LG Optimus 3D vs. LG Optimus 2X – Review

by Jerry D on February 21, 2011

The LG Optimus 2x broke new ground as the world’s first dual-core phone. But is it still worth considering? Especially when the new, dual-core LG Optimus 3D has come along to push it over with an autostereoscopic screen and dual digital cameras? Let’s see how the two compare…

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The innards of the groundbreaking Optimus 3D come packed with 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (supporting speeds up to 14Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP connectivity. It also boasts 4G connectivity where available. LG’s Optimus 2X, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA (up to 10.2Mbps where available), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Run the numbers on these two phones and the Optimus 3D is a bit taller than the Optimus 2X with dimensions of 128.8mm versus 123.9mm. The Optimus 3D is also wider, measuring 68.0mm to the Optimus 2X’s 63.2mm. Drop the two handsets on the scales and the LG Optimus 3D weighs a hefty 168g, while the Optimus 2X is 139g. In terms of overall size, the 2x is more pocketable. (1-1)



LG has built dual 5MP cameras into the Optimus 3D, together with autofocus, an LED flash (located between the two lenses) and geotagging. The phone is versatile, capable of taking stereoscopic photos and videos (720p only) with two cameras; or 1080p video capture in 2D mode. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera.

The Optimus 2X boasts superior camera technology – a 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Note the maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Another camera located on the front is also ideal for video calls. This round is a tie. (1-1)


The Optimus 3D features a unique touch-sensitive 3D LCD display, 4.3 inches across with a quoted resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Jamming 384000 pixels into this screen size gives the Optimus 3D a pixel density of 216.977 pixels per inch (PPI).

In comparison, the Optimus 2X’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is just 4.0 inches wide. The resolution is the same. In comparison, there are 384000 pixels onscreen, giving the Optimus 2X a pixel density of 233.25 pixels per inch. Looking at them side-by-side, the 3D’s capabilities just edge this round. (2-1)


Speed matters and the Optimus 3D’s engine room boasts a 1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (a Texas Instruments OMAP4 chip, no less). The Optimus 2X, meanwhile, debuted the NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, featuring a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and ULV GeForce graphics. It’s also rated at 1GHz. (2-1)


LG’s phone uses Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to 2.3 (Gingerbread), while LG uses Android 2.2 at launch, customised with a 3D UI. Upgradeable to 2.3in the Optimus 3D. (2-1)


The Optimus 2X and the Optimus 3D both come with 8GB of built-in memory as standard. Plug a bigger memory card into the Optimus 3D’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 40GB. The Optimus 2X’s overall capacity can also be increased to 40GB in this way. (2-1)


The Optimus 3D also includes GPS/A-GPS, a built-in 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 3D Guide.

In comparison, the Optimus 2X features GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, HD (720p) TV-out via HDMI, a digital compass and a gyro-sensor (3-1)

The LG Optimus 3D wins!

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