Our friends over at LG have sent us the LG Nitro HD for us to review. We have already given you the hands-on and now it is time for the full review. The biggest feature of the LG Nitro HD is it’s True HD display, the name of the device hints at that. It also features an amazing 8 mega-pixel HD camera. We will have more on that in the full review. So, is this the next phone that you should get? We will answer that in the full review. Now, let’s get started with the full review of the LG Nitro HD!

 

Display

As I said before the most important feature of the LG Nitro HD is it’s display. I figured that would be a good place to start the review off with. The LG Nitro HD is the first phone to have a full True HD Display. It uses IPS technology for the display. It has 329ppi (points per inch) and to put that in perspective the human eye has around 290ppi (points per inch). It has a gorgeous 4.5 inch HD AH-IPS display. It’s resolution is 1280 X 720 pixels. Colors look absolutely amazing on this device. It is better if not comparable to any HDTV on the market today. Besides for the display the device is basically the same as the Galaxy S II Skyrocket but, the screen puts the LG Nitro HD one step ahead. Even if you are not in the market for a new phone, go out to your local AT&T store ,when the phone becomes available, and check out this insane display.

 

Hardware

Now, let’s move on to the rest of the great hardware that the LG Nitro HD has to offer. On the top of the phone you have the power/sleep button, micro USB port, and the headphone jack. Your volume rocker can be found on the left hand side. On the back you have the LG Logo, speaker, as well as the 8 mega-pixel HD camera with LED flash. Above the screen you have the earpiece, AT&T logo, and a 1.3 mega-pixel front facing camera. Under the screen you have 3 android buttons those are menu, home, and back. The back cover has some texture to it, this way it won’t fall out of your hand. Under the back cover you will find the pre-installed 16GB micro SD card, AT&T SIM Card, the battery, and a speaker. The LG Nitro HD runs on AT&T’s 4G LTE Network, where it is available. If you are not yet covered by AT&T’s 4G LTE Network it will run on AT&T’s HSPA+ Network. They have put a lot of work into both networks and they both run well. While, at the event we did have access to AT&T’s 4G LTE Network and boy was it fast. There where plenty of other LG Nitro HD’s in the room but, it did not slow down the network too much. The nationwide roll out of AT&T’s 4G LTE Network has begun. For speed on the phone it has a 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor, the phone runs very fast. Other features that the LG Nitro HD have include an accelerometer, proximity sensor, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, Personal Hotspot, and more. It has an 8 mega-pixel HD camera on the back with an LED Flash. It records video in up to 1080pHD. On the front you have a 1.3 mega-pixel camera, that is perfect for video chatting. The hardware in the LG Nitro HD is great!

 

Camera

Probably the second greatest feature of the LG Nitro HD is it’s back camera. It has a great 8 mega-pixel HD camera with LED flash. Tyler Shields ,a photographer, said that it was one of the best cameras on a cellphone yet. While at the event they had photos that he took around the room. One of them was taken with the LG Nitro HD, and the rest were taken with his regular camera gear. He does not use Photoshop or any editing on his photos. It was very hard to see which photo was taken with the LG Nitro HD because they all looked so amazing. This is a great way to so how powerful and amazing the 8 mega-pixel camera on the LG Nitro HD is. In terms of video it is just as good there and watching the playback of the video on the LG Nitro HD is amazing. You can see our video camera test below, it was taken with the LG Nitro HD’s 8 mega-pixel HD camcorder that was recording in 1080pHD.

 

Operating System

The LG Nitro HD does not have Ice Cream Sandwich yet, but it will be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next year. For now it is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG’s User Interface running on top of it. The operating system and user interface run great on the LG Nitro HD! This is thanks to it’s 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor. It gives it fast multitasking and speeds up the entire phone. The LG Nitro HD features both Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Share. Both make it much easier to share photos and other files between other devices. Instead of having to go through a personal hotspot you can connect directly to the other device. It is a great feature to have. In terms of other pre-loaded apps you have Amazon Kindle, Application Manager, AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, Books, Calculator, Facebook, Featured Apps, Get HD Games, GMail, Live TV, MOG, Movies, myAT&T, Navigation, Note Pad, Polaris Office, Google App Suite, YouTube, QIK Lite, SmartShare, Talk, Twitter, Visual Voicemail, Voice Recorder, Weather, Yellow Pages, Zynga Poker HD, and more! You have a large range of pre-loaded apps, many of them you will enjoy. In terms of Live Wallpapers you have a couple of choices like Galaxy, Grass, MOG, Nexus, and Water. With regular wallpapers you get anything from your gallery. The User Interface of the device is just like the one found on other LG Smartphones. It makes the phone much easier to use and gives you more features. For instances you get some pre-loaded widgets like Twitter For LG, Facebook For LG, Finance, Weather, Events, News, MOG, and more. MOG is a featured app on this device. You Can See Our Review Of MOG, By Clicking Here. With the MOG Live Wallpaper it showcases the Album Artwork as your wallpaper. That is the music that you have been listening to in MOG. Overall, the Operating System and User Interface make the LG Nitro HD even better.

 

Bottom Line

The LG Nitro HD is one of the best smartphone’s on the market. It is a revolutionary device, it is the first phone to have a True IPS HD Display. However LG knew that they could not just make a phone with one big feature, so they added in 4G LTE Support, a 1.5GHz Dual-Proccessor, an amazing 8 mega-pixel camera, and more. You definitely have to consider the LG Nitro HD if you are in the market for a new smartphone. The LG Nitro HD retails for $249.99 with a 2-year contract from AT&T. The LG Nitro HD will be available on December 4. You can get it from AT&T Store AT&T.com, and other retailers. You Can Get More Info On The LG Nitro HD, By Clicking Here. Be sure to let us know if you go out and get an LG Nitro HD. We would like to thank LG for providing us with a copy of the “LG Nitro HD”.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I have a few questions regarding the call quality aspects of this phone:

    How is the volume in the earpiece of the phone in terms of volume output & quality?

    How is the volume in the 3.5mm headset jack (respective to quality & volume)?

    In terms of the speakerphone – is it weak or strong in terms of output? Do you have to turn it up all of the way before it’s full potential is heard or is it too loud? Is there clarity or is there fuzziness? (I’m a stickler for call quality respective to earipiece, earphone, & speakerphone output.

    Also – how was the web speed on the device on the non LTE network speeds?

    • Hey There,
      Happy to answer your questions for you! The volume in the earpiece is pretty good, at times it can be difficult to hear depending on call quality and how loud the other person is talking. The headset jack produces great sound on the Nitro HD. In terms of speakerphone, it is usually pretty good. It depends if you are listening to music or if you are on a call. In terms of LTE Speeds they were really fast, HSPA+ were pretty good but, it all depends on how good AT&T’s HSPA+ Network is in your area. Thank you for reading and Be Sure To Check NJTechReviews For All Of The Latest Tech News! Also, be sure to cast you ballot of the NJTechReviews Readers Choice Awards!
      Thanks,
      NJTechReviews- Jacob Krol

      • Thank you very much for the follow up. The information is helpful for me to make a decision for a phone. I’m stuck between buying either the Skyrocket, Nitro HD, or spend a little bit of money and spring for the Samsung Galaxy Note 🙂 (The Gaxaxy Nexus is too expensive for the HSPA+ version and I refuse to switch to Verizon just for a phone).

        thanks again!

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