LG Thrill 4G Smartphone Review

Posted: September 26, 2011
LG Thrill 4G Smartphone Review

The LG Thrill 4G smartphone comes with a dual core 1 GHz processor, a 4.3" touch screen, twin 5 megapixel cameras and more. On top of that, you can create your own 3D content and browser the net on AT&T's 4G network, all for $99 with a contract. Find out what Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey rate this phone on Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The LG Thrill 4G is pretty chunky.
  • The phone does have a rubbery back which is good for grip.
  • We do like the capacitive function buttons on the bottom.
  • one really nice thing about the LG Thrill is how little the cameras protrude from the back.
  • The USB and HDMI ports are on the side of the phone, which felt a little flimsy.
  • The smartphone weighs almost 6 ounces, which can feel really heavy if you are used to a phone with a smaller screen.
  • The screen measures 4.3" which is a pretty good side.
  • The resolution is also pretty good.
  • The touch screen never really lagged too much, so swiping and scrolling always felt very responsive.
  • The large screen also ensured that nothing felt crowded.
  • Browsing the web was great on the Thrill.
  • In 2D mode, the viewing angle was pretty good but that goes away as soon as you turn on the 3D function.
  • The Thrill comes pre-loaded with a whole bunch of 3D content.
  • The phone also features a dedicated button that will take you to what LG has called "the 3D Hub."
  • Pre-loaded games include Let's Golf and Asphalt 6.
  • If you're worried about 3D gaming, the phone even warns you to stop playing if you start getting headaches.
  • The viewing angle on the glasses-free 3D is very small.
  • You essentially have to keep the phone 10-15 inches from your face and stare at it straight on.
  • The Thrill also allows you to take and share 3D images and movies with its twin 5 megapixel cameras.
  • The pictures look pretty good: 3D images look fine though there aren't that many people you can share these with.
  • Right now, there are only 2 phones in the US market that display 3D.
  • 2D images looked good both indoors and outside, with even exposure and accurate colors.
  • As a phone, the LG Thrill has a dual 1GHz processor which you can tell from daily use.
  • Performing basic tasks like opening and switching apps had minimal lag, and we only saw a few apps crashing over the week of testing.


  • $99 with an AT&T contract


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • In spite of the 3D, the LG Thrill is a very good smart phone.
  • $99 makes this one of the least expensive dual core phones on the market.
  • It ran every app we threw at it.

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Comments are Closed

  • dunion

    I have this phone. First, it was $80 when I got it. I'm told 50-60 in some places now. 2nd, I love the 3d features. The included 3D racing is decent to watch. Kids and adults both have liked it. The 3D camera is a lot of fun and the 3D movies viewed on it (at least the demos and self-shot stuff) look cool. So far I've only had one of about 30 people complain of headaches. So far only people that don't see 3d in their normal life don't see the 3d on the phone. I have had a few people say the 3d is work to look at and they wouldn't use it much but most people really liked the phone when I showed it to them in person.

    The rest of the phone seems to be a generally decent android phone, no other problems. Battery life seems lower than on the windows phones but it seems to match with some other android phones (Motorola, Samsung) of similar processor and screen size.

    I wish they had put a non-proprietary usb plug so I could use a general adapter for it in case the cord gets lost but otherwise no problems yet with the USB. The only reason I can think of for the HDMI is either if you have a 3d tv and you want to show stuff to a big audience or to maybe copy stuff to a DVD.

    MP3 player works well, and it takes up to a 16 gb SD card with no problems. Screen seems very responsive and I think the phone has a somewhat rugged feel to it, I think if it was too much lighter it might feel too flimsy. Or be too flimsy?

    Side by side with an IPhone, the IPhone can't touch this for cost, features, or feel or for making clear phone calls and getting as good a signal in the same place.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 4:51 PM
  • suryu

    wow how is that she has two cameras and 3D double d's wow and mmm gingerbread sounds like she can cook soft back mmmm not high maintance wow i think ill take her home for the night

    Posted: September 27, 2011 2:34 PM