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Tech Review: LG Nitro HD

After testing out smartphones from HTC, Samsung, Motorola and RIM, we were excited to switch things up a bit and get our hands on the LG Nitro HD from AT&T. Similar to other mega-screen smartphones we’ve tried out recently, the LG Nitro has 4.5- inch HD touch screen and runs on an Android platform.  Its 4G LTE capabilities allow for high-speed mobile data use.

LG Nitro HD

For those looking for a pocket-friendly phone, the Nitro is surprisingly light and can easily be slipped into a jacket or purse.  It’s a relief to see a smartphone manufacturer find the balance between size and portability. Like other large touch screen mobiles on the market, the screen size makes it easy to navigate web pages, though the screen resolution is not as crisp as others we’ve seen.

The Nitro’s greatest downfall is that it seems to just blend into the sea of smartphones. It’s missing a quality to really make it stand out. The phone is speedy with an endless amount of applications at your fingertips, but web browsing can sputter a little. The camera is good, but mobiles with better cameras are definitely out there. The Nitro seems to be a good mega-screen smartphone, but I’m hesitant to commit to it.

The LG Nitro HD is available at AT&T for $250 with a two-year contract.

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One, Two, Three, Four… I Declare a Thumb War

Wise advice, don’t challenge Austin Wierschke in a virtual thumb war.  This 16-year-old Rhinelander teen now has the fastest thumbs in the nation. Beating out 12 other contestants on Wednesday, October 26 in New York City, Wierschke won the 2011 LG U.S. National Texting Championship.

Contestants competed on the unreleased DoublePlay Android phone by LG. Tested for his speed and accuracy on this split keyboard and dual screen phone, Wierschke proved unstoppable. Distractions, such as blindfolds and dark rooms, were used throughout the event; however, nothing was able to throw off Wierschke’s focus.

Taking first place, Wierschke walked away with not only the $50,000 grand prize, but most likely, some pretty sore thumbs.

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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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