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We have always maintained this – 3D on smartphones is something that isn't going to appeal to most users. There are a couple of reasons for this – first, people don't need 3D on phones and second, because for the same amount of money, you will get a non-3D smartphone that will offer better performance overall. All this makes the 3D sequel from LG a little more difficult to judge. The Optimus 3D Max has a very uninspiring design, and no facet of it betrays the device's 3D capabilities. The front has the 4.3-inch display flanked by a black bezel. There are four touch sensitive keys below the display, which light up when touched, but there is no marking on the phone itself indicating which key is where, beforehand. Look closely from the sides, and you will notice that LCD does stick out quite a bit, which becomes a bit more profound with the Gorilla Glass 2 treatment. When swiping across the screen, you will hit a thin border – the plastic border that frames the glass. The sides have a grey frame running around the phone. It isn't silver as we have seen on some phones, and generally blends in well with the overall dark colour theme of the phone.
In a world full of cheap gimmicks, it seems easy to slap on the 3D moniker in order to compensate for a product that isn't up to par. (Remember that Justin Bieber movie, "Never Say Never"? Exactly.) But in the case of the LG Optimus 3D Max, the successor to 2011's LG Optimus 3D, the 3D feature may actually be the device's downfall instead of its saving grace. Everything else about the handset is perfectly adequate -- it has a decent 5-megapixel camera and a zippy 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and it's NFC-enabled. Its biggest setback, however, is its 3D feature, which still has a few kinks to work out and bogs the phone down when connected to a data network. Introduced in February at Mobile World Congress and launched about a month ago in Europe, the Optimus 3D Max is going for about $635 unlocked. But you won't find the 3D Max in the States yet, and there's no word on the carrier, pricing, or release date. So until it makes its way across the ocean, we'll just have to get our 3D action someplace else. The LG Optimus 3D Max measures 4.99 inches tall and 2.65 inches wide. At 0.38 inch thick, it's thinner than the original Optimus 3D, but at 5.22 ounces, it's still heavy. I have a small grip, so the device felt too wide to handle.
The LG Optimus 3D Max takes a second attempt at bringing glasses-free 3D to an Android phone.LG hasn't had a ton of commercial success with its Android phones in the United States, but in Europe and other regions, its Optimus brand has been doing well. Last year, we reviewed the LG Thrill 4G, an AT&T rebranding of LG's Optimus 3D phone. It was a dual-core Android handset with glasses-free 3D built right into the screen, similar to the Nintendo 3DS and HTC EVO 3D (if you happened to see that phone before it's quick death). Well, LG must have had better luck with 3D than HTC, because a second version of the Optimus 3D is already available in Europe. But does it fix the problems with its predecessor? The feel of the Optimus 3D Max is an improvement over its predecessor in most ways. Though it has a more plasticky feel to it, the 3D Max is both thinner and lighter than the Optimus 3D and sheds a lot of weight – and an ugly metal accent – in its camera area. The new version has a finely textured battery cover for grip (not rubberized) and an improved grip thanks to a sharp (but not too sharp) bezel around the screen of the phone.
The LG Optimus 3D MAX is the second edition of the world's first 3D phone announced – the Optimus 3D – and it is more of a refresh than anything else. The processor is clocked higher and we have 1GB of RAM now, but most else stays the same, save for one important detail.This season's 3D phone from LG is much more compact and light than its 2011 predecessor, which was a heavy hitter. LG has also thrown in a bunch of new 3D-related content in it as well, like a 3D Converter and video editor, as well as cubicle icons, but are these enough to lure you into the third dimension? Read on to find out...With full 2mm thinner and 20 grams lighter than its predecessor, the Optimus 3D MAX hasn't maxed out on size, bringing its chassis in line with the average non-3D Android crowd out there, but not in line with the ultrathin high-ends of today.Size Visualization ToolIt feels pretty solid in the hand, as it's not very thin nor light, and the palm grip is improved by the patterned back, which has a slight hump at the bottom where the speaker grill is. Two 5MP cameras with LED flash in the middle are the crown jewel of the Optimus 3D MAX, as they serve the third dimension to your pictures and video.
It's been almost a year since the release of the original Optimus 3D from LG, and in that time we've been watching 3D technology continue to evolve. Undoubtedly you've seen the changes in your local cinema, and even your living room, if you happen to have a 3DTV. While it still hasn't permeated every aspect of our reality as in Total Recall or the likes, it's at a stage of budding infancy. Since the Optimus 3D, LG have been the only big-name manufacturer to stick to their guns in the 3D smartphone market. There's been nothing official about a potential EVO 3D sequel by HTC and it's a safe bet to say that the cutting-edge of mobile 3D technology can be found in the Optimus 3D Max. It's hard to look at the 3D Max apart from its 3D viewing and recording capabilities - after all, it has 3D in the title. But beyond that, the phone can present some solid credentials, even by today's standards. There's the dual-core processor, dual-lens 5MP stereoscopic camera, as well as full HD capabilities. It's not as loaded as some of the latest flagships, but it's got enough power to run whatever you throw at it without a hitch. With the 3D Max, LG has improved on the original we saw last year while choosing to keep most of the internals the same.
The Optimus 3D Max is perhaps the most puzzling entry in LG's 2012 lineup. Priced at €499.99 (around $635) SIM-free in the EU, it's something of a second flagship (behind the incoming Optimus 4X HD) for the Korean conglomerate, and as such represents a big risk. LG's first 3D phone, the Optimus 3D, received only average reviews on its release last year. The company is sticking to its guns, however, and is back with another 4.3-inch 3D display, dual-core OMAP 4 processor, and a 5-megapixel stereoscopic camera. Unlike its predecessor, the Optimus 3D Max doesn't have the luxury of being first to market. If LG is to succeed with its gambit, it needs to create a compelling package rather than just another device with a 3D display. Will LG's first major play in 2012 do enough to persuade the naysayers, or is this the final curtain of a short-lived sideshow? Hardware / Design LG isn't a stranger to accusations of plagiarism, but I've yet to see a device do so little to hide its influences. Imagine a Samsung Galaxy S II with its AMOLED screen removed and replaced with a chunky LCD; you've just designed the Optimus 3D Max. From a distance, the pair are almost indistinguishable.
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