Quick Review: LG Thrill 4G

I have had the LG Thrill 4G since it released back in September 4. I was able to grab one from Best Buy for about $50 after price matching Target Mobile’s price. So I’ve been playing around with it for about two weeks and I decided to make this quick review to share my thoughts about this phone.

Here’s a full list of the phone’s specs:

  • 4.3″ 480 X 800 (WVGA) 3D touch display allows for comfortable, glasses-free 3D viewing
  • View, create and share high-definition 3D multimedia on a touchscreen LCD display without the need for any 3D glasses
  • First ever smartphone to combine a dual-core 1GHz processor with a dual-channel and dual-memory architecture for efficient multitasking
  • Shoot life-like 3D videos and images in high definition using the 5MP dual cameras
  • YouTube 3D integration provides immediate access to upload and watch 3D videos on the go
  • Exciting 3D gaming experience with 3 free 3D games–Asphalt 6, Let’s Golf, and NOVA–and access to more 3D games via the Gameloft app store
  • Preloaded with 3D video clips and access to full length 3D movies via the mSpot movies app
  • 4G speeds with HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, with increased LTE speeds on the way
  • Mobile Hotspot and USB tethering support
  • Built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0 HS and A2DP support for wireless stereo headsets
  • HDMI-Out and DLNA video streaming enabled
  • External Memory – 8GB micro SD card included (expandable up to 32 GB)

Dimensions

  • Weighs 5.93 ounces (168g)
  • Measures 5.07 x 2.68 x 0.47 inches

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Pros

  • TI OMAP 4330 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Glasses-free 3D camera
  • 3D photo and video capturing
  • Excellent voice quality
  • HDMI output
  • 4.3-inch 800 x 480 display is crisp (not as good as the Super AMOLED Plus)
  • 4 free 3D games
  • 2D picture capture is pretty good
  • Good price considering specs
  • Ability to take screen captures by holding Home Button and Power Button

Cons

  • Battery life is just bad, wouldn’t last more than 7-8 hours on light use.
  • Ships with Froyo or Android 2.2 instead of Gingerbread
  • Sluggish at times: Takes about 15-30 seconds to move app to homescreen
  • The Camera is  slow to start which can be a pain if you want to take a quick snapshot
  • 3D picture quality not that good, grainy
  • Not so 4G speeds
  • A lot of bloatware, not even funny. AT&T please stop it!!
  • Wouldn’t play Netflix even if it has a Netflix HD certified processor
  • 512MB RAM, why not 1GB?

Final Toughts

If you are looking for a dual-core Android phone which is priced reasonably, the LG Thrill 4G will fit the bill. The lack of Gingerbread shouldn’t deter you from getting this phone. The only concern I have is the battery life which has been pretty weak since I have gotten the Thrill and I am hoping that an upcoming update may address it. Another bummer is the fact that it couldn’t play Netflix even after the recent application update. Overall, I would still recommend the LG Thrill 4G especially when you can get it for as low as $29 at Amazon Wireless and for all of what it has to offer in terms of specs and features.

 

Score

7/10

 

Zack has always been a fan of anything with the tag "Gadget" on it, he has had used almost every phone brand except for the Palm and owns a OnePlus One, Moto 360 and a Nexus 7. His favorite camera is the Olympus EM-1. He is a full-time father of two great boys and happily married to his wife. Did we mention the Zack loves Video games? Add him to you circles: Google+

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