LG Nitro HD review: Best LG phone on the market, but will you buy it?
Recently, I had the opportunity to give the LG Nitro HD by AT&T a test run, and I wasn’t disappointed. This is an LG offering definitely worth taking a look at. The phone in general is pretty solid, and it carries most features you’d find in any “high-end” Android smartphone. This handset is 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. Unfortunately, the device is a tad bit underwhelming when it comes to design. When your competing against the Apple’s and Samsung’s of the world, your design needs to be on point. It needs to stick out.
Even though the Nitro HD fails when it comes to a prominent signature design, it does have a remarkable 4.5-inch screen (which I accidentally called 4.3-inches in my review video) that really pops and comes to life. LG’s choice to outfit the Nitro HD with a stunning 1280 x 720 AH-IPS panel boasting 329ppi that bests Apple’s Retina display was an awesome move. I’m not a pixel geek but I would say the screen is proper, it renders fonts and icons with smooth distinction. The IPS (NOVA) display is supremely accurate when it comes to showing vibrant colors. Touch responsiveness was a little off, as I’d find myself tapping the screen on many occasions to get from one action to another.
In the video, I voiced my appreciation for the rubber-like back cover on the phone, it’s a modest addition that most reviewers don’t care to mention — but I care dammit! I was disappointed that I couldn’t test AT&T’s LTE network because for some unforeseen reason the review unit that came to me wasn’t activated. Trust, it was a WTF? moment for me. I then went to the software part of the handset which sports a user interface that resembles Samsung’s TouchWiz, and with that carried the usual bloatware (pre-installed) apps and widgets.
Well, that’s it. These were the things that interested me the most about the LG Nitro HD. One thing I try to do on this site is highlight the things that’s most important (in my opinion). The Nitro HD is a great choice on AT&T’s limited roster of smartphones, it’s the perfect handset to jump into if you have yet to experience the Android platform. That said, LG did itself a disservice by pricing the device too high at $250 with new two-year on contract. This isn’t a good price for customers, and honestly, LG isn’t a place to command such a hefty tag. The Korean-based manufacturer needs to put in more work when it comes to gaining people’s’ trust. After all, you need to crawl before you walk, right?
Checkout my video review below.