LG Optimus 3D vs. Apple iPhone 4 – Review

by Jerry D on March 12, 2011

Considering all of the goodies inside the LG Optimus 3D, you probably wouldn’t give the Apple iPhone 4 a snowball’s chance in hell of beating it. Note the 3D LCD, the dual-core processor and the HSPA+ connectivity. Can the Jesus Phone match up? No. No, it can’t…

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Stat-fight: LG Optimus 3D vs. Apple iPhone 4

LG Optimus 3D VS Apple iPhone 4
Display 4.3-inch 3D LCD 3.5-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 640 x 960 pixels
Processor 1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (Texas Instruments OMAP4) 1GHz Apple A4
Software Android 2.2 at launch, customised with a 3D UI. Upgradeable to 2.3 iOS4
Storage Up to 40GB Up to 32GB
Rear camera 5.0 Megapixels with dual 5MP cameras with autofocus, LED flash and geotagging. Capable of taking stereoscopic photos and videos (720p only); plus 1080p video capture in 2D mode 5.0 Megapixels with tap to focus video or still images, LED flash, geo-tagging, VGA and HD video recording (720p) up to 30fps
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (14Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with EDR
Size 68.0 x 128.8 x 11.9mm 58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3mm
Weight 168g 137g
Talktime TBA 7.0 hours
Standby TBA 300 hours

Analysis: LG Optimus 3D vs. Apple iPhone 4

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Best Connectivity: Optimus 3D (1-0)
The LG Optimus 3D features 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (14Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. Whereas the iPhone 4 has 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.

Best Size/Weight: iPhone 4 (1-1)
The Optimus 3D measures 128.8 x 68.0 x 11.9mm, while the iPhone 4 is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm. The Optimus 3D is the lengthier of the two phones by a noticeable margin of 13.6mm. Checking on weight, the Optimus 3D is also the fatter of the two. It weighs 168g, while the Apple iPhone 4 is 137g.

Best Camera/Video: Optimus 3D (2-1)
The Optimus 3D doesn’t just have one 5MP camera, it has two, with autofocus, an LED flash and geo-tagging cleverness. The advantage? It’s capable of taking stereoscopic photos and videos (720p only); plus 1080p video capture in 2D mode. The iPhone 4′s own 5.0 Megapixel camera is good, but it’s no match for the 3D functionality here or the 1080p video capture.

Best Display: Draw (3-2)
The world’s first 3D LCD on a phone versus the world’s highest resolution phone display? We call this a tie.

Best Processor: Optimus 3D (4-2)
The 1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (Texas Instruments OMAP4) inside the LG Optimus 3D is far speedier than the iPhone 4′s 1GHz Apple A4. But expect to see Apple’s new dual-core A5 chip in an iPhone 5…

Best Software: iPhone 4 (4-3)
The tried-and-tested iOS4 running on the Apple iPhone 4 beats Android 2.2 for functionality, flexibility and downloadable apps.

Best Storage: Optimus 3D (5-3)
LG’s phone offers more storage as standard.

Best Battery life: Draw (6-4)

Best Extras: Optimus 3D (7-4)
The Optimus 3D also includes GPS/A-GPS, a gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio with RDS, DLNA connectivity and an HDMI port. In comparison, the iPhone 4 features GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a matching 3-axis gyroscope.

BPF Verdict: The LG Optimus 3D wins!

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