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LG Nitro HD review: LG's Android firestarter?

The LG Nitro HD has just about everything you'd want in a premium smartphone, from a terrific screen and good camera to support for 4G LTE speeds.

LG Nitro HD
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It's about time LG got really fired up about Android, and the LG Nitro HD could be just the fuse this phone maker needs to rocket through the ranks.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone contains all the premium parts you'd expect in a superphone. It all starts with a brilliant 4.5-inch high-definition touch screen (1,280x720-pixel HD resolution). Then you have 4G LTE for data speed, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor for internal speed, an 8-megapixel camera for standard shots, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for self-portraits and video chatting, and support for HD (1080p) video recording. Plus, it's got a ton of storage space for photo, video, music, and games right out of the box.

So why isn't this phone scoring off the charts? There are a couple of drawbacks here and there that in my opinion fail to create a device that sweeps them all away. Still, the Nitro HD is a great smartphone, one that will hopefully jump-start LG's aspirations to build amazing, and amazingly competitive, handsets.

See the video, the photos, and the pros and cons in the full LG Nitro HD review.