LG Nitro HD Review (AT&T)

The new LG Nitro HD really stands out amongst the plethora of  large display Android smartphones coming out nowadays. For starters, it’s AT&T first smartphone with a True HD display. It’s also AT&T’s third smartphone to come out with support for AT&T’s speed demon of a 4G LTE network. Couple that with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor processor in a thin and lightweight form-factor, and you have one hell of a smartphone.

The display on the LG Nitro is packing a True HD AH-IPS with a resolution up to 1280 x 720. So not only is the display high-res and able to play HD movies in full 720P, but it also sports great viewing angles, as well as vivid, accurate colors and sharp visuals. This is one of the best and most-cutting edge displays you can find on a smartphone today. Although not the brightest out there, the display is also 500 nits, which makes it plenty bright too and able to be viewed under direct sunlight. We know that there are those that are going to ask – so in comparison to the Super AMOLED Plus display on the Galalxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket, we don’t seem to think that Samsung’s display has an edge over the LG Nitro HD as far as color is concerned, and the Galaxy S II’s display is also lower res. Check out our gallery below for display comparison shots between the Skyrocket, LG Nitro HD and iPhone 4S. All in all, the display on the LG Nitro is top notch.

The jet-black design of the LG Nitro HD is refined, but unexciting. Measuring 5.27” (H) x 2.67” (W) x 0.41” (D), as far as form-factor is concerned, in comparison to the Skyrocket and HTC Vivid, we actually find the LG Nitro HD more comfortable to hold and grip. The device is lighter than the HTC Vivid, and not much thicker than the Skyrocket, but with its rounded-corners it somehow feels less unwieldy than the Skyrocket in your hands. Plus its textured battery cover also provides a solid grip while holding the device, which is important considering how slippery these large-display touchscreen smartphones can get. The device also weighs just 4.5 ounces, which makes it just a smudge lighter than the lightweight Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The build-quality of the LG Nitro HD is also overall very solid, although we’re a bit concerned with the flimsy cap that covers the microUSB port at the top of the device.

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The LG Nitro HD earned a score of 2224 in Quadrant which indicates that it’s a capable speed performer, but not as fast as the Galaxy S II Skyrocket. In general, performance on the device is full of pep – but what else would you expect from a device running on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor? The device also sports 1GB of ram, 4GB of internal storage and it’s bundled with a 16GB microSD card.

We performed some speed tests on the LG Nitro. However, we have to put up a disclaimer, and that 4G LTE isn’t officially live in New York City yet – it’s only in its testing phase. So while the LG Nitro HD is picking up a 4G LTE signal, we can’t really hold up its speed tests as a final judgement for as to what this phone is capable of. That said, general web surfing on the device feels blazing fast. Even streaming a 720P YouTube video over 4G LTE was a smooth experience – as if we were streaming over Wi-Fi, and that totally blew us away! but the SpeedTest.net results were not as fast as the results we saw with the Skyrocket and HTC Vivid in Atlanta, where 4G LTE is officially life. However, this is likely due to the fact that 4G LTE hasn’t officially rolled out in NYC yet. The SpeedTest.Net app showed 20987kbps down and 12427kbps up on the Nitro HD.

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