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LG Optimus 3D Max, World's Best 3D phone, No Glasses Needed

 
 
 
 
 
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LG Optimus 3D Max P720 is one of the few 3D stereoscopic smartphones out on the market and even though it was launched more than an year ago, back in May 2012, it’s still the best 3D stereoscopic phone up to date so we’ve decided to give it a review.

Even though Optimus 3D Max is not LG’s first phone 3D phone and it’s actually an upgrade to 2011’s LG Optimus 3D P920, it doesn’t bring much improvements and it doesn’t even bring 2012’s new tech. P720 comes with 1GB of RAM instead of P920’s 512MB RAM, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 instead of Corning Gorilla Glass 1, Bluetooth 3.0 instead of 2.1, Stereo FM radio with RDS, NFC and an upgraded CPU of 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 dual core instead of P920’s 1.0GHz Cortex-A9 dual core CPU.

Everything else about P720 and P920 two phones is exactly the same. While P720 is a great upgrade to P920 especially because of the doubled RAM which makes the phone a lot faster, it’s still not enough of an upgrade. Our P720 scored 9082 points in Antutu Benchmark which is not that bad but it could have been better.

There are two versions for LG Optimus 3D Max, P720 and P725. The only difference between them is that P725 doesn’t have NFC.

Contract free, it costs about $320 in the US and 230€ in the EU and the phone is available in two colors, black and white.

Software

In fact there’s something quite disturbing about P720. It comes with Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 and LG lied that it will offer a 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update but it never offered this update and it probably never will as the phone is already more than 1 year old and there’s no word on any update from LG. P920 however received the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update quite a while ago.

You can of course use Odin to update to a custom ROM to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and even 4.1 Jelly Bean. First updates were stock Android version and disabled the 3D functionality on this phone but today’s custom ROMs can actually support 3D as well. However please note that updating your phone with Odin means voiding your warranty (if you have any left) so think twice before updating your phone with Odin.

The Android on LG 720 is actually quite bad and you can’t even create a new folder in it to simply organize your apps… Samsung Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread 2.3.4 was capable of creating new folders so why is LG Optimus 3D Max not? Furthermore there is no automated space management like that seen on Samsung, so every new app you install, will install on “Internal phone storage” (drive C:) which is a tiny 1GB partition. You will have to move everything manually on “Internal SD card” (drive D:) or you will be running out of space in no time.

To further go down the rabbit hole, even though both P920 and P720 feature a tiny 8GB internal storage memory (C + D) with no 16GB or 32GB version available, LG took the bad decision to ship the phone with 4 games installed on it which can’t be uninstalled unless you root your phone. P720 comes with Asphalt 6, N.O.V.A., Let’s Golf 2 and Gulliver’s Travels. Together, all these 4 games consume 1GB of your storage capacity, a really rather dumb decision from LG. While the games may be fun for a while, people might want to free up some space for OTHER games and would want to uninstall these but LG won’t allow that and that’s a big thumbs down from us.

Autostereoscopy

The 3D is the only thing that makes this average phone stand up. The 3D on P720 is one of the best we’ve seen on a phone so far and aside for a few glitches here and there, the 3D is almost perfect. Autostereoscopy means that the screen is able to show 3D content without any glasses. That’s right! You don’t need any pesky 3D glasses to see your stuff in 3D and this actually makes the phone quite unique. If you wanna show off to your friends or family this device would be better than any iPhone or Samsung Galaxy just because its unique and most people haven’t even heard of autostereoscopy, let alone of LG’s Optimus 3D Max P720…
While everyone expected and wished for a third installment in LG’s 3D series of smartphones, LG disappointed everyone again as 2013 is almost over and no new LG 3D phone was released.

If that didn’t blow your mind about this phone, wait till you hear about its dual 3D 5MP cameras. Yup, that’s right, both P920 and P720 also feature dual 3D stereoscopic cameras on their backs. The dual cameras allow the devices to film or shoot photos directly in 3D without the need to convert them with special 2D to 3D software. And by the way, since we brought 2D to 3D conversion software into discussion, LG Optimus 3D Max is also able to convert 2D content, including apps, into 3D, so you can watch your favorite movie in 3D or play your favorite game in 3D with this phone. This is definitely a big thumbs up from us.

Ohhhh and by the way? If they already have a successful working autostereoscopic technology, why aren’t they making autostereoscopic computer monitors and TVs???

Conclusion

Even though the hardware on LG Optimus 3D Max is quite weak for a 2012 smartphone and the software is a mess on this device, overall it’s a great phone but not for 2012. P720, just like P920 is LG’s version of Samsung Galaxy S2. Back in 2011, LG had an excuse with P920 because that’s how the tech was back then but in 2012, Samsung had Galaxy S3, a monster phone with a Quad Core CPU and a 4.8 inch HD screen and paradoxically it was also released in May of the same year (2012) so LG should have offered a quad core cpu and a larger screen on its P720 but it didn’t and that’s too bad because they ruined this smartphone which could have definitely won the “smartphone of the year gold medal” from every single reviewer out there.

PROS
-Autostereoscopy
-Dual Stereoscopic Cameras
-2D to 3D conversion
-An overall improvement to P920
-Video stabilization

CONS
-Weak hardware for 2012
-Really bad software
-4 games of 1GB installed which you are not able to remove
-LG’s disrespect to customers, no software update to PROMISED 4.0, even though Samsung kept its word and updated Galaxy S2 to Jelly Bean 4.1.2

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