Android on a segment monopolized by Samsung or HTC Galaxy S2 Sensation, LG has to stand out by offering the first 3D smartphone. So marketing pitch or good idea? Answers in this test the LG Optimus 3D. End of 2011, for the first time in the hexagon, it will sell more smartphones than conventional mobile. With a penetration rate that continues to climb, the smartphone market shows its excellent health and attracts the envy of manufacturers.
Logical result, the segment is under siege from many references. It becomes more difficult to make a choice when we see the standardization of smartphones with similar hardware solutions and delivering more or less the same purposes. If manufacturers gargle of strong sales of Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 or iPhone 4, in the street one can only see this standardization. To try to differentiate themselves from competition, the LG Optimus 3D advance an argument, 3D. Problem when talking about the latter, the clichés such as "no content" return permanently.
The Korean manufacturer is trying to find the parade by launching a draft ecosystem and the ability to design their own content with a sensor HD and 3D. Enough to win against the Galaxy S2? Getting Started If the last flagship of LG is known for the 3D design is a disarmingly agreed. Not necessarily ugly, not very original, the design of the Optimus is in the line of current smartphones, banal and functional. Caches to catch micro HDMI and micro USB on the side, the jack on top and a plastic case where the only aesthetic madness seems to be the front brushed metal.
The finishes are in, we appreciate the matte plastic that avoid fingerprints and delivers an overall feeling of solidity. With its 4.3 inch screen, the LG Optimus 3D (11.9 mm for 168g) is logically quite bulky and appears even more imposing than its two competitors Galaxy S2 (8.49 mm for 116g) and HTC Sensation (11.3 mm for 148g). In fact, the handling of the 3D Optimus seemed less comfortable with the Androphones widescreen Samsung or HTC.
Equipment and interface Known for providing the slabs of the iPhone 4 or iPad 2, LG has consistently rewarded its Optimus screen 4.3 inch IPS autostereosopique. The same technology that Nintendo 3DS, but a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels WVGA where the handheld is satisfied with the Japanese 3.5-inch 800 x 240 pixels. The quality of reproduction is by appointment and colorimetry is more neutral than an AMOLED.
The configuration is typical for a terminal in this range, processor Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 double heart 1 GHz (core ARM Cortex A9), 512 MB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Question graphics chipset, there is a Power VR SGX 540 which has already proven itself on the Galaxy S2. Performance is up to the specs, the LG Optimus 3D gets a good 2376 points over the benchmark tool Quadrant is more than the HTC Sensation that points to 2015, but far behind the Galaxy S 2, which displays an enviable 3627. In fact, the Optimus seemed significantly less reactive than the flagship of Samsung in the treatment of heavy tasks like video decoding (native support MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV) or games 3D, nothing insurmountable though.
Big disappointment for autonomy, however. With its 1500 mAh battery against the Sensation 1520 and 1650 for the Galaxy s2, the Optimus 3D does not reach the day of use. To support Android 2.2.2 (patch 2.3 expected by the end of the year, we talk in October), we find the home overlay.
If HTC Sense and remains the benchmark in terms of interface, LG offers some good ideas with ergonomic and intuitive management tools Widgets and unification of social networks like Social +. Opportunities that are also found among the competitors ... Of 3D to differentiate Faced with competition present, the value of the Optimus 3D is its ability for 3D. We must admit that once found the right distance and right angle of vision, the slab renders a 3D effect striking. Techno and autostereoscopic 3D still have gaps causing blurry effects depths often better restored the burst and a period of adjustment needed to fool the brain, but overall this display highlight convinced us.
There remains the thorny issue of content. Do not rely on a rich catalog of films, 2 or 3 titles are fighting a duel.The Blu-Ray 3D arriving in dropper and it has yet pleasing films. In all cases, the manipulation to take advantage of the 3D Optimus looks complicated. In an attempt to solve the equation, LG makes a number of tracks. First, create your content with the 3D camera.Videos are captured in 720p (1080p 2D) at 30 frames per second via two 5 megapixel sensors. If the torch / flash is not available in 3D there are some adjustments to the depth of the relief or white balance. The menus are rich in 2D classical filters and have a few extra modes. Note that the 3D images are captured in 3-megapixel.
The quality of photos and videos 2D seemed worse than the Galaxy and Sensation. Face to face with the next touch will tell us more about that. For 3D, the torque sensor IPS panel and double its work perfectly, with no 3D TV at hand, we could not check the quality on a large screen. The Optimus 3D is also capable of converting 2D image or video in 3D.
In the pixelated images, the result has only moderately confident. In addition to capturing 3D, LG offers a 3D menu accessible via a button on the section that aggregates all the content available. Not much yet to be put in the tooth, but this is commendable. It is especially necessary to take the sauce 3D. The lack of content available today is the first barrier to adoption.The 3D menu provides direct access to YouTube to share your 3D creations and view those of others, 3D gallery where you can find a dozen videos and games / apps. On this point, the French publisher Gameloft true to his desire to be present on all mobile devices offers three full games natively (Nova, Asphalt 6, Let's Golf 2) and a catalog that is expected to reach 17 titles.
For games, forget the accelerometer, you can not rely on the touch screen to keep a good viewing angle 3D. As for capturing or viewing, it is also possible to adjust the depth of 3D. A wise precaution, because as the 3DS, twenty minutes into 3D causes rapid headache and nausea. If space is 3D, it still lacks the ecosystem, no kiosks to purchase content and dedicated it to go through the Android Market or space to download 3D games 3D apps.
The Gingerbread update (Android 2 .3) should also expand the 3D catalog, LG recently announced that Optimus will be able to convert 2D to 3D applications as is the case for the images or videos. This element could be critical in the commercial success of the LG Optimus 3D, it is still necessary that the quality of conversion is at the rendezvous. Apart from a very original design and a range narrower than the direct competition, the Optimus 3D has made a good impression.
More than the Galaxy S2 and Sensation, with the game offers reimbursement and grant operator, the LG Optimus 3D remains in the same position as the latter. The extra cost comes mainly from the screen and 3D sensors for the specific level, these three boxing Smartphones in the same category and use and offer similar performance. If you do not care of 3D, the Galaxy S 2 is the standard value of Android. If instead you are looking for fantasy, 3D is sufficiently differentiating and a dozen games are or will be available. The ability to soon convert 2D to 3D apps also suggests some potential.