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LG Nitro HD
What's hot: 4G LTE, fast phone with 720p display.
What's not: Short battery life.
Reviewed December 2, 2011 by Lisa Gade, Editor
in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)
The LG Nitro HD is AT&T's third 4G LTE smartphone. LTE is considerably faster than 4G HSPA+ on AT&T, but it's only available in 15 markets as of this writing. Like the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid AT&T LTE phones, the Nitro HD packs high end specs that include a 720p display, 1 1.5GHz dual core CPU and a sharp 8 megapixel rear camera. It's AT&T's first 1280 x 720 smartphone, and the 4.5" IPS panel is among the best for clarity and viewing angles.
This 4.5 ounce phone isn't petit, but it's comfortable to hold because it isn't painfully thin and it has a textured rubbery back. The back is a little dizzying with its diagonal herringbone pattern, but we'll take comfort over looks. The back cover peels off to reveal an 1830 mAh Lithium Ion battery. That's a high capacity battery, but somehow the phone manages to burn through those milliamps much quicker than the Skyrocket and Vivid. In fact, that's our chief complaint with this otherwise very nice smartphone.
The Nitro HD runs Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and LG promises an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. LG doesn't have the best track record for firmware updates in terms of speed and stability, but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt with their flagship LTE model. The phone has the usual WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and a GPS, and it offers HDMI output via optional an MHL adapter that plugs into its micro USB port.
Performance-related specs are good, though internal storage is a little meager compared to other high end smartphones: 4 gigs with much of that taken up by system files. AT&T includes a 16 gig microSD card as an excellent consolation prize. The 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU (the same used in the Skyrocket and Vivid, though the Vivid is clocked slightly lower) is a top performer and integrates well with the LTE chipset for stable radio performance and good battery life (at least good battery life on other LTE phones).
LG uses their custom UI, which reminds us a bit of TouchWiz. We like the customizable app drawer sections for better organization, and the fast that you can collapsable categories to clear up visual clutter. The home screen customizations are relatively restrained with useful touches here and there.