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LG Optimus LTE, Nitro HD Join The CyanogenMod 10.1 Club With First Official Nightlies

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Claiming the title of the first MSM8660-packing devices to get CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies, LG’s Optimus LTE and Nitro HD (su640 and p930) joined the lineup today.

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In a post to Google+, CyanogenMod is sure to note that the introduction of the Nitro HD and Optimus LTE does not necessarily indicate the imminent support of other devices that use Qualcomm’s MSM8660 chip. “What it does mean,” the post goes on, “is that the first hurdle towards more devices has been achieved.”

That said, the nightlies are still great news for Nitro HD/Optimus LTE owners who have been hankering for an AOSP-inspired Android 4.2 experience with the full CyanogenMod treatment.

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Ice Cream Sandwich headed to AT&T’s LG Nitro HD July 31st

Looks like another device will finally get some official Ice Cream Sandwich love finally. AT&T has recently announced that the LG Nitro HD will be receiving an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update on July 31st. Along with the jump to ICS users are also going to see the new LG Optimus 3.0 UI. The Optimus 3.0 UI is pretty slick and should be a welcomed addition to the device. Don’t expect to see a nice little OTA message waiting for you when you wake up on the 31st though. Much like Samsung, LG likes to use their own PC software to update devices rather than push it out over-the-air. If you have a Nitro HD you might want to head to LG’s site and get the all the necessary tools installed now. Never hurts to be prepared. Take a quick read of the press release below for all the gritty details about what the update will bring to your device.

Beginning next Tuesday, AT&T customers who have an LG Nitro™ HD will be able to update their phone to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and will also have access to LG’s new Optimus 3.0 UI.

Optimus 3.0 is LG’s new user interface that lets Nitro HD customers unlock the phone by swiping  anywhere on the screen, allowing for additional display customization such as using your own photos as icons and shortcut images, and the addition of a “Download” category in the menu for easier organization.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) simplifies common actions and includes a new typeface optimized for high-resolution screens to improve readability.

Customers can download the update by visiting www.lg.com/us/NitroHD-Upgrade from a personal computer and following the instructions on the site.

The most noticeable changes LG Nitro HD customers will see with this update are:

• New lock screen actions let you conveniently jump directly to a specific application without unlocking the homescreen.

• The redesigned Gallery App & Photo Editor makes it easier to manage, show, and share photos and videos than ever before.

• An updated home screen folder and favorites tray that lets you group your apps and shortcuts logically by simply dragging one onto another.

• Enhanced multitasking capabilities let you instantly navigate from one task to another by leveraging a list in the System Bar that includes thumbnail images of all recently used apps.  Just tap the thumbnail to resume using that app.

• Improved text input with an updated keyboard that supports faster text input and more accurate entries with better error correction and word suggestions.

• An app that helps you easily monitor your data usage.

• Face Unlock, a new screen-lock option that intelligently unlocks your device using facial recognition software.

Additionally, in the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out updates to the HTC One X and HTC Inspire that enhance performance and in the case of the Inspire, add AT&T Address Book, HTC Sense 3.0 and Task Manager.

We’ve got more ICS updates coming, so stay tuned for the latest!

Source: AT&T

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LG renames Optimus LTE to Optimus True HD LTE, disses Samsung’s HD Super AMOLED

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While the Optimus LTE’s already made its way to South Korea, Japan and the US (in the guise of the Spectrum and the Nitro HD), LG’s decided to give this dual-core handset a new name ahead of its Hong Kong launch at the end of this month. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Optimus True HD LTE. Alas, the “true HD” part here doesn’t actually mean the phone’s getting 1080p resolution on a 4.5-inch panel (which would be 490ppi; yet Toshiba’s actually done it!); but we were told that ’tis really just a dig at Samsung’s HD Super AMOLED technology — you know, the magic behind that 4.65-inch screen on the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S II HD LTE.

Simply put, LG doesn’t think that 1,280 x 720 on PenTile counts as HD due to the lower number of sub-pixels; and while it’s at it, the company also criticized AMOLED’s over-expressed colors and higher power consumption in “normal user environment” — for the latter, LG showed that its AH-IPS has a more consistent power consumption across varying levels of overall whiteness. You can see the relevant slides after the break.

Of course, we’ve already expressed (twice) how much we like the HD Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Nexus. The clearness issue now is much less noticeable when compared to the original Super AMOLED; but as for color accuracy, many of us are indeed deceived by the vibrancy that we naturally enjoy — except when you need to inspect photos, of course. Regardless, we’re pretty sure that it’s only a matter of time before Samsung strikes back with a, ahem, “true HD” Super AMOLED (Plus) panel — hopefully in time for the upcoming Galaxy S III.

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CyanogenMod 9 nightlies now available for LG Optimus LTE, AT&T Nitro HD

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Good news for anyone looking to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on some of LG's latest hardware — CyanogenMod 9 nightlies are now rolling out for the (GSM) LG Optimus LTE and its AT&T-branded counterpart, the Nitro HD. With its 720p display and 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP chip, vanilla Android 4.0 should feel right at home on the Nitro HD and Optimus LTE. We're sure owners of rooted devices will be eager to try out the latest builds of the popular custom firmware as they appear.

A word of warning, though — CM9 nightly builds are early, experimental builds which may contain bugs, missing features or other undesirables. That's the price you pay for running a bleeding edge custom ROM based on the latest version of Android. If you understand what you're getting into, then you'll find download info over at the source link.

Source: CyanogenMod; via: +Ricardo Cerquiera

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LG Optimus LTE P936 appears headed for new markets

The Optimus LTE is LG’s flagship phone, at least until the Optimus 4X HD arrives. That being the case, it’s strange that it’s only available in four countries: LG’s home turf South Korea, neighbor Japan, plus Canada and the United States (as the Nitro HD and Spectrum on AT&T and Verizon, respectively). GSM Dome got their hands on a familiar looking model, the Optimus LTE P936, that appears to be identical to the international version except for branding. The new model is obviously headed somewhere, though there’s no indication of where that might be.

The specifications of the P936 seem to match its less mysterious counterparts: 4.5-inch 720p IPS screen, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, et cetera. Other details like storage space aren’t mentioned, but are probably the same as the Optimus LTE models we’ve already seen at 4GB plus whatever you want to add with MicroSD. The Quadrant benchmarks are right in line with our own tests on the Nitro HD and Spectrum, so presumably it’s running with the same 1GB of memory and LG’s modified version of Gingerbread.

There’s no branding on the phone, so it’s unlikely that it’s headed for an American or Canadian carrier. That leaves the few markets outside of the US, South Korea and Japan to feature LTE wireless. There’s always the unlocked option and a few regional networks in Europe have added the capability, but my money’s on Australia, where both Telstra and Optus are both well on their way to populating their most crucial markets with LTE. There’s no official confirmation from LG on the Optimus LTE variant, so we’ll just have to wait and see.


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Verizon Spectrum by LG Review

LG’s Optimus LTE – which for the purposes of our American readers is known variously as the LG Nitro HD on AT&T and the Spectrum by LG on Verizon – is the company’s current flagship. That puts carriers in an awkward position, since LG is definitely a second fiddle to the likes of Samsung, HTC and Motorola, at least here in the US. This being the case, Verizon prices the Spectrum at $199.99 on a two year contract, a full $100 less than HTC’s Rezound, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Motorola’s DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX. So, can you get a top-of-the-line smartphone for a mid-market price, or at least what’s become mid-market on Big Red? Let’s find out.

Hardware

As noted above, the Spectrum shares its innards with the LG Nitro HD: a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor is paired with a full gigabyte of RAM, and the now-standard 8 megapixel camera does its duty on the back end of the phone. For storage you get a relatively feeble 4GB, but a freebie 16GB MicroSD card may be more useful, depending upon whether you like a little more flexibility in your storage. Without a doubt thew most impressive part of both smartphones is the screen, a 4.5-inch 720p panel that’s a true IPS LCD, the same technology that goes into professional graphics monitors.

And here we see the first and most recognizable shift from the Nitro HD: while both phones feature the same screen on their spec sheet, the Spectrum’s is undeniably clearer, brighter and much more pleasing to look at. When the Nitro HD launched it had the highest-resolution screen on AT&T, but the various Galaxy S models outshone it thanks to Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels. The screen on the Spectrum isn’t quite as bright as an AMOLED, but it’s close, and the vividness and color accuracy are at least as good. Add to that the impressive viewing angles of IPS, and you get a screen that rivals almost anything out there. To illustrate my point, here’s a photo of both phones on either side of a Galaxy Nexus, all at maximum brightness. The Spectrum is on the left.

 

Unfortunately, the Spectrum falls short of the Nitro HD in basic ergonomics. A glossy plastic exterior (shared with the international version) makes the phone slip and slide in your hand – not helped by the fact that it’s noticeably heavier than other high-end smartphones. Part of that is due to the 1830mAh battery, which does it credit, but other phones have the same or more juice in a smaller body. It’s attractive enough, in a vanilla sort of way -spun aluminum accents make for a phone that isn’t just another slate. I appreciate the ability to remove the MicroSD card without pooping out the battery, but I’m not overly fond of designs that kick the search button to the curb, as LG has been doing for some time.

Software

Gingerbread beckons for all new Android buyers save those choosy Nexus folk, and here we see it in LG’s customized interface garb. LG’s skin isn’t unattractive, but it does get in the way more often than it helps – particularly in the Spectrum’s app drawer. You’re given two options: an alphebetized vertical list or a grid that’s split up by category. If you want an A to Z grid – as almost all smartphone users will be expecting – you’re out of luck.

Launchers aren’t necessarily a death knell for a phone’s software, since they’re almost literally a dime a dozen on the Android Market. But pre-installed apps, particularly those that can’t be removed, are. I counted no less than 24 superfluous apps from LG and Verizon, none of which can be removed by the user. Old mares that no one really wants like Blockbuster and the Vcast App Store rear their ugly head, and while I use things like Kindle and Netflix on a regular basis, the fact that they’re include by default and I’ve got no say irks me something powerful. If you’re an advanced user and intend to root or otherwise mod the Spectrum, find a good ROM or prepare to spend lots of time cleaning the device of unwanted apps.

All that said, the phone does zip through the interface well. It positively aced the Quadrant test, with a score hovering in the 2650-2700 range. A little experimentation with some of my favorite high-end games confirmed that this wasn’t a fluke. There’s plenty of power justifying the bulk in the Spectrum, so gamers and video junkies will not be left wanting.

Call quality and battery

Like the Nitro HD, the Spectrum handles calls very well. Even in my relatively isolated home, a couple of bars’ worth of signal provided a loud, clear conversation. It must be said that the Spectrum performs much better than the Galaxy Nexus in that regard – though that isn’t saying much. Battery life is likewise good. Even spoiling myself with a screen near full brightness (the better to make those colors pop!) the phone lasts through a full day of moderate browsing, calling and texting without complaint. I’d say that it’s got the best battery on Verizon… if I didn’t also have the downright amazing DROID RAZR MAXX sitting next to it.

Media 

That brilliant screen isn’t just for looking at text and glossy icons, you know. Videos, whether streamed via Netflix, Youtube or played locally, look great on the Spectrum. Thanks to the IPS panels color accuracy and AMOLED’s tendency to oversaturate, it’s even better than the Galaxy Nexus. If you’re a video junkie, the LG Spectrum is well worth your consideration for the screen alone, to say nothing of the LTE wireless connection to banish buffering. The 8MP camera doesn’t fare so well. Even in ideal light is has a habit of washing out, and in indoor settings grain and blur become problems fast.

Wrap up

There’s a lot of great options on Verizon right now: The Galaxy Nexus for the die-hard modder, the DROID RAZR for the fashionista, the Rezound for the audiophile. Where does the Spectrum fit in? Well, at $199 it fits well below the others, and has an excellent screen, solid battery life and great call quality to recommend it. If these things are the most important to you, by all means go for it. The only real downside is LG’s software and the non-removable apps within it. If you can get over this, the Spectrum is a good choice at a good price – just don’t expect it to win any beauty contests.

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Spectrum
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : January 09, 2012
    Release Date : January 19, 2012
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×720
  • Screen Type : True HD IPS
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.33 Inch
  • Width : 2.71 Inch
  • Depth : 0.42 Inch
  • Weight : 142 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1830 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Snapdragon S3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 4 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • CDMA
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


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Hands-on with the LG Spectrum

LG Spectrum at CES 2012

Verizon announced the LG Spectrum here at CES, and we took some time to try it out. It's got a nice 4.5-inch 720p display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, and it's running Android 2.3. It feels a lot like Nitro HD, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's not particularly new. The only real difference aside from running on Verizon instead of AT&T is that the Spectrum bumps up the RAM to 1 GB from 768 MB. 

Android Central @ CES

LG was heavily pushing Verizon's streaming sports service, so you could catch live games on the go. They also emphasized their particular IPS display technology, which aims to cram in more pixels than the standard pentile layout, reduce battery drain, and ultimately improve sharpness and reduce eye strain. They've also added some mild software updates to the LG Spectrum's Android experience, namely being able to to drag and drop categories of apps from the full app screen to the home screen as a folder. Besides that, you'll recognize most of the other customizations – go ahead and take a look for yourself.

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Japan getting the LG Optimus LTE on NTT Docomo

LG Optimus LTE in Japan

LG tonight announced that its first 720p Android smarpthone — the LG Optimus LTE — is coming to Japan on NTT Docomo. That follows launches in Korea and (surprise, surprise) the United States, with the latter enjoying phone on AT&T as the Nitro HD. (Read our full review)

NTT Docomo's also getting a uniqe version of the Optimus LTE. Along with an optional red paint job, it'll have 1seg digital TV and NFC. 

We've got LG's full presser after the break.

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Verizon-branded LG Spectrum steps out in leaked press shot

LG aren’t letting up on the LTE hardware. While we’ve only just shaken hands with AT&T’s Nitro HD, this Verizon-branded 4G handset packs several design cues (and specifications) from its rival network cousin. The LG Spectrum has already appeared — albeit fleetingly — in a database listing and is likely to be the successor to Big Red’s Revolution. Pocketnow reckons that the phone will rock a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a high-definition display running at 720p and an eight megapixel shooter, although it’s hard to make out much for from these shots — aside from that protruding camera module. Regardless, life’s most certainly looking good for LG fans.

Verizon-branded LG Spectrum steps out in leaked press shot originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Nitro HD review

LG Nitro HD

LG is an Android manufacturer that all too often goes unnoticed. But in reality, LG has been churning out devices that can compete with the best of them. One such device is the LG Nitro HD, LG's latest flagship smartphone that has found a home on AT&T's oven-fresh LTE network. LG hasn't created a million-dollar ad campaign as Samsung has for its Galaxy S II line, and it doesn't come with a trademark catchphrase like Motorola's DROIDs. Despite its low profile, though, the LG Nitro is a remarkable device that is quite possibly one of the fastest Android experiences available on AT&T today.

Keep on reading for our complete LG Nitro HD and where it stands in the scheme of things.

The Good

The 720p HD display is marvelous. The processor has yet to meet a task it can't handle. AT&T's fledgling LTE network is capable of mind-blowing speeds.

The Bad

The Nitro HD's build quality feels subpar. The camera and camcorder leave a bit to be desired, as does LG's custom skin. Oh, and the battery life is a victim of the LTE vampire.

Conclusion

If you're an AT&T customer looking for the most beefed-up Android device the carrier has to offer, you've found it. It's thin, it's light, and it's as fast as they come. It doesn't come with the pomp and circumstance of the other "4G" devices on AT&T right now, but it quite possibly might be the network's fastest device. 

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LG Nitro HD review

And then there were three. AT&T’s lonesome LTE duo — the Samsung GS II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid — just gained a new member with the recent launch of LG’s Nitro HD. You may recognize this particular handset from its former life as the Optimus LTE, except here the phone’s been rebranded with a moniker that more astutely conveys its blazing 4G purpose. There may be tough times ahead for the handset, considering the current crop of high-end devices hogging the spotlight. But if three’s company, the Galaxy Nexus, HTC Rezound and Droid RAZR are sure to make this a standing room-only crowd — an especially haughty bunch given their heavyweight specs. Which is why this sudden end-of-year release for the Nitro HD has us questioning the company’s timing. Sure, it’s no slouch when stacked up against the competition, with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 AH-IPS display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor and 1.3 front-facing / 8 megapixel rear cameras. Yet at $250 on contract, the Nitro HD needs to outshine the legacy set by its best-in-class Sammy stablemate or, at least, offer a performance boost over the cheaper Vivid. So can LG’s last second contender rise above the fray to win your holiday dollars? Will it succeed in outclassing its LTE compadres? Or is it a case of too little, too late for this me too three! smartphone. Follow on past the break as we dive into the mobile nitty gritty.

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LG Nitro HD review originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nitro HD and White Skyrocker Enter AT&T Doors

AT&T finally updates its line of Android based devices with the awaited LG Nitro HD and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Both smart-phones sport amazing features and amazing specs.  The LG Nitro HD is equipped with a dual core processor, supports LTE connectivity on AT&T and has one of the best 720p touch-screen displays. By the way, the Nitro HD is the first smart-phone from LG sporting a 720p display. The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is AT&T’s LTE version of the Galaxy S II. This smart-phone sports the exact same specs as the original Galaxy S II but has LTE supports instead and ships in white. There is a black 3G version already available at AT&T but the white one looks even better. Both smart-phones are offered for $249.99 on a 2-year contract bases. I am not going to give you any advises about “what” and “how” because both smart-phones have something to boast with and both deserve appreciation but you are the one to make a decision.

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LG Nitro HD Review

As AT&T’s third 4G LTE smartphone, the LG Nitro HD has a lot riding on it. As the carrier’s very first phone with a 720p screen (and the nation’s second), it’s got a lot more. In other markets, this phone is being sold by variations on the theme of the LG Optimus LTE. Is LG’s newest flagship phone worth your time, and more importantly, your money? Read on to find out.

Hardware

I’ll be honest: the Nitro HD isn’t much to look at. In an LTE field dominated by the Striking DROID RAZR, the targeted HTC Rezound, the unique HTC Vivid and even the attractive yet vanilla Samsung Skyrocket, the Nitro HD comes off as the most bland of the bunch. With an all-black textured rear cover and a front bare save AT&T branding and just three capacitive buttons, the phone looks like a darker, slimmer version of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Remove the battery cover and you’ll see a MicroSD card slot that’s accessible without taking out the battery (always a plus) and generously filled by a 16GB card, the better to make you forget about the phone’s measly 4GB of on-board storage. The phone feels light, without being remarkably so, and solid, but not so solid that you’d be anything less than cautious.

If you’re interested in the Nitro HD over its contemporaries, it’s almost certainly for that 1280 x 720p IPS LCD screen. It’s absolutely sharp – you won’t be counting pixels without a microscope – and the colors are quite accurate, but it’s missing something essential for a modern smartphone. The default and auto brightness settings are way too low, even for typical indoor use, and jacking up the brightness manually eats away at your battery quickly. A 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM is fast, but not blazing – I regularly got between 2500 and 2700 on a Quadrant test.

There are a few odd design choices, too. A top-mounted MicroUSB port hidden behind a plastic tab is awkward. The relatively small power and volume buttons are tough to find in the dark. But all that being said, it’s a fairly standard device – large, but not overly so for a 4.5-inch screen. If you’re set on a 720P smartphone and need AT&T service, no part of the hardware is a dealbreaker. Across the entire phone, the only hardware I really miss is the capacitive Search button.

Software

LG’s customized iPhone-aping interface runs on Gingerbread 2.3.5. It’s a familiar site if you’re used to Samsung’s TouchWiz, and even runs a little faster than most of the Galaxy series of phones.There’s a fair bit of AT&T bloatware included, but as with other recent high-end phones, most of it can be manually removed, for which I’m quite thankful. However, there are two frustrating exceptions: Zynga Poker and Yellow Pages. The former is non-removable probably out of some sort of partnership, but the latter must stay put because it’s actually integrated into the dialer.

And speaking of the dialer: it’s pretty awful. Android’s perfectly serviceable phone app is superceded by LG’s flavored version, which is slower, less intuitive and makes you work harder to quickly access your contacts. A half-dozen or so non-removable AT&T service numbers don’t help matters. The unnecessary customization extends to the browser, where another iPhone-inspired element rears its unwanted head in a permanent lower navigation bar. There’s no way to remove it or the upper bar, meaning that a lot of the space on that nice 720p screen is reserved for non-web elements. For surfing, install Dolphin Browser HD or a suitable alternative right away.

All that being said, the interface itself is fast and smooth. If you’re an experienced Android user you can get around all of these little foibles with third-party apps, but that doesn’t mean the changes aren’t bothersome. The locked Zynga and Yellow Pages app are particularly annoying when all the other bloatware can be removed so easily.

Calling and Battery

On a positive note, the LG Nitro HD is hands-down the most reliable and clear AT&T phone I’ve tried yet. Even in my home, which is in borderline EDGE/3G territory, calls were nearly as good as a landline. It’s an impressive achievement for LG, and not an inconsiderable point for prospective owners, even in heavy urban areas. If you want a superphone with reliable signal and good voice quality, this is it. I wasn’t able to make the trek to an LTE-enabled area for this review, but there’s no reason to think that our previous tests won’t hold true for this device.

Battery was another story. The Nitro HD quickly cut down to half juice after 3-4 hours of moderate use. This may have been because I set the brightness higher than normal, but re-enabling the (altogether dark) automatic mode didn’t seem to have much effect. The phone puttered out after a little less than eight hours of browsing and apps. I’d say that getting through a full day with anything except very light use will require an extra battery or at least one solid recharge session.

Media

Photos are another area where the Nitro HD shines. I’ve gotten so used to 8-megapixel smartphone cameras that underwhelm that I was shocked when the phone delivered some impressive stills. In my ideal photo tent the snapshots were keepers, and even when I had to rely on flash photos turnes out unusually bright and free of blur. Video is another beast entirely, though – even at 1080p, the recordings are good for YouTube at best.

Wrap Up

The LG Nitro HD is a study in compromises. On one hand you have bland styling, some awkward customizations to Android, a rather dim screen and poor battery life. On the other you’ve got superb call quality, still photos and higher resolution than any phone available on AT&T. If you absolutely must have AT&T LTE, I’d still go with the Galaxy S II Skyrocket at the same $249 price tag – even with a relatively low-res screen it’s the most solid phone around. But if you put a premium on call clarity and getting the most pixels for your buck, the Nitro HD is pretty much your only choice… just keep a charger handy.

By the way, AT&T ‘s offering the LG Nitro HD for $100 off in some markets, bringing the MSRP down to $149.99. Click this link to see if it’s available in your area.

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Nitro HD
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : May 31, 2011
    Release Date : December 04, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 720×1280
  • Screen Type : LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.27 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.41 Inch
  • Weight : 127 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1830 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Scorpion
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 4 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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LG Nitro HD, White Galaxy S II Skyrocket Now Available at AT&T

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As of yesterday, both the LG Nitro HD and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket in White are available through AT&T both online and in stores. The Nitro HD is the latest Android Gingerbread smartphone from LG and features a dual-core processor as well as a namesake 720p HD display. The white Galaxy S II Skyrocket, which also features a dual-core CPU and large 4.5-inch display, brings a new color option to a handset that has already been available a few weeks now. Both handsets support AT&T’s LTE network and both will set you back $249.99 after contracts and rebates. Head over to AT&T’s site now to learn more or make a purchase.

[via AT&T (Nitro HD, Galaxy S II Skyrocket in White)


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AT&T’s LG Nitro HD goes up for sale, LTE-enabled Gingerbread pep for $250

In case you forget that AT&T’s latest LTE-equipped smartphone hit shelves today, consider this a friendly reminder from your mobile obsessed friends here at Engadget.We’re talking about the LG’s Nitro HD, the 4.5-inch device we lovingly handled last week — loaded with a skinned version of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, running atop its peppy 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 dual-core processor. If you’ll recall, it’s notably packing a 1280 x 720p screen resolution with an ultra-crisp looking 329ppi, an 8 megapixel rear camera (1.3 MP up front) and a healthy 4GB of internal storage supplemented by an included 16GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB). Thankfully, bloatware on the Nitro is at an all time low, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that’s it’s been confirmed to be loaded with the ickyness of Carrier IQ. Sure, it’s not as tasty as an Ice Cream Sandwich, but if your hungering for LTE-enabled 4G speeds on Ma Bell, at least you now have a third option. It can be yours now for $250 with a two-year renewal of service, and you’ll find more info at the source link below.

AT&T’s LG Nitro HD goes up for sale, LTE-enabled Gingerbread pep for $250 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 04 Dec 2011 21:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T’s LG Nitro HD, white Samsung Skyrocket available now

LG Nitro HD and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

One new smartphone and another revamped are now available from AT&T. First up is the LG Nitro HD, the carrier's version of the LG Optimus HD. It sports a 720p display and has AT&T's new LTE high-speed data. The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket — AT&T's LTE version of the Galaxy S II (and scaled up to 4.5 inches) — also is now available in white.

The Nitro HD is going for $249.99 on contract, as is the Skyrocket.

More: AT&T (Nitro HD, Skyrocket)

 

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LG Nitro HD for AT&T on December, 4.

You know, I’ve managed to figure something out! It looks like AT&T will start offering two powerful smart-phones on December, 4. The first one is a white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II smart-phone and the other one is the LG Nitro HD. LG Nitro HD aka LG Optimus LTE is the first smart-phone in LG’s line equipped with 720p display. It also sports LTE support and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the future upcoming Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. As well as the Samsung Galaxy S II, the LG Nitro HD will be offered for $249 on a 2-year contract bases. Compared to the other smart-phones in its line, the Nitro HD is a real breakthrough for LG and I do hope that this little Android fellow will help them to get back in line with the others. For more information, keep your eyes on the official sites and our blog.

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LG Nitro HD hands-on and unboxing

Looking for a way to enter the LTE world with a bang? If you’re on AT&T, then you definitely need to check out the newest entry to the LTE stable, the LG Nitro HD. Normally content to play in the low-end and mid-range fields, LG has stepped up their game to offer a true flagship device, complete with 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and 720p screen. Our initial impressions follow.

The Nitro HD feels good in the hand, without being noticeably heavy or especially thin. The rubber-style textured battery cover lets you keep a firm grip at all times – an important detail for a phone with a 4.5-inch screen. And if you’re interested in the Nitro HD over its alternatives, it’s definitely because of the screen: the 1280 x 720 IPS LCD beats all of AT&T’s other phones on resolution. Upon initial inspection, it is indeed one of the sharpest screens I’ve ever seen. Brightness is an issue, so you’ll probably want to bump it up a bit from the pre-set automatic leveling, but viewing angles are so good that it’s hard to find a bad way to look at it.

The rest of the hardware is just as impressive. With 1.5Ghz of processor power and a roomy 1GB of RAM, thew Nitro HD should handle just about everything you can throw at it. Going through the basic Android launcher and browser was as quick as I’ve seen on a stock device, and it wasn’t hindered by LG’s slight alterations to Gingerbread. 4GB of on-board storage is a little stingy, but the included 16GB memory card isn’t, and many (including yours truly) will appreciate the easy-to-access storage. And it’s accessible without removing the battery – always a plus.

The battery cover is the full-back type that seems to be getting popular lately. It comes off easy via a thumbnail, but doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere once in place. In an odd move that mirrors the Motorola RAZR, the MicroUSB charge and data port is on the top of the device. This shouldn’t present any issues in normal use unless you plan to use a third-party car or desktop dock of some kind. The omission of a capacitive search button, Galaxy S-style, is mildly annoying.

The phone comes with Gingerbread 2.3.5, but LG is promising an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime next year. Sooner would be better than later, but for the moment Gingerbread should meet the needs of just about everybody. AT&T’s pre-loaded apps are present in abundance, including the ever-amusing AT&T Navigator and a Zynga poker app. Inside the box, you’ll find only a wall charger and data cable, no headphones or other goodies. We hardly expect them these days, but on a $250 class-leading device it would have been nice.

The LG Nitro HD launches this Sunday, December 4th for $249.99. If you’re in the market we’ll have a full review ready in the next few days. In the meantime, check out the unboxing video below:

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Nitro HD
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : May 31, 2011
    Release Date : December 04, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 720×1280
  • Screen Type : LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.27 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.41 Inch
  • Weight : 127 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1830 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Scorpion
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 4 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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LG Nitro HD hands-on (update: video)

AT&T stole some of LG’s thunder earlier this week when it unveiled the company’s LTE flagship — the Nitro HD — before the handset’s official coming out soirée. Well, tonight LG’s gone and thrown that fete anyway, introducing us (once again) to its 4.5-incher. But you have to wonder why the company’s even bothering to roll out yet another Gingerbread-baked device when Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is already out of the gate and leading the Android charge with ICS — not to mention the current availability of rival heavyweights like the Rezound and Droid RAZR. Still, the phone’s packing some very respectable specs, with a “true” HD 1280 x 720 IPS display, dual 1.3 / 8 megapixel shooters, a hefty 20GB of storage and a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor running the show. Is it too late in the game for LG to make its beast matter? Follow past the break as we gather our first impressions of this tardy to the party entry.

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LG Nitro HD hands-on (update: video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Nitro HD hands on

LG Nitro HD

We're here in New York City tonight where LG just took the wraps off of its next major device, the Nitro HD. This one's heading to AT&T, where it'll surf the carrier's latest and greatest 4G LTE network. Hit the break for my first impressions.

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LG Nitro HD hands-on

AT&T stole some of LG’s thunder earlier this week when it unveiled the company’s LTE flagship — the Nitro HD — before the handset’s official coming out soirée. Well, tonight LG’s gone and thrown that fete anyway, introducing us (once again) to its 4.5-incher. But you have to wonder why the company’s even bothering to roll out yet another Gingerbread-baked device when Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is already out of the gate and leading the Android charge with ICS — not to mention the current availability of rival heavyweights like the Rezound and Droid RAZR. Still, the phone’s packing some very respectable specs, with a “true” HD 1280 x 720 IPS display, dual 1.3 / 8 megapixel shooters, a hefty 20GB of storage and a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor running the show. Is it too late in the game for LG to make its beast matter? Follow past the break as we gather our first impressions of this tardy to the party entry.

Continue reading LG Nitro HD hands-on

LG Nitro HD hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Nitro HD gets official on AT&T with a 720p IPS screen and LTE

Exciting news from AT&T, as they’ve officially announced the LG Nitro HD for the US carrier. The phone’s outstanding feature is a 4.5-inch 720p display using an IPS LCD – a wicked combination of size, resolution and picture quality. Other highlights include a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor and access to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. The Nitro HD will be available starting on December 4th for $249.99 on a new contract.

The only real downside at this point is the software, which is still stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Hoping for a out-of-the-box Ice Cream Sandwich phone this early is a little optimistic, but it would have been nice all the same. With LG announcing ICS support for other high-end devices, expect and upgrade eventually. As far as dimensions go, the phone’s 10.4 mm profile won’t beat the latest from Samsung, but it’s still well within the range of superphones. For storage the Nitro HD gets a paltry 4GB on-board, but its’ supplemented with a free 16GB MicroSD card.

You can see the phone in the LG video below:

LG is making a bold move against the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid, the only other two smartphones in AT&T’s lineup that have access to the limited LTE network. The screen itself should be enough to wow a few new users, and the price comes in at $50 less than the similarly-equipped HTC Rezound on Verizon. It’s also matching the Skyrocket on price, even with a much, much denser screen. We’ll be bringing you more information on the LG Nitro HD as it becomes available – we’ll probably be seeing more at the upcoming LG event on December 1st.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Nitro HD
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : May 31, 2011
    Release Date : December 04, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 720×1280
  • Screen Type : LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : Inch
  • Width : Inch
  • Depth : Inch
  • Weight : Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1830 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Scorpion
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 4 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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AT&T announces the LG Nitro HD with 720p display and LTE

AT&T Nitro HD

AT&T today took the wraps off the LG Nitro HD — the carrier's verison of the Optimus LTE. Leading the specs charge is the phones 4.5-inch display (it's an "Advanced High-Performance IPS display, if you must now), with the new high-end resolution of 1280×720. It's also got a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and will run on AT&T's LTE network, which has hit 15 markets.

The Nitro HD will be available in stores and online Dec. 4 for $249.99 with a two-year contract. Hit the break to see our pal Stephanie — aka the LG Girl — give the Nitro HD the what-for.

Source: AT&T; More: LG Nitro HD Forums

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LG sending invites for “exclusive launch event” December 1st, new phone coming soon

It looks like LG is all set to start doing a few of their own exclusive launch event parties for upcoming smartphones because we’ve just got word that LG will be holding an “exclusive launch event” on December 1st (next Thursday). The invite sure doesn’t give us a lot of details and everything is hidden under red drapes as you can see from the invite image but we have a few guesses already.

We have a feeling this will be the Optimus LTE known as the LG Nitro HD 4G LTE phone for AT&T. I know your first thought is wait — the Nitro HD is for AT&T but this invite is covered in red, heavily suggesting Verizon. The invite doesn’t give us any details but sadly it appears the image file was named LG Nitro according to a few other sources. A big oopsies moment indeed. We aren’t sure if this will be a device for AT&T or Verizon for sure, but we’ll know soon.

We’ve already seen plenty of the impressive LG Optimus LTE and it boasts a 4.5″ NOVA display that should be amazingly bright and rocks a 1280 x 720p display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and rounded off with the usual front and rear facing cameras. The recent press images of the LG Nitro HD confirmed it was headed for AT&T so that is where we got that idea. Either way we’ll all know for sure come December 1st what LG has planned.

We’ll be sure to bring all the details come next Thursday so if this interests you stay tuned right here at Android Community.

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LG holding ‘exclusive launch event’ on December 1st, Nitro HD the likely suspect

In case you were wondering why LG hasn’t been making huge waves in the US this holiday season yet, it appears we now know the reason. The company just sent us a nice invite in the form of electronic mail, detailing an exclusive launch event on the evening of December 1st (next Thursday). LG was trying to play coy by not leaving any clues in the image, but fortunately it left the name of the image file easily seen by our prying eyes: LG Nitro. The Nitro HD has long been rumored to be the Optimus LTE for AT&T and another name for the P930, which was referenced in an XML file as having a 1,280 x 720 HD display. Sounds great, but we never know for sure until it happens — after all, we could be introduced to a $50 prepaid T-Mobile phone exclusive to 7-11. Anyone want to place bets?

LG holding ‘exclusive launch event’ on December 1st, Nitro HD the likely suspect originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Nov 2011 15:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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All will be revealed, LG says, on Dec. 1 (Hint: Possibly the LG Nitro)

LG Event

LG's got an event laid on for early next month in New York City. And while the invitation reads "All will be revealed on December 1," we're getting a little more than perhaps we were supposed to, as some versions of the invite image (ours was renamed) pointed toward the Nitro HD, otherwise known as AT&T's unannounced version of the Optimus LTE. And that's exciting not just for the high-speed data, but for the 1280×720 resolution as well.

Of course, we'll be there with bells on to bring you the whole thing as it happens. It's how we roll.

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