LG Thrill.

It’s one of two 3D phones currently available in the U.S., and the only 3D phone available through AT&T. The alternative, the EVO 3D, is available through Sprint.

The LG Thrill differs little from its European counterpart, the LG Optimus 3D, both in style and performance. Neither requires glasses to experience the 3D effect, and the technology itself is engaging. When I had the LG Thrill in the office, there was a fight over who would get it next and the 3D was impressive to everyone. Is it a gimmick? Sure, but it’s a fun gimmick.

Not only can you view things in 3D – think 3D movies — but you can also take 3D pictures and video with the LG Thrill.  How does the technology work? It’s actually pretty simple: On the back of the phone are two cameras, which work in tandem to generate the 3D effect.

That gimmick, cool as it is, is also the phone’s greatest downfall: You also need a 3D device to enjoy that third dimension. But if you’re likely to take and keep photos on your phone or use it to watch 3D movies (you can also plug the phone into a 3D television), it’s worth considering.

If you’re a gamer, the 3D technology is a nice addition to the game experience and it’s portable, so I found myself frequently pulling out the phone and noodling around on the preloaded games. I would anticipate the library of available games to increase rapidly once the phone becomes more popular.

Beyond the very obvious, there’s a lot to like about the LG Thrill. Beyond the 3D experience the Thrill is a solid Android smartphone.  It’s also a reasonable option  at the hundred-dollar price point plus contract.

On the tech side, the phone is  a bit heavy, with a weight of nearly 6 ounces. It offers a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 display, which is adequate to experience the 3D technology. Internally, the phone offers a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 1,500mAh battery. The dual cameras offer 5 MP resolution, plus a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

The phone currently ships with the Android 2.2 operating system, with an overlayer of LG installed bloatware. But it certainly isn’t a deal killer by any means since I am anticipating updates in the future.

Is the LG Thrill worth it? It’s a fun little phone that takes technology to the next level. If you’re a gadget guy or gal, it’s worth picking up, because once you do, you won’t be able to put it down.

LG THRILL

Available throughout Wisconsin at AT&T retail stores and other authorized sellers.
Cost: $99.99 plus two-year contract and data plan required

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