LG Optimus 3D Max P720 review: Remastered

GSMArena team, 22 May 2012.
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Tags: LG, Android, Touch UI

Great phonebook

The phonebook lists all contacts alphabetically, with an alphabet scroll on the right. There's also a regular search bar.

The list can be sorted by first or last name.

Filters come in handy when the phonebook gets too busy - you can choose which groups are displayed and which are hidden (e.g. Family, email contacts, Twitter contacts and so on).

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The Contacts tab

Each contact is displayed with a contact photo and name - a tap on the photo brings up the quick contact keys. You can use those to call the contact, send a message or email, or view their profile.

When a contact is selected the details are displayed in tabs. The first tab is Info and it lists all the contact's details with handy one-tap shortcuts for calling, messaging and so on. The next tab is History, which shows the communication history with the contact (calls, SNS updates, everything).

The third tab is Photos, which show the contacts online albums and finally, there's the Agenda tab, which displays calendar events that this contact is involved in.

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Viewing a contact

You can join contacts so that if you have a contact added to multiple services, all the data from them is pooled into one place. When you tap Join, the phonebook will suggest a contact based on name and it gets it right most of the time.

You can manually pick another one, if it's wrong, of course. When a new account is added, the phone will offer to import all, only some of the contacts or only those it already has in the phonebook.

When editing a contact, all the detail fields are listed (numbers, email addresses, etc) and there's a plus sign on the right - clicking it adds another item of that type. Pressing the minus sign under it deletes the unneeded field.

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Editing a contact

The Call log will group some of the calls, e.g. 3 missed calls from the same contact on the same day. A digit next to the contact name shows the number of events.

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Call log

Good telephony

LG Optimus One 3D Max held on to signal well even in areas of poor coverage. The in-call audio is very good but could've been a little louder. We always had it at the loudest setting, which is not what we typically do.

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The Dialer has Smart Dial

The Dialer shows a virtual numpad with shortcuts for video call and sending texts. The tabbed interface of the Phone app grants one-click access to the Call log, phonebook and Groups. Smart Dial is available and works like a charm - it searches both numbers and names. Only one matching contact is displayed, but if you tap the down arrow button, the rest show up as well.

We ran our traditional loudspeaker test and the LG Optimus 3D Max scored a Good mark. Depending on your choice of ringtone, you shouldn't miss any calls in all but the loudest environments.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score
Nokia Lumia 80060.959.061.7Below Average
HTC One V66.9 65.367.7Below Average
Apple iPhone 4S65.8 64.574.6Average
Samsung Galaxy Note N700064.9 64.672.2Average
Sony Xperia S72.7 61.869.6Average
HTC One S65.1 64.676.7Average
LG Optimus 3D67.0 66.682.7Good
LG Optimus 3D Max69.5 66.681.9Good
Motorola RAZR XT91074.766.682.1Very Good
HTC Desire76.675.784.6Excellent

Messaging has everything

The LG Optimus 3D Max can handle all common types of messages trouble-free. Email is excellent with support for Exchange out of the box.

A press-and-hold on the text box gives you access to functions such as cut, copy and paste. You are free to paste the copied text across applications like email, notes, chats, etc.

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Sending Dexter a message

The extended features of the Gmail app include batch operations, which allow multiple emails to be archived, labeled or deleted, spam report and of course conversation-style email view mode.

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The Gmail app is simple to use but very functional

The generic email client supports multiple accounts. If you do add multiple accounts, then the Combined Inbox feature will come in handy. Too bad there's no conversation-style view like in Gmail.

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The generic email app

The on-screen QWERTY keyboard keyboard is quite good. Even portrait mode provides decent precision and speed, and landscape makes things even better.

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The on-screen QWERTY keyboard

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