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Hands-On with The New LG Thrill 4G

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Jun 22, 2011, 10:13 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Jun 27, 2011, 11:28 AM

We spent some time with the newly-refined LG Thrill 4G for AT&T. As we've reported before, it's essentially the same phone as the Optimus 3D announced at MWC this February. In fact, at CTIA in March, AT&T showed off that European version and called it the Thrill. But now LG has actually finished customizing a few things for the AT&T version, and we had our first chance to see that version tonight. Read on to see what's new.

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The only new hardware detail that's specific to AT&T's LG Thrill 4G - compared to the European Optimus 3D - is a new back cover. But it's really nice. It's a blue color with a great soft-touch finish that has the perfect amount of rubbery feeling - such that you always have a good grip - yet will still slip into a pocket smoothly. It's seriously one of the nicest-feeling finishes I've touched on a phone in a long time, and a big step up from the plain matte black plastic on the European version. It also has a subtle diamond pattern that's attractive and tasteful. A strip of brushed metal around the camera adds class, or would, if it didn't have a huge, tacky "3D STEREOSCOPIC" logo stamped into it.

On the software side, AT&T was quick to point out that they've cut down on the bloatware, which is nice to hear, although unfortunately, the preloaded apps they have put on there aren't removable. (Personally, I wouldn't mind bloatware if you could just un-install what you didn't want.)

One handy pre-loaded app is an AT&T barcode scanner. Why Google doesn't make that standard on Android is beyond me.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.

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