LG Optimus 3D vs. Google Nexus S – Review

by Jerry D on March 8, 2011

The LG Optimus 3D isn’t just part of the dual-core CPU club, it sets itself apart with an autostereoscopic 3D LCD that’s either revolutionary or a sales gimmick. Still, if it works for the Nintendo 3DS, it might well work for LG’s phone. The Google Nexus S stands waiting to give it a good smack in the screen…

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Stat-fight: LG Optimus 3D vs. Google Nexus S

LG Optimus 3D VS Google Nexus S
Display 4.3-inch 3D LCD 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Processor 1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (Texas Instruments OMAP4) 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’
Software Android 2.2 at launch, customised with a 3D UI. Upgradeable to 2.3 Pure Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) build
Storage Up to 40GB Up to 16GB
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 Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and 720p video recording
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 63.0 x 123.9 x 10.88mm
Weight 168g 129g
Talktime TBA 6.7 hours
Standby TBA 427 hours

Analysis: LG Optimus 3D vs. Google Nexus S

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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 Nexus S has 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.

Best Size/Weight: Nexus S (1-1)
The Optimus 3D measures 128.8 x 68.0 x 11.9mm. In comparison, the NFC-equipped Nexus S is 123.9 x 63.0 x 10.88mm. The Nexus S is the shorter of the two phones by 4.9mm. As for weightiness, the Optimus 3D is heavier than the Nexus S, tipping the scales at a bulky 168g, compared to the Nexus S’s 129g.

Best Camera/Video: Optimus 3D (2-1)
The Optimus 3D comes packing dual 5MP cameras with autofocus, an LED flash and geotagging. It’s capable of taking stereoscopic photos and videos (720p only); plus 1080p video capture in 2D mode. For video calls and self portraits, there’s also a front-facing camera.

The Nexus S, meanwhile, also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and 720p video recording). So there’s no real difference in camera quality when you pit one lens against another. It just can’t match its rival’s 3D capabilities. A second camera on the front can be used for video calling.

Best Display: Optimus 3D (3-1)
As for screen size, the LG Optimus 3D features a 4.3-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive 3D LCD display. In contrast, the 4.0-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display on Google’s phone is smaller but brighter and more vivid. The screen resolution matches that of the Optimus 3D.

Best Processor: Optimus 3D (4-1)
The 1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (a Texas Instruments OMAP4) inside the LG Optimus 3D is a better option than the single-core ARM Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’ used in the Nexus S.

Best Software: Nexus S (4-2)
The Nexus S comes with a pure-blooded Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) build, which beats Android 2.2 that is included on the Optimus 3D at launch. That said, the software on LG’s handset has been customised with a 3D UI and will eventually be upgradeable to version 2.3.

Best Storage: Optimus 3D (5-2)
LG’s phone offers better storage options.

Best Battery life: Draw (6-3)

Best Extras: Draw (7-4)
The Optimus 3D also includes GPS/A-GPS, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio with RDS, DLNA connectivity and an HDMI port. There’s also a 3D Hot Key, which activates five 3D-dedicated UIs, including Gallery, Camera, Game & Apps, YouTube 3D and a 3D Guide.

In comparison, the Nexus S features GPS/A-GPS, haptic feedback vibration, a 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, a curved ‘Contour Display’ and integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for future digital payments. The Nexus S is also sold unlocked, so it will work with any GSM carrier.

BPF Verdict: The LG Optimus 3D wins!

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